Corpus Christi College.
On 12 December 1594, Bachelor of Divinity on 7 July 1603, and Doctor of Divinity on 2 June 1632. He became a probationer fellow of his college on 20 March 1585, obtained the rectories of Northwold, near Thetford, Norfolk, and of Snailwell, Cambridgeshire, and a prebend in Hereford Cathedral on 20 January 1604. His learning, with a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, attracted the attention of Sir Walter Raleigh, who received assistance from Burhill in the composition of his History of the World.
He died at Northwold in October 1641, and was buried in the chancel of the church there.
A monument was erected to his memory by Samuel Knight, archdeacon of Berkshire, about 1740.