Birkbeck offers around 150 taught programs at Master's degree level, nearly all of which take place in the evenings between 6pm and 9pm. Many are also offered through distance learning, and some are partly or fully taught in the daytime. Full-time evening taught Master's degrees are typically one year long, while part-time degrees are usually offered over two years.
Part-time taught Master’s degrees usually involve attending one to two evening classes per week during term time, while full-time study usually requires attending two to three evening classes per week. Postgraduate Certificates or Diplomas are also offered over one to two years for graduates who wish to study at Birkbeck, without studying a full Master's degree.
With an extensive range of courses on offer, from Accounting and Financial Management to social sciences and psychosocial studies, students are part of a diverse learning community. Birkbeck's teaching structure is designed to facilitate enterprising and motivated students with existing daytime commitments.
Birkbeck has a global reputation for operating at the cutting edge of research, with almost 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes and more than 40 specialist research centres. Around 90% of its academic lecturers are actively involved in research, bringing industry-relevant insights and expertise to their evening classes.
The university has invested time and resources in fostering ongoing professional relationships with many other domestic and international institutions, and has firm connections with the wider research community. The Birkbeck Graduate Research School supports its postgraduate students, offering courses and transferable skills training for students at all stages of their PhD, as well as providing opportunities to share ideas and expertise across disciplines.
A selection of Birkbeck’s postgraduate courses are available via distance learning, which brings a huge level of flexibility in terms of time management, and the ability to complete studies online, from anywhere in the world. Tuition is delivered through the university’s online learning portal, where students can access course material and receive feedback from their tutors on assignment and coursework.
There are some distance learning courses which require attendance of weekend workshops at the Birkbeck campus, and prospective students are advised to consult the university website for full details of course attendance requirements before submitting an application.
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