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Entry requirements

Find out which qualifications will be recognised in your Birkbeck application.


  • Applicants from Bangladesh who have completed the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)/Intermediate Certificate 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 to 30, depending on the course.


  • Students who hold a good Bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) are eligible for entry onto a Master’s degree. Students with a Bachelor's from another university in Bangladesh will need to complete a Foundation course to be considered eligible for entry.
  • Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for OnCampus' Master's Foundation programme, which is available for two or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
  • BUET Bachelor's degrees GPA:
    • 3.75 (alternative name: First Class/Division; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 3.0 (alternative name: Second Class/Division; English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
    • 2.5 (alternative name: Third Class/Division; English translation or equivalent: 3rd).

Research degrees 

  • For entry onto research degree courses students should normally have a Master’s degree from a reputable university.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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