Applicants from Ghana can be accepted for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree if they have completed an undergraduate diploma from a public university with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department); a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department); or completion of one year of a Bachelor’s degree at a public university with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
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 from Ghana may also take a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
Postgraduate entry requirements
To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Ghana must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Ghanaian university. A postgraduate diploma from a public university with a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent is acceptable, as well as a one-year Master’s degree from a public university with a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
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.
Ghanian degree classification
1st (alternative name: First class; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
2:1 (alternative name: Second class - upper division; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
2:2 (alternative name: Second class - lower division; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degree entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a two-year Master's degree from a recognised university in Ghana; one-year Master's degrees are usually predominantly coursework-based and not suitable for PhD entry.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.
Scholarships for students from Africa: Birkbeck is pleased to offer several scholarships to students from Africa who will be studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Birkbeck during the 2017-18 academic year.