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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 Vietnam with Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc 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 an associate degree (Tot Nghiep Cao dang) or who have completed the first year of a Bachelor’s degree (Bang Tot Nghiep Dai Hoc) with a grade of 7.0+ may be considered for direct entry to a Bachelor’s degree.

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

Successful applicants from Vietnam will usually have a minimum grade of 7.0 in their Bachelor’s (Bang Tot Nghiep Dai Hoc) degree from a recognised university in Vietnam. The preferred GPA may vary from one subject to another. 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.

The grading system is uniform for all levels of education, and is based on a 10-point scale, with a pass mark of 5.0. The scale is as follows:

Vietnamese Master’s degree classification:

  • 8.00-10 (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
  • 7.50-7.99 (alternative name: Good; Vietnamese Bachelor’s degree classification: 8.00-10.00; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
  • 7.00-7.49 (alternative name: Pass; Vietnamese Bachelor’s degree classification: 7.00-7.99; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).

Research degrees entry requirements

Successful applicants will usually have a Master’s (Thac Si) degree with a final grade of at least 7.0 from a recognised university in Vietnam. A key consideration will be the quality of your research proposal.

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

Contact us in Vietnam

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


  • GSE website
  • Hanoi office
    • Address: No. 273 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    • Phone: +84 24 3771 3561
  • Ho Chi Minh office
    • Address: 255 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Phone: +84 28 3820 7759


  • ISC-Intake website
  • Ho Chi Minh office
  • Hanoi office
    • Address: 1st Floor, Phu Dien Building, 83A Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi
    • Phone: +84 (0) 4 3941 1906
  • Hanoi West office
    • Address: 62-64 Tran Thai Tong, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
    • Phone: +84 (0) 4 3792 5288

Viet Intellectual JSC

The Education Company 

Find out about our international scholarships.