Entry requirements

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Making the gradeEverything you need to know about academic and language requirements

You should normally hold a first-class or second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a subject relevant to your proposed field of research. If you don't have such qualifications you may be accepted in special circumstances, but you will have to demonstrate your suitability, either by taking exams or by other appropriate means, both before and during your studies.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must be able to show that it is of a high enough standard to meet the specific demands of your study. You will normally be expected to have obtained one of the following qualifications:

  • the British Council IELTS with a score of 6.0 (with not less than 5.5 in any component)
  • the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 87 (with not less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)

If you hold a Masters degree of at least 12 months duration, or an undergraduate degree which was awarded less than two years and four months from the proposed start date by a UK university or a university in a majority English speaking country, this will also be accepted. 

Please note that several schools specify higher requirements than the University minimum listed above. If you hold another English language qualification and would like to check if it is accepted, please send a copy to Postgraduate Research and Operations

See our international section for more help and advice

Language Centre

The Language Centre runs year-round English language courses to help international students improve their English and prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study. In addition, students on degree courses can study modules in the 12 foreign languages offered by the Centre. Find out more about the Language Centre