English language requirements

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English.

In order to be accepted onto a PhD within the Centre for Doctoral Training, non-native English speakers need to achieve an IELTS score of 7 (minimum) or TOEFL 600+ (paper-based), 250+ (computer-based), 100+ (internet-based) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C' (minimum) before the programme start date. Students who have been in full-time education in the UK for 3 years are exempt from this requirement.

Conditional offers may be made to strong applicants who fall slightly short of the English language requirements. Such students still need to demonstrate that they satisfy the English language requirement before they receive an unconditional offer, or may be required to take a prescribed Pre-Sessional Language course prior to the start of the degree.

The School is committed to helping each and every student fulfil their potential on the PhD programme. Therefore, in addition to the core programme course units, we offer free in-sessional English language courses for all students who require ongoing support.

Further information about these courses will be provided at registration. If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know.

The University offers a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their programmes.

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