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Entry requirements and how to apply

There is nowhere better to study than London: 100,000 international students from over 200 countries study here. Our unique evening teaching means that you can study alongside London's working professionals and pursue internship or part-time work opportunities during the day. 

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

  • Our students come to us with a wide assortment of qualifications and experience, and we believe that this variety adds to the Birkbeck student experience. We welcome applications from students with no previous qualifications or those with no recent experience of higher education. The full entry requirements for all our undergraduate courses are specified on each course page.
  • View our online list of countries to check the equivalencies for your qualifications
  • Our approved agents in your country may also be able to advise you on the equivalence of your qualification. 
  • If you do not know the equivalence of your qualifications, make an application and include as much information as possible about your qualification. We will then assess your eligibility. 

MASTER'S DEGREES

  • For most Master's degrees, we require the equivalent of a UK Bachelor's (undergraduate) degree (class 2:1 or 2:2, with honours). You must also meet our minimum English language entry requirements. 
  • View our online list of countries to check the equivalencies for your qualifications
  • Our approved agents in your country may also be able to advise you on the equivalence of your qualification. 
  • If you do not know the equivalence of your qualifications, make an application and include as much information as possible about your qualification. We will then assess your eligibility. 

MPHIL/PHD DEGREES

  • For most MPhil/PhD degrees, we require the equivalent of a good UK Master's degree. 
  • You must also meet our minimum English language entry requirements
  • View our online list of countries to check the equivalencies for your qualifications
  • Our approved agents in your country may also be able to advise you on the equivalence of your qualification. 
  • If you do not know the equivalence of your qualifications, make an application and include as much information as possible about your qualification. We will then assess your eligibility.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ABILITY

We value our multi-lingual student body and encourage applications from speakers of all languages. Therefore, rather than having rigid requirements for non-native English speakers, we consider each case individually. Below is a range of ways in which you can demonstrate your English language ability:

We suggest to all applicants who are non-native speakers of English that they make a case in their application for the level of their English language ability.

Student VISA APPLICANTS

Applicants who need a Student visa have a separate set of English language requirements, to comply with Home Office regulations. Visit our Student visa English language page for information.

Visa Deadlines

Deadlines for visa applicants on programmes starting January 2023

  • 9 November 2022 - Last date for applications.
  • 16 November 2022 - Last date for conditional offers.
  • 30 November 2022 - All conditions must be met.
  • 7 December 2022 - Draft CAS deadline.
  • 9 January 2023 - Programme start dates.
  • 23 January 2023 - Latest arrival date.

Deadlines for visa applicants on programmes starting October 2023

  • 21 August 2023 - Last date for applications.
  • 4 September 2023 - All academic/non-academic conditions must be met.
  • 11 September 2023 - Draft CAS deadline.
  • 2 October 2023 - Programme start dates - note: some courses may have an earlier start date.
  • 16 October 2023 - Latest arrival date.

HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR COURSE

Please note that international applications for the October 2022-23 entry are now closed. You can apply now for courses starting in January 2023

Birkbeck offers full-time courses to international students in a wide range of subject areas and at all levels of university study - undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD. Birkbeck also offers a range of distance-learning courses across all levels of study, which international students can undertake.