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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Palestine will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. 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.


  • Applicants from Palestine would need to have completed a good Bachelor’s degree/ال ب كال وري وس (Bakalorius or ال ماج س ت ير (Master's degree) from an accredited university.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing students to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
  • Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
    • An-Najah National University: 90-100; Bethlehem University: 90-100; Al-Quds Open University: 90-100; GPA: 4.0 (English translation or equivalent: Excellent = 1st)
    • An-Najah National University: 80-89; Bethlehem University: 85-89; Al-Quds Open University: 80-89; GPA: 3.5 (English translation or equivalent: Very good = 2:1)
    • An-Najah National University: 70-79; Bethlehem University: 80-84; Al-Quds Open University: 70-79; GPA: 3.0 (English translation or equivalent: Good = 2:2).

Research degrees

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree 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.