Entry level requirements

Part time study

Part time study is available on most of our research degrees if you are a UK (Home) or EU applicant.

Due to UKVI regulations we are unable to accept students who require a Tier 4 student visa onto our part-time programmes.

Entry qualifications

Applicants for a research degree should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above), or a Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

For MSc/MA by Research a good Honours degree (2:2 or above) is required in the appropriate subject.

English Language Entry Requirement - Research Graduate School

All international/overseas research degree applicants for whom English is not their first language* are required to have a UKVI recognised English language qualification (ELQ).

Please see example of acceptable ELQs and the level required:

  • with an overall score of 6.5 or more
  • The individual tests within IELTS must have a score of no less than 5.5

For a full list of acceptable English language qualifications please see GOV.UK Student Visa

Please note that the test must have been taken no more than two years prior to application.

Applicants who have successfully completed a degree from a UKVI-recognised English-speaking institute may use this as proof of English proficiency.

* Please note the UKVI has permitted exemptions from the requirements for sponsors to confirm English language competence for those who are nationals from a majority English-speaking country. Further information can be found at GOV.UK Student Visa - Knowledge of English


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