Uganda

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from Uganda can apply for direct entry with a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) OR an East African Advanced Certificate of Education OR a Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC). A higher diploma, awarded by a technical college or Ugandan Polytechnic, could be considered for advanced standing if the relevant subject material has been covered.
  • Applicants from Uganda may 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2–5 (descriptors and meaning: (A) Very good)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2–5 (descriptors and meaning: (A) Very good)
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6–7 (descriptors and meaning: (B) Good)
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6–7 (descriptors and meaning: (B) Good)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8–9 (descriptors and meaning: (C) Above average)
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8–9 (descriptors and meaning: (C) Above average)
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 10–11 (descriptors and meaning: (D) Average).

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • For entry onto a Master’s degree, most Ugandan students would usually need to have completed a good Bachelor (Honours) degree (2:1 = GPA of more than 3.6) from a recognised Ugandan 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.
  • Ugandan degree classification:
    • Class I; GPA: 4.40–5.00 (alternative name: Top honours; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Class Iii; GPA: 3.60–4.39 (alternative name: Honours upper; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Class IIii; GPA: 3.00–3.59.

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; a Master’s degree from Uganda is considered equivalent to a British Master’s degree standard. 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.

International scholarships

  • 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.