Sri Lanka

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Sri Lanka who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck:
    • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level/A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28–30, depending on the course.
    • National Diploma (ND) with grades of Merit and Distinction (at the discretion of the department, as this is a vocational qualification)
    • Higher National Diploma (HND) with grades of Merit and Distinction (first or second year entry at the discretion of the department)
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAA (descriptors and meaning: Distinction)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAB
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer ABB
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBB (descriptors and meaning: Very good pass)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBC
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BCC
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer CCC (descriptors and meaning: Credit).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Birkbeck will consider applicants from Sri Lanka holding the following:
    • Bachelor General Degree from a state university with a first-class degree, 70% or equivalent (comparable to UK Bachelor (Ordinary) degree and not specialised in one subject; to be considered at the discretion of the department)
    • Bachelor Special Degree or Professional Degree from a state university; for programmes requiring a 2:1, an upper-second-class degree (60% or equivalent) is required; for programmes requiring a 2:2, a lower-second-class degree (55% or equivalent) is required.
  • 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 significant 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.
  • Sri Lankan degree classification:
    • 75%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.70 (English equivalent: 1st)
    • 60%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.30 (English equivalent: 2:1)
    • 55%; 4.0 GPA classification (post-2008): 3.00 (English equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised state university with a final grade of at least 60% or equivalent; Applicants should have completed a dissertation as part of their degree.
  • Students with a first-class Special or Professional Degree may also be considered at the discretion of the department.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.