Birkbeck, University of London Rankings of Birkbeck, University of London

Latest ranking updates for Birkbeck, University of London
  • 26 Oct, 2022: THE Times Higher Education, UK announced latest results of THE World University Rankings by Subject (Arts and Humanities) with Birkbeck, University of London in position 61.
  • 26 Oct, 2022: Birkbeck, University of London ranks 551 in the latest QS World University Rankings: Sustainability from British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK.
  • 12 Oct, 2022: Birkbeck, University of London ranks 351 in the latest THE World University Rankings from THE Times Higher Education, UK.
  • 08 Jun, 2022: Publication of QS World University Rankings. Ranking position #343.

About Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.

PROS

  • Evening and weekend timetable options for those who already have lots of obligations to keep up outside of their academic life.
  • Some students mention that BBK university is characterized for its superb cultural diversity and central location.
  • Students tend to agree that professors give the support that learners need, including repeating class topics when required, or giving feedback appointments.

CONS

  • Many students complain about how the student union could do more to promote social events, as there is not a lot to get involved with on campus.
  • There’s not much of a nightlife scene, which may be important for those looking for the traditional university experience.

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Highest subject rankings for Birkbeck, University of London

Philosophy QS World University Rankings By Subject
#51 
Social Studies & Humanities
Arts and Humanities THE World University Rankings by Subject
#61 
Arts Visual & Performing
Education THE World University Rankings by Subject
#87 
Education
English Language & Literature QS World University Rankings By Subject
#101 
Languages & Literature
Law THE World University Rankings by Subject
#126 
Law
Communication & Media Studies QS World University Rankings By Subject
#151 
Journalism & Media Studies
Business and Economics THE World University Rankings by Subject
#201 
Business
Biological Sciences ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
#301 
Natural Sciences

University rankings

Subject rankings

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #10 
    • #61 
    Arts and Humanities
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

Business

    • #29 
    • #201 
    Business and Economics
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

Education

    • #11 
    • #87 
    Education
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #21 
    • #301 
    Education
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

Journalism & Media Studies

    • #18 
    • #151 
    Communication & Media Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Languages & Literature

    • #21 
    • #101 
    English Language & Literature
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #19 
    • #201 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Law

    • #22 
    • #126 
    Law
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

Natural Sciences

    • #23 
    • #301 
    Biological Sciences
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #40 
    • #656 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #44 
    • #601 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #20 
    • #100 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #17 
    • #101 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #9 
    • #51 
    Philosophy
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #13 
    • #101 
    Psychology
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #18 
    • #151 
    Psychology
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #30 
    • #201 
    Psychology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #28 
    • #297 
    Psychology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #30 
    • #176 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #32 
    • #251 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

Student Reviews for Birkbeck, University of London

Student satisfaction:
4.1 (based on 593 student reviews)

“The majority of seminars and lectures are given at times I would consider fairly late in the evening, between 6pm and 9pm in most cases. You can expect to see the same faces around campus most of the time, which I liked because you tend to cross paths with people from your course and you naturally hang out and study together as a result.”

“One of the best features for me has been the university’s location, as there are plenty of students in the area due to a number of other universities also being located nearby. This gives the area a young and energetic vibe. I have to give special thanks to their career services team, who helped me organise my CV in the best way possible given my limited experiences at the time.”

About Birkbeck, University of London

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TEF Award For Teaching and Student Outcomes

Birkbeck, University of London received the TEF Silver award

What does it measure?
TEF stands for "Teaching Excellence and Student Outcome Framework". The award is based on an assessment of undergraduate studies only.
It is primarily based on following criteria:
  • Student satisfaction
    This is based on data of the National Student Survey (NSS). In our section on student reviews you find detailed uptodate NSS survey results of Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Continuation / Dropout rates
    The percentage of students that continue their studies from year to year is based on data of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
  • Employment outcomes
    The percentage of students who after graduation either proceeded to further studies or are in highly skilled employment.
How does this compare to other universities?
Among all UK universities and colleges:
  • 72 received TEF Gold
  • 132 received TEF Silver
  • 56 received TEF Bronze
  • 175 received a provisional award.
Source: Office for students (last updated May 26, 2021)

NSS Aggregate Student reviews

Below you see the results of Birkbeck, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall student satisfaction: 77 (145 respondents)

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

THE Student Experience Survey by Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has surveyed 20251 undergraduate students in the UK about their study experience. 54 students of Birkbeck, University of London participated in the survey.

Below you'll find the results for each of the survey questions for Birkbeck, University of London in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall score: 74.5

Data is from 2018 which was the last year for which the survey was published. Survey was discontinued after 2018. Details of Methodology

TOP 10 Best rated degree courses of Birkbeck, University of London

  Course
1 Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling - BA 100/100 (9 student reviews)
2 Business Psychology - BSc 100/100 (9 student reviews)
3 History of Art with Curating - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
4 History and Archaeology - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
5 Language and/with History of Art - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
6 Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling - BA 93/100 (36 student reviews)
7 Classical Studies - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
8 History of Art with Film - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
9 History of Art with History - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)
10 Ancient History and Archaeology - BA 93/100 (11 student reviews)

TOP 10 highest earning degree courses of Birkbeck, University of London

Key facts

Institution type:
Public
campus setting:
Other campus
Programs:
Presential
University Size:
 students: 11390;
religious affiliation:
No
Foundation year:
1823
students:
11390
undergraduates:
7045
postgraduates:
4345
Telephone:
+44 20 7631 6000
Fax:
+44 (20) 7631 6270
Address:
Malet Street
WC1E 7HX, London
England UK
Website:
https://www.bbk.ac.uk
Social:
Nobel prize laureates:
Maurice Wilkins (London University, 1962)
 
Sir Alexander Fleming (London University, 1945)
 
George Paget Thomson (London University, 1937)
 
Arthur Harden (London University, 1929)
 
Owen Willans Richardson (London University, 1928)
 
Archibald V. Hill (London University, 1922)
 
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  • Get Started: Making a Decision About University
    7/9
  • Why we like living in London - international students at Birkbeck share their experience
    8/9
  • Your guide to enrolment at Birkbeck, University of London
    9/9

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