“I left school at 18 after finishing my A-Levels, and that was the last time I had any formal education,” said Liz, now completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology en-route to becoming a clinical psychologist.
Liz is typical of many students who go to Birkbeck – people who are looking to boost their career or change direction and whilst also balancing commitments like work or raising a family. “I chose Birkbeck because I had the option of starting out doing a Certificate before fast-tracking to a degree, which was very attractive as I didn’t know if I had the ability to write or study any more,” she explained.
Uniquely in London, Birkbeck offers degree level programmes in the evening – from Certificate to PhD-level courses – which enables students to study flexibly as well as maintaining their existing commitments. This flexibility means that fellow students are drawn from all walks of life, yet with a common eagerness to learn and a passion for their studies.
One of the most rewarding elements of Birkbeck’s approach is a similarly immersive interaction with the College’s academic staff, who are producing research which is at the cutting edge of their fields. Nearly three-quarters of Birkbeck’s research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ when it was last assessed in 2014.
“I got on with my lecturers,” added Liz. “In fact, my very first tutor at Birkbeck has become a good friend.”
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