Entry Requirements

Taught Masters

Generally, the minimum entry requirement for most Taught Masters courses is a lower second class honours degree (2:2). However, some departments may require 2:2 degrees with a score of 56.5 or above (e.g. Department of International Politics) or relevant work experience (e.g Distance Learning courses).

Research Courses

If you are applying for a research (MPhil/PhD) course you should hold or expect to achieve an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or above.


Non-graduates with at least 2 years of relevant full-time work experience are welcome to apply for any Masters course. In this instance your application will be judged on an individual basis. Non-graduates are not eligible for places on PGCE courses or PhD programmes.

International and EU students

International and EU applicants must meet our English Language requirements in addition to the academic criteria set out above. You may compare your qualifications to see if you meet our criteria using our comparability calculator.

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.

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