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English Requirements


English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker we need to confirm that your English language competency is sufficiently strong for you to get the most out of your Master's study. We 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 English tests showing the minimum grades required. You will need a balanced score across all sections, and the test must have been taken within two years of starting your MSc course.


You may sufficiently satisfy the English language requirements of your course if:


  • You will have been educated entirely in English, in a UKVI recognised English speaking country, for the duration of your undergraduate degree (3 years or more) and completed this qualification within 2 years of the Masters degree commencing (October 2022).

If you do not qualify for an exemption and are offered a place on the course, your offer will be conditional on providing a suitable English qualification.

Note that exemptions are applied solely at the discretion of the Admissions Team and we reserve the right to require an English test result from any student.

Requirement for direct entry onto MSc (no pre-sessional English 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)

(Including PTE Academic Online)

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

(*see note below)

Pass 33+ 33+ 33+ 33+
LanguageCert (Home Edition) Online Not Accepted


(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.

* For non-SELT versions of LanguageCert, the maximum gap between the speaking test and other tests is 14 days.

  • Scores must have been achieved in a single test
  • The test must have been taken within two years of starting your MSc
  • Only your most recent test will be considered*.

*If you have taken an English test multiple times, please only submit the most recent test result. Your conditions of offer will always be based on your most recent test, and may be modified if you submit additional tests after receiving an offer.

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 (PSE)

If you narrowly miss the English standards required, you may be able to attend the Pre-sessional English Course (PSE) in order to clear your English condition.

Please note that:

  • Candidates who have completed their full undergraduate degree in the UK or another English speaking country will not be eligible to take the PSE
  • Candidates who have taken a 2+1, 3+1, or 2+2 degree are eligible for the PSE.
  • An acceptable English qualification (as listed in the table below) will be required for candidates applying for PSE.

Full information about the pre-sessional English course, eligibility criteria and application form can be found here.

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 

If you have any questions related to the pre-sessional English course, please contact the team at before you submit your application.