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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 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.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

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 OnCampus' 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 Entry Requirements

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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