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Russian Federation

Entry requirements

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


  • 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.


  • 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 

  • 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

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