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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 Lebanon who have completed the Baccalauréat General or Baccalauréat Technique will normally be required to complete a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at Birkbeck. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

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.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree OR a Maitrise (equivalent to a British Bachelor’s degree) OR a Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures/Approfondies from a recognised university. There is considerable variation in the types of award offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Lebanon. Some institutions offer French-style awards such as the Licence and Maitrise, while others offer US-style Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and others offer a combination of the two.

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 two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

Lebanese degree classification:

  • French: 18-20; American: 90-100% or A (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • French: 15-17; American: 80-89% or B (alternative name: Very good/Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • French: 12-14; American: 70-79% or C (alternative name: Good/Fair; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree or the Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (Diploma of Advanced Studies) from a recognised university.

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

Find out about our international scholarships.