Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees vary depending on the programme you choose and which country you are from.

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Masters study

Entry requirements for our masters programmes vary so do check the individual programme pages for specific requirements. The minimum entry requirements for all masters programmes, however, are:


We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. The typical minimum entry requirement is a UK undergraduate (bachelors) degree with honours at a first or upper second class level in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience with professional qualifications. Equivalent overseas degrees are also accepted.

Normal entry requirements for Chinese applicants include an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade of 80 percent or a masters degree from a recognised Chinese university.

Some PhD programmes, however, have additional entry requirements so you should check individual programmes for specific information.

If your degree certificate and university transcript are written in another language other than English, you need to have them verified, translated into English and notarised.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or have not studied at degree level in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. So, if you received your degree from a Chinese university, for example, and the teaching was not in English, proof of English language ability is needed.

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. You may be required to attend an interview or take a test to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

English language qualifications accepted by the University include the following:

GCSE C grade or above
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component). This is the minimum requirement for admission to the University and many of our PhD programmes (for example, arts and humanities, business and management) will require higher scores than this, and may also require higher specific grades in each of the sub-tests.
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component.
Cambridge English: Advanced 58
Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade E; Writing grade E; Speaking grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Listening grade D (0522) or 2 (0500).
Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade D; Writing grade D; Oral (Speaking) grade C (0511) or 2 (0510); Listening grade A.
Trinity Integrated Skills in English ISEIII - Listening, reading, speaking and writing - PASS
UK- International Baccalaureate

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

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

Hong Kong use of English AS level C grade or above.
INDIA Standard XII 70 percent or above from Central and Metro State Boards when education has been completed in English.
WAEC (for Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above.

Can't find your qualifications here? Please email [email protected] to discuss other accepted qualifications.