Saudi Arabia

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Saudi Arabia can apply directly for undergraduate entry with the following:
    • associate degree/undergraduate diploma with 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 or 75% (only students from public universities to be considered at the discretion of the department)
    • one or two years of a Bachelor's degree from a recognised public or private university
    • 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.
  • Applicants from Saudi Arabia holding a Thanawiya (General Secondary Education 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Saudi Arabia can apply directly for a Master’s degree with the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised public or private university (for programmes requiring a UK 2:1, a minimum final grade of 75% or a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 is required; for programmes requiring a UK 2:2, a minimum final grade of 70% or a GPA of 2.8/4.0 or 3.2/5.0.
  • Applications from private college graduates can only be considered if they have exceptionally high grades and excellent references.
  • 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.
  • Saudi Arabian degree classification:
    • 5-point GPA scale: 4.50 (GPA 4.0: 3.60; percentage: 90%; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 5-point GPA scale: 3.50 (GPA 4.0: 3.00; percentage: 75%; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 5-point GPA scale: 3.20 (GPA 4.0: 2.80; percentage: 70%; 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 public or private university with a minimum final grade of 75% or a GPA of 3.0/40 or 3.5/5.0.
  • Applications from private college graduates can only be considered if they have exceptionally high grades and excellent references.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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