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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Lithuania who have completed the Brandos Atestatas (Certificate of Maturity) from a gymnasium or secondary school when awarded after two years of upper secondary education can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck, if they have achieved a minimum overall score of 8/10.
  • 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 95% (corresponding subject grade: A = 9)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 95%
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 90%
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 85% (corresponding subject grade: B = 8)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 80%
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 75%
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 70% (corresponding subject grade: C = 7).


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree/post-2000 Bakalauro Diplomas OR a pre-2000 Magistro Diplomas. Post-2002 Magistro Diplomas are considered 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 two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
  • Lithuanian degree classification (both Magistro and Bakalaur):
    • 10-point evaluation: 10; 5-point evaluation: 5- (English translation or equivalent: Excellent = 1st)
    • 10-point evaluation: 8-9; 5-point evaluation: 4 (English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:1)
    • 10-point evaluation: 6-7; 5-point evaluation: 4- (English translation or equivalent: Highly satisfactory = 2:2).

Research degrees

  • 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.