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2018/19 Language Requirements

As all students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English, proof of academic-level English is required of all applicants.  

Please note that proof of academic level English is not required to apply, and would be made a condition of offer should you be otherwise eligible.

SELT requirement

The following is the list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for our programmes with the minimum results required.  SELTs must not be more than 2 years from the start of the programme

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • Pearson Test of English-PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

However, our MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic (and Advanced Arabic), Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Social Work (MSW) require higher results in each module:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each section)
  • TOEFL-internet based test (iBT) total 100 (with at least 23 in each section)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 (with at least 176 in each module)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 185 (with at least 176 in each module)
  • Pearson Test of English: 67 (with no score lower than 61 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Evidence by other means

While no longer considered by the UK Visa and Immigration office to be Secure English Language Tests, the following evidence is considered by the University:

•    TOEFL iBT 100 with at least 20 in each section will be accepted as evidence of English (TOEFL iBT with at least 23 in each section for our MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic (and Advanced Arabic), Masters in Public Policy [MPP] and Master of Social Work [MSW].

•    Pearson Test of English: 67 total with at least 56 in each "Communicative Skills" section (Pearson Test of English with at least 61 in each "Communicative Skills" section for our MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic (and Advanced Arabic), Masters in Public Policy [MPP] and Master of Social Work [MSW].

If you are currently studying or have completed a degree in a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UK Home Office, Visa & Immigration) within three years before the start of our programme, it may fulfil our English requirement provided that all/most of the degree was studied there.

Approved Universities

Please also see the following link for a list of approved universities from Non- majority English speaking countries that the University of Edinburgh accepts degrees from, as meeting English language entry requirements for 2018/19 http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/english/postgraduate.

Applications without evidence

Applicants who do not have evidence of their English skills or whose SELT (or other evidence as defined above) does not meet our minimum requirements may still apply.  Should an offer be issued, it would be made conditional on providing the required evidence at the above defined levels.  This evidence must be provided before the start date of the programme.

English Language Teaching Centre

The University of Edinburgh offers English language support and pre-sessional courses for incoming students. For further information, please refer to the English Language Teaching Centre's website or contact them at : eleinfo@ed.ac.uk

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