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Entry Requirements for Taught Masters Degrees

Qualification Requirements

For admission to taught MSc programmes candidates must have obtained at least a second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline.

Candidates with an HND (or equivalent) with two or more years relevant post qualification experience will also be considered, as will candidates with good honours degrees in other disciplines who can show proof of satisfactory numeracy and a strong interest in science.

English Language

The University requires evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of postgraduate study.

English Language requirements are based on the following minimum standards:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5 (with no component score below 6.0)
  • PTE (Academic) with a minimum score of 62
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 92 in the internet-based test (iBT).

However, candidates who have obtained at least IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) may be given conditional offers dependent on further English attainments at the discretion of the University.

Further details on English Language requirements

Candidates who have undertaken two or more academic years of study in higher education on courses taught and assessed in English may be considered for exemption from these requirements at the discretion of the University.

For full information on IELTS, please visit

British Council English exam centres offer IELTS tests worldwide, up to 4 times a month.

Pre-sessional English

The Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides Pre-sessional English courses which are open to students holding an offer from a University of Warwick department and who are required/recommended by the department to attend the course for 5 or 10 weeks. Even if you have achieved 6.5 in IELTS you will find the course of benefit. It will develop your language skills for academic purposes, your study skills and will give you a good basis for study at Warwick. Past students who have attended this course settle down to their MSc studies quicker and find the transition to studying in the UK easier.

Full details of the Pre-sessional English Course can be found on the CAL website at

If you need any further information please contact:

Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 4315 or +44 (0)24 7657 2845
Fax: +44 (0)24 7652 4318

Specialised English language support classes are held in Life Sciences. In addition, students are allocated mentors. These are PhD students or Postdoctoral Fellows within Life Sciences who provide extra academic support.