Postgraduate

If you are an overseas postgraduate applicant and your first language is not English, then you must have a proven level of English to study on our courses.

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.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

All postgraduate applicants must demonstrate a standard level 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 sub-score. 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.

Required test scores

The table provides language requirements for our postgraduate programmes if you have completed an IELTS (Academic), TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English or Trinity ISE II/III test.

These tests are valid for entry for 2 years. As a result your qualification must have been completed no more than 2 years before the start date of the programme.

Qualification

IELTS 6.5
(with at least 5.5 in each sub-score)

IELTS 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in each sub-score

IELTS (Academic) test from any IELTS test centre
(is not accepted)

6.5
(with at least 5.5 in each sub-score)

7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in each sub-score

IELTS Life Skills test

Not Accepted

Not Accepted

Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE – A)

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills

70 with no less than 54 in all skills

TOEFL (iBT)

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

At least 100 with minimum scores of 24 for writing, 22 for listening, 24 for reading and 25 for speaking

Trinity ISE III

Pass in all four components

III: at least a Merit in all components

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

IELTS 6.5
(with at least 5.5 in each sub-score)

IELTS 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in each sub-score

A or AS Level taught in EnglishGrade D or aboveGrade C or above
AP ExaminationGrade 3 or aboveGrade 4 or above

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) School Certificate grades

Grades 3-6 (credit);
Grade C

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

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

C (176 from January 2015)

185

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C (176 from January 2015)

185

European Baccalaureate English as First Language

6.5 out of 10 (65%)

7.0 out of 10 (70%)

European Baccalaureate English as Second Language

7.5 out of 10 (75%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

French Baccalaureate (option International du Baccalaureat)

English: Grade 10

English: Grade 10

GCSE/GCE 'O' level English language

C/4

B/6

GCE A or AS level taught in English

Grade D or above

Grade C or above

HKDSE

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

Hong Kong Polytechnic DiplomaPassNot Accepted

IGCSE level English language

C

B

Indian Standard XII ISC, CBSE or West Bengal Board

English: 60%

English: 70%

International Baccalaureate 
(Language A)

HL 5 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 5

International Baccalaureate (Language B)

HL 5 or SL 6

 

INTO English Language assessment test (IELA) London Centre Only

IELA test overall score of 176 or above, with a minimum score of 162  in each skill area

IELA test overall score of 185, with a minimum score of 169 in each skill area

Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary or Higher Level

English: Grade 3

English: Grade 2

University of Kuala LumpurPassNot Accepted

KCSE

English: Grade C or above

English: Grade C or above

Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only)

Grade C or above

Grade B or above

NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Overall EAP grade of B

Overall EAP grade of A

VitnemÄl fra den videregÄende skole

English Grade 4 or above

English Grade 5 or above

Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers taught in English

English: Grade D or above

English: Grade C or above

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not Accepted

South African Senior Certificate

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

WAEC or WASSCE

English: C6 or above

English: B3 or above

Uganda Certificate of Education

English: Grade C

English: Grade B

US SAT's1250 across 2 compulsory components1300 across 2 compulsory components

If you come from a majority English speaking country

You will not be required to further demonstrate your English language level if you are a national of a majority English speaking country on the UKVI list of approved countries and you have the equivalent of a pass in a High School qualification.

If you are an international student

You will not be required to further demonstrate your English language level if you have obtained a bachelor or higher degree from the UK (either a full degree programme or as a result of a 1 or 2 year top-up degree studied in the UK), or another country on the UKVI list of approved majority English speaking countries. If you have studied a top-up degree in the UK, whether you are asked to demonstrate one or two years of UK-based study will be subject to individual course requirements.

Where courses require a higher level of English language ability than the University minimum of 6.5 IELTS (with a 5.5 in each sub-section) or equivalent, then you will be required to have obtained a full bachelor’s degree award, with all three years studied in the UK.

If you don’t meet the requirements

Courses are available if you don't meet the English language requirements.

Find out more about our English Language and Foundation Programmes.