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Entry requirements

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


  • We require a Singapore/Cambridge GCE A-level for entry onto undergraduate degrees. The Singapore/Cambridge GCE A-level is graded in a similar way to UK GCE A-levels; an alphabetical scale is used ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest). Grade F is a fail grade.
  • Students who have achieved the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma with good grades (3.0/4.0) may be considered for Year 2 entry onto related undergraduate degrees.
  • Applicants from Singapore who fall short of minimum requirements can also take a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor degree 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.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAA
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer AAB
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer ABB
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBB
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BBC
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer BCC
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer CCC.


  • To be considered for direct entry to a Master's degree at Birkbeck, applicants from Singapore would normally be required to have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Singaporean public 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.
  • Singaporean honours degree classification:
    • I; Singaporean degree classification (4.0 CGPA): 3.60-4.00; Singaporean degree classification (5.0 CGPA/CAP): 4.5-5.0 (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • II (upper); Singaporean degree classification (4.0 CGPA): 3.20-3.59; Singaporean degree classification (5.0 CGPA/CAP): 4.0-4.49 (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • II (lower); Singaporean degree classification (4.0 CGPA): 2.80-3.19; Singaporean degree classification (5.0 CGPA/CAP): 3.5-3.99 (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; 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.

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