Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London is a public research university located in Bloomsbury, London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Established in 1823 as the London Mechanics’ Institute by its founder, Sir George Birkbeck, and its supporters, Jeremy Bentham, J. C. Hobhouse and Henry Brougham, Birkbeck is one of the few universities to specialise in evening higher education in the United Kingdom.

Birkbeck’s main building is based in the area of Bloomsbury in London Borough of Camden in Central London. In partnership with University of East London, Birkbeck has an additional large campus in Stratford, next to the Theatre Royal. Birkbeck offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that can be studied either part-time or full-time, though nearly all lectures are given in the evening. Birkbeck’s academic activities are organised into five constituent faculties which are subdivided into nineteen departments. Birkbeck, being part of the University of London, shares the University’s academic standards and awards University of London degrees. In common with the other University of London colleges, Birkbeck has also secured its own independent degree awarding powers, which were confirmed by the Privy Council in July 2012. The quality of degrees awarded by Birkbeck was confirmed by the UK Quality Assurance Agency following institutional audits in 2005 and 2010.

Birkbeck is a member of academic organisations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the European University Association. The university is also a member of the Screen Studies Group, London. Research at Birkbeck in 11 subject areas is rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world leading’ while over 90 percent of Birkbeck academics are research-active. Birkbeck is ranked within the top 350 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2020. Birkbeck has been shortlisted by the Times Higher Education Awards as University of the Year. The university’s Centre for Brain Function and Development was awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its brain research in 2005.

RegionCentral Europe
CountryUnited Kingdom
Established1823
StatusPublic
Students8500
European University Rankings178
Central European University Rankings166
National University Rankings40
Official Websitehttp://www.bbk.ac.uk/

University Highlights

European University Rankings
YearOverallTeaching qualityResearch EmploymentСitationInternationalizationInnovationInfrastructureOpinions of employersIncomeEducational potential
202079,65612,74912,73310,1649,8438,7497,6768,5364,3452,1952,666
201987,88713,713,40111,61910,74110,4678,7868,8244,6263,0162,707
201887,83713,52113,59911,81210,73910,4788,7668,7984,6082,9962,52
201787,66513,52313,41711,63110,74110,488,7678,7994,6092,9972,701
201687,61513,51813,41311,62210,73410,4828,7658,7924,6022,992,697
201587,54213,51913,4111,61710,72910,4758,7598,7874,5892,9472,71
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Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street, Bloomsbury, LondonWC1E 7JE, England, United Kingdom

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