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Entry requirements

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


  • 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. The Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels (GCE A-levels) is comparable in terms of grading and equivalence to UK A-levels.
  • Many Higher National Diplomas are recognised for Year 2 direct entry onto some degree programmes, depending on the courses taken and the grades obtained.


  • Applicants from Brunei need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from a recognised institution. A score of 60% or B or a 3.1 GPA from a well-ranked public institution is considered comparable to a UK 2:1, while a score of 50% or C or a 2.7 GPA is comparable to a UK 2:2. Bachelor's degrees (ordinary) are not normally sufficient 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.

Research degrees 

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have a Master’s degree from a recognised university. Some departments may accept students with the equivalent of an upper-second-class Bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Find out about our international scholarships.