Ghana

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Ghana can be accepted for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree if they have completed an undergraduate diploma from a public university with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first or second year entry at the discretion of the department); a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first or second year entry at the discretion of the department); or completion of 1 year of a Bachelor’s degree at a public university with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
  • 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 from Ghana may also take a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Ghana must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Ghanaian university. A postgraduate diploma from a public university with a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent is acceptable, as well as a 1-year Master’s degree from a public university with a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Ghanian degree classification
    • 1st (alternative name: First class; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 2:1 (alternative name: Second class – upper division; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 2:2 (alternative name: Second class – lower division; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is usually a 2-year Master's degree from a recognised university in Ghana; 1-year Master's degrees are usually predominantly coursework-based and not suitable for PhD entry.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

International scholarships

  • Scholarships for students from Africa: Birkbeck is pleased to offer several scholarships to students from Africa who will be studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Birkbeck during the 2016–2017 academic year.