Philippines

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from the Philippines will normally require:
    • an associate degree with good grades, plus an approved two-year UK pre-university programme (eg IB/A-levels); students with exceptional grades might be considered with an associate degree followed by a one-year undergraduate Foundation course. An associate degree is considered to be UK VGCSE standard when awarded by institutions accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
    • a Bachelor’s degree from a centre of excellence or prestigious institution. Graduates with good grades may be considered for admission to Year 2 of a Bachelor’s degree. These degrees are comparable to British Bachelor’s (Ordinary) degree standard. Prestigious institutions include Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines.
    • a 3-4 year Bachelor’s degree with very high grades from other chartered institutions or from CHED-accredited programmes.
  • 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from the Philippines would need to have completed:
    • a 4-year Bachelor’s degree with very high grades (eg 1.25/5.0 at the University of the Philippines) from a centre of excellence or prestigious institution OR a 4-year Bachelor’s degree with good grades followed by a one-year approved UK Master’s Foundation Programme; these degrees are comparable to British Bachelor’s (Ordinary) degree standard.
    • a Master’s degree with high grades from a centre of excellence or prestigious institution.
    • a Master’s degree with very high grades from other chartered institutions or from CHED-accredited programmes.
  • 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.
    • Grade point: 1.0; grade point: 4.0 (percentage: 96-100; alternative names: Excellent, Summa cum laude; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Grade point: 1.5; grade point: 3.5 (percentage: 92-95; alternative names: Very good, Magna cum laude; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Grade point: 2.0; grade point: 3.0 (percentage: 87-91; alternative names: Good, Cum laude; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a PhD with good grades from a centre of excellence or prestigious institution, or a PhD with high grades from other chartered institutions or from CHED-accredited programmes in the Philippines.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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