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English language requirements for postgraduate students

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

All postgraduate applicants must demonstrate a standard level of English or Welsh language that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study. For the majority of applicants this will be an IELTS (Academic) of 6.5 with a 5.5 in each subskill or a GCSE in Welsh language.

In addition to meeting the academic language standard, applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must also present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements - in most cases this will be the same language evidence..

We accept a variety of English language qualifications for entry. We have minimum admission requirements but for some courses our admissions tutors may ask for higher grades. Search our course list to find out the English requirement for the course you are interested in.

You will not be required to further demonstrate your English language level if:

  • you have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught through the medium of English and awarded by a UK institution or
  • you have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught (in its entirety) in a country on the UKVI list of exceptions (excluding Canada) or
  • you are a national of Canada and have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught (in its entirety) in Canada and awarded by a Canadian institution.
  • you are a national of, and have the equivalent of a pass in a High School qualification from, a majority English speaking country on the UKVI list of exceptions, including Canada.

Top-up degrees studied in the UK and awarded by a UK institution (or an institution based in another country on the UKVI list of exceptions) will be accepted on the basis of one or two academic years of UK-based study (or study in another country on the UKVI list of exceptions), subject to individual course requirements.

If you're applying to the Vocational Law programmes or clinical programmes in the School of Dentistry, you must fulfil the programme-specific English language requirements regardless of if you're a national of or have a degree from a majority English speaking country.

Accepted language qualifications

These tests are valid for entry for two years. As a result your qualification must have been completed no more than two years before the start date of the programme.

Qualification accepted

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5
(with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill)

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subskill)

Equivalent to IELTS 7.5 overall (with a minimum of 7.5 in each subskill)

Duolingo English Test (Conditions apply, see English language requirements.)

110

120

140

IELTS (Academic) test from a recognised IELTS test centre

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill

At least 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each subskill

At least 7.5 overall with at least 7.5 in each subskill

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills

At least 70 overall with no less than 54 in all communicative skills

At least 78 overall with no less than 78 in all communicative skills

Study Group Pre-Masters Programme - Academic English Skills (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic PMP and studied at the International Study Centre in Cardiff)

60%

70%

89%

TOEFL iBT including Special Home Edition (Conditions apply to the Special Home Edition, see English language requirements.)

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading, and 20 for speaking

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 20 in each subskill

At least 109 overall with a minimum of 26 in speaking and 24 in all other subskills

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits

III: at least a Pass in all components

III: at least a Merit in all components

III: at least a Distinction in all components

University of Michigan Certificate of Proficiency (ECPE)

750 Pass (P)

Not accepted

Not accepted

University of Nottingham Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) 4 programme - accepted for 2020 entry only.

63%

68%

Not accepted

Other accepted language qualifications

If you submit acceptable evidence that you have completed one of the following qualifications and attained the required test score, you will not be required to provide additional evidence of English language ability.

Qualification

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall

Equivalent to IELTS 7.5 overall

A or AS level taught in English

Grade D

Grade C

Grade B

Austria Reifeprüfung/Matura English

Grade 2 (gut) in both written and oral

Grade 2 (gut) in both written and oral

Not accepted

Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs /
Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire
Superieur English

80% / 16 out of 20 /
grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

80% / 16 out of 20 /
grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Not accepted

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) School Certificate English language

Grades 3-6 (credit);
Grade C

Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B

Grade 1  (distinction); Grade A

Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency (from January 2015)

176 overall

185 overall

195 overall

Denmark Studentereksamen English

Level A
Grade 10

Level A
Grade 10

Not accepted

European Baccalaureate English as First Language

6.5 out of 10 (65%)

7.0 out of 10 (70%)

7.5 out of 10 (75%)

European Baccalaureate English as Second Language

7.5 out of 10 (75%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

8.5 out of 10 (85%)

Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/
Studentexamensbetyg English

Grade 5 (magna cum laude)

Grade 5 (magna cum laude)

Not accepted

France Baccalauréat where
English is the first foreign language (LV1)

Grade 14

Grade 14

Not accepted

French Baccalauréat (option International du Baccalauréat (OIB)) English

Grade 10

Grade 10

Grade 11

GCE O Level English Second Language

Grade B

Grade C

Not accepted

GCSE or GCE O Level English Language

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

Grade A or 7

GCSE or GCE O Level English Literature

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

Grade A or 7

Germany Abitur English when taken
as an achievement/main/intensive course

Grade 12 (gut)

Grade 12 (gut)

Not accepted

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 5**

Hong Kong Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not accepted

Not accepted

IGCSE English First Language

Grade C

Grade B

Grade A

IGCSE English Second Language

Grade B

Grade A

Not accepted

Indian Standard XII English

70%

70%

75%

Indian Standard XII Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education English

140 out of 200

140 out of 200

145 out of 200

International Baccalaureate Language A

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

HL 6

International Baccalaureate Language B

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

HL 7

Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary or Higher Level English

Grade 3

Grade 2

Grade 1

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English

Grade C

Grade B

Grade A

University of Kuala Lumpur

Pass at degree level

Not accepted

Not accepted

Malaysian SPM English (1119/O Level paper only)

Grade C

Grade B

Grade A

Mauritius School Certificate (GCE)

Grade C

Grade B

Grade B

Mauritius Higher School Certificate

Grade D

Grade C

Not accepted

Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs
(VWO) English

Grade 7

Grade 7

Not accepted

Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher English Language

Grade D

Grade D

Grade C

Scottish National 5 English Language

Grade D

Grade C

Grade B

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not accepted

Not accepted

South African Independent Examinations Board (IEB) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från
Gymnasieskolan English

Grade C or VG

Grade C or VG

Not accepted

Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) English

Grade C

Grade B

Grade A

Vitnemål fra den videregående skole (Norway) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

West African Education Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) in any subject (excluding local languages)

Grade C6

Grade B3

Grade B2

Uganda Certificate of Education English

Grade C/6

Grade B/4

Grade A/2

USA Advanced Placement Test

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

USA American College Testing (ACT)

Composite score of 27

Composite score of 29

Composite score of 31

USA SAT

1250 across 2 compulsory components

1300 across 2 compulsory components

1350 across 2 compulsory components

USA SAT Subject Tests

600 in any subject

650 in any subject

700 in any subject

Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education English

Grade 5-6 (Credit)

Grade 3-4 (Merit)

Grade 1-2 (Distinction)

Accepted qualifications from India

The Indian Standard XII English qualification from the following examination boards are accepted:

  • Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education
  • Bihar School Examination Board
  • Central Board of Secondary Education
  • Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, ICSE / ISC
  • Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education
  • Gujarat Secondary Education Board
  • Government of Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Examination
  • Government of Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education
  • Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhopal; Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
  • Meghalaya Board of School Education
  • Punjab School Education Board
  • Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan
  • Telangana Board of Intermediate Education
  • Board of High School and Intermediate Education Uttar Pradesh
  • National Institute of Open Schooling.

If you don’t meet the requirements

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet our entry requirements.

Find out more about our English Language and Foundation Programmes.