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Norway

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 Norway who have completed the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole/Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck. Opplæring certificates that grant access to higher education should include the phrase "oppnådd generell studiekompetanse". The marking scheme used for the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole is on a scale of 0 to 6 with 6 (saerdeles tilfredsstillende/excellent) being the highest and 2 (matelig/poor) being the minimum pass mark.

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 6 (descriptors and meanings: Fremragende kompetanse / særdeles tilfredsstillende - Excellent)
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 5 (descriptors and meanings: Meget god kompetanse/meget tilfredsstillende - Very Good)
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 5 (descriptors and meanings: Meget god kompetanse/meget tilfredsstillende - Very Good)
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4 (descriptors and meanings: God kompetanse/tilfredsstillende - Good)
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 4 (descriptors and meanings: God kompetanse/tilfredsstillende - Good)
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 3 (descriptors and meanings: Nokså god kompetanse/noenlunde tilfredsstillende - Fair)
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 3 (descriptors and meanings: Nokså god kompetanse/noenlunde tilfredsstillende - Fair).

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants from Norway would need to have completed a post-2003 Bachelor’s degree or pre-2003 Candidatus Magisterii from an accredited university.

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.

Norwegian degree classification:

  • A/1.5; Norwegian Candidatus Magisterii classification: 1.5-1.0 (alternative classification: An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. Shows a high degree of independence; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • B/2.1; Norwegian Candidatus Magisterii classification: 2.5-1.6 (alternative classification: An average performance, above average. Shows a certain degree of independence; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • C/2.7; Norwegian Candidatus Magisterii classification: 3.2-2.6 (alternative classification: An average performance, satisfactory in most areas; 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.