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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 Poland who have completed the Swiadectwo Dojrzałości/Matura and obtained a minimum of 65% in subjects taken at Advanced or Higher Level can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck. Since 2005, the Matura has been marked on a percentage scale with a pass mark of 30%.

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 80%
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 80%
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 75%
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 70%
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 65%
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 60%
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 60%.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a post-2001 Licencjat/Inżynier (Bachelor’s degree) OR three-year pre-2000 Magister/Magister Inżynier (Master's degree) from a recognised university. Magister degrees studied after 2000 are considered comparable to British Master's degree standard.

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.

Polish degree classification:

  • A/A1* (alternative name: 5/6; English translation or equivalent: Very good = 1st)
  • B (alternative name: 4.5/4+; English translation or equivalent: Better than good = 2:1)
  • C (alternative name: 4; English translation or equivalent: Good = 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.