Applicants from Ukraine holding a Aтестат про повну загальну середню освіту (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) will need to complete 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 also be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
Postgraduate entry requirements
For entry onto a Master’s degree, most Ukrainian students would need to have completed a Диплом спеціаліста (Specialist Diploma), a Dyplom Bakalavra (Bachelor’s degree) if awarded post-2008 or a Dyplom Magistra (Диплом магістра Master's degree) pre-2006. Ukrainian Master’s degrees awarded post-2006 are considered comparable to British Master's degree standard.
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.
During the Soviet era, academic achievement was measured on a 5-point scale (5-1) with 5 being the highest mark and 3 being the minimum pass mark. Since 2000 some institutions have been using a 12-point knowledge assessment scale with 12 being the highest mark.
Ukrainian degree classification:
5; 12-point scale: 11 (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
4.5; 12-point scale: 9 (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
4; 12-point scale: 8 (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree/Dyplom Magistra (Magister Diploma) 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.