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Minimum IELTS Score Requirements For UK Universities

Now that you have made up your mind to study in the UK (link to Study in the UK landing page), it is time to ensure you have all you need for a successful application to a university!

As an international student, you must demonstrate a satisfactory standard of spoken and written English to support your application. This can be done by taking the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test.

University language requirements vary according to the university and programme. To study in the UK, you will need a Tier 4 Visa, which can only be obtained if you meet the English proficiency standard set by your institution.

 

 

To Study In The UK, The Minimum Requirements Are As Follows:

Level (Courses)

English Requirement

University Foundation

IELTS 4.5 (4.0+ in all skills)

Bachelor’s Degree

IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ in all skills)

Pre-Master’s

IELTS 5.0 (5.0+ in all skills)

Master’s Degree

IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ in all skills)

 

However, to study in the world’s top 200 universities in the UK, score requirements are much more stringent.

 

 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2019

The Times Higher Education World Rankings is one of the world’s most established metrics. It judges universities based on 5 key performance indicators- teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

World rank

Name of institution

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

1

University of Oxford

7.0

7.5

2

University of Cambridge

7.0

7.0

9

Imperial College London

7.0

7.0

14

University College London

6.5

6.5

26

London School of Economics and Political Science

7.0

7.5

29

University of Edinburgh

6.5

6.5

38

King's College London

7.0

7.0

57

University of Manchester

6.0

7.5

78

University of Bristol

6.0

6.0

79

University of Warwick

6.5

6.5

93

University of Glasgow

6.0

7.0

106

University of Sheffield

6.0

6.5

114

Durham University

6.5

6.5

116

University of Birmingham

6.0

6.5

118

University of Southampton

6.5

6.5

119

University of York

Contact institution

Contact institution

130

Queen Mary University of London

6.0

6.5

141

University of Exeter

6.5

7.0

146

Lancaster University

6.0

6.5

149

University of Nottingham

7.0

7.0

153

University of Leeds

6.0

6.5

158

University of Aberdeen

6.0

6.5

161

University of St Andrews

7.0

7.0

165

University of Leicester

6.0

6.5

167

University of Sussex

6.0

6.5

171

Newcastle University

6.5

6.5

181

University of Liverpool

6.0

6.5

187

Cardiff University

6.5

6.5

190

University of East Anglia

6.5

7.0

 

 

QS World University Rankings in 2019

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings, another of the world’s premier ranking systems, rates the world’s universities by institution and subject through academic, student, employer and international indicators.

World rank

Name of institution

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

5

University of Oxford

7.0

7.5

6

University of Cambridge

7.0

7.0

8

Imperial College London

7.0

7.0

10

University College London

6.5

6.5

18

The University of Edinburgh

6.5

6.5

29

The University of Manchester

6.0

7.5

31

King's College London

7.0

7.0

38

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

7.0

7.5

51

University of Bristol

6.0

6.0

54

The University of Warwick

6.5

6.5

69

University of Glasgow

6.0

7.0

74

Durham University

6.5

6.5

75

The University of Sheffield

6.0

6.5

79

University of Birmingham

6.0

6.5

82

The University of Nottingham

7.0

7.0

93

University of Leeds

6.0

6.5

96

University of Southampton

6.5

6.5

97

University of St Andrews

7.0

7.0

119

Queen Mary University of London

6.0

6.5

131

Lancaster University

6.0

6.5

134

University of York

Contact institution

Contact institution

141

Newcastle University

6.5

6.5

145

Cardiff University

6.5

6.5

154

The University of Exeter

6.5

7.0

158

University of Bath

6.5

6.5

164

University of Liverpool

6.0

6.5

172

University of Aberdeen

6.0

6.5

195

University of Reading

6.5

7.0

If you have not achieved these scores in your first university IELTS Academic test, fret not!

You can still apply to your preferred universities and receive a conditional offer contingent on meeting the language requirements. Then, you can confirm with your offer with the successful results of your second test.

The universities’ language requirements can also be met through other English tests such as TOEFL and A Level English.

IELTS and Equivalent Scores

Exam

IELTS 5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

A Level English

D

D

C

C

B

B

GCSE English

D

D

C

C

B

B

IB**

grade 3& in A or B HL or SL

grade 4 in A or B HL or SL

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 4

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 4

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL- grade 5

IB B SL grade 7

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 5

IB B HL -grade 6

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 6

TOEFL ibt

60(10, 10, 13, 16)

70(13, 13, 13, 16)

80(17, 18, 17, 20)

90(17, 18, 17, 20)

100(20, 20, 20, 20)

110(22, 22, 22, 22

 

While understanding the IELTS requirements for your University of entry is key, it is much better to focus get fully prepared for the test itself to score your very best!

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