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English language requirements

The University of St Andrews welcomes students from all over the world. To ensure that all our students can benefit fully from their chosen programme, we require all applicants to provide evidence of their ability to speak and write English effectively.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency through a recognised test of English language.

The English language requirements we set, and the type of evidence you are required to provide, depend on whether you are applying for a pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

Applicants who have been educated full-time in English for at least two years preceding their application will normally be eligible for exemption from our English language requirements on the basis of their school-leaving qualifications. Applicants who have recently graduated from an institution in a majority English-speaking country will normally also be exempt.

Am I a pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate applicant?

You are a pre-degree applicant if you are applying to:

You are an undergraduate applicant if you are applying to study a Bachelor's degree:

  • Faculty of Arts
    • MA
    • BA (International Honours)
  • Faculty of Science
    • BSc
    • MBiochem
    • MChem
    • MGeol
    • MMath
    • MPhys
    • MSci
  • Faculty of Divinity
    • MA
    • MTheol
  • Faculty of Medicine
    • Bsc

A postgraduate applicant already has a Bachelor's (BSc, BA or equivalent) and is coming to study for a further degree:

  • Taught
    • MLitt, MSc
    • PG Diploma
    • Graduate Diploma
    • Postgraduate Certificate
    • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Research
    • MPhil
    • MRes
    • PhD
    • DSc
    • EngD
    • MD

When do I provide my English language evidence?

If you have already achieved the required English language level before you apply, please include the evidence with your application form.

Evidence of your English language ability can also be submitted after you have applied, so please do not wait for your results before you apply to the University.

If you do not have evidence that you have met our English language requirement before you apply, this will form part of any conditional offer we make you. We may recommend or require you to attend one of our pre-sessional courses, which provide English language and academic orientation, designed to prepare you for study.