Undergraduate entry requirements
- Applicants from Germany who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry:
- Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) with a minimum final grade of 2.2 on a scale of 1 (highest)–6 (lowest).
- 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.
- Applicants who fall short of the entry requirements may also complete 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 1.3 (corresponding subject grades: 14 = A)
- A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.5
- A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.8
- A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.0 (corresponding subject grades: 12 = B)
- A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.2
- A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.4
- A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.6 (corresponding subject grades: 10 = C).
Postgraduate entry requirements
- To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Germany must have completed:
- Bakkalaureus/Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution
- Or Magister Artium/Diplom/Erstes Staatsexamen (pre-Bologna) from a recognised institution.
- For programmes requiring a 2:1, students require a minimum final grade of 2.5; for programmes requiring a 2:2, students need a minimum final grade of 3.
- 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.
- German degree classification:
- 1 (alternative name: Sehr gut; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
- 2 (alternative name: Gut; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
- 3 (alternative name: Befriedigend; English translation or equivalent: Satisfactory = 2:2).
- 4 (alternative name: Ausreichend; English translation or equivalent: Third Class / Pass).
Research degrees entry requirements
- For entry onto our research degree courses students should normally have a Master’s degree/Magister from a recognised university with a final grade of at least 2.5 or equivalent OR a Lizentiat/Aufbaustudium/Zweites Staatsexamen (pre-Bologna) from a recognised institution with a final grade of at least 2.5 or equivalent.
- Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.