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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Ethiopia 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 or two years of university in Ethiopia can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree.
  • 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 Ethiopia must have completed a Master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0/Grade B from a recognised Ethiopian institution. Students applying for postgraduate courses requiring a UK 2:1 degree will need a Master’s degree with at least 3.5 out of 4.0 from a recognised university.
  • 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.

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 Ethiopia.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Find out about our international scholarships.