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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Ireland who have completed the Irish Leaving Certificate with at least five subjects passed at Higher/Honours Level can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.
  • 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.
    • Grade A1 = 90 tariff points
    • Grade A2 = 77 tariff points
    • Grade B1 = 71 tariff points
    • Grade B2 = 64 tariff points
    • Grade B3 = 58 tariff points
    • Grade C1 = 52 tariff points
    • Grade C2 = 45 tariff points
    • Grade C3 = 39 tariff points
    • Grade D1 = 33 tariff points
    • Grade D2 = 26 tariff points
    • Grade D3 = 20 tariff points.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer A2 A2 B1 B1 B2
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer A2 B1 B1 B2 B3
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B1 B1 B2 B3 B3
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B2 B2 B2 B3 C1
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B3 B3 B3 B3 C1
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B3 B3 C1 C1 C2
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C1 C1 C1 C2 C3.


  • Applicants from Ireland will usually need a Bachelor’s degree from a university. Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.
  • 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.
  • Irish degree classification:
    • First-class honours (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Second-class honours, grade I (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Second-class honours, grade II (English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree. However some departments also accept students with a Bachelor’s Honours degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.