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I loved my time at Birkbeck! My teachers were the best and I love the access to all the university of London libraries and facilities. Unfortunately, I have enjoyed the night classes much but sometimes it necessary.
There’s continued support - even for alumni. Weekly meetings with career guides if you choose to go :)
I think it was done amazingly! I love Birkbeck and I wish to go to masters there. Unfortunately I have found the night classes affect my sleep, but it’s an amazing alternative for people who work or have an alternative lifestyle!
There’s so much for people with disabilities. They’re also wonderful to the LGBTQI+ community- fitting gender neutral toilets and having a lovely supportive staff. The library is so so lovely - three floors of books, hundreds of computers and refillable water features.
I can only speak from my experience in which I was given some support in first year to acquire a dyslexia test. It wasn’t the best and I ended up having to pay to see a specialist.
My overall experience is stated in the first box. Highly recommended. Want to know more- enrol and u will find out gif yourself!
Uni is struggling with delivery this year and not coping well with pandemic; however I have studied here before this happened and it is the great place to be. Good and friendly teachers. More than enough support for the students, unbelievable library and very decent canteen. I don’t know what else would one want. Highly recommend! I personally got 2 of my mates to join and they are well happy too!!!
Not sure what kind of impact this may have, but at this point I am quite determined to have some kind of justice. I am into Computer Science/Data Science, and Birkbeck Uni is terrible. I can only talk for the Computer Science department masters: if you have any kind of doubt, stay away from this Uni. The most glaring issue: randomly assigned thesis supervisors. You've read it right. You cannot choose your supervisor. You will be assigned one randomly with no option to change it. If you're wondering if this means your work on your topic of preference will be revised by a complete stranger that has no experience or knowledge whatsoever in that subject, that is correct. They will be of zero help, or rather detrimental, not replying to emails and making random comments just to state that they contributed to the supervision. A way for Birkbeck staff to do less work. Other issues: Data Science course is put together with a complete lack of vision. Meaning, a course in Data Analytics will be shoved down your throat first semester without any student being previously tested on their knowledge of Statistics, and/or any introductory course in Statistics. In my year, this meant an absolutely nightmarish course where every kind of novice was completely lost and continuously interrupting the lessons for, guess what, beginner's questions. In addition to that, the course includes two mandatory classes done by the MSc Director, and those two are simply time and money down the drain: they are a mish-mash of googled material with no consistency whatsoever. The rest of the classes are basic CompSci classes stripped down in content to fit the schedule without any vision. Essential topics like Data Structures and Algorithms are basically skimmed over, while too much time is lost on other basic topics the industry gives zero interest in (e.g. boolean calculations by hand). Realising the mess that Data Science MSc is midway into it, I switched to Computer Science. There, the situation is less bad, in the sense that professors seem to have some direction. However, the course is still very basic and there is little to do when it comes to the most important part of the MSc: your supervisor is randomly assigned. If you care about any kind of supervision, forget it. If you're happy on doing the project yourself, like doing your own app and writing a bunch of thesis pages on it, you'll be ok – then again I can't see why you'd have chosen a MSc degree in the first place. The online experience during Covid has been ok-ish, although they somehow managed to make it worse over time. They switched from a fully working software that was great (Panopto) that was deployed in the early months, to go for Microsoft Teams, losing a lot of useful features in the process. Why they did it is everyone's guess: no teacher or student I talked to is happy about this switch. If you are into any Computer Science program and have any doubt between this and any other Uni, I'd go for another Uni. I'm pretty sure the randomized thesis supervisor is unique to Birkbeck Computer Science Department. I know for example that other Birkbeck Departments (e.g. Psychology) do not have such system.
There is nothing Birkbeck does to help you.
I think Birkbeck is out of place. Birkbeck deserves to climb the top university rankings, it's only a matter of time for it to happen anyway. Birkbeck is investing heavily in the acquisition of local new premises, in renovation and research. In a few years, Birkbeck will probably enter the top 100 of the best universities in the world, it is enough to see his progression every year.
I sincerely think this is one of the best universities in London in this area. Birkbeck organises trade fairs, invites industrialists, and allows us to work side by side thanks to part-time.
We have excellent professors who also teach at other colleges in London. They are recognised researchers and supervise us very well. Everything is done to succeed.
They are very accessible, very respectful. They do a lot of events and help us a lot.
I am in a very nice flatsharing with other students from different universities in London. (Westminster)
Very nice !
Yes, it it. Birkbeck is is in central London, with more cafes, bars, libraries, museums nearby.
There are several clubs and associations.
Very nice, Birkbeck is very organised and very efficient compared to the majority of other colleges in London. The administration works!
I wish I had chosen a different univesity. If you have decent undergraduate grades I suggest you look into UCL, York, Brunel and Sussex. Despite their touted selection for students with a good undergraduate, Birbeck will take ANYBODY who is willing to pay the fees, there is no selection, it is all just a pretense.
Not muc, most of advice research center is really geared towards Undergraduate students, with no advice whatsoever for MSc Students in finding research opportunities. It is pretty shocking that Birkbeck made us seat 20 hours (worth about £829) of Generic Research Skills, which was a TOTAL waste of time.
Unfortunately, the quality of teaching across the course varies a lot, some lectures are very goood (see advanced quantitative methods), others are not so good. Many lecturers are borrowed by UCL, located nearby. The departments of psychological sciences portrays himself as one of the best in the country, I beg to differ. The reality is that they are plain in average, offering very little hands-on learning to their students. Beware of their marketing, Birbeck is very good at marketing themselves.
I got a good impression but again you dont know how good a Union is until you really need them. Our students representative was pretty bad, regularly taking the academics side. How funny is that - What would one do for a funded PhD.
The facilities are pretty good, with lots of study space, good internet thoughrout and a decent libray. There is a great canteen which serves amazing good. The librarians have always been helpful and supportive, making sure the library is run well. With regard to the facilities to practice/learn research skills, there were pretty average/low, we received very limited exposure to labs, neuroimaging labs. You will not learn much from this course - I am sorry to say.
The University is well-located in Central London and therefore close to tons of amenities, it is brilliant location to explore London from.
Very few societes or opportunities for sports, do not forget, this is London, most people do not care about anything but work.
The administrative team at Psychological Sciences is clearly doing its best to support students, with a lot on their plate, as they have hundreds of students to manage. On the other hand, response from academics was patchy, incosistent, although helpful most times. Unfortunately, a few of the academics covered one anothers interests and will stand together against the same students who pay their salaries. Not all academics were the same though. Some were very caring, supporting, showing a genuine love for their profession and the students future (see the great Prof. Nazanin Derakshan).
Don't be fooled by their skilfull marketing. Birbeck is just an average university, leveraging a lot of the UCL's reputation. I wish I had chosen another university.
Very little. We have received no support whatsoever in developing career opportunities.
Pretty disappointed. The course is badly organised, riddle with problems. There is handful of good researchers, whether the rest are inspiring and pretty mediocre at teaching. The module covered is broad but in practice you learn very little. I would not recommend this course unless you can't get in anywhere else. You'll also find out that there is little research opportunities, with most researchers too busy or already booked up. I would try your luck elsewhere.
They are pretty good, especially the library. The lecture halls are pretty crammed though.
The location is excellent
Very little - they do little, too late. They are pretty good at taking your money but they have very little respect or understanding of the daily struggles of student. They easily forget that we 10K a hear and we expect the best, not a mediocre service.
Excellent teaching staff, wish I had more contact hours, currently 6/week
I don't know much about SU
Low, as no reception is there