English Language Requirements

What are the English language requirements?

If you are an international student and/or English is not your first language, you need to pass an approved test to demonstrate that your level of English is suitable for postgraduate study.

Acceptable minimum qualifications are shown in the table below.

Other English language qualifications are also accepted. For a full list please refer to the acceptable English language qualifications listed in the University admissions policy or contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team for details.

Test Minimum score requirement
IELTS Overall 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 64 on PTE Academic, with at least 60 in each of the skills
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or above
TOEFL iBT At least 92 overall with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 22 in Writing.

Improve your English at Leeds

Students using the language centre facilities

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

• don't meet the English language requirements for your course

or

• want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our six and ten week pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. To find the pre-sessional course that is suitable for your Masters degree, please visit the page for your Masters degree (find this from our Masters courses page) and check the ‘Applying, fees and funding’ tab.  

You can visit the pre-sessional programmes page for more information on meeting your offer.

If you need to study for longer to meet the requirements of your degree programme, the University of Leeds also offers pre-sessional courses for longer periods, with starting points throughout the year.