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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Malta who have completed the Advanced Matriculation (AM) or a Matriculation Certificate Examination 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
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer A
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer B
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer C
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer D.


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) 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.
  • Maltese degree classification:
    • 80-100% (alternative name: Category I; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 70-79% (alternative name: Category IIA; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 55-69% (alternative name: Category IIB; English translation or equivalent: 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.