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The English language requirements for our courses are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores, however we accept several other certificates.

If you require a Student Visa to study at Birkbeck, you will need to meet specific entry requirements as specified by the Home Office.

Please note that WAEC is not included on our list of accepted tests.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from Ghana can be accepted for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree if they have completed:

  • an undergraduate diploma from a public university with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent (first- or second-year entry at the discretion of the department)
  • one year of a bachelor's degree at a public university with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

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 from Ghana who have taken a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) when awarded by the West African Examination Council will be considered for a four-year course with foundation programme in their field of interest. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will automatically progress on to our three-year degree. Our four-year foundation programmes offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.

Alternatively, applicants can opt for a foundation course from our partner OnCampus London, which offers guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck's bachelor programmes. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from Ghana would need to have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

For programmes requiring a UK upper-second-class degree (2:1), you will need an overall score of at least 60% or equivalent. For programmes requiring a UK lower-second-class degree (2:2), you will need a GPA of at least 50% or equivalent. Ghanian degree classification:

  • 1st (alternative name: First class; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 2:1 (alternative name: Second class - upper division; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 2:2 (alternative name: Second class - lower division; English translation or equivalent: 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 London's Master's Foundation Programme which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master's degrees at Birkbeck. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

Research degrees Entry Requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a two-year Master's degree from a recognised university in Ghana; one-year Master's degrees are usually predominantly coursework-based and not suitable for PhD entry.

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

Our representatives in your country

Please get in touch with our in-country representatives if you have any queries:


  • BCIE
  • Address: Off Oxford Street, Behind SSNIT Hospital, Next Door to Mama Mia Restaurant, Osu, Accra
  • Phone: 0302-778748

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Contact the Birkbeck international team

If you have any questions about applying to or studying at Birkbeck, do not hesitate to contact the International Team.

International partnerships

The University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA): Birkbeck signed a collaboration agreement to enable eligible academic staff from UPSA to enrol into Birkbeck’s PhD programmes to study largely on an online, distance learning basis. 

The agreement covers MPhil/PhD programmes in Management, Law, and Film and Screen Media, which enrolled UPSA staff members can study remotely from their Accra base.

Financial support

As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme you should be aware of the fees that you will be required to pay and any discounts or bursaries that you may be eligible for. 

Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your studies. 

We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.

You may be eligible to apply for faculty and school funding linked to your programme of study.

Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. 

English language requirements

The English language requirements for our courses are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores.

Read more about equivalent English language qualifications that are accepted by the College.

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