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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 of the start date of your course (i.e. the test must be dated on or after 4th October 2019).


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.

Candidates who have studied at least two years of their degree in the UK and completed this qualification within the last 2 years will have their English language requirement waived. The Admissions Team will advise you of this when your application is considered.

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+
PTE (Academic) 62 59+ 59+ 59+ 59+
PTE Academic UKVI 62 59+ 59+ 59+ 59+
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. You must share your Duolingo result with University of Warwick, Postgraduate Admissions at the time you take your test.

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

See the full information about the pre-sessional English course, together with eligibility criteria and application form.

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 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 Bachelors level or above for more than one academic year within the last 3 years, then you are not eligible for a place on the pre-sessional English course.

However, applicants who 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. 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 the pre-sessional team at before you submit your application.

Acceptable Test Results

The tests currently accepted for entry onto the Pre-sessional English Course 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+
Duolingo 105 90 90 90 90

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

Pre-Sessional for Student Route Visa Applicants

Further information regarding the delivery method for the Pre-sessional English Programme and related visa information will be published on this page as soon as it becomes available.