Switzerland

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Switzerland who have completed the Federal Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificat de Maturité/Certificat de Maturité Cantonal reconnu par la Confédératio/Maturität/Eidgenössisch anerkanntes kantonales Maturitätszeugnis/Attestato di Maturità/Attestato di Maturità Cantonale riconosciuto dalla Confederazione) can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.
  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will also be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 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: 6 (1-6 max), 10 (1-10 max), 1 (5-1 max) (corresponding subject grades: A = 6/10/1)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: 5.5 (1-6 max), 9 (1-10 max), 1.5 (5-1 max)
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: 5.8 (1-6 max), 8.5 (1-10 max), 1.8 (5-1 max)
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: 5 (1-6 max), 8 (1-10 max), 2 (5-1 max) (corresponding subject grades: B = 5/8/2)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4.8 (1-6 max), 7.5 (1-10 max), 2.2 (5-1 max)
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: 4.6 (1-6 max), 7 (1-10 max), 2.4 (5-1 max)
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: 4.4 (1-6 max), 6.5 (1-10 max), 2.6 (5-1 max) (corresponding subject grades: C = 4/6/3).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Birkbeck will consider applicants from Switzerland holding a good Bachelor's (Diplom/Diplôme/Lizentiat/Licence/Staatsdiplom/Diplôme d'Etat) degree with an average grade of at least 5 (1-6 grading scheme), 8 (1-10 grading scheme), 2 (5-1 grading scheme) or gut/bien/bene.
  • 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.
    • Grade (1-6 scale): 6; Grade (5-1 scale): 1; Grade (1-10 scale): 10 (German: Sehr gut; French: Trés bien; Italian: Molto bene; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
    • Grade (1-6 scale): 5; Grade (5-1 scale): 2.2; Grade (1-10 scale): 8 (German: Gut; French: Bien; Italian: Bene; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
    • Grade (1-6 scale): 4; Grade (5-1 scale): 3; Grade (1-10 scale): 6 (German: Genügend; French: Sufficiant; Italian: Sufficiente; English translation or equivalent: Fair/Pass = 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university with at least 5/6 or 8/10 overall; schools may accept students with high grades in the Bachelor’s degree or Diplom/Diplôm/Lizentiat/Licence/Staatsdiplom/Diplôme d'Etat.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.