International applicants

Postgraduate requirements

All applicants to the University will be asked to demonstrate a level of English language competency, regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

English language requirements

English language requirements vary between degree. 

Find the specific language requirements for your chosen programme in our degree finder.

Postgraduate degree finder

International applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, including a one year Masters degree, that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country (as defined by UK Visas & Immigration), for entry to the University.

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three year and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Majority English speaking countries

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or equivalent, that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries. Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

 

Where a student on an undergraduate programme has transferred from a university where teaching and assessment are conducted in a language other than English to a university in a majority English speaking country or to an approved university in a non-majority English speaking country to complete their studies, at least fifty percent of the studies undertaken must be in English, including the final year of study, for this to be accepted as meeting the University’s English language requirement.

Degrees from UK universities with campuses overseas

We do not accept undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications awarded by UK universities where all study has taken place at an overseas campus in a non-majority English speaking country, unless they are on the list of approved universities.

Degrees jointly awarded by the University of Edinburgh

We accept undergraduate or postgraduate degree-level qualifications jointly awarded by the University of Edinburgh with partner universities in non-majority English speaking countries where teaching and assessment are conducted in English, even if the partner universities are not on the list of approved universities.

Other qualifications and tests

We also accept the English language qualifications listed below for entry. Please note that your English language qualification must be no more than three years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using an English language test such as IELTS for entry, in which case it must be no more than two years old. 

IELTS

International English Language Testing System*

Two year expiry

TOEFL-iBT

Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language Test

Two year expiry

PTE

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Two year expiry

CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
CPE Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Trinity ISE

Trinity Integrated Skills in English

Two year expiry

*IELTS qualifications may be taken at any IELTS centre.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are interested in the following programmes need to ensure that they have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre:

For a list of UKVI approved test centres:

UKVI approved test centre

The University accepts satisfactory completion of its Summer Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes programme for entry to postgraduate degree programmes.

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