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The English language requirements for our courses are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores, however we accept many other tests and qualifications.

Please visit our English language requirements page for more information. 

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

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.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

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 Entry Requirements

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.