Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Egypt who have completed the Thanaweya A'ama/Al Azhar School Leaving Certificate 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Egypt must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from a reputable university (e.g. American University in Cairo or a public/private institution); Bachelor’s degrees from higher institutes are considered equivalent to foundation degree standard and therefore applicants are not suitable for postgraduate standard.
  • 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.
  • The same marking system is used for universities (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels) and higher institutes, but varies according to the faculty. The American University in Cairo uses a grading scale ranging from 0-4.0, with 4 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
    • Egyptian arts classification: 90–100%; Egyptian sciences classification: 85–100% (alternative name (percentage system only): Excellent; American University in Cairo CGPA: 3.8; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Egyptian arts classification: 80–89%; Egyptian sciences classification: 75–84% (alternative name (percentage system only): Very good; American University in Cairo CGPA: 3.3; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Egyptian arts classification: 65–79%; Egyptian sciences classification: 65–74% (alternative name (percentage system only): Good; American University in Cairo CGPA: 2.7; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • For entry onto our research degree courses students should normally have Master’s degree from a UK university or a recognised university in Egypt.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.