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Please note: Birkbeck is currently receiving a high volume of international applications. Please read our entry requirements carefully to ensure you submit the correct set of documents when applying. We may take longer than expected to process your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The English language requirements for our courses are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores, however we accept several other certificates.

If you require a Student Visa to study at Birkbeck, you will need to meet specific entry requirements as specified by the Home Office.

Foundation year students Entry Requirements

Chinese students applying directly from high school will need to complete a foundation course before enrolling on a 3-year Bachelor's degree. Birkbeck has two options:

  • Applicants who have already achieved 6.5 in the IELTS test can apply for four-year integrated Bachelor’s Degree plus Foundation programmes, which offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.
  • Applicants who do not meet the English requirement should apply for a Foundation year or international Year 1 degree at our partner provider OnCampus London, which offer guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

To be considered for direct entry onto a 3-year Bachelor's degree at Birkbeck, applicants from China must have:

  • a 2- or 3-year Diploma (Zhuanke or Da Zhuan) with a minimum final grade of at least 80% or equivalent
  • OR, at the discretion of the department, a Vocational Diploma (Gaozhi) with a minimum final grade of at least 80% or equivalent
  • OR to have completed the first year of a Bachelor's degree (Xueshi) with an average grade of at least 80% or equivalent. Students from higher-tiered universities may be accepted with an average grade of 75%.

Applicants from China who have only completed the Senior Secondary School Certificate will normally need to apply as Foundation year students (see above).

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.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Please check your postgraduate course online to see if your programme of study has an entry requirement of a UK undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or a 2:2 classification. 

To study a Master's degree that requires a UK undergraduate degree with a 2:2 classification, you will typically need to have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor's degree (Xueshi) from a 211, 985 or top national university with an overall average grade of 70% 
  • a Bachelor's degree from a national university with an overall average grade of 75% 
  • a Bachelor's degree from a high-ranking private university with an overall average grade of 75% 
  • a Master's degree with an overall average grade of 60%. 

To study a Master's degree that requires a UK undergraduate degree with a 2:1 classification, you will typically need to have one of the following: 

  • a Bachelor's degree (Xueshi) from a 211, 985 or top national university with an overall average grade of 75% 
  • a Bachelor's degree from a national university with an overall average grade of 80% 
  • a Bachelor's degree from a high-ranking private university with an overall average grade of 80% 
  • a Master's degree with an overall average grade of 70%. 

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.

If your transcript is provided in GPA format and not a percentage value, to check your equivalency. For most institutions: 

  • 80% is equivalent to 4/5 or 3.3/4 
  • 75% is equivalent to 3.5/5 or 2.7/4. 

Research degrees Entry Requirements

We generally expect applicants to have a Master's degree (Shuoshi) from a recognised university in China with a final grade of 75-85%. Minimum requirements will vary depending on the university at which you studied; students who have studied at one of the 211 universities will be accepted with a minimum of 75%. A key consideration will be the quality of your research proposal.

Further information

International partnerships

  • South Western University of Finance and Economics: Birkbeck signed an agreement with South Western University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu on 22 June 2011. A dual degree has been agreed, whereby up to 15 selected students from SWUFE will come to London to study at Birkbeck for the second year of their SWUFE Master's degree, during which time they will complete one of the Master's degree programmes in the Department of Management.
  • Dongbei University of Finance and Economics: Birkbeck signed an agreement with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, on 18 July 2012. Up to 15 students from DUFE will study for a 1-year Master’s degree in the Department of Management at Birkbeck. This will form the second year of a 3-year Chinese Master’s programme and the students will graduate with dual degrees. Three PhD students from DUFE will be selected to study at Birkbeck.
  • Beijing Institute of Technology: Birkbeck’s School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy has a successful Chinese collaboration with the School of Foreign Languages at the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the key national universities in China. The partnership involves visiting students taking modules and programmes in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication. They will have the option to study in a mixed-mode model, completing the first year of study in London and the remainder of the programme in China. This collaboration also includes a reciprocal staff exchange.
  • Shanghai University of Sport: Birkbeck’s Department of Management has partnered with Shanghai University of Sport to provide dual Master's degrees in the area of Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Sport Management, Governance and Policy, and the Business of Football. 
  • University of Chinese Academy of Sciences: Birkbeck’s Department of Applied Linguistics welcomes affiliate postgraduate students to study linguistics modules during their second year of Master's study. 
  • Beijing Forestry University: Birkbeck’s Department of Applied Linguistics has partnered with Beijing Forestry University to welcome postgraduate students for 1-year Master’s degrees on direct progression and dual degree programmes.
  • Find out more about our international partnerships.

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