English language requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

International applicants are expected to demonstrate a good level of English for entry into the UK and for our courses. English Language requirements are normally judged in terms of formal IELTS (International English Language Testing System), this is because IELTS is widely available at thousands of testing centres worldwide. 

We accept IELTS tests taken at ANY test centre and not just those listed as SELT for visa purposes.

The University also recognises a range of other English Language tests and qualifications as well as those which are recognised by UK Visas and Immigration as being secure English language tests.

If your test is not listed please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Undergraduate Degrees

Most academic departments will ask for an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) for undergraduate degrees but there are exceptions and you should always check with the individual departments, or check the conditions included in your offer letter.

Postgraduate Degrees

Most academic departments will ask for an IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for postgraduate degrees but there are exceptions and you should always check with the individual departments, or check the conditions included in your offer letter.

What can I do if my score is below the required level?

If your score falls below the required level of IELTS 6.0 (undergraduate) or IELTS 6.5 (postgradaute), we recommend that you attend our English Language pre-sessional courses delivered by our English Lanuage Training Services (ELTS).

English Lanuage Training Services (ELTS) is accredited by both the British Council and BALEAP and offer a fantastic range of programmes to improve your English language and academic study skills before starting your degree, we are also able to tailor programmes to suit groups and offer a range of exciting Summer Programmes. 

If your English Language scores IELTS 4.0 or below we advise that you should study English Language at your local school, college or accreditied English Language providers.

Do I have to take an IELTS if I have been taught in English?

If you have completed your school or university education through the medium of English, you may still need to provide an English test score as this is a UKVI requirement. However, you will not be required to take a secure English language test if you have been taught in English at secondary level or above in one of the following countries and have obtained the qualification and minimum grade listed.


You will be exempt from taking a secure English language test if you have studied an undergraduate degree taught through the medium of English in one of the following countries - if your country is not listed below please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica
Australia New Zealand
The Bahamas St Kitts and Nevis
Barbados St Lucia
Belize St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Canada Trinidad and Tobago
Dominca Grenada United Kingdom
Guyana United States of America
Ireland