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United Arab Emirates

Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from United Arab Emirates holding a Tawijihiyya (Secondary School Certificate) will 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.
  • Alternatively, applicants can opt for a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at Birkbeck.
  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will 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 Emirati students would need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised UAE institution and a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0. For some courses, a 2:2 may be acceptable.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emirati degree classification:
    • CPGA: 3.60-4.00; letter: A; percentage: 90-100% (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • CPGA: 3.00-3.59; letter: B+/B; percentage: 80-89% (alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • CPGA: 2.50-2.99; letter: C+; percentage: 75-79% (alternative name: Good; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees 

  • 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.

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