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 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, 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: Yū 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.