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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Ecuador who have completed the Titulo de Bachiller en Ciencias 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 an Ecuadorian university (Licenciatura) with a 70% or equivalent GPA 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.


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Ecuador must have completed a 4-year Licenciado from a recognised university. A score of 80 or 8.0 from a well-ranked public institution is considered comparable to a UK 2:1, while a score of 70 or 7.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2. Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower-level degree if they have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.
  • 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.
  • Ecuadorian degree classification:
    • 90% (9.0 out of 10; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 80% (8.0 out of 10; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 70% (7.0 out of 10; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degree 

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have Master’s degree (Maestria) from a UK university or a recognised university in Ecuador.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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