Hong Kong

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Hong Kong who have completed the following can apply for direct entry to undergraduate courses:
    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with level 4–5 in at least 3 subjects. These can be a mixture of core and elective subjects, but excluding Chinese Language and Liberal Studies. Subject-specific requirements apply as normal; Mathematics requires both compulsory and extended parts.
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE): grade requirements are the same as UK A-levels. Mathematics and Sciences HKALE considered to be one grade higher than UK A-levels.
    • Associate Degree (AD) with a final GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent (can also be accepted for second year entry at the discretion of the department)
    • Higher Diploma with a GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements are eligible to apply for a Foundation course; upon completion, 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) BBB (orresponding subject grades: B)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) BBC
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) BCC
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) CCC (corresponding subject grades: C)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) CCD
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) CDD
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer (HKALC) DDD (corresponding subject grades: D).
  • The HKDSE is a 3-year senior secondary academic structure which commenced in September 2009.
  • UCAS tariff points:
    • Grade 5** (all subject except maths: 145; maths compulsory component: 65; maths extended component: 80)
    • Grade 5* (all subject except maths: 130; maths compulsory component: 60; maths extended component: 70)
    • Grade 5 (all subject except maths: 120; maths compulsory component: 45; maths extended component: 60)
    • Grade 4 (all subject except maths: 80; maths compulsory component: 35; maths extended component: 50)
    • Grade 3 (all subject except maths: 40; maths compulsory component: 25; maths extended component: 40).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • We generally accept applicants to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised university in Hong Kong with a minimum degree classification of 2:1 or 2:2. The grade we require may vary according to the subject applicants are interested in. We may also take relevant work experience into account.
  • 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.
  • Hong Kong degree classification
    • CGPA 3.70–4.30 (letter grade: A; alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • CGPA 2.70–3.69 (letter grade: B; alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • CGPA 2.40–2.69 (letter grade: C; alternative name: Adequate; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • We typically expect applicants to have a Master's degree from a recognised university in Hong Kong with a good grade. A key consideration will be the quality of your research proposal. You must also meet our English language requirements.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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