Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


If you are studying for an Iranian qualification, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for Iran.

UK requirement (A-level)Peeshdaneshgahe (Pre-University Certificate) (up until 2019), National University Entrance Examination (Kunkur)
AAA - AAB16/20 overall
ABB - BBB14/20 overall
BBC13/20 overall
BCC12/20 overall
CCC11/20 overall

Award of the High School Diploma (Theoretical Stream, post-2019) studied between 4-5 years, with an overall grade of 14*. The Technical and Vocational stream and Work and Knowledge stream will not be acceptable for direct entry.

*dependent on subject requirements

Undergraduate pathway programmes

If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for a course, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year programme at the University of Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey.


To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 15.0 out of 20.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.0 overall.

Postgraduate pathway programmes

If you do not meet the requirements for a postgraduate course, you can apply for a Pre-Masters Preparation Programme. These pathway programmes are offered by the University of Surrey International Study Centre and are designed in order to develop a student’s academic and English language skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a masters degree at the University of Surrey.

English language requirements and courses

All our students require a good standard of English language to be eligible to study with us. If you don’t meet our requirements, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.