English Language Requirements

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

In order to be accepted onto a research programme in the School of Computer Science, non-native English speakers need to achieve one of the following before the programme start date:

  • IELTS score of 7 (minimum) overall, 7 in the writing component and no lower than 5.5 in any other component.  
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade `C' (minimum) 
  • IBT TOEFL score of 100 (minimum) overall with 25 in the writing component and no lower than 22 in any other component. 

There are a number of High School qualifications we also accept; please ask us if you are unsure. Please note that IETLS certificates are only valid for two years; other validity periods also apply to other English qualifications. Students who have been in full-time education in the UK for 3 years are exempt from this requirement. Students who have studied prior degrees in English in non-majority English-speaking countries will still need to meet this requirement.

Conditional offers may be made to strong applicants who fall short just slightly 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 modules, 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 offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their programmes.

Further information on pre-sessional courses can be found here.

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