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Entry requirements and how to apply

Academic entry requirements

  • Master's degrees: For most Master's degrees, we require the equivalent of a UK Bachelor's degree (class 2.1 or 2.2 with honours). You must also meet our minimum English language entry requirements.
    • Our approved agents in your country may also be able to advise you on the equivalence of your qualification.
    • If you do not know the equivalence of your qualifications, please include as much information as you can in your application, and we will make an assessment of your eligibility.
  • MPhil/PhD degrees: for most MPhil/PhD degrees, we require the equivalent of a good UK Master's degree.
    • You must also meet our minimum English language entry requirements.
    • Our approved agents in your country may also be able to advise you on the UK equivalence of your qualification.
    • If you do not know the equivalence of your qualifications, please include as much information as you can in your application, and we will make an assessment using our knowledge of different education systems, case studies, and by referring to external benchmarks.

General English language requirements for undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD courses

  • For most degree courses (Bachelor's, Master's and PhD), we expect successful applicants to demonstrate the following levels of English language by the time they expect to start their studies:
    • IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each of the sub tests) Please note we only accept the Academic, not the General Test.
    • Pearsons PTE Academic test: 60 (with at least 60 in each sub test)/li>
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Pass at Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Pass at Grade B
  • Please note: the Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life or TOEIC qualifications would not normally be accepted.
  • Birkbeck accepts the following tests of English:
    • Please noteETS TOEFL tests are no longer accepted by the UK Border Agency and therefore Birkbeck is unable to accept this as suitable evidence of English ability for entry onto our courses.
  • If you would like to enquire about the equivalence of other English Language qualifications not listed above, such as pre-sessional or pre-Master's programmes from other universities, please contact the International Students Administration Team.

English requirements for courses in Arts Policy, English Literature, Law and Psychology

  • IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in each of the sub tests, Arts Policy requires a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-tests)
  • Pearsons PTE Academic test: 67 (with at least 67 in each sub test)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Pass at Grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Pass at Grade A
  • Please note: the Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life or TOEIC qualifications would not normally be accepted.
  • If you would like to enquire about the equivalence of other English Language qualifications not listed above, such as pre-sessional or pre-Master's programmes from other universities, please contact the International Students Administration Team.

If you have already studied in English

If you are still improving your English

  • It is possible to apply to Birkbeck while you are working to improve your English, as long you reach our minimum requirements by the time you start your course.
  • It may sometimes be possible to be accepted onto an academic programme with less than the above scores on the condition that you attend a pre-sessional programme approved by Birkbeck. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
  • Find out about the English language courses offered at Birkbeck, University of London.

Not ready yet? Undergraduate preparation courses

  • If your current qualifications do not meet our academic entry criteria or English language requirements, then you may be considered for an undergraduate preparation course.
  • London FoundationCampus, a partner of Birkbeck, University of London, offers undergraduate preparation courses which lead onto Birkbeck's undergraduate degrees. Classes take place at Birkbeck and you will have the opportunity to sit-in on Birkbeck's undergraduate degree classes and use facilities such as the Birkbeck library.

Preparation for postgraduate study

  • If your current qualifications do not meet our academic entry criteria orEnglish language requirements, then you may be considered for a Master's preparation course.
    • The Foundation Programme for Postgraduate Study aims to prepare you for Master's study in a range of Social Science and Business subjects at Birkbeck. Taught by Birkbeck's world-renowned professors, the programme aims to develop the study and English language skills you need to progress onto a master's degree. Once you have successfully completed the programme you will be awarded a University of London Graduate Diploma and you will have a guaranteed place on a relevant Master's programme at Birkbeck.
    • The London FoundationCampus Master's Foundation Programme is a 3-, 6- or 9 month programme designed to provide you with the study skills and English language proficiency needed to make progress successfully to postgraduate study at Birkbeck. It is taught at Birkbeck by our partner organisation, London FoundationCampus. Students who successfully complete the Master's Foundation Programme are offered guarenteed progression to a range of postgraduate programmes at Birkbeck.

How to apply for your course

  • Birkbeck offers full-time courses to international students at a variety of levels, in a wide range of subject areas. This section contains all the information you need to apply for your chosen course, including who you can speak if you have any questions about your application.
    • Undergraduate courses: you need to apply for our full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS.
    • Postgraduate courses: you can apply for your postgraduate course online through the course description for your chosen course.
    • MPhil/PhD study: before you apply for an MPhil/PhD degree, you will need to establish that one of our academics is able to provide appropriate supervision for your research. Once you find a potential supervisor, you should contact the department they are based in to check to see whether they are able to provide appropriate supervision for your research.