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. 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. The minimum grade required will vary depending on the ranking of your university.
Some PhD programmes, however, have additional entry requirements so you should check individual programmes for specific information. Please check the specific requirements in each subject area.
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.
Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor or masters degree in English speaking countries (from the list defined by UKVI) within two years (from the date awarded the degree to the start date of PhD programme) are exempt from the English language requirement.
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 this only valid for two years from the date awarded the degree to the start date of the PhD programme.
English language qualifications accepted by the University include the following. The information is updated regularly based on the changes made by the University of Liverpool, UK. The final decision is made by UoL.
||C grade or above
||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. Please note the IELTS certificate is only valid for 2 years.
|Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component
|Cambridge English: Advanced
|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.