USA

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from the United States of America are generally required to have:
    • High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 PLUS one of the following:
      • 2 or 3 AP (Advanced Placement) Examinations (Group A subjects) with grades of 4 or more AND 3 SAT Subject Tests with a minimum of 600 points each; for programmes with subject requirements, SAT Subject Tests should be in relevant subjects
      • SAT (Reasoning Test) with a combined score of 1,200/1,600 or 1,800/2,400 with 600 in each SAT section AND 3 SAT Subject Tests with a minimum of 600 points each; for programmes with subject requirements, SAT Subject Tests should be in relevant subjects 
      • American College Testing (ACT) Programme with a composite score of at least 27 AND SAT Subject Tests OR APs (as above)
    • An Associate Degree from a good institution with a GPA of at least 3.2/4.0 can be considered for entry onto a Bachelor’s degree.
    • 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, SAT and AP exam conversion
      • A-level (A) = SATs (680) = AP exam results (5)
      • A-level (B) = SATs (630) = AP exam results (4)
      • A-level (C) = SATs (580) = AP exam results (3)
    • A-level, UCAS tariff point and AP exam conversion
      • A-level (AAA) = 144 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (5, 5, 5)
      • A-level (AAB) = 136 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (5, 5, 4)
      • A-level (ABB) = 128 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (5, 4, 4)
      • A-level (BBB) = 120 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (4, 4, 4)
      • A-level (BBC) = 112 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (4, 4, 3)
      • A-level (BCC) = 104 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (4, 3, 3)
      • A-level (CCC) = 96 UCAS tariff points = AP exam results (3, 3, 3)
    • A-level to SAT conversion
      • A-level (AAA) = SATs (2040 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (AAB) = SATs (1990 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (ABB) = SATs (1940 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (BBB) = SATs (1890 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (BBC) = SATs (1840 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (BCC) = SATs (1790 averaged over 3 subjects)
      • A-level (CCC) = SATs (1740 averaged over 3 subjects)
    • Please note that combinations of any of the above qualifications are also acceptable (e.g. an applicant with a HSGD, an SATR score of 1700 and two AP exams with appropriate scores for the course would meet minimum entry requirements).
    • For foundation degree courses, applicants must have obtained a HSGD and at least 2 AP Exams with scores of 3 or above.

    Postgraduate entry requirements

    • For entry onto a Master’s Degree, most US students would need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA (for courses requiring a 2:1); students from highly ranked institutions may also be considered with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. For courses requiring a 2:2, a GPA of 2.8 is required; The terms below are used to recognise students with particularly high GPAs:
      • Cumulative GPA 3.9 (alternative name: Summa cum laude)
      • Cumulative GPA 3.7 (alternative name: Magna cum laude)
      • Cumulative GPA: 3.5 (alternative name: Cum laude).
    • 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.

    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.

    U.S. Student Loans

    • Birkbeck is authorised to administer a range of loans for students from the United States. Read more here
    • The U.S. Department of Education has produced some videos that students may find helpful during the loan application process in addition to their website and Facebook page. 

    International partnerships

    • Birkbeck has agreements with Columbia University and Villanova University.