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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Brazil who have completed the Certificado de Ensino Medio or Vestibular/ENEM/SAEB/PAS 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 who have completed one year of a Bacharelato/Licenciado/Titular Profissional with a grade of 7.5/10 will be considered for direct entry.
  • 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.


  • Applicants from Brazil need to have completed a 4-year Bacharelado/Bacharel, Licenciado/Licenciatura/Licenciado Plena or Título Profissional from a recognised institution. For programmes requiring a 2:1, students should have received a minimum final grade of 7/10 or equivalent. For programmes requiring a 2:2, students should have received a minimum final grade of 6/10 or equivalent.
  • Titulo de Technologo are considered comparable to BTEC Level 5/HND Standard and so are not suitable for entry to Master's. 
  • 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.
  • Brazilian degree classification:
    • Numerical: 8.21-10.0 (alphabetical: A; alternative name: excelente; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Numerical: 7.01-8.24 (alphabetical: B; alternative name: muito bom; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Numerical: 6.01-7.0 (alphabetical: B/C; alternative name: bom/regular; English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
    • Numerical: 5.01-6 (alphabetical: Pass; English translation or equivalent: Third class).

Research degrees 

  • To be considered for entry to a research degree, applicants must have successfully completed a Mestrado (Master's degree) from a recognised institution; Mestrado Profissional (Professional Masters) is not generally acceptable as candidates are not required to undertake a dissertation.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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