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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 with the Zambian School Certificate/General Certificate of Education can 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. Our four-year foundation programmes offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.

Alternatively, applicants can opt for a foundation course at our partner provider OnCampus London (or another recognised provider) for entry onto undergraduate programmes at Birkbeck.

Applicants with a Zambian Diploma can be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. 

Applicants holding a Zambian bachelor degree can be considered for admission to year two of our undergraduate 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.

Postgraduate entry requirements

The exact requirements will depend on the programme you are applying for but Birkbeck generally requires at least a 2:1 on a Master’s degree from a recognised Zambian university for Master’s entry. Case-specific decisions are made for students holding other post-school qualifications.

  • Zambian 2.5 scale: 2.5 (A+); Zambian 4.0 scale: 4.0 (A) (English equivalent: 1st)
  • Zambian 2.5 scale: 2.0 (A); Zambian 4.0 scale: 3.5 (B+) (English equivalent: 2:1)
  • Zambian 2.5 scale: 1.5 (B+); Zambian 4.0 scale: 3.0 (B) (English equivalent: 2:2).

If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for OnCampus London's Master's Foundation Programme which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master's degrees at Birkbeck. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

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.

Research degrees entry requirements

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.

Our representatives in your country

Birkbeck works with a select number of overseas representatives or agents across the world to offer face-to-face assistance and counselling to prospective students.

S3 Education Consultants 

Solid Education

More information

Contact the Birkbeck international team

Financial support

  • As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme you should be aware of the fees that you will be required to pay and any discounts or bursaries that you may be eligible for. 
  • Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your studies. 
  • We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.
  • You may be eligible to apply for school and departmental funding linked to your programme of study.
  • Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. 

Online events

  • Our open events and taster sessions are a great chance to find out more about your chosen course and studying at Birkbeck, University of London.
  • A taster session will provide you with a more in-depth view of the College and your chosen department.

Talk to a current student

Take a virtual campus tour

  • Explore the campus from the comfort of your home and visit our learning facilities, social spaces and local amenities. 

Zambian students at Birkbeck

  • Kasoka Kasoka says that studying for a PhD at Birkbeck was one of the best decisions they have ever made. Read Kasoka Kasoka’s blog.