English Language Requirements

You must show that your understanding and expression of English is sufficient to complete your course. Requirements vary by course and level, but the good news is, you don't have to wait to reach the required level before you apply.

Here's what you need:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

For some undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, you need:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

For MPhil/PhD postgraduate research degrees, you need:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

For many of our extended degree programmes, you will need:

  • IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

The English language requirements for some extended degree programmes vary.

To see our range of extended degree programmes and full programme details, see our extended degree programmes pages.

For our International Foundation Diploma and International Foundation with Cultural Studies courses, you need:

  • IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4 in each component

For details of our International Foundation Diploma and International Foundation with Cultural Studies courses, follow the links below.

Please note, English language requirements may change.

If you've already completed an IELTS test, e-mail us your Test Report Form Number right away. Please include your full name, date of birth and student reference number. If you're applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa from the UK Government, you'll be asked to provide a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test. Find out more here.

If you don't quite meet our English language requirements, why not try our Pre-sessional English courses? You'll find details below.

To find out more about our English language requirements, please contact the International Office.

Improve your English and study skills

International Foundation Diploma

Ideal if you don’t yet have the entry requirements for a full degree and the English language requirement.

Pre-Sessional English courses

Bring your English language up to an IELTS of 6.0 or 6.5 with a Pre-sessional English course.

English courses for international postgraduate students

For international postgraduates who need help with their English.