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Postgraduate Taught English Language Requirements

School of Medicine and Dentistry

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of Medicine and Dentistry are published below, according to the academic institute within which your chosen course of study is administered. If you're not sure which institute your chosen course of study is adminstered within, check the course entry on our Taught Postgraduate Course Finder.

We also accept a range of alternative qualifications to demonstrate your level of English Language proficiency.   The qualification must be equivalent to the corresponding IELTS requirement listed under the relevant School below. 

Approved English language tests must have been taken within two years of the proposed course start date.

Exceptions

There are certain circumstances where you may not be required to have an English Language test to prove your proficiency.  If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country or your degree has been taught and examined in English, please read our .

Tier 4 Visa Regulations

If you will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must meet the minimum English Language requirements to meet the UKVI regulations.  The minimum IELTS requirement is 5.5 in all four skills (Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening).  However, many of our courses require higher grades.

 

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

If you fall slightly below our standard English language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-sessional English courses.  Please note that you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to pre-sessional courses.  Currently, only IELTS for UKVI and Trinity ISE are accepted.   

Requirements for our Pre-Sessional English courses for all courses within the School of Medicine and Dentistry are published just below.  Please note there are additional restricitions for individual programmes within the Institute of Dentistry which are specified within the programme listings.

Five week

IELTS: if any element or overall is 0.5 below

Trinity ISE II: Merit in Writing and Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in the other component scores

Nine week

IELTS: if any element or overall is 1.0 below

Trinity ISE II: Trinity ISE II with Merit in Writing and Merit, Distinction, Distinction in the other component scores.

Thirteen week

IELTS: if any element or overall is 1.5 below

Trinity ISE II: Merit in Writing and Merit, Merit, Distinction in the other component scores.

The Barts Cancer Institute

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Barts Cancer Institute are:

Programme

English Language Requirement

Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Skills (MSc, PGCert, PGDip)

 

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and Speaking and 5.5 in Reading and Listening.

TOEFL: 92 overall including a minimum of 21 in Writing and Speaking, 18 in Reading and 17 in Listening. 

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and Speaking, and 51 in Reading and Listening.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

Cancer and Clinical Oncology (MSc, PGDip)

Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology (MSc, PGDip)

Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics (MSc, PGDip)

Cancer and Therapeutics (MSc, PGDip)

Cancer and Therapeutics (PGDip)

Translational Immunology (MRes) 

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

The Blizard Institute

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Blizard Institute are: 

Programme

English Language Requirement

Aesthetic Medicine (PG Cert, PGDip, MSc)

Burn Care (PG Cert, MSc)

Reconstructive Microsurgery (MSc)

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and Speaking, and 5.5 in Reading and Listening.

TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing and Speaking, 18 in Reading and 17 in Listening. 

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and Speaking, and 51 in Reading and Listening.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

Clinical Dermatology (PGDip)

MSc Gastroenterology (MSc, PGDip)

Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences (MSc)

Regenerative Medicine (MSc)

Trauma Sciences (MSc)

Trauma Sciences (Military and Humanitarian) (MSc)

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

Biomedical Sciences (Medical Microbiology) (MSc)

Clinical Microbiology (MSc, PGDip)

Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine (MSc, PGDip)

Neuroscience and Translational Medicine (MSc)

Public Mental Health (MSc)

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Global Health Systems Theory and Policy (MSc, MRes)

MSc Global Health, Law and Governance (MSc, MRes)

Global Public Health and Policy (MSc, MRes)

International Primary Health Care (MSc)

Migration, Culture and Global Health (MSc)

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 7.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 27 in Writing, and 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

The Institute of Dentistry

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Institute of Dentistry are:

Programme

English Language Requirement

Oral Biology (MSc)

Experimental Oral Pathology (Oral Sciences) (MSc)

Dental Technology (MSc)     

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

For MSc Dental Technology only the five week Pre-Sessional course is offered. 

TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 


Dental Public Health (MSc)

Craniofacial Trauma Reconstruction (MSc DL)

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and Speaking, and 5.5 in Reading and Listening.

TOEFL: 92 including 21 in Writing and Speaking, 18 in Reading and 17 in Listening.

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and Speaking, and 51 in Reading and Listening.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

Paediatric Dentistry (DClin Dent)

Periodontology (DClin Dent)

Orthodontics (DClin Dent)

Prosthodontics (DClin Dent)

Endodontic Practice (MSc)

IELTS: 7.0 including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

No Pre-Sessional course is offered for these courses. 

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Dental Science for Clinical Practice (MSc)

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Only the five week Pre-Sessional course is offered for this course. 

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

The Institute of Health Sciences Education

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Institute of Health Sciences Education are:

Programme

English Language Requirement

Education for Clinical Contexts (MSc, PGCert)

Physician Associate Studies (MSc)

     

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

The William Harvey Institute

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the William Harvey Institute are:

Programme

English Language Requirement

Clinical Endocrinology (MSc, PGDip)

Clinical Drug Development (MSc, PGDip) 

Clinical Research (MRes, PGCert, PGDip)

Critical Care (MSc)

Forensic Medical Sciences (MSc)

Genomic Medicine (MSc, PGCert, PGDip) 

Healthcare Research Methods (MSc, PGDip)

Inflammation: Cellular & Vascular Aspects (MRes)

Sports & Exercise Medicine - Medic (MSc, PGDip)

Sports and Exercise Medicine - Physio (MSc, PGDip)

Sports and Exercise Medicine - Podiatrist (MSc, PGDip) 

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and Speaking, and 5.5 in Reading and Listening.

TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing and Speaking, 18 in Reading and 17 in Listening. 

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and Speaking, and 51 in Reading and Listening.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing and Speaking, and 162 in Reading and Listening. 

Endocrinology and Diabetes (MSc, PGDip)

 

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE):  185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

The Wolfson Institute

The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Wolfson Institute are:

Programme

English Language Requirement

Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (DClinPsych)

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE):  176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

Creative Arts and Mental Health (MSc, PGDip)

Forensic Mental Health (with ELFT) (MSc)

Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care (MSc, PGDip)

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies (MSc, PGDip) 

IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and no less than 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Postgraduate guidelines

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.

  • If a first degree is taught for at least 2 years fully in English, and no more than 5 years have passed since the student was taught in English, the Admissions office can consider the degree for English language acceptability on a case by case basis.  Students will need to supply an academic transcript and confirmation letter from central university administration confirming the course is taught and examined in English for at least 2 years.

  • Degree programmes which are taught for 2 years in one country and two years in another country are acceptable only where degree is conferred by an UK institution.

  • Other qualifications may be taken into consideration for meeting the English language requirements and will be assessed on an individual basis.

 

For further queries regarding acceptable English language qualifications, please contact the Admissions team directly via email to pgtadmissions@qmul.ac.uk