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Discover our Global Future Master’s scholarships 2024-25. The Global Future Scholarship will be applied to your fees if you are eligible. You don’t need to apply for the scholarship.


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 Latvia who have completed the Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Attestation of General Secondary Education) with an overall grade of 8, when awarded after the three years of study following nine years of basic education, 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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements can consider a Foundation course, which allows students the chance to progress onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

  • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer A (6-point), 10 (10-point)
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B (6-point), 9 (10-point)
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B (6-point), 9 (10-point)
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B (6-point), 8 (10-point)
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C (6-point), 7 (10-point)
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C (6-point), 7 (10-point)
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C (6-point), 6 (10-point).

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree/post-2002 Bakalaur Diploms OR pre-2002 Magistra Diploms from a recognised university.

Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and you may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower-level degree if you have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.

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.

Latvian degree classification:

  • A (alternative name: 10/Distinction; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • B (alternative name: 9/Excellent or 8/Very good ; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • C (alternative name: 6/Almost good or 7/Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees Entry Requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate degree.

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

Find out about our international scholarships.