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Postgraduate Research Study - Accepted English Qualifications

English Requirements For Our Courses

Postgraduate Research Study - Accepted English Qualifications

It is essential that you can read and interpret academic journal articles, communicate effectively and write at a doctorate level. If English is not your first language, regardless of your nationality or country of residence you will need to demonstrate the required language skills

It is essential that you can read and interpret academic journal articles, communicate effectively and write at a doctorate level, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

We welcome a range of internationally recognised formal English tests and in addition if you have already completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in an official English recognised speaking country, this may also meet the requirement.  

Postgraduate Research courses (e.g, MRes, MPhil, PhD) normally require an IELTS (or acceptable equivalent test) with a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in all 4 components. SELT Test reports, such as IELTS, are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

English test qualifications we accept

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Qualification Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
All Indian State Boards - Senior Secondary and  CISCE/CBSE (Year 12) – English or English Core - - - - 65% or above
BACIET – English Test 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Bellerby's Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced and B2 First 176 176 176 176 176
Cambridge - IGCSE - First language B B B(2) B B
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language -  Oral Counted in A A A A A
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language - Oral separate endorsement A A 1 A A(1)
Cambridge English – Brunei 1120 Syllabus - - - - B
Cambridge English – Malaysia SPM 1119 Syllabus - - - - B
Cambridge English – Mauritius 1125 Syllabus - - - - B
Cambridge English – Singapore 1128 Syllabus - - - - B
Cambridge English – All other countries with 1123 Syllabus - - - - B
Heriot Watt Portfolio Pre Sessional Programme B B B B B
HKDSE English Language - - - - 4 or above
Hong Kong HKALE AS Level English - - - - C or above
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
IELTS Indicator 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Integrated Skills in English (ISE III) Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
INTO Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Kaplan Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education - English - - - - C or above
Language Cert ESOL (B2) SELT Test 33/50 33/50 33/50 33/50 -
Language Cert ESOL (B2) Online Test
*Spoken Test is a separately assessed exam
High Pass High Pass High Pass* High Pass High Pass
Linguaskill 175 175 175 175 175
MUET - Malaysian University Entrance Test - - - - Band 5
NCUK Masters Preparation B B B B B
Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) - English - - - - C6 or above
ONCampus Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
PTE Academic 61 61 61  61  61
TOEFL iBT & MyBest™ 22 22 23 21 88 
TOEFL iBT - Special Home Edition 22 22 23 22 88 
Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English - - - - C6 or above
UKVI approved HEI Pre-sessional Programme results 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) - English - - - - C6 or above
Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education (ZIMSEC)/ Cambridge Higher School Certificate O Level - - - - C

Need to improve your English language qualifications?

If you don't quite meet the requirements for our courses, we have a few options for you.

RGU English Language Test

RGU holds English language test in cities across the world. Find out more about the locations where these are taking place and how to book your test:

RGU Pre-sessional English Programme

If you feel you need more English training before being tested, you can join the RGU Pre-sessional English Programme

If you do not have the required level of English to start your degree course at the University, you may wish to apply for our intensive English Language Pre-sessional Programme:

The Pre-sessional Programme aims to increase your English Language level before you start studying for your degree course.


Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Refer to course details or contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

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