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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Slovakia who have completed Maturitná skúška/Maturita or a Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skúške (School Leaving Certificate with Maturita) from a SOU or SOŠ with a minimum grade of 2.0 can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.
  • 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 1 (corresponding subject grades: A = 1)
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.5
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 1.8
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.0 (corresponding subject grades: B = 2)
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.2
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.4
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer 2.6 (corresponding subject grades: C = 3).


  • To be considered for direct entry to a Master's degree at Birkbeck, you would normally be required to have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree (Bakalár/Bachelor’s degree or Magister (formally Absolvent Vysoké Skoly)) from a recognised Slovakian 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.
  • Slovakian degree classification:
    • Výborný (letter grade: A; alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • Vel' mi dobrý (letter grade: B; alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • Dobrý (letter grade: C; alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree (Magister/Inzinier) from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate (Bakalar) degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Find out about our international scholarships.