Undergraduate entry requirements
- Applicants from Sri Lanka who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck:
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level/A-levels. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
- National Diploma (ND) with grades of Merit and Distinction (at the discretion of the department, as this is a vocational qualification)
- Higher National Diploma (HND) with grades of Merit and Distinction (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department)
- A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAA (descriptors and meaning: Distinction)
- A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAB
- A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer ABB
- A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBB (descriptors and meaning: Very good pass)
- A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBC
- A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BCC
- A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer CCC (descriptors and meaning: Credit).
Postgraduate entry requirements
- Birkbeck will consider applicants from Sri Lanka holding the following:
- first-class Bachelor general degree from a state university awarded with 70% or equivalent (comparable to UK Bachelor (Ordinary) degree and not specialised in one subject; to be considered at the discretion of the department)
- Bachelor special degree or professional degree from a state university; for programmes requiring a UK 2:1, an upper-second-class degree (60% or equivalent) is required; for programmes requiring a UK 2:2, a lower-second-class degree (55% or equivalent) is required.
- All applications are considered on an individual basis and you may be admitted to a Master's programme with a lower-level degree if you have significant 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.
- Sri Lankan degree classification:
- 75%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.70 (English equivalent: 1st)
- 60%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.30 (English equivalent: 2:1)
- 55%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.00 (English equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
- The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised state university with a final grade of at least 60% or equivalent. Applicants should have completed a dissertation as part of their degree.
- Students with a first-class special or professional degree may also be considered at the discretion of the department.
- Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.
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