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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Chile who have completed the Licencia de Educación Media 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 at a Chilean university may 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7 (descriptors and meaning: Muy bueno, very good)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6 (descriptors and meaning: Muy bueno, very good)
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 5.5
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 5 (descriptors and meaning: Bueno, good)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4.8
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4.5
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4 (descriptors and meaning: Suficiente, average).


  • Applicants from Chile need to have completed a 4-year Licenciatura/Professional title in order to enter onto a Master’s degree.
  • 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.
  • Chilean degree classification:
    • 6-7 (alternative name: Muy bueno; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 5-5.9 (alternative name: Bueno; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 4-4.9 (alternative name: Suficiente; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

  • To be considered for entry to a research degree, applicants must have successfully completed a Master's degree from a recognised institution.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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