Students from Canada would normally need to have completed a High School/Secondary School Diploma/Certificate or Diplôme d'Études Collègiales (DEC) with a minimum grade of either 75% in five or six Grade 12 courses (grading as percentage or letter grading will depend on the province/territory); or five Bs (BBBBB).
Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
Grading schemes vary depending on the province or territory. Please see UK NARIC for specific information.
Postgraduate entry requirements
Applicants from Canada need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree (Honours)/Baccalaureat with a final GPA of at least 3.2/4.0 or equivalent; students with a strong application from a highly ranked institution can also be considered with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. There are four main scoring systems for Canadian post-school qualifications: a cumulative GPA scale of 9.0, a cumulative GPA scale of 4.00, a percentage grade, or an alphabetical grading system. A few universities also use a 12-point cumulative GPA scale.
Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.
If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing students to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
Canadian grading systems:
9-point: 8 (percentage: 85%; Alpha: A-; 4-point: 3.7; 12-point: 10; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
9-point: 7.0 (percentage: 77%; Alpha: B+; 4-point: 3.3; 12-point: 9; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
9-point: 5.5 (percentage: 66%; Alpha: C+; 4-point: 2.3; 12-point: 8.5; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
To be considered for entry to a research degree, applicants must have successfully completed a Master's degree from a recognised institution.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.
Canadian Student Loans
Birkbeck is recognised as an institution that is eligible to certify Canadian student loan applications (OSAP). The Canadian student loan programme allows students to borrow money from the government to pursue higher education.
Canadian student loans are usually managed through the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) and students often apply for these at a provincial level. The Canadian government is responsible for processing most of your loan, but Birkbeck will confirm your student status and certification.