Alternative degree qualifications
At our discretion we may consider applicants with degrees of lower standard than second-class honours (or international equivalent), but we must be satisfied that they are as well prepared to enter the programme as a candidate with the standard qualifications. We will take into account not only degree studies, but also work and later training experience.
We will pay special attention to:
- any extra knowledge of the proposed field of study gained through relevant work experience
- skills acquired at work that will be of use in an academic context: for example, experience of computing, statistics, report writing or independent research
You will need to include a summary of your relevant post-qualification experience on your application form and name a referee who can support your claims.
If an admissions tutor wishes to admit a student with alternative qualifications, the case is referred through Registry Services for College consideration and approval.
If you are unsure about your qualifications, please contact the My Birkbeck Helpdesk.