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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Romania who have completed the Diplomă de Bacalaureat can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck if they have obtained a minimum overall grade of 8/10. The marking scheme is on a scale of 0 to 20 where the minimum pass-mark is 10.
  • 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 10 (corresponding subject grades: A = 9)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 9.5
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 9
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8.5 (corresponding subject grades: B = 8)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 8
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7.5
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 7 (corresponding subject grades: C = 7).


  • 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 Romanian institution; students with the following qualifications will be considered for postgraduate degrees:
    • Diploma de licentã (since 2005) with a minimum overall score of 8/10
    • Romanian degree classification:
        • 10 (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
        • 9 (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
        • 8 (English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
  • 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.

Research degrees 

  • 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.