If your first language is not English you may be required to produce evidence of your English language proficiency. This is in addition to any academic entry requirements.

The Home Office regulations require all students entering into the UK with a Tier 4 visa to reach a minimum standard in English. If you need a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK you will need to meet both the Home Office requirements and the specific entry requirements of the course you have applied to.

The Home Office rules state that applicants wishing to study at degree level or above must have achieved a B2 level in each of the four language components. The Tier 4 policy guidance is available on the Home Office website.

The Home Office has produced a list of approved English language qualifications. Applicants who need to improve their English language skills may be able to attend a pre-sessional course with the Skills Centre

Minimum requirements

Only English language tests taken up to two years prior to the date that you are due to start your studies are valid for entrance purposes.

Check the requirements for individual courses in the postgraduate prospectus.

Equivalent grades

The table below shows the equivalent grades for the IELTS and PTE Academic, CPE and CAE. If you are studying at degree level or above, provided that you meet the programme-specific entry requirement, we are happy to accept IELTS Academic certificates from any IELTS test centre.

IELTS PTE Academic Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in English Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English TOEFL iBT
IELTS 6.5 With no less than 6.0 in each component 62 with no less than 59 in each component 184 with no less than 175 in all elements 184 with no less than 175 in all elements 90 overall, no less than 21 in any element
IELTS 7.0 No less than 6.5 in each component, some programmes require 7.0 in each component 69 with no less than 62 in any component 193 with no less than 184 in all elements 193 with no less than 184 in all elements 100 overall, no less than 24 in any element
IELTS 7.0 No less than 7.0 in any component 69 with no less than 69 in any component 193 with no less than 193 in all elements 193 with no less than 193 in all elements 100 overall, no less than 27 in any element