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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Qatar holding a شهادة ال ثان وي ة ال عامة, also known as Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) or a Qatar Senior School Certificate, will need to complete a foundation course before enrolling on a 3-year Bachelor's degree. Birkbeck offers two options:
    • Applicants who meet the English requirement can apply for 4-year integrated Bachelor’s Degree plus Foundation programmes, which offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS/Tier 4 visa) for all four years of study.
    • Applicants who do not meet the English requirement should apply for a Foundation year or international Year 1 degree at our partner provider OnCampus London, which is based on the Birkbeck campus and offers 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.


  • To be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised Qatari institution. 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 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.
  • Qatari degree classification:
    • CGPA: 3.50-4.00; University of Qatar (pre-2016): 4.40-5.00 (A) (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • CGPA: 3.00-3.49; University of Qatar (pre-2016): 3.60-4.39 (B) (alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • CGPA: 2.50-2.99; University of Qatar (pre-2016): 2.80-3.59 (C) (alternative name: Good; 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.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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