If your first language is not English, or you have not studied your secondary education in English, you may need to be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language before you can be admitted onto any degree course. 

Below is a list of our standard, minimum English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Please note some courses may require higher grades or higher scores in certain components, for example, in writing. This is normally shown on the individual course pages.

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 (some schools require a minimum of 6.0 in each)
  • 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 – 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking 
  • Master's degrees – 92 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking 
  • Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) – 92 overall with a minimum of 20 in Listening and Writing, 21 in Reading and 23 in Speaking 

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

University of Cambridge ESOL

Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees:

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) grade C pass. Minimum score of 52 with each individual component score no lower than ‘weak’.
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) – pass
  • New scoring system: 169 overall with a minimum 162 in each component

Master's degrees:

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) grade C, minimum score of 58 (equivalent to IELTS 6.5). Minimum ‘borderline’ in writing.
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) grade B/C, minimum score of 67 (equivalent to IELTS 7.0/7.5). Minimum ‘good’ in writing.
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) – pass
  • New scoring system: 176 overall with a minimum 162 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 169 in each)

Research degrees (MPhil/PhD):

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Grade B/C, minimum score of 67 (equivalent to IELTS 7.0/7.5). Minimum ‘good’ in writing.
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) – pass
  • New scoring system: 176 overall with a minimum 169 in each component

GCSE

  • Grade C or above in English 

IGCSE

  • Grade C or above in English (first language or literature)
  • Grade B in English (second language)

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).

International Baccalaureate

  • Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level
  • Grade 6 in B1 English at Higher Level

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.