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Please note: Birkbeck is currently receiving a high volume of international applications. Please read our entry requirements carefully to ensure you submit the correct set of documents when applying. We may take longer than expected to process your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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 Sweden who have completed Avgångsbetyg/Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (previously Studentexamen) can be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate course at Birkbeck.

Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will also 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 MVG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with special distinction)
  • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer MVG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with special distinction)
  • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer VG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with distinction)
  • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer VG (descriptors and meaning: Pass with distinction)
  • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass)
  • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass)
  • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer G (descriptors and meaning: Pass).

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Birkbeck will consider applicants from Sweden holding a good Bachelor (Kandidatexamen (Bachelor’s degree), Yrkesexamen (professional Bachelor’s degree), or Magisterexamen (Master’s degree)). Traditionally, higher education institutions have often used a three-level scale: Pass with distinction (Väl godkänd), Pass (Godkänd) and Fail (Underkänd) or a two-level scale: Pass (Godkänd) and Fail (Underkänd). However, the grading system used will vary from institution to institution.

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 significant 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.

Swedish degree classification:

  • Väl godkänd (with a minimum of 90 credits at VG) (alternative name: Pass with distinction; English translation or equivalent: 1st-2:1)
  • Godkänd (with a minimum of 90 credits at G) (alternative name: Pass; English translation or equivalent: 2:1-2:2).

Research degrees Entry Requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree, Professional Master’s, a Magisterexamen or a Licentiatexamen from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the Bachelor’s (Kandidatexamen) degree.

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

Find out about our international scholarships.