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.
|Test||Minimum score requirement|
|IELTS / IELTS Online||
Overall 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section
*For MSc International Business and 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 / PTE Academic Online||
64 on PTE Academic, with at least 60 in each of the skills
*For MSc International Business and MA Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations,a PTE with an overall score of at least 68 with no less than 64 in each section.
|Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)||Grade C or above|
|TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition||
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.
*For MSc International Business and MA Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, a TOEFL iBT with an overall score of at least 95 with a minimum of 22 in reading, 22 in writing, 24 in speaking and 22 in listening.
|LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) B2 Communicator||
At least 39 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing (either the online, or test centre test).
Although we accept C1 Expert for IELTS 6.5 equivalent, we would usually expect applicants at that level to present B2 Communicator. We would require a minimum of 25 in each component of C1 Expert for IELTS 6.5 equivalency.
*For MSc International Business and MA Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, a C1 Expert with a minimum of 33 in each would be required.
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.