English language requirements

English language proficiency is a vital skill whilst undertaking a research degree, applicants are therefore expected to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by way of an approved test.

A list of acceptable tests for UK/EU applicants as well as those acceptable for International applicants, are detailed below:

UK/EU applicants

  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language Pass at Grade C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English Grade C
  • Scottish Higher or Standard Grade English Grade C
  • IELTS Academic Overall grade 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Cambridge English Certificates
    • Preliminary - Pass with distinction and Exceptional in all 4 components First - Pass at Grade B OR Pass at Grade C plus Borderline in all 4 components
    • Advanced - Pass at Level B2 and Weak in all 4 components
    • Business – Pass with Distinction and Exceptional in all 4 components
    • Business Vantage – Pass at Grade B OR Pass at Grade C plus Borderline in all 4 components Business Higher – Pass at Level B2 and Weak in all 4 components
    • Legal Pass at B2 and Borderline in all 4 components
    • Financial Pass at B2 and Borderline in all 4 components
  • City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL) Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken (ISESOL) test.
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language, Syllabus 0510 Pass at Grade C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) IB Standard or Higher Level English – Grade 4
  • PTE (Academic) 61 or above with a minimum of 51 in each of the 4 components

International applicants

Non UK/EU applicants, who do not hold a degree from the UK or other UKVI-recognised majority-English-speaking country, must provide evidence of their proficiency in English by way of one of the University-accepted test/qualifications, a full list of which can be found on https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global/apply/how/english-language-requirements.

Please note that the University is unable to accept applications with TOEIC in their history.

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