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Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck College
London
Original post by Anonymous
Hello,

I'm starting my degree in Economics this year at Birkbeck and see that students are doing their BSc here and finishing their masters/continuing their PhD at somewhere such as UCL. Will finishing my masters at a more prestigious university mean I'll have a higher chance of getting a better job after I finish my MSc as I am worried doing my degree in Birkbeck may not necessarily land me a job somewhere more high paying etc.


I'm also starting at Birkbeck this year. I have plans to do a master's and PhD elsewhere but purely because Birkbeck doesn't offer them. The majority of people I've seen on the student room are completing their masters at Birkbeck over their bachelor's.
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck College
London
Surveys told that BBK graduates get very high pay in comparison with most of other universities.
Reply 3
Hi, I’m an Italian student.
I’m currently holding three offers from these universities:
- Birkbeck, University of London in Msc Astrobiology.
-Brunel, Msc Environmental management.
- UCD in Dublin: Msc Environmental science.
I have read really bad things about Brunel in the last weeks, but also about Birkbeck.
I really like the course offered by Birkbeck because I want to do astrobiology also in a future PhD and I have read that they share the department of Earth and Planetary science with UCL.

I really need some feedback about all of them cause I want to make the best decisions.
Reply 4
Original post by annpao12
Hi, I’m an Italian student.
I’m currently holding three offers from these universities:
- Birkbeck, University of London in Msc Astrobiology.
-Brunel, Msc Environmental management.
- UCD in Dublin: Msc Environmental science.
I have read really bad things about Brunel in the last weeks, but also about Birkbeck.
I really like the course offered by Birkbeck because I want to do astrobiology also in a future PhD and I have read that they share the department of Earth and Planetary science with UCL.

I really need some feedback about all of them cause I want to make the best decisions.


I've been at Birkbeck now for a year however, I'm only doing a bachelors at the moment so it may differ. The facilities are great you can join a library share scheme and also utilise the British library should you wish. Lecturers seem to have good experience for their relevant teaching areas. There's not a big campus like at many uk universities but what there is within the buildings is nice.

I found admin a little unorganised at the beginning of the year but I imagine that's much the same with any university. You will be expected to work for your degree it won't just be handed to you but if you've an interest in learning you'll do well.

The main thing to consider with Birkbeck is if a campus based university is more what you are interested in. Birkbeck is in Central London with not a lot of university buildings around. It may be harder to make friends because of this. If you're going to be living in London though this may not be so bothersome, I commute in. I get there just in time for class and leave as soon as its over. But that suits my lifestyle and the fact I work full time around my degree.
Reply 5
Original post by Kitten689
I've been at Birkbeck now for a year however, I'm only doing a bachelors at the moment so it may differ. The facilities are great you can join a library share scheme and also utilise the British library should you wish. Lecturers seem to have good experience for their relevant teaching areas. There's not a big campus like at many uk universities but what there is within the buildings is nice.

I found admin a little unorganised at the beginning of the year but I imagine that's much the same with any university. You will be expected to work for your degree it won't just be handed to you but if you've an interest in learning you'll do well.

The main thing to consider with Birkbeck is if a campus based university is more what you are interested in. Birkbeck is in Central London with not a lot of university buildings around. It may be harder to make friends because of this. If you're going to be living in London though this may not be so bothersome, I commute in. I get there just in time for class and leave as soon as its over. But that suits my lifestyle and the fact I work full time around my degree.


Sounds good. I have shortlisted an MSc course in Birkbeck but I haven't applied yet as I'm still deciding about another MA course.
I just admire Birkbeck's mission in democratising education. Birkbeck made the right decision to withdraw itself from those UK university league tables (rankings) because they are definitely unfair for Birkbeck (if we take into account Birkbeck's education mission and "evening university" nature for working students). However, just picking up from your comment above, aren't there any clubs or societies that students can join to socialise from time to time (even if you can't always show up)? Is there like a common area where students can hang around together, before or after the evening classes? Or is the building too small for that.
Reply 6
Original post by Anonymous
Sounds good. I have shortlisted an MSc course in Birkbeck but I haven't applied yet as I'm still deciding about another MA course.
I just admire Birkbeck's mission in democratising education. Birkbeck made the right decision to withdraw itself from those UK university league tables (rankings) because they are definitely unfair for Birkbeck (if we take into account Birkbeck's education mission and "evening university" nature for working students). However, just picking up from your comment above, aren't there any clubs or societies that students can join to socialise from time to time (even if you can't always show up)? Is there like a common area where students can hang around together, before or after the evening classes? Or is the building too small for that.

There are quite a few societies. The women's society and a Christian one I've seen lots of meet-ups and events for. I attend uni with a tight work and social schedule, though. I did join a society on my course topic, but it hasn't been active at all. Birkbeck has several campuses, so it will depend on which your course is based for the facilities. Although the main uni is on the square with SOAS, UCL, etc.
Reply 7
Original post by Kitten689
There are quite a few societies. The women's society and a Christian one I've seen lots of meet-ups and events for. I attend uni with a tight work and social schedule, though. I did join a society on my course topic, but it hasn't been active at all. Birkbeck has several campuses, so it will depend on which your course is based for the facilities. Although the main uni is on the square with SOAS, UCL, etc.


I see. That sounds fine to me. I mean, if anyone wants a club/society to be active, then they can initiate such activities. If I were to join Birkbeck for my Master's, I'd probably be too busy studying (apart from my other commitments) so not sure how active I can be either. Maybe I'll just try and organise monthly drinks or something simple like that.
Thanks for replying, Kitten689. All the best in your course!

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