France

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from France who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry:
    • Diplôme du Baccalauréat General/ Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with a minimum final grade of 12/20 (equivalent to A-level grades BBC).
  • 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 14 (corresponding subject grades: 14 = A)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 13.5
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 13
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 12.5 (corresponding subject grades: 12.5 = B)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 12
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 11.5
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 11 (corresponding subject grades: 11 = C).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from France must have completed:
    • Licence (since 2005) from a recognised HE institution
      • For programmes requiring a 2:1: a minimum final grade of 14/20
      • For programmes requiring a 2:2: a minimum final grade of 12/20
    • or Diplôme from a Grande Ecole:
      • For programmes requiring a 2:1: a minimum final grade of 13/20
      • For programmes requiring a 2:2: a minimum final grade of 11/20.
  • 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.
  • French degree classification:
    • 13.00-20.00 (alternative name: Mention bien; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
    • 11.00-12.99 (alternative name: Mention assez bien; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
    • 10.20-10.99 (alternative name: Pasable; English translation or equivalent: Quite good = 2:2)
    • 10.00-10.19 (English translation or equivalent: Third class).

Research degree entry requirements

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have a Master’s degree from a UK university or a recognised university in France with a minimum final grade of 13/20.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.