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South Korea

Entry requirements

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

Foundation year students

  • Korean students applying directly from high school will usually need to complete a foundation course before enrolling on a 3-year bachelor degree. Birkbeck has two options:
    • Applicants who have already achieved 6.5 in the IELTS test can apply for 4-year integrated Bachelor’s Degree plus Foundation programmes, which offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.
    • Applicants who do not meet the English requirement should apply for a foundation year or international Year 1 degree at our partner provider OnCampus London, which offer guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.


  • Applicants from South Korea who have completed the following can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck:
    • Specialised High School Diploma with exceptional grades
    • Associate Degree/Junior College Diploma from a recognised institution with a final GPA of 3.2/4.5, 3.1/4.3 or 3.0/4.0 (at the discretion of the department; this qualification is lower than A-levels)
    • One year of a Bachelor's degree (Haksa) at a recognised university with a GPA of 3.2/4.5, 3.1/4.3 or 3.0/4.0
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.


  • Applicants from South Korea who are applying for Master’s degrees require:
    • Bachelor’s degree (Haksa) from a recognised university. For programmes requiring a UK 2:1, a minimum final GPA of 3.2/4.5, 3.1/4.3 or 3.0/4.0; for programmes requiring a UK 2:2, a minimum final GPA of 3.0/4.5, 2.9/4.3 or 2.8/4.0.
  • 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.
  • South Korean degree classification:
    • Mark: 90-100 (letter: A+/A; numerical: 4.5/4.0; English equivalent: 1st)
    • Mark: 80-89 (letter: B+/B; numerical: 3.5/3.0; English equivalent: 2:1)
    • Mark: 75-79 (letter: C+/B; numerical: 2.8; English equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master's degree (Suksa) from a recognised university with a final GPA of least 3.2/4.5, 3.1/4.3 or 3.0/4.0.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Contact us in South Korea

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

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