us - Birkbeck,
University of London - Birkbeck, School
of Economics - ESRC
Over two-thirds of research carried out at Birkbeck
is rated as being of international importance. This research feeds directly
into our teaching programmes.
Birkbeck specialises in University of London
degrees by evening study. Traditionally, Birkbeck has been associated
with providing a second chance for people who missed out on a university
education when they were younger. But we are equally well-known for
our high-quality teaching and research, with a strong emphasis on providing
full- and part-time postgraduate courses and research opportunities.
At Birkbeck we believe higher education teaching cannot - and should
not - be separated from university research. Over 90 per cent of our
academics are research-active - the highest rate for any multi-faculty
institution in London - and many are renowned as world-class experts
in their fields. This research feeds directly into our teaching programmes.
As a student you can be certain that your tutors are actively working
to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
Birkbeck is a unique college, and so are our students. Over 95 per cent
are aged between 25 and 45, and one in four come from an ethnic minority.
Most combine working during the day with studying in the evening. This
mix of ages, backgrounds and occupations makes for dynamic class discussions,
widening of horizons and a truly cosmopolitan London experience for
The School of Economics at Birkbeck is one of the youngest and most
dynamic in the UK and has received the excellent ranking of 23/24 in
the 2001 QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) Subject
The School has also received an excellent ranking of '5' in the
2001 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) with our research judged to
be of the highest international quality.
The same excellent grade of '5' has been awarded in each of the last
four research assessments (held every four years) by the UK funding
bodies. The 1996 ESRC Advanced Course Recognition Exercise judged Birkbeck's
economics and finance degrees "outstanding". Birkbeck is one
of only twelve UK economics departments with MSc programmes with this
This overall research success for the School is a great boost for providing
even higher quality research inputs for our courses. We offer undergraduate
and postgraduate degree programmes in economics, finance and e-commerce
as well as shorter courses for companies and government departments.
We offer high-quality, up-to-date programmes giving a balanced and varied
education in economics and finance for part-time and full-time students
and we enable students to benefit from the School's outstanding research
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's leading
agency for funding research and training in social and economic issues.
We have an enviable international reputation for providing high quality
research on issues of importance to business, the public sector, and
government. And our commitment to training excellence produces world-class
We are an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter,
but receive most of our funding through the Government's Office of Science
and Technology. Our budget of more than £90million funds over
2,500 researchers in academic institutions and policy research institutes
throughout the UK. Our funding also supports over 2,000 postgraduate
The quality of life and economic well-being of the UK and its citizens
are just two of the many key, policy-relevant issues addressed by our
portfolio of research and training activities. Comparative and international
perspectives are strongly encouraged. For example economic performance,
is increasingly dependent on the global economy, and economic distribution
both within and between countries and regions is a major issue for social
science research. Every member of society benefits from the contribution
we make to the UK's science base and public life.