Foundation year students

  • Japanese students applying directly from high school (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) will need to complete a foundation course before enrolling on a 3-year Bachelor's degree. Birkbeck has two options:
    • Applicants who have already achieved 6.5 in the IELTS test can apply for 4-year integrated Bachelor’s Degree plus Foundation programmes, which offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.
    • Applicants who do not meet the English requirement should apply for a Foundation Year or international Year 1 degree at our partner provider OnCampus London, which offer guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate course with the following:
    • associate degree (Jun-gakushi) with a final grade of at least B+/75% or equivalent
    • vocational degree (Senmon-shi) with a final grade of at least B+/75% or equivalent
    • one year of a Bachelor's degree (Gakushi) at a recognised university with an average grade of B+/75% or a GPA of 3.2/4.0
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission onto undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
  • Applicants from Japan who have completed the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the College. 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, you would be expected to have a Gakushi from a recognised Japanese university. For programmes requiring a UK 2:1, applicants will need a minimum final GPA of 3.2/4.0 (at least B+/75%). For programmes requiring a UK 2:2, a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B/70%) is required. The minimum grade may vary depending on your university and from one subject to another. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.
  • 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 you 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.
  • Japanese degree classification:
    • 90-100% (grade: S or A; description: Shū 秀 Outstanding; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 75-89% (grade: B; description: 優 Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 65-74% (grade: C; description: Ryō 良 Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree (Shushi) from a recognised university with a final grade of at least B+/75% or a GPA of 3.2/4.0. Please note that professional Master’s degrees do not usually include a thesis and applicants may not always be suitable for doctoral studies.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

International partnerships 

Find out about our international scholarships.

Contact us in Japan

  • SI-UK Education Council
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    2-17-4 Takadanobaba
    Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo
    tel: +81-3-5272-9143
    fax: +81-3-5272-9146
    email: tokyo@ukeducation.jp
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    email: info@beo-study.com
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  • SI-UK (London)
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    fax: 020 7287 7030
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