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Entry requirements

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


  • Applicants from Yemen holding ال عامة ال ثان وي ة شهادة /Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) 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 be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.


  • The exact requirements will depend on the programme you are applying for but Birkbeck generally requires a Master’s degree from a recognised university in Yemen. Case-specific decisions are made for students holding other post-school qualifications.
  • 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.
  • Yemeni degree classification:
    • 94-100% (alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 84-93% (alternative name: Very good; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 74-83% (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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