Applicants from Poland who have completed the Swiadectwo Dojrzałości/Matura and obtained a minimum of 65% in subjects taken at Advanced or Higher Level can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck. Since 2005 the Matura has been marked on a percentage scale with a pass mark of 30%.
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 28–30, 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.
To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Poland must have completed a post-2001 Licencjat/Inżynier (Bachelor’s degree) OR 3-year pre-2000 Magister/Magister Inżynier (Master's degree) from a recognised university. Magister degrees studied after 2000 are considered comparable to British Master's degree standard.
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.
Polish degree classification:
A/A1* (alternative name: 5/6; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
B (alternative name: 4.5/4+; English translation or equivalent: Better than good = 2:1)
C (alternative name: 4; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate degree.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.