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Iran

Please note: Birkbeck is currently receiving a high volume of international applications. Please read our entry requirements carefully to ensure you submit the correct set of documents when applying. We may take longer than expected to process your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from Iran with a Peeshdaneshgahe (pre-university certificate) with an overall average grade of at least 16/20 or the Konkur (National University Entrance Examination) with a high ranking can be considered for direct entry onto undergraduate degrees. These awards should be considered together.

An associate degree (Kardani or Fogheh Diplom) from a state university with a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent, or from a private university with a final grade of at least 16/20, will also be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate programme.

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.

Students who have taken any other secondary school qualifications in Iran (eg High School Diploma) are required to complete a Foundation course which offers progression pathways onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

  • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 20 (corresponding subject grades: A = 17)
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 19
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 18
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 17 (corresponding subject grades: B = 14)
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 16
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 15
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 14 (corresponding subject grades: C = 12).

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from Iran will usually have a Karshenasi/Lisans (Bachelor’s degree) from an accredited higher education institution; exact requirements will depend on the course you are applying for but you will usually be expected to have a final grade of between 13 and 16 out of 20. Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.

For programmes requiring a UK 2:1:

  • Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent.
  • Students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 16/20 or equivalent.

For programmes requiring a UK 2:2:

  • Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 13/20 or equivalent.
  • Students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 14/20 or equivalent.

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.

Iranian degree classification:

  • 17-20 (alternative name: A; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 15-16.99 (alternative name: B; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 12-14.99 (alternative name: C; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees Entry Requirements

A Master’s degree (Karshenasi Ershad) is required for entrance onto a PhD. Students from a state university should have a final grade of at least 15/20 or equivalent while students from a private university should have a final grade of at least 16/20 or equivalent.

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

Find out about our international scholarships.