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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Estonia who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry:
    • Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate with the State Examination Certificate)
    • Lõputunnistus Keskehariduse Baasil Kutseõppe Läbimise Kohta with the Riigieksamitunnistus (Certificate of Vocational Education Based on Secondary Education)
    • Lõputunnistus Keskerihariduse Omandamise Kohta with the Riigieksamitunnistus (Certificate of Secondary Vocational Education).
  • 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 90% (corresponding subject grades: A = 5)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 85%
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 80%
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 75% (corresponding subject grades: B = 4)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 70%
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 65%
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 60% (corresponding subject grades: C = 3).


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Estonia must have completed a Bakalaurusekraad/Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. 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.
  • Estonian degree classification:
    • 5/A (alternative name: Suureprärane; English translation or equivalent: Excellent = 1st)
    • 4/B or C (alternative name: Väga hea; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 2:1)
    • 3/D (alternative name: Hea; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:2)
    • 2/E (English translation or equivalent: Pass = Third class).

Research degrees

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have a Master’s degree from a UK university or a recognised university in Estonia; some departments might consider very good applicants with a Bakalaureusekrad (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.