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Entry requirements

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


  • 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.


  • 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)
  • Or:
    • 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 

  • 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.