Undergraduate entry requirements
- Applicants from Tanzania who have taken the National Form VI Examination/Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) or a Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)/East African Advanced Certificate of Education can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate course.
- Students with other qualifications will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. 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.
- The marking system for the ACSE includes the letter grades A–F, where A–E are principle passes, S is a subsidiary pass, and F is a fail:
- A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAA
- 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
- 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.
Postgraduate entry requirements
- Birkbeck will consider applicants holding a good Bachelor (Honours) degree from recognised Tanzanian universities for Master’s study. Most departments require a minimum uppersecond division (2:1) although some may consider students with a lower second class division (2:2).
- 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.
- Tanzanian degree classification:
- 1st class Honours (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
- 2nd class Honours (upper) (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
- 2nd class Honours (lower) (English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
- The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate degree.
- Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.
- 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.