Department of Engineering

English language requirements

English language requirements

In order to successfully complete their course it is crucial that students have a high standard of fluency in English. 

If English is not your first language you will be asked to submit evidence that you meet the University's language requirement before your place on the course is confirmed. This is usually through the provision of an English language certificate, or if you have studied in an English speaking country for a minimum of three years within two years prior to the course start date, a transcript will be sufficient. Please note that you do not need to provide evidence of a language test prior to submitting your application, the Graduate Admissions Office will inform if you require one (and how to submit your results) when you receive an offer from us. 

You can find out if you are likely to require a language test by selecting your nationality here

Which tests do we accept?

Listening Writing Reading Speaking TOTAL
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 7.0 6.5 7.0 7.0
TOEFL 25 25 25 25 100

CAE and  CPE


Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.

CPE Grade A, B or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Please note that the test results are valid for two years, so if you have achieved the language scores above within this time period you can submit this result.

It is also important to consider that there might be a long wait for IELTS and TOEFL tests to become available as they are often in high demand. We recommend that if you have been asked to provide a language score as part of your offer that you book your test as soon as you can, so that you also have time to book another test should you not meet the requirement on the first attempt.

If the Graduate Admissions Office have informed you that you need to take a test then you will need to do so, and the condition cannot not be changed. No waiver can be offered.