Applicants from Italy who have completed the Diploma di Esame di Stato with a minimum final grade of 75/100 (equivalent to A-level grades BBC) can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.
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 do not meet the minimum requirements can consider a Foundation course, which allows students the chance to progress onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
Diploma di Laurea (pre- and post-1999) from a recognised institution
For programmes requiring a UK 2:1: a minimum final grade of 100/110
For programmes requiring a UK 2:2: a minimum final grade of 90/110
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.
Italian degree classification:
108-110 con lode (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
94-107 (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
84-93 (English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
66-83 (English translation or equivalent: Third class)
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is:
Laurea Specialistica from a recognised institution with a final grade of at least 100/110 or equivalent
OR Diploma di Specializzazione di primo livello (DS1) from a recognised institution with a final grade of at least 100/110 or equivalent
OR Master Universitario di primo livello from a recognised institution with a final grade of at least 100/110 or equivalent
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.