Postgraduate English Language entry requirements

  • International English Language Tests (UKVI Secure English Language Tests - SELTs)

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

    IELTS

    All PGT programmes unless otherwise specified below require at least: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

    Exceptions

    The following PGT programmes require at least: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. 

    • MSc Advanced Chemical Sciences
    • MSc Computer Science
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics
    • MSc Big Data & High Performance Computing
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with a year in Industry
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics with a year in Industry
    • MSc Environment and Climate Change
    • MSc Environmental Sciences
    • MSc Mathematical Sciences
    • MSc Financial Mathematics
    • MSc Radiometrics: Instrumentation & Modelling
    • MSc Telecommunications & Wireless Systems
    • MSc Telecommunications & Wireless Systems with a year in Industry
    • MSc (Eng) Energy & Power Systems
    • MSc (Eng) Energy & Power Systems with a year in Industry 
    • MSc (Eng) Microelectronic Systems
    • MSc (Eng) Microelectronic Systems with a year in Industry 
    • MSc Sensor Technologies and Enterprise

     

    The following programmes require 7.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component:

    • MSc Clinical Science (Medical Physics)
    • MSc Nuclear Science & Technology

    Most Programmes within Management, Law, Sociology, Architecture, School of Music, and School of Histories, Languages and Cultures require: 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

    Exceptions

    • Masters in Management - 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing and minimum 6.0 in reading and listening.
    • MSc International Business: 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing, and minimum 6.0 in reading and listening.
    • MA Media and Communication: 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing, and minimum 5.5 in other components.
    • MA Philosophy: 6.5 with a minimum 6.5 in writing and minimum 6.0 in reading, speaking and listening
    • MSc Advanced Biological Sciences: 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component
    • Masters programmes in Psychology: overall 7.5 with minimum 7.0 in each component
    • Clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry overall 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any component). Please note that Masters of Public Health at our Liverpool campus only accept IELTS.
    • Nursing - MSc/PGDip/PGCert: Overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component
    • Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc/PGDip/PGCert: overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

    Trinity Integrated Skills in English

    ISE II with a pass overall and a merit in each component or higher

     

    Humanities and Social Sciences - ISE II with a pass overall and a merit in each component or higher

    Health and Life Sciences - IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 or higher in any band they must achieve:
    ISE III with a at least a pass in all components and a pass overall.

  • International English Language Tests (Non UKVI Secure English Language Tests - SELTs)

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

    IELTS

    All PGT programmes unless otherwise specified below require at least: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

    Exceptions

    The following PGT programmes require at least: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. 

    • MSc Advanced Chemical Sciences
    • MSc Computer Science
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics
    • MSc Big Data & High Performance Computing
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with a year in Industry
    • MSc Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics with a year in Industry
    • MSc Environment and Climate Change
    • MSc Environmental Sciences
    • MSc Mathematical Sciences
    • MSc Financial Mathematics
    • MSc Radiometrics: Instrumentation & Modelling
    • MSc Telecommunications & Wireless Systems
    • MSc Telecommunications & Wireless Systems with a year in Industry
    • MSc (Eng) Energy & Power Systems
    • MSc (Eng) Energy & Power Systems with a year in Industry 
    • MSc (Eng) Microelectronic Systems
    • MSc (Eng) Microelectronic Systems with a year in Industry 
    • MSc Sensor Technologies and Enterprise

     

    The following programmes require 7.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component:

    • MSc Clinical Science (Medical Physics)
    • MSc Nuclear Science & Technology

    Most Programmes within Management, Law, Sociology, Architecture, School of Music, and School of Histories, Languages and Cultures require: 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

    Exceptions

    • Masters in Management - 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing and minimum 6.0 in reading and listening.
    • MSc International Business: 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing, and minimum 6.0 in reading and listening.
    • MA Media and Communication: 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing and minimum 5.5 in other components.
    • MA Philosophy: 6.5 with a minimum 6.5 in writing and minimum 6.0 in reading, speaking and listening
    • MSc Advanced Biological Sciences: 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component
    • Masters programmes in Psychology: overall 7.5 with minimum 7.0 in each component
    • Clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry overall 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any component). Please note that Masters of Public Health at our Liverpool campus only accept IELTS.
    • Nursing - MSc/PGDip/PGCert: Overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component
    • Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc/PGDip/PGCert: overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

    TOEFL iBT***

    If IELTS requirement 6.0 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 78 overall with 19-Listening, Writing, Reading, 21-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 20-Listening, Writing, Reading, 22-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 6.0 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 21-Listening, Writing, 22-Reading, 23-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.0 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 78 overall with 19-Listening, Writing, Reading, 21-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 20-Listening, Writing, Reading, 22-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 6.0 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 21-Listening, Writing, 22-Reading, 23-Speaking. 88 with minimum band scores of Listening 21, Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23.


    Clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry 100 with minimum 24 in Speaking and 22 in Writing, Reading and Listening.

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

    62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component.

     

    62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component

    Cambridge English: Advanced

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

     

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

    Cambridge English Proficiency

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

     

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

    Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language

    Grade C

     

    Grade C

    Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language

    Grade B

     


    Grade B

    Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    Cambridge Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced) / Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.


    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    *** Please be advised that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). However, at the current time the university is continuing to accept TOEFL, at the required level, for entry on to Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes.

  • Country-specific English language tests (for students educated in English medium)

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    All applicants applying with a Country-Specific English Language Test will be required to achieve CEFR2 level in an internal test of their English Language, speaking and listening skills.

    Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE/GCE)

    This will be accepted for English Language and Mathematics for both UG and PG at grade A-C

     

    This will be accepted for English Language and Mathematics for both UG and PG at grade A-C

    Cameroon GCE O Level (British system) 

    Grade C above

     

    Grade C above

    Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency 

    Grade I & II

     

    Grade I & II

    HKCEE 

    Taken pre-2007 - C

    Taken post-2007 - 4

     

    Taken pre-2007 (syllabus B only) - C (B for clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry)

    Taken post-2007 - 4 (5 for Medicine and Dentistry)

    Hong Kong Use of English AS level 

    C

     

    C

    HKDSE

    IELTS 7.0 – HKDSE English Language Grade 5 (with no component score less than 5)

    IELTS 6.5 or below – HKDSE English Language Grade 4 (with no component score less than 4)

     

    IELTS 7.0 – HKDSE English Language Grade 5 (with no component score less than 5)

    IELTS 6.5 or below – HKDSE English Language Grade 4 (with no component score less than 4)

    INDIA Standard XII (awarded by CBSE, CISCE, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu boards, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Goa, Delhi, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Gujarat)

    70% or above (from these boards when education has been completed in English Medium)

     

    70% or above (from these boards when education has been completed in English Medium)

    Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 

    C

     

    C

    Malawi School Certificate of Education 

    Grade 6, Credit (3-6) or above

     

    Grade 6, Credit (3-6) or above

    Malaysian SPM 1119

    C

     

    C

    Singapore Cambridge O Level

    C

     

    C

    Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) 

    C

     

    C

    Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) 

    Grade 6 or above

     

    Grade 6 or above

    UK A/S level English language 

    E

     

    E

    UK GCSE or O level English language 

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

     

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

    UK IGCSE English as a first language 

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

     

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

    UK IGCSE English as a second language

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

     

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

    UK International Baccalaureate 

    Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).

    Please note Standard or Higher Level English A (Group 1) is not acceptable.

    Students who have studied English A should present an alternative, accepted (as outlined in this table), English Language qualification.

     

    Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).

    Please note Standard or Higher Level English A (Group 1) is not acceptable.

    Students who have studied English A should present an alternative, accepted (as outlined in this table), English Language qualification.

    WAEC (for Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) 

    Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above

     

    Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above

    Zambia Secondary School Certificate 

    Grade 6 or above

     

    Grade 6 or above

    Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education 

    C, Credit (5-6) or above

     

    C, Credit (5-6) or above

  • Partner institutions/University of Liverpool tests

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    University of Liverpool Pre-sessional English examination

    40% or more on all pre-sessional sub-tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening). However overall entry requirements to study specific academic degrees might be much higher than 40% (see below).


    IELTS direct entry requirements (as stated by individual departments) and the ELC’s equivalent overall pre-sessional scoring requirements are outlined below.

    STARTTABAcademic programme score required IELTS entry requirement                           

    CEFR score

    Overall Pre-sessional

    Overall 6.0, no score less (nsl) 5.5

    B2-

    40-49%

    Overall 6.5, nsl 5.5          

    B2

    50-59%

    Overall 6.5, nsl 6.0

    B2

    50-59%

    Overall 6.5, nsl 6.5 (or specific skills at 6.5)       

    B2+

    60-69%

    Overall 7.0

    C1-

    70-79%

    Overall 7.5            

    C1

    80-89%

    If a student does not score a minimum 40% on all the pre-sessional subtests (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and achieve the minimum overall score required for their specific course, they may not be able to progress on to their academic course.

    Pre-Master's programmes from Liverpool International College (LIC) and other Kaplan International Colleges

    65% overall with minimum of 55% in each component.

    For exceptions please refer to the IELTS requirements in this table and convert IELTS score to a percentage (ie 6.5 = 65%).

    (progression requirements are subject to change. Please consult your Kaplan offer letter for official entry requirements).

    Most programmes in Management, Law, Sociology, School of Music, Architecture, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures require 65% or more overall with a minimum of 60% in each component.

    For exceptions please refer to the IELTS requirements in this table and convert IELTS score to a percentage (ie 6.5 = 65%).

    (progression requirements are subject to change. Please consult your Kaplan offer letter for official entry requirements).

    English for Academic Purposes module from the NCUK Grad Dip/PMP programme

    Grade B overall (minimum grade C in each component)

    Grade B overall (minimum C grade in each component)

    MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics require grade A overall with a minimum of grade B in each component

    Students from Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

    Successful completion of the XJTLU/University of Liverpool degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English Language requirements

     

    Successful completion of the XJTLU/University of Liverpool degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English Language requirements

    Please note that some English Language examinations offered by our Partner Institutions are only valid for 2 years from graduation.

  • University of Liverpool Pre-Sessional English programmes

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    Where offers are conditional on improving English language scores, some students will be made an offer conditional on achieving the appropriate English language score for their programme or achieving a lower score and successfully completing one of the University’s pre-sessional English programmes.

    For most programmes, IELTS tests are not necessary at the end of the pre-sessional but there will be an in-house test to ensure progression to the relevant competency in each component to cope on the academic programme.

    For more information, please see our English Language Centre website.