Sweden

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Sweden who have completed Avgångsbetyg/Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (previouslyStudentexamen 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 do not meet the minimum requirements can consider a Foundation course, which allows students the chance to progress onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer MVG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with special distinction)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer MVG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with special distinction)
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer VG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with distinction)
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer VG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with distinction)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass)
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass)
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • Birkbeck will consider applicants from Sweden holding a good Bachelor (Kandidatexamen (Bachelor’s degree), Yrkesexamen (Professional Bachelor’s degree), or Magisterexamen (Master’s degree)). Traditionally, higher education institutions have often used a 3-level scale: Pass with distinction (Väl godkänd), Pass (Godkänd) and Fail (Underkänd) or a 2-level scale: Pass (Godkänd) and Fail (Underkänd). However, the grading system used will vary from institution to institution.
  • 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.
  • Swedish degree classification:
    • Väl godkänd (with a minimum of 90 credits at VG) (alternative name: Pass with distinction; English translation or equivalent: 1st–2:1)
    • Godkänd (with a minimum of 90 credits at G) (alternative name: Pass; English translation or equivalent: 2:1–2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree, Professional Master’s, a Magisterexamen or a Licentiatexamen from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the Bachelor’s (Kandidatexamen) degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.