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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 Ukraine holding a Aтестат про повну загальну середню освіту (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) will need to complete a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.

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.

Postgraduate  entry requirements

For entry onto a Master’s degree, most Ukrainian students would need to have completed a Диплом спеціаліста (Specialist Diploma). Students with a Dyplom Bakalavra (Bachelor’s degree) will need to have obtained a grade of ‘Good’ or above to be considered for entry onto a Master’s degree.

Generally Ukrainian grading scales are on a four-point scale, though some modules may have a simple pass/fail evaluation.
Ukrainian degree classification:

  • Вiдмiнно (90-100%; alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • Добре (75-89%; alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 81-89%: 2:1; 75-80%: 2.2)
  • Задовiльно (60-74%; alternative name: Satisfactory; English translation or equivalent: 3rd)


  • Зараховано (60-100%; English translation or equivalent: Pass)
  • Не зараховано (0-59%; English translation or equivalent: Fail).

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' Master's Foundation programme, which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.

During the Soviet era, academic achievement was measured on a 5-point scale (5-1) with 5 being the highest mark and 3 being the minimum pass mark. Since 2000 some institutions have been using a 12-point knowledge assessment scale with 12 being the highest mark.
Ukrainian degree classification:

  • 5; 12-point scale: 11 (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 4.5; 12-point scale: 9 (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 4; 12-point scale: 8 (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees  entry requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree/Dyplom Magistra (Magister Diploma) 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.