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 minimum 6.0 in reading, writing 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.

     

    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 Systemswith a year in Industry

    MSc Sensor Technologies and Enterprise

     

    The following programmes require at least 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 minimum 6.0 in reading, writing 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

  • 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: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

    Exceptions
    All Engineering programmes require: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands.

    The following programmes require 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component:

    - MA Town and Regional Planning
    - MCD Master of Civic Design
    - MSc Environmental Assessment and Management
    - MSc Marine Planning and Management
    - MSc Urban Regeneration and Management
    - MSc Geographic Data Science
    - MSc Petroleum Reservoir Geoscience
    - MSc Product Design & Management
    - MSc Risk & Uncertainty

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

    - Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering MSc
    - Nuclear Science and Technology MSc

    Unless otherwise specified below:

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

    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 (with no less than 7.0 in any component).  Please note that Masters of Public Health at our Liverpool campus only accept IELTS.

    Exceptions

    Masters in Management and 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 a minimum 6.0 in reading, speaking and listening

    MA English/ TESOL/MA Applied Linguistics: 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component PGR programmes: 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component.

    Clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry (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

    Music MMus, Music Industry Studies MA and Business of Classical Music MA: overall 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

    Masters Programmes in Psychology: overall 7.5 with minimum 7.0 in each component.

    TOEFL iBT***

    88 with minimum band scores of Listening 21, Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23

     

     88 with minimum band scores of Listening 21, Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

    62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component.

    The following programmes require 55 with minimum 51 in each component:

    - MSc Aerospace & Mechanical Systems Engineering
    - MSc Adv Eng. Materials
    - MSc Adv. Manufacturing Systems and Tech
    - MSc Energy Generation
    - MSc Engineering Applications of Lasers

     

    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

    *** 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 Cambridge Overseas School Certificate

    Grade C, Credit (3-6) or above

     

    Grade C, Credit (3-6) or above

    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

     

    C

    UK IGCSE English as a first language 

    C

     

    C

    UK IGCSE English as a second language

    C

     

    B

    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% overall with minimum of 30% in each component

     

    40% overall with minimum of 30% in each component for most programmes (specified in offer letter for the academic programme)

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

    65% overall with minimum of 55% in each component

     

    65% overall with minimum of 55% in each component. Except Management, which requires 65% overall with minimum of 60% in each component

    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.