Applicants from the United States of America are generally required to have:
High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 PLUS one of the following:
2 or 3 AP (Advanced Placement) Examinations (Group A subjects) with grades of 4 or more AND 3 SAT Subject Tests with a minimum of 600 points each; for programmes with subject requirements, SAT Subject Tests should be in relevant subjects
Old SAT (Reasoning Test) with a combined score of 1,800/2,400 with 600 in each SAT section
OR 2-3 APs (as above); for programmes with subject requirements, SAT Subject Tests should be in relevant subjects
OR American College Testing (ACT) Programme with a composite score of at least 27 AND SAT Subject Tests OR APs (as above)
An Associate Degree from a good institution with a GPA of at least 3.2/4.0 can be considered for entry onto a Bachelor’s degree.
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.
A-level (AAA) = SATs (2040 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (AAB) = SATs (1990 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (ABB) = SATs (1940 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (BBB) = SATs (1890 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (BBC) = SATs (1840 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (BCC) = SATs (1790 averaged over 3 subjects)
A-level (CCC) = SATs (1740 averaged over 3 subjects)
Please note that combinations of any of the above qualifications are also acceptable (e.g. an applicant with a HSGD, an SATR score of 1700 and two AP exams with appropriate scores for the course would meet minimum entry requirements).
For foundation degree courses, applicants must have obtained a HSGD and at least 2 AP Exams with scores of 3 or above.
Postgraduate entry requirements
For entry onto a Master’s Degree, most US students would need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA (for courses requiring a 2:1); students from highly ranked institutions may also be considered with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. For courses requiring a 2:2, a GPA of 2.8 is required; The terms below are used to recognise students with particularly high GPAs:
Cumulative GPA 3.9 (alternative name: Summa cum laude)
Cumulative GPA 3.7 (alternative name: Magna cum laude)
Cumulative GPA: 3.5 (alternative name: Cum laude).
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.
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.
U.S. Student Loans
Birkbeck is authorised to administer a range of loans for students from the United States. Read more here.
The U.S. Department of Education has produced some videos that students may find helpful during the loan application process in addition to their website and Facebook page.
Birkbeck has agreements with Columbia University and Villanova University.