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.
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.
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.
The marking system for the ACSE includes the letter grades A–F, where A–E are principle passes, S is a subsidiary pass, and F is a fail:
Birkbeck will consider applicants holding a good Bachelor (Honours) degree from recognised Tanzanian universities for Master’s study. Most departments require a minimum uppersecond 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 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.
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.
Scholarships for students from Africa: Birkbeck is pleased to offer several scholarships to students from Africa who will be studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Birkbeck during the 2016–2017 academic year.