Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Tanzania who have taken the National Form VI Examination/Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) or a Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)/East African Advanced Certificate of Education can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate course.
  • 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.
  • Students with other qualifications 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.
  • The marking system for the ACSE includes the letter grades A-F, where A-E are principal passes, S is a subsidiary pass, and F is a fail:
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAA
    • 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
    • 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Birkbeck will consider applicants holding a good Bachelor (Honours) degree from a recognised Tanzanian university for Master’s study. Most departments require a minimum upper-second division (2:1) although some may consider students with a lower-second-class division (2:2).
  • Please note that 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 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.
  • Tanzanian degree classification:
    • 1st class Honours (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 2nd class Honours (upper) (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 2nd class Honours (lower) (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; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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