Undergraduate entry requirements

  • 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.