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English language information & entry requirements

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. We therefore have English language entry requirements based on the following minimum standards. All tests must have been taken within two years and 1 month of the start date of your course at Warwick. Please provide your most recent English language test to meet requirements.

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


  • You have been educated entirely in English, in a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI recognised English speaking country, for the duration of your degree and completed this qualification within the last 2 years and 4 months before the start date of your course.

This is at the department's discretion and will be assessed as part of the application process. You may be asked to meet an English language condition if the department is concerned about your current English language level. This is to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the course.

Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, should visit our immigration advice pages for up to date information and advice on how to present evidence of their English Language qualifications in their visa application.

English Language Test Bands

All courses have been assigned to one of four International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Bands (A to D). This table indicates the English Language test band assigned to each department/course. Here is a summary of required standards for accepted English Language test bands.

Band A courses

Overall IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) score of 6.5 and minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Band B courses

Overall IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) score of 7.0 and minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Band C courses

Overall IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) score of 7.5 and minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above.

Band D courses

Overall IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) score of 8.0 and minimum component scores of two at 7.0/7.5 and the rest at 8.0 or above.

Alternatively if you have not taken an IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) test, find out which other English language tests are approved by the University.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If your first language is not English, you may be able to attend one of our Pre-sessional English language courses.

Here’s why you should consider it:

  • It will help you meet the English language condition of your offer.
  • It will help you to develop further your language and study skills by building on your strengths and addressing your weaknesses.
  • It will help you to feel more self-confident and better prepared when you begin your future studies.
  • It will give you an opportunity to meet fellow students and build friendships before your main degree starts.


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Application deadlines

If you’re a UK or EU resident, there are no application deadlines for postgraduate taught courses. But places are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

Some applicants may need to obtain a student visa to study in the UK. For these applicants, the application deadline is 2 August 2024, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process. Applicants who don’t need a visa do not have a deadline, however we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for your application to be processed.