Applicants from Kenya can apply directly for an undergraduate degree with the following qualifications:
Diploma with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent from a recognised institution (at the discretion of the department - this is a vocational qualification)
Higher Diploma with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent from a recognised institution (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department)
completion of one year of a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
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 Kenya who have completed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 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 must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and you may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower-level degree if you 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.
Kenyan degree classification
1st (alternative classifications: A/70-100%; alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
2:1 (alternative classifications: B/60-69%; alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
2:2 (alternative classifications: C/50-59%; alternative name: Satisfactory; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university with a grade of at least 65% or a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent; or a Doctorate/PhD from a public or chartered (fully accredited) private university with a final grade of at least 65% or a GPA of 3.0/4.0 (this qualification is considered comparable to the UK MPhil/PhD standard). Students with high grades in the Bachelor’s degree can be accepted onto the MPhil/PhD at the discretion of the department.
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 2016-17 academic year.