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. Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for the Leeds MBA prior to taking a test.

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.

We do not accept PTE online.

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or above

At least 88 overall with a minimum of 19 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing. 

Please note, we only accept TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.

We do not accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition.

LanguageCert Academic Test Centre

Overall 70, Reading 65, Writing 65, Speaking 65, Listening 65.

We do not accept LanguageCert Academic online.

Other English language qualifications are also accepted. For a full list please refer to the acceptable English language qualifications listed on our entry requirements page

Improve your English at Leeds

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


  • 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 a degree programme in management.

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.