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English Requirements


If you are a non-native English speaker we need to confirm that your English language competency is sufficiently good for you to get the most out of your Master's study. You therefore require you to take a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and submit your results as one of your academic requirements. Below you will find a table of accepted tests, together with the grades required. Please note that all tests must have been taken within two years and six months of the start date of your course (i.e. the test must be dated on or after 5th April 2018).


You do not need to submit an English test result if you are a national of a UKVI recognised English speaking country.

In some additional special cases you may be exempt from providing one of the below tests under University of Warwick regulations. These cases will automatically be reviewed by the admissions team at the point of processing your application and do not need to be requested separately.

For 2020 entry, due to the added complexities around English testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will also waiver the English language requirement for candidates who have been educated in English in a UKVI recognised English speaking country. You should have studied at least two years of your degree in the English speaking country, and completed this qualification within the last 2 years. The Admissions Team will advise you of this when your application is considered.

NB. WMG's usual requirements state that all non-English mother-tongue speakers should submit a SELT to demonstrate English competency irrespective of country of study. This is constantly under review and may be reinstated for 2021 entry.

Requirement for MSc entry (no pre-sessional English required)
Scores required

For unconditional entry onto the MSc, you must achieve at least the following overall and component scores:

Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0+ 6.0+ 6.0+ 6.0+
IELTS for UKVI 6.5 6.0+ 6.0+ 6.0+ 6.0+
Pearson Test in English (Academic) 62 51+ 51+ 51+ 51+
Toefl (iBT) and Toefl (iBT) Special Home Edition* 92 21+ 22+ 21+ 23+
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 Pass 33+ 33+ 33+ 33+


(Grade C)

3 x borderline, 1 x weak

No component below 170



(Grade C)

4 x pass grades (at any level)
No component below 170
Trinity ISE II

Distinction Distinction Merit Merit in four components

Trinity ISE III

Pass Pass Pass Pass in four components

Trinity ISE IV

Pass Pass Pass Pass in four components


119 overall.

If the test includes component scores, they must all be at least 90

*This Home Based test has been introduced for 2020 entry due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting complexities around language testing. This test is unlikely to be available for future years. Please note that if you clear your conditions for 2020 entry using results of the Home Based test, you will be required to submit new results of a traditional test if you defer your entry to 2021.

Your scores must have been achieved in a single test and that test must have been taken less than two years before the start date of the MSc course you have applied for. We will only consider the most recent test result you have, so if you have taken an English test multiple times, please submit only the most recent test result to us. If you submit an English test result to us and then subsequently submit a more recent result, then we reserve the right to modify the conditions of any offer of a place based on the more recent result.

If you are applying for a Toefl iBT test you will need to enter an Institution Code - for Warwick this is 0806

Requirement for MSc entry with pre-sessional English

Please note that applications for the Pre-Sessional English Programme for 2020/21 are now closed. For further information on the programme, please visit the Pre-sessional English Programme page.

Scores Required

If you do not quite meet our MSc entry standard and you have not previously studied in the UK or other English-speaking country, you may still be accepted onto our MSc courses if you also attend the Pre-sessional English Programme (Online) prior to starting the MSc. In order to be offered a place on the pre-sessional course, you must achieve a score of at least 6.0 overall. No more than two component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking) can be 5.5, the rest must be 6.0 or better. No component can be below 5.5.

We will only consider the most recent test result you have, so if you have taken an English test multiple times, please submit only the most recent test result to us, since we will ignore all earlier test results.

Note that if you have studied in the UK (or other English speaking country) at Bachelor level or above for one or more academic years within the last 3 years, then you are not eligible for a place on the pre-sessional English course.

However, in light of the recent government announcements in regards to COVID-19, applicants that were due to study their final year only in the UK (and have been unable to complete this study within the UK) will now be permitted to enrol on the Pre-sessional English Course (online). This includes students who have undertaken 2+1 or 3+1 programmes. You must still provide the necessary IELTS or other scores in order to meet the entry requirements.

If you are unsure if you are eligible to study the pre-sessional English course then please contact us before you submit your application.

Please note: as the Pre-sessional English Course is online, you will not be required to get a visa to attend this course. Therefore we will not be issuing combined MSc and Pre-sessional offers.

Acceptable Test Results

The tests currently accepted for entry onto the Pre-sessional English Course Online are as follows:

Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS* 6.0 5.5/6.0+ 5.5/6.0+ 5.5/6.0+ 5.5/6.0+
TOEFL iBT 82 19+ 19+ 20+ 22+
PTE 58 51+ 51+ 51+ 51+
Duolingo** 105  

*IELTS 6.0 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 5.5 and two at 6.0

The pre-sessional English course is run by the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL). CAL will not accept you onto the pre-sessional course until you have a conditional MSc offer from WMG.

Pre-Sessional for Tier 4 visa applicants.

The Pre-sessional English Course for 2020 entry will be running online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will therefore not be required to get a visa to attend this course.

We will not be issuing combined pre-sessional + MSc offers. In order to clear your conditions you will need to present your IELTS (or equivalent) and be accepted onto the pre-sessional course. We will track your progress on the pre-sessional and issue your CAS when you have successfully completed a proportion of your pre-sessional online course.