Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Iceland who have completed the Stúdentspróf can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.
  • 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 have completed a Foundation course can progress onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 10 (corresponding subject grades: A = 10)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 10
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 9
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8 (corresponding subject grades: B = 8)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6 (corresponding subject grades: C = 6).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • We generally accept applicants who have a Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag from a recognised university. 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.
  • Icelandic degree classification:
    • 8.25-10.00 (alternative name: Distinction; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 7.25-8.24 (alternative name: First class; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 6.50-7.24 (alternative name: Second class; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
    • 5.00-6.49  (alternative name: Third Class; English translation or equivalent: Third Class).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is usually a Master's degree from a recognised university in Iceland. A key consideration will be the quality of your research proposal.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.