​Postgraduate Taught Study - Accepted English Qualifications

English Requirements For Our Courses

​Postgraduate Taught Study - Accepted English Qualifications

To succeed in your postgraduate studies you will need to demonstrate that you have the language skills needed, if English is not your first language, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. To support this we accept a wide range of English exams and tests.

We welcome a range of Senior School qualifications and internationally recognised formal English tests for entry to the majority of our postgraduate taught programmes. Your chosen course may have specific English requirements and these are listed on each individual course pages:


Postgraduate taught courses normally require an IELTS (or acceptable equivalent test) with a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. 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 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.5
Bellerby's Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 65%
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced and B2 First 162 162 162 162 176
Cambridge - IGCSE - First language C C C C C
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language B B B(2) A -
Cambridge English – Brunei 1120 Syllabus - - - - C
Cambridge English – Malaysia SPM 1119 Syllabus - - - - C
Cambridge English – Mauritius 1125 Syllabus - - - - C
Cambridge English – Singapore 1128 Syllabus - - - - C
Cambridge English – All other countries with 1123 Syllabus - - - - C
Heriot Watt Portfolio Pre Sessional Programme - - - - C
HKDSE English Language - - - - 4 or above
Hong Kong HKALE AS Level English - - - - C or above
IELTS Academic 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.5
IELTS Indicator 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.5
Integrated Skills in English (ISE III) Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction
INTO Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 65%
Kaplan Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 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
Pass Pass Pass* Pass High Pass
Linguaskill 165 165 165 165 175
MUET - Malaysian University Entrance Test - - - - Band 5
NCUK Masters Preparation C C C C C
Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) - English - - - - C6 or above
ONCampus Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 65%
PTE Academic 51 51 51 51 61
TOEFL iBT & MyBest™ 18 17 20 17 88 
TOEFL iBT - Special Home Edition 18 17 20 17 88 
Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English - - - - C6 or above
UKVI approved HEI Pre-sessional Programme results 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 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 dont 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 ENGLISH LANGUAGE 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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