Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Portugal who have completed the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários (previously Certidão do Décimo Segundo Ano) or Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação/Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação when awarded after 3 years of study at the upper secondary level can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck. The marking scheme is on a scale of 0–20 where the minimum pass-mark is 10.
  • 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 20 (corresponding subject grades: A = 18)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 19
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 18
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 17 (corresponding subject grades: B = 16)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 16
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 15
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 14 (corresponding subject grades: C = 14).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Portugal must have completed a Licenciado/Licenciatura or a Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE: Diploma of Higher Specialised Studies) from a recognised university. Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower level degree if they 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.
  • The grading scale ranges from 1–20, with 20 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. 10 is the minimum pass mark.
  • Portuguese degree classification:
    • 18 (alternative name: Muito bom com distincao; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 16 (alternative name: Bom com distincao; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 14 (alternative name: Bom; 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; 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.