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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Egypt who have completed the Thanaweya A'ama/Al Azhar School Leaving Certificate 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 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 Egypt must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from a reputable university (eg American University in Cairo or a public/private institution); Bachelor’s degrees from higher institutes are considered equivalent to foundation degree standard and therefore applicants are not suitable for postgraduate standard.
  • 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.
  • The same marking system is used for universities (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels) and higher institutes, but varies according to the faculty. The American University in Cairo uses a grading scale ranging from 0 to 4.0, with 4.0 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
    • Egyptian arts classification: 90-100%; Egyptian sciences classification: 85-100% (alternative name (percentage system only): Excellent; American University in Cairo CGPA: 3.8; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Egyptian arts classification: 80-89%; Egyptian sciences classification: 75-84% (alternative name (percentage system only): Very good; American University in Cairo CGPA: 3.3; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Egyptian arts classification: 65-79%; Egyptian sciences classification: 65-74% (alternative name (percentage system only): Good; American University in Cairo CGPA: 2.7; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degree 

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

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