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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Israel who have completed the Bagrut (Matriculation Certificate) 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 9 = comparable offer 90-100%
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8.5 = comparable offer 85-89%
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8 = comparable offer 80-84%
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7.5 = comparable offer 75-79%
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7 = comparable offer 70-74%
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6.5 = comparable offer 65-69%
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 6 = comparable offer 60-64%.


  • Applicants from Israel will usually require a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution in Israel. 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.
  • Israeli degree classification
    • 90-100% (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 80-89% (alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 65-79% (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
    • 50-64% (English translation or equivalent: Third class).

Research degrees 

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master's degree from a UK university or a Master’s degree (Track A) from a recognised university in Israel.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Find out about our international scholarships.