English language requirements for study

You need to achieve required levels of English to qualify for a place on your chosen course/programme.

Different courses/programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen course/ programme is shown on the course/programme page.

The tests and levels you need to achieve to meet the requirements are on each profile page.

English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your programme/course.

If you are from, or have studied in, an English-speaking country, you may be exempt from the need to provide additional evidence of your English language ability.


You do not need to have reached the required level before you apply.

We will look at your academic qualifications and decide what offer we will make you. If you haven’t yet reached the required English level, we will give you a target grade to meet as part of your offer.

What you need to do

If you have the required level

If you have the required level, you must include it in your application. You do not need to do anything else. If you are from an English-speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration, then you are considered to have the required level.

If you have started but not completed the required level

If you haven’t reached the required level in English language for your course/programme, you will be given a target grade in your offer.

You will need to provide a valid English language qualification showing you have met the required target grade.

If you don’t have the required level

If you don’t have the required level you could try one of the following:

  • Taking a pre-sessional language course offered by the University
  • Taking an IELTS Academic test
  • Taking a different course in your home country which qualifies (see the list under the profile)
  • Re-sitting the language tests in your home country to reach the required level

Language profiles for undergraduates and postgraduates

Select a profile to view full requirements:

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