English Language Entry Requirements for PhD and MPhil Degrees and Professional Doctorates

English language entry requirements for PhD, MPhil, and professional doctorate programmes at the University of Leicester
Satisfying the English Language Entry Requirement for Research Degree Programmes

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all applicants for research degree programmes must satisfy the English language entry requirements.

Applicants will have satisfied the English language entry requirement if they:

  • are a national of

and

  • have completed secondary school or university education where the medium of instruction was English

in one or more of the following countries

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Canada

Cayman Islands

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Cook Islands

Dominica

Falkland Islands

Fiji

Gambia

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guyana

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Malta

New Zealand

Niue

Norfolk Islands

Papua New Guinea

Republic of Ireland

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Swaziland

Tanzania

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

Uganda

UK

USA

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Alternatively, applicants will have satisfied the English language entry requirement if they are a national of a country other than those listed above but who has completed in one or more of those listed countries their:

a. secondary school education in the national qualification

and/or

b. two years of undergraduate (Bachelors) level education

and/or

c. a Masters degree or research degree

where the medium of instruction was English and provided that no more than three years has elapsed between the date they completed their qualification and the intended start date of research degree programme.

If there is any doubt about the applicant’s English language ability, Departments may require the applicant to achieve a satisfactory score in a recognised English language test - such as IELTS (Academic Version) - or to pass a test of competence set and marked by the English Language Teaching Unit.

Other Ways to Satisfy the English Language Requirement

In all other cases, applicants must satisfy the English language entry requirement by:

A. holding a specified academic English language qualification OR

B. achieving the required scores in one of the accepted English language tests OR

C. successfully completing the appropriate University English Language Teaching Unit pre-sessional courses

The requirements for applicants seeking to satisfy the English language entry requirement in one of these ways will vary according to the programme band:

Band A

  • the degree of PhD or MPhil in the following Departments

Chemistry

Computer Science

Engineering

Geology

Mathematics

Physics and Astronomy

Band B

  • the degree of MD, PsyD, EngD, or DSocSci
  • the degree of PhD or MPhil in the following Departments

Archaeology and Ancient History

Biochemistry

Biology

Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine

Cardiovascular Sciences

Cell Physiology and Pharmacology

Criminology

Economics

Education

Genetics

Human Geography/ Physical Geography

History

History of Art and Film

Infection, Immunity, Inflammation

Lifelong Learning

Management

Media and Communication

Modern Languages

MRC Toxicology Unit

Museum Studies

Politics and International Relations

Psychology

Sociology

Band C

  • the degree of PhD or MPhil in the following Departments

English

Health Sciences

Law

Band D

  • the degree of PhD or MPhil in the following Departments

None at this time

Band E

A Accepted Academic English Language Qualifications

The University accepts a small number of academic English language qualifications completed in countries other than those listed above and which are equivalent to the UK GCSE (English) qualification.

Applicants will have satisfied the English language entry requirement for Band A, B, C, or D programmes if they hold:

Minimum Grades
UK GCSE (English) grade C or above for Band A or B programmes; grade B or above for Band C or D programmes
Cambridge O-Level (English) grade C or above for Band A or B programmes; grade B or above for Band C or D programmes
Cambridge International GCSE (English as a First Language or English as a Second Language) grade C or above for Band A or B programmes; grade B or above for Band C or D programmes
International Baccalaureate (English) 4 in SL EL for Band A or B programmes; 5 in SL EL for Band C or D programmes
European Baccalaureate (English) 80% or above in EL for Band A or B programmes; 90% or above in EL for Band C or D programmes
Indian National Board Standard XII 70% or above for Band A or B programmes; 80% or above for Band C or D programmes
Indian State Board Standard XII 80% or above for Band A or B programmes; 90% or above for Band C or D programmes
West African Senior School Certificate Examination (English) C6 for Band A or B programmes; C4 for Band C or D programmes
Sri Lankan O-Level (English) Credit for Band A or B programmes; Distinction for Band C or D programmes
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (English) grade 4 for Band A or B programmes; grade 5 for Band C or D programmes
Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level grade C or above for Band A or B programmes; grade B or above for Band C programmes; grade A for Band D programmes

None of these qualifications are deemed to satisfy the English language entry requirement for admission to the DClinPsy.

If there is any doubt about the applicant’s English language ability, Departments may require the applicant to achieve a satisfactory score in a recognised English language test - such as IELTS (Academic Version) - or to pass a test of competence set and marked by the English Language Teaching Unit.

B Accepted English Language Tests - IELTS, TOEFL, PTE

Applicants will have satisfied the English language entry requirement if they have successfully completed one of the three approved English language tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) - Academic Version
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet Based Test
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) - Academic Version

Other English language tests and other versions of the above tests - such as the IELTS (General Version) - are not accepted under any circumstances.

In all cases the English language test must have been successfully completed no more than two years before the intended start date of the research degree programme.

Minimum Test Scores

To satisfy the English language entry requirement applicants must have achieved at least the minimum overall score and the minimum score in each component (speaking, reading, listening, writing).

The minimum overall and component scores required for Band A, B, C, D, and E programmes are:

Minimum Overall ScoreMinimum Component Score
Band A 6.0 (IELTS) or 80 (TOEFL) or 56 (PTE) 5.5 (IELTS) or 20 (TOEFL) or 51 (PTE) in each component
Band B 6.5 (IELTS) or 90 (TOEFL) or 61 (PTE) 5.5 (IELTS) or 20 (TOEFL) or 51 (PTE) in each component
Band C 7.0 (IELTS) or 100 (TOEFL) or 67 (PTE) 6.0 (IELTS) or 20 (TOEFL) or 56 (PTE) in each component
Band D 7.5 (IELTS) or 110 (TOEFL) or 72 (PTE) 6.5 (IELTS) or 22 (TOEFL) or 61 (PTE) in each component
Band E 8.0 (IELTS) or 115 (TOEFL) or 76 (PTE) 7.5 (IELTS) or 26 (TOEFL) or 72 (PTE) in each component

Improvement of English Language Test Scores 

Departments may, at their discretion, make an offer of admission to applicants whose English language test results do not quite meet the minimum requirements. The offer of admission will be conditional on the applicant achieving the required scores before the start of the research degree programme.

C Accepted Pre-Sessional English Language Teaching Unit Courses

The University welcomes applications from academically qualified and highly-motivated applicants for whom English is not their first language and whose potential to work successfully at research degree level can be realised with a limited amount of pre- or in-sessional English language training.

As an alternative to allowing applicants who do not meet the normal requirements to improve their English language test scores, Departments may allow applicants to satisfy the English language entry requirements on the basis of successful completion of the appropriate pre-sessional course(s) with the University's English Language Teaching Unit.

Pre-sessional courses cannot be used to satisfy the English language entry requirement for admission to the DClinPsy.

Unfortunately, the University is unable to accept English language training courses completed at another institution. Applicants who have completed English language training at another institution will be required to achieve the minimum overall and component scores in the IELTS (Academic Version).

Share this page: