If you're considering full degree study (eg studying for a BA, BSc, LLB, LLM, MA or MSc), you will need to meet certain English language requirements.)

Below is a list of our standard minimum English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study. For some courses, you may need to have higher grades or higher scores in certain components, eg in writing. These details can be found in the 'Entry requirements' section of our course pages.

Please note: Your IELTS or equivalent test result has to meet our English requirement in one single test. Combining two or more results is not acceptable.

Pre-sessional English

We run 15-week, 12-week and 7-week pre-sessional English courses for students who need to improve their English proficiency before starting their Bachelor's or Master's programme at Westminster.

IELTS Academic

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees – 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component
  • Master's degrees – 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component. Many courses require higher component scores in writing or other components. Details can be found in the 'Entry requirements' section of our course pages
  • Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) – 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each component

TOEFL (IBT)

We now accept TOEFL for students requiring a Tier 4 visa.

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking 
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – 88 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking 
  • Master's degrees or Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – 92 overall with a minimum of 20 in Listening, 24 in Writing, 19 in Reading and 20 in Speaking

English Test

The University of Westminster accepts English Password Test for undergraduate and postgraduate study. The test costs £60 and can be taken on one of the University of Westminster campuses in London. For further information, please see our Password page.

Required scores are the same as those for IELTS.

PTE Academic

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees – 54 average with 51 in each component
  • Master's degrees – 58 average with 51 in each component
  • Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) – 58 average with 55 in each component

Cambridge Assessment English: 

Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees:

  • C1 Advanced, previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • C2 Proficiency, previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component

Master's degrees:

  • C1 Advanced, previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum 162 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 169 in each)
  • C2 Proficiency, previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum 162 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 169 in each)

Research degrees (MPhil/PhD):

  • C1 Advanced, previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum 169 in each component
  • C2 Proficiency, previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum 169 in each component

GCSE

  • Grade C or above in English Language or 4 in the 1–9 grading scale

IGCSE

  • Grade C or above in English Language (first language) or 4 in the 1–9 grading scale
  • Grade B in English Language (second language) or 5 / 6 in the 1–9 grading scale (subject to course requirements)

Please note iGCSE English is not a UKVI approved SELT and those seeking a Tier 4 visa will need to provide a Supplementary Certifying Statement (CEFR). We do not accept iGCSE English Literature as proof of English language ability.

International Baccalaureate

Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees:

  • English A: Literature SL grade 4 or HL grade 4)
  • English A: Language & Literature and English B (SL grade 5 or HL grade 4)
  • English Literature & Performance (SL grade 5)

Other accepted qualifications

The University recognises a number of different EU high school level qualifications as demonstrating proof of English language ability. Please check specific entry requirements within the Your country section.

Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus students

For exchange and Erasmus students, our English language requirements are slightly different than for our full-time students.

English language support

We offer support in academic English to help you develop the language and study skills you'll need during your university studies.

Find out more about English language support at the University

English programmes for research students

Please note: research students will be required to do a compulsory English programme in the first semester but will not have to sit an additional English test.

Students with higher grades equivalent to IELTS 7 may not have to do the English programme.