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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 of the start date of your course at Warwick.

If you are a national of a UKVI recognised English speaking country or if you have been educated entirely in English, in a UKVI recognised English speaking country, for the duration of your degree and completed this qualification within the last 2 years, this may be sufficient to satisfy the English language requirements 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.

All courses have been assigned to one of four English Language Test Bands (A to D). This table indicates the test band assigned to each department/course. A summary of required standards for each band is set out in the table below.

Band A courses Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 and component scores detailed here.
Band B courses Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 and component scores detailed here.
Band C courses Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 and component scores detailed here.
Band D courses Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 8.0 and component scores detailed here.

Alternatively if you have not taken an IELTS (Academic) test, please click here to find other English language tests approved by the University.

Pre-sessional English language course

Please note that, if your first language is not English, you may be able to attend our Pre-sessional English language course. Your chosen academic department may recognise this as part of your English language requirement: they can advise you further about this.

And even if you have already met the English requirement of your postgraduate course, you may still wish to apply to the Pre-sessional course. Here’s why:

  • 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 help you feel more integrated into the academic and social life of the university and more knowledgeable about living in Britain.
  • It will give you an opportunity to meet fellow students and build friendships before your main degree starts.

You can read more about the course, including a video clip and instructions on how to apply, here:


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Write to us at:

Postgraduate Admissions
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University of Warwick

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.

If you’re from outside the EU, you may need to get a student visa. To make sure you have time to do this, the application deadline is 31 July for courses that start in September.

Some departments have earlier deadlines – so you should check the information in the Essential Information for each course.