11.10 English language requirements

1. Non-UK applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient proficiency in English, which must be demonstrated before an applicant commences a course. Details of the required proficiency standards required for entry to postgraduate study schemes can be found at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/english-language/

2. Applicants who have not achieved the required level before submitting their application will have a condition included with their formal offer. This will state the necessary English language requirements that need to be achieved before commencing postgraduate study. Applicants that do not reach the required level of proficiency will not be admitted.

3. Details of English language qualifications and tests that are currently accepted for postgraduate study are available at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/english-language/. Please note that English language proficiency tests, including IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for a maximum of two years.

4. All non-UK applicants must demonstrate that they are competent in the use of the English language and satisfy the University’s requirements as above. Please note that the required level of English proficiency for specific study schemes may be higher than the minimum of CEFR B2 (or IELTS 5.5) in each component (speaking, writing, listening and reading) which is needed in order to secure a Student Visa for study at degree level (https://www.gov.uk/student-visa).

5. Applicants who have been awarded a degree (i.e. Bachelors or Masters) from a UK University, do not need to take an English proficiency test.

6. Applicants from countries where English is recognised as an official language by the UK Home Office are exempt from providing proof of English Language proficiency. Please note that Canada is an exception to this as it is only considered to be majority English-speaking for Canadian nationals. Applicants who hold a degree from Canada, but who are not Canadian, will not be able to use their degree as evidence of their English language ability. Further details of countries where English is an official language as recognised by the Home Office are available at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/english-language/#is-english-your-official-language