College of Science and Engineering

English language requirements for programmes in the College, with conditions and exemptions.

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

The English language qualifications we accept are listed below.

TOEFL tests - update

The University of Edinburgh wishes to inform all applicants that ETS TOEFL English language tests will be accepted for admission to the University of Edinburgh as evidence of English language competency.

Please read our update on TOEFL.

If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that does not appear on our list, please contact the relevant College Admissions Office to check if we will accept it.

Minimum test scores

English language requirements are the same for all schools in the College: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy, apart from the School of Geosciences, which has higher requirements.

All MSc programmes in the School of Geosciences
IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section)
TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section)
Pearson Test of English: 67 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections - "Enabling Skills" section scores are not considered)
Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency 185 (with no score lower than 169 in each section)
All other programmes in the College of Science and Engineering
IELTS Academic module 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section)
TOEFL-iBT 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section)
Pearson Test of English: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section)
Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency 176 (with no score lower than 169 in each section)

Abbreviations used on this page

iBT
Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Test
IELTS
International English Language Testing System
TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language
PTE(A)
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
CAE
Certificate in Advanced English
CPE
Certificate of Proficiency in English

Conditions and exemptions

Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.

We also accept recent previous degree-level study which has been taught and assessed in English in a Majority English Speaking Country for entry.

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