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English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence of their ability to use English well enough to participate in and benefit from their degree programme.  

The University accepts a wide range of language tests and language qualifications and the following pages list the typical requirements for the most widely-used English language proficiency tests.  If you have taken a test which does not appear here, please contact us to discuss it.

If your test certificate is more than two years old, you may have to retake the test as some English language tests only have a validity of two years from the date shown on the certificate.

International students

If you are an international student, applying from outside the European Union, and you require a visa in order to study at the University, you must:

  • satisfy the English language requirements for your chosen programme
  • hold a Secure English Language Test certificate (a "SELT")  for the purposes of a Tier 4 student visa application. Please note, TOEFL is not considered a SELT for visa purposes so you cannot use TOEFL if you need a visa. 

Find more information about SELTs and Immigration rules.

For more detailed information about our English language requirements and the tests we accept, please see:

The Schools of Economics & Finance, English, Management and Medicine set specific entry requirements which you will have to achieve to be accepted by those Schools.