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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)

Please note that several Schools specify higher requirements than the University minimum listed above.

You can get more information about acceptable English language qualifications from Research Student Administration

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