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Netherlands

Please note: Birkbeck is currently receiving a high volume of international applications. Please read our entry requirements carefully to ensure you submit the correct set of documents when applying. We may take longer than expected to process your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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 the Netherlands who have completed the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) when awarded after six years 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 9
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree/Kandidaat (post-2002) from a recognised university or an HBO diploma (pre-2001)with a minimum grade of 6.0.

Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and you may be admitted to a Master's programme 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.

Dutch degree classification:

  • 9-10 (alternative name: Zeer goed; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
  • 7-8 (alternative name: Ruim voldoende; English translation or equivalent: Very satisfactory = 2:1)
  • 6-7 (alternative name: Voldoende; English translation or equivalent: Pass = 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.