Finland

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Finland who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry:
    • Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) when awarded after three years of study.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who fall short of the entry requirements may also complete a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer L/7 (descriptors and meaning: Laudatur)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer E/6 (descriptors and meaning: Eximia cum laude approbatur)
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer E/6 (descriptors and meaning: Eximia cum laude approbatur)
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer M/5 (descriptors and meaning: Magna cum laude approbatur)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C/4 (descriptors and meaning: Cum laude approbatur)
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C/4 (descriptors and meaning: Cum laude approbatur)
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B/3 (descriptors and meaning: Lubenter approbatur).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Finland must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in Finland. Students can also be considered for entry with:
    • Bachelor’s degree/Kandidaattii/Kandidat (three years) with a minimum grade of 2/Hyva/Good (1-3 grading system), or grade 3/Hyva/Good (1-5 grading system)
    • Maisteri/Magister (five years) with a minimum grade of 2/Hyva/Good (1-3 grading system), or grade 3/Hyva/Good (1-5 grading system)
    • Lisensiaatti/licenciat (higher academic degree in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine)
    • Oikeustieteen Kandidaatti/Juris Kandidat
    • Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto, AMK/yrkeshögskoleexamen, YHS or Bachelor’s degree from a polytechnic (since 1996) may be considered but will depend on the course you are applying for.
  • Students applying for postgraduate courses requiring a UK 2:1 degree will need a Master’s degree with at least 3.5 out of 4.0 from a recognised university. Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower-level degree if they have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.
  • 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 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
  • Finnish degree classification:
    • 1-5 scale: 5; 1-3 scale: 3 (alternative name (Finnish 1-3 scale): Erinomainen; alternative name (Swedish 1-3 scale): Utmärkt; English translation or equivalent: Excellent = 1st)
    • 1-5 scale: 4; 1-3 scale: 2 (alternative name (Finnish 1-3 scale): Hyvä; alternative name (Swedish 1-3 scale): God; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
    • 1-5 scale: 3; 1-3 scale: 1 (alternative name (Finnish 1-3 scale): Tyydyttävä; alternative name (Swedish 1-3 scale): Nöjaktig; English translation or equivalent: Satisfactory = 2:2).

Research degree entry requirements

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have a Lisensiaatti/Licentiat (pre-doctoral degree). However, schools also accept students with high grades in a Maisteri/Magister/Master’s degree (since 1996), Kandidaatti/Kandidat/Bachelor’s degree (since 2005), Lisensiaatti/licenciat, Oikeustieteen Kandidaatti/Juris Kandidat or Kandidaatti/Kandidat or professional title Ekonomi, Diplomi-insinööri, Arkkitehti, Lisensiaatti, Proviisori (before 1996).
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.