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Russian Federation


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 Russia would be expected to have completed one year of a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma at a recognised university with an average grade of at least 4/5 OR a recognised undergraduate Foundation course, which allows students the chance to progress 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 direct entry to a Master's degree at Birkbeck, you will normally be required to have successfully completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma from a recognised university with a minimum final grade of 3.5 for programmes requiring a UK 2:2, or 4.0 for programmes requiring a UK 2:1.

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 two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

The grading scale ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Where transcripts do not have a final GPA listed, the below should be used to calculate the average.

The Russian degree grading scale is as follows:

  • 5 (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 4 (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 3 (alternative name: Satisfactory (a pass); English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
  • 2 (alternative name: Unsatisfactory/fail)
  • 1 (alternative name: Unsatisfactory/fail).

Research degrees Entry Requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Specialist Diploma from a recognised university with exceptional grades (mostly 5/5); Magistr from a recognised university with a maximum final grade of 4/5; Kandidat Nauk.

Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Contact us in Russia

Please get in touch with our in-country representatives if you have any queries.

Students International 

I-Class Education Group - St Petersburg

Find out about our international scholarships.