Iran

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Iran with a Peeshdaneshgahe (pre-university certificate) with an overall average grade of at least 16/20 or the Konkur (National University Entrance Examination) with a high ranking can be considered for direct entry onto undergraduate degrees. These awards should be considered together.
  • An associate degree (Kardani or Fogheh Diplom) from a state university with a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent, or from a private university with a final grade of at least 16/20, will also be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate programme.
  • 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.
  • Students who have taken any other secondary school qualifications in Iran (eg High School Diploma) are required to complete a Foundation course which offers progression pathways onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 20 (corresponding subject grades: A = 17)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 19
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 18
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 17 (corresponding subject grades: B = 14)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 16
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 15
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 14 (corresponding subject grades: C = 12).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Iran will usually have a Karshenasi/Lisans (Bachelor’s degree) from an accredited higher education institution; exact requirements will depend on the course you are applying for but you will usually be expected to have a final grade of between 13 and 16 out of 20. Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.
  • For programmes requiring a UK 2:1:
    • Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent.
    • Students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 16/20 or equivalent.
  • For programmes requiring a UK 2:2:
    • Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 13/20 or equivalent.
    • Students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 14/20 or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Iranian degree classification:
    • 17-20 (alternative name: A; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 15-16.99 (alternative name: B; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 12-14.99 (alternative name: C; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • A Master’s degree (Karshenasi Ershad) is required for entrance onto a PhD. Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent while students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 16/20 or equivalent.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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