Applicants from Spain who have completed the following are eligible to apply directly for an undergraduate degree:
Título de Bachille/Bachillerato with a minimum final grade of 7/10; this is equivalent to A-level grades BBC.
Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (PAU) or Selectividad (university entrance exam) with a minimum final grade of 7/10
Curso de Orientacion Universitaria (COU) (old system: pre-university course) with a minimum final grade of 7/10; students who pass the COU are not issued with a final certificate but instead completion of the COU is noted within the academic transcriptor Libro de Calificaciones and can be considered for entry
Diplomado/Diplomatura (pre-Bologna) with good grades; can be considered for second year entry at the discretion of the department.
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 direct entry to a Master's degree at Birkbeck, applicants from Spain would normally be required to have successfully completed a Título de Graduado or a 5-year Título Universitario Oficial de Licenciado/Ingeniero/Arquitecto (Licenciatura) from a recognised institution.
For programmes requiring a 2:1, a minimum final grade of 7/10 or 2/4
For programmes requiring a 2:2, a minimum final grade of 6/10 or 1.5/4.
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.
Spanish degree classification:
10 (Universidad Complutense Madrid: 4.0; alternative name: Matricula de honor; English equivalent: High 1st)
9 (Universidad Complutense Madrid: 3.0; alternative name: Sobresaliente; English equivalent: 1st)
7 (Universidad Complutense Madrid: 2.0; alternative name: Notable; English equivalent: 2:1)
6 (Universidad Complutense Madrid: 1.5; alternative name: Aprobado; English 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 Licenciado, Título de Ingeniero and Título de Arquitecto.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.