11.15 English Language Requirements

International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before you begin your course. If you have not achieved the required level before sending us your application, your formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that you need to achieve this level before the start of your course. If you do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit you onto the course.

N.B. All non-EEA students: All students applying to Aberystwyth University must demonstrate that they are competent in the use of the English language and satisfy the University’s requirements as below. The following qualifications are accepted by the University and are considered to satisfy a minimum of CEFR B2 level (or IELTS 5.5) in each component (speaking, writing, listening and reading). This is the minimum level acceptable for degree level study in order to secure a visa to enter the UK via Tier 4 (www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview ).

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.


Please see www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/english-language/

* English language qualifications are valid for a limited period of time.  Qualifications obtained over two years ago will be treated as having expired unless it can be demonstrated that the applicant has predominantly used English in higher education studies or employment since a qualification was obtained.


The Decision Forms sent to departmental selectors with new applications will indicate whether or not the applicant's existing English language qualifications and / or experience satisfy the agreed English language entry requirement for that programme.  For successful applicants:

1. If the applicant's qualifications and / or experience are satisfactory, any offer letter sent by Postgraduate Admissions will not specify an English language condition, unless the department concerned wished to impose one (in which case, the returned Decision Form should cite exactly what is required).

2. If the student's qualification and / or experience are not satisfactory, any offer letter sent by Postgraduate Admissions will specify that, alongside any other conditions that may be imposed, the student must meet this condition 

3. If a department wishes to accept an applicant who has narrowly missed the standards indicated above, then a condition may be included in the Acceptance Letter that they attend in-sessional courses at the International English Centre during their studies. For applicants who are visa nationals, this must be in accordance with UKVI’s regulations. The IEC also run pre-sessional courses during the summer.