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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Germany who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry:
    • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) with a minimum final grade of 2.2 on a scale of 1 (highest) to 6 (lowest).
  • 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.
  • Applicants who fall short of the entry requirements may also complete a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.3 (corresponding subject grades: 14 = A)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.5
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.8
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.0 (corresponding subject grades: 12 = B)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.2
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.4
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.6 (corresponding subject grades: 10 = C).


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, a student from Germany must have completed:
    • Bakkalaureus/Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution
    • Or Magister Artium/Diplom/Erstes Staatsexamen (pre-Bologna) from a recognised institution.
  • For programmes requiring a UK 2:1, students require a minimum final grade of 2.5; for programmes requiring a UK 2:2, students need a minimum final grade of 3.
  • 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.
  • German degree classification:
    • 1 (alternative name: Sehr gut; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
    • 2 (alternative name: Gut; English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
    • 3 (alternative name: Befriedigend; English translation or equivalent: Satisfactory = 2:2)
    • 4 (alternative name: Ausreichend; English translation or equivalent: Third class/Pass).

Research degrees

  • For entry onto our research degree courses, students should normally have a Master’s degree/Magister from a recognised university with a final grade of at least 2.5 or equivalent OR a Lizentiat/Aufbaustudium/Zweites Staatsexamen (pre-Bologna) from a recognised institution with a final grade of at least 2.5 or equivalent.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.