Applicants from Uganda can apply for direct entry with a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) OR an East African Advanced Certificate of Education OR a Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC). A higher diploma, awarded by a technical college or Ugandan Polytechnic, could be considered for advanced standing if the relevant subject material has been covered.
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.
If you don't have these qualifications, you may require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2-5 (descriptors and meaning: (A) Very good)
A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2-5 (descriptors and meaning: (A) Very good)
For entry onto a Master’s degree, most Ugandan students would usually need to have completed a good Bachelor (Honours) degree (2:1 = GPA of more than 3.6) from a recognised Ugandan university.
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.
Ugandan degree classification:
Class I; GPA: 4.40-5.00 (alternative name: Top honours; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
Class Iii; GPA: 3.60-4.39 (alternative name: Honours upper; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
Class IIii; GPA: 3.00-3.59.
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; a Master’s degree from Uganda is considered equivalent to a British Master’s degree standard. 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 2017-18 academic year.