Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Qatar holding a a شهادة ال ثان وي ة ال عامة also known as Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) or a Qatar Senior School 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.
  • 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Qatar must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised Qatari institution. 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.
  • Qatari degree classification:
    • CGPA: 3.50–4.00; University of Qatar (pre 2016): 4.40–5.00 (A) (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • CGPA: 3.00–3.49; University of Qatar (pre 2016): 3.60–4.39 (B) (alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • CGPA: 2.50–2.99; University of Qatar (pre 2016): 2.80–3.59 (C) (alternative name: Good; 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.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.