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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.


Applicants will normally be required to achieve a first-class/first division mark in their undergraduate programme at a good institution of higher education in India. At the discretion of academic departments, students with degrees awarded by top universities such as the University of Mumbai, University of Delhi, University of Calcutta, Indian Institute of Technology and University of Pune, may be accepted with high second-class/high second division marks.

  • For programmes requiring a UK 2:1: first-class degree, 60% or equivalent. Students with a high second-class degree, 55%+ or equivalent, from one of the top institutions may also be considered at the discretion of the department.
  • For programmes requiring a UK 2:2: high second-class degree, 55% or equivalent. Students below this mark who have attended one of the top institutions may be considered at the discretion of the department.

UK NARIC advises that a new 10-point GPA scale has been introduced in many universities. The figures below can be used to compare GPA score to percentage scores:

  • 8.00-10.00 (75-100%; English translation or equivalent: First class with distinction)
  • 6.50-7.99 (65-74%; English translation or equivalent: First class
  • 5.50-6.49 (50-64%; English translation or equivalent: Second class)
  • 4.50-5.49 (40-49%; English translation or equivalent: Third class/Pass).

If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for OnCampus' Master's Foundation programme, which is available for 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

Please note: We are happy to accept a provisional degree certificate as evidence of your qualification, provided it is no older than 18 months. You must provide your final transcript from the awarding institution together with the provisional degree certificate.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from India can be considered for direct entry onto undergraduate degrees if they meet the minimum entry requirements below; state board entry requirements range between 60 and 80%.

Birkbeck entry point: Bachelor Degree

Minimum qualification/grade:

  • Higher Secondary Certificate
  • All India Senior School Certificate
  • Higher School Certificate
  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
  • Intermediate Certificate
  • Pre-University Course awarded on completion of Standard XII.

Indian Board name: HSC XII: Minimum accepted grades vary from 60 to 80% depending on the examining board.

  • CBSE/CISCE/Maharashtra Boards; CCD equivalent: 65%; BBC equivalent: 70%; AAB equivalent: 75%
  • West Bengal State Board; CCD equivalent: 55%; BBC equivalent: 60%; AAB equivalent: 65%
  • All other state Boards; CCD equivalent: 70%; BBC equivalent: 75%; AAB equivalent: 80%.

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 do not meet the minimum entry requirements can complete a Foundation course and can progress onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

Research degrees Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry to a research degree, applicants from India would normally be expected to have a Master’s degree from a reputable Indian university with a first-class degree classification or equivalent.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts/Science/Commerce degree or professional degree with distinction/high first-class/exceptional grades can be admitted for a PhD at the discretion of the department.

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

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

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