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 a Masters course prior to taking a test.

Acceptable minimum qualifications are shown in the table below. We can accept additional qualifications during the covid-19 pandemic, please see the Masters degrees section of the University entry requirements page.

Test Minimum score requirement

Overall 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section

*For MSc International Business, overall 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each section required.

*For MA Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, overall 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each section required.

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

At least 92 overall with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 22 in Writing.

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

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.

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 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.