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General entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

The School's minimum entry requirements for each of its degrees are listed below. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement for the programme of their choice but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission.

Master's programmes (face-to-face)

The normal minimum entry requirement to be considered for master’s degrees admission at the School is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Please be sure to check the individual programme for any additional entry requirements.

MPhil and PhD
  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • an upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.
DrPH
  • a minimum of two years’ appropriate experience and, normally, a master’s degree are required

English Language Requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet the School’s minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and European Union (EU) must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Tier 4 Student visa and study in the UK.

Additionally, the School asks for English language proficiency levels that are necessary for our academic programmes, which is slightly higher than the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR) B2 level. These academic requirements also apply to EU students, although these do not require a Tier 4 Student visa.

English language requirements policy (pdf)

Accepted English language tests

The academic English language requirements for each of the School’s programmes are categorised into one of three profiles:

  • Band A (highest requirement)
  • Band B (mid-range/’standard’ requirement)
  • Band C (lowest requirement)

Please refer to the appropriate Programme Specification for the English language requirement Band of your preferred programme.

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version)
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test - NOT accepted for applicants requiring a Tier 4 student visa

These tests are only valid for entry for 2 years. As a result the qualification must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment.

The School requires the following minimum proficiency test scores. Please refer to the appropriate Programme Specification for the Band of your preferred programme.

  Band A (highest requirement) Band B (standard requirement Band C (lowest requirement)
Cambridge CAE / CPE

Overall Score: 200
Writing: 200
Listening: 180
Reading: 180
Speaking: 180

Overall Score: 185
Writing: 176
Listening: 169
Reading: 169
Speaking: 169

Overall Score: 173
Writing: 169
Listening: 162
Reading: 162
Speaking: 162

IELTS (Academic)

Overall Score: 7.5
Writing: 7.0
Listening: 6.0
Reading: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0

Overall Score: 7.0
Writing: 6.5
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5

Overall Score: 6.0
Writing: 6.0
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5

Pearson PTE Academic

Overall Score: 74
Writing: 68
Listening: 54
Reading: 54
Speaking: 54

Overall Score: 68
Writing: 62
Listening: 45
Reading: 45
Speaking: 45

Overall Score: 55
Writing: 54
Listening: 45
Reading: 45
Speaking: 45

TOEFL IBT
(non-Tier 4 applicants only)

Overall Score: 108
Writing: 27
Listening: 23
Reading: 23
Speaking: 23

Overall Score: 100
Writing: 24
Listening: 21
Reading: 22
Speaking: 23

Overall Score: 80
Writing: 20
Listening: 18
Reading: 18
Speaking: 18

Other accepted English qualifications/tests

The School also accepts a range of other English language qualifications. These are listed in the tables below.

Please note, applicants who hold one of the listed qualifications must have obtained this within four years of the start of their degree programme.

Applicants holding a qualification prior to this date may be asked to provide additional evidence to support their ongoing use of English, or required to complete a new English language qualification.

Accepted international qualifications

Qualification Minimum Entry Requirement
AS Level/A-Level, English Language (or essay based subject) i.e. History, Sociology, etc. Grade B
GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level in English Grade B
IGCSE English first language syllabus 0552 Grade B
IGCSE English as a second language syllabus 0511 Grade B
International Baccalaureate Standard Level Grade 6 / Higher Level Grade 5
West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCE) Grade B or above
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) Grade B or above in English
Ghana Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) Grade B or above in English
Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Grade B or above in English
South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation Certificate Grade 5 or above in English
Tanzania Certificate in Secondary Education (TCSE) Grade B or above in English
Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE) Grade 5 or above in English
Zambia Secondary School Certificate (ZSSC) Grade B or above in English

Accepted European English Qualifications

Qualification Minimum Entry Requirement
European Baccalaureate (English 1st Language) 70%
European Baccalaureate (English 2nd Language) 70%
Denmark:Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination) Grade 10 in English
Finland:Ylioppilaustutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg (Finnish National Matriculation) 5 (Magna cum Laude) in English
Norway: Vitnemål – videregående opplaering (School Leaving Certificate) Grade 5 in English
Sweden: Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan (School Leaving Certificate) VG (Pass with distinction) in English
Netherlands: VWO Grade 8 in English
Germany: Abitur Grade 11 in English
French Baccalaureate Grade 12 in English
Accepted international qualifications

The School also accepts a range of other English language qualifications. These are listed in the table below.

Please note, applicants who hold one of the listed qualifications must have obtained this within four years of the start of their degree programme.

Applicants holding a qualification prior to this date may be asked to provide additional evidence to support their ongoing use of English, or required to complete a new English language qualification.

Qualification Minimum Entry Requirement
AS Level/A-Level, English Language (or essay based subject) i.e. History, Sociology, etc. Grade B
GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level in English Grade B
IGCSE English first language syllabus 0552 Grade B
IGCSE English as a second language syllabus 0511 Grade B
International Baccalaureate Standard Level Grade 6 / Higher Level Grade 5
West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCE) Grade B or above
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) Grade B or above in English
Ghana Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) Grade B or above in English
Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Grade B or above in English
South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation Certificate Grade 5 or above in English
Tanzania Certificate in Secondary Education (TCSE) Grade B or above in English
Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE) Grade 5 or above in English
Zambia Secondary School Certificate (ZSSC) Grade B or above in English
Accepted European qualifications

The School also accepts a range of other English language qualifications. These are listed in the table below.

Please note, applicants who hold one of the listed qualifications must have obtained this within four years of the start of their degree programme.

Applicants holding a qualification prior to this date may be asked to provide additional evidence to support their ongoing use of English, or required to complete a new English language qualification.

Qualification Minimum Entry Requirement
European Baccalaureate (English 1st Language) 70%
European Baccalaureate (English 2nd Language) 70%
Denmark:Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination) Grade 10 in English
Finland:Ylioppilaustutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg (Finnish National Matriculation) 5 (Magna cum Laude) in English
Norway: Vitnemål – videregående opplaering (School Leaving Certificate) Grade 5 in English
Sweden: Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan (School Leaving Certificate) VG (Pass with distinction) in English
Netherlands: VWO Grade 8 in English
Germany: Abitur Grade 11 in English
French Baccalaureate Grade 12 in English
Majority English-speaking countries

If you are a national of a majority English-speaking country you may be accepted without an English Language qualification if during the application process you have demonstrated that you are able to understand written and spoken English to the required level.

The following countries are those we deem to be a majority English-speaking country:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana
  • Ireland 
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA 

If you are a national of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency. See more at www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

If you have undertaken a full degree in one of the above countries, you will not be required to submit further evidence of your English Language if the degree certificate is successfully verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

* Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements but non-Canadian nationals who have studied in Canada are required to meet standard English Language requirements due to Home Office policy.

Conditions

If you wish to defer your entry to the School, we may ask you to re-take your test if your original offer was based on a test which will be out of date at the point of registration. Our English language programme requirements and other accepted tests provide details of how long your qualification is deemed valid.

All test scores are verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

The School reserves the right to change minimum English Language requirements during an application cycle in-line with any compliance guidance released by the Home Office. In the event of a change in Home Office policy which affects entry requirements, the University will notify affected applicants in writing.

Exemptions

Applicants who are a national of a majority English-speaking country or who have successfully completed an appropriate academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree), which was taught in a majority English speaking country from the UKVI approved country list automatically meet our English Language requirements.

 The UKVI’s approved country list: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

*Please note, Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements but non-Canadian nationals who have studied in Canada are required to meet the School’s standard English Language requirements due to Home Office regulations.