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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 Tanzania who have taken the National Form VI Examination/Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) or a Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)/East African Advanced Certificate of Education can be considered for direct entry onto an undergraduate course.

The marking system for the ACSE includes the letter grades A-F, where A-E are principal passes, S is a subsidiary pass, and F is a fail:

  • 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

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.

Students who do not meet these criteria can be considered for a four-year course with foundation programme in their field of interest. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will automatically progress on to our three-year degree. Our four-year foundation programmes offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.

Alternatively, applicants can opt for a foundation course from our partner OnCampus London, which offers guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Birkbeck will consider applicants holding a good Bachelor (Honours) degree from a recognised Tanzanian university for Master’s study. Most departments require a minimum upper-second division (2:1) although some may consider students with a lower-second-class division (2:2).

Tanzanian degree classification

  • 1st class Honours (English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 2nd class Honours (upper) (English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 2nd class Honours (lower) (English translation or equivalent: 2:2)

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 London’s Master's Foundation programme, which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

Research degrees entry requirements

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.

Our representatives in your country

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

S3 Education Consultants

Solid Education

  • Solid Education
  • Address: Jangid Plaza, 1st Floor, Office 106, Chaburuma Street, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, Dar es Salaam
  • Phone: +255 787 881 446/ +255 745 777 488/ +255 769 909 572


  • Uniserv
  • Address: Suite 229, 2nd Floor, Harbour View Towers (Formerly J Mall), Samora Avenu, Dar es Salaam
  • Phone: +255 212 9036/7 / +255 787 019 037

More information

Contact the Birkbeck international team

Financial support

  • As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme you should be aware of the fees that you will be required to pay and any discounts or bursaries that you may be eligible for. 
  • Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your studies. 
  • We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.
  • You may be eligible to apply for School and Departmental funding linked to your programme of study.
  • Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. 

Online events

  • Our open events and taster sessions are a great chance to find out more about your chosen course and studying at Birkbeck, University of London.
  • A taster session will provide you with a more in-depth view of the College and your chosen department.

Talk to a current student

Take a virtual campus tour

  • Explore the campus from the comfort of your home and visit our learning facilities, social spaces and local amenities. 

Tanzanian students at Birkbeck

  • For Godlisten Pallangyo, taking the step into higher education was a worthwhile one that will hopefully see him fulfil his ambition of influencing political change in Tanzania.
  • Read Godlisten's blog