All courses at the University of Dundee are taught in English.

If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate that you meet the University’s English language requirement for the degree you have applied for. You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Take a proficiency test such as a UKVI approved IELTS
  • Provide a previous qualification that confirms your English level
  • Successfully pass the University of Dundee language course
  • Provide evidence that you meet one of our English language exemptions.

Details about acceptable tests, the most common qualifications we recognise (with the required grades), and exemptions are listed below.

If you have not taken an English language test yet or do not have a current valid test score, you can still apply for courses, but any offer you receive will normally be conditional on meeting our language requirement.

The University will need to see and verify your English language qualifications. Where possible, you should send a copy of your certificate with your application, if not you will be given an opportunity to upload proof of your English language to our Applicant Portal.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses

The IELTS standard of English language for each Undergraduate postgraduate/masters course is shown on each course page, under Entry Requirements.

Postgraduate research

The IELTS standard of English language for postgraduate research is typically 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. You can find the specific minimum English language requirements on the research interests page, as some areas of research require a higher level of English language.

Foundation and English Language programmes

All applicants applying to undertake a Foundation or English language course at the University must hold a valid UKVI approved IELTS test certificate for more information please see the UKVI guidelines and UKVI approved English language tests.

 

Our Typical English Language Requirements

Higher

Standard

Lower

A small number of degrees have a requirement of IELTS 7.0 or above. The minimum requirement would be 7.0 in each of the 4 components. The requirement for most undergraduate and postgraduate degrees is IELTS 6.5 overall with a 6.0 in writing and 6.0/5.5 minimum in the other three components.

For some undergraduate and postgraduate degrees the requirement is IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in the other three components.

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015:

HigherStandardLower
185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. For more information about the CAE please see Cambridge English: Advanced.

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015:

HigherStandardLower
185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. For more information about the CAE please see Cambridge English: Proficiency.

HigherStandardLower
7.0 or above overall, including at least 7.0 in each component 6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in writing and 6.0/5.5 in the other three components

6.0 overall, including at least 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other three components

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date; your score must be valid when you begin your Dundee course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. If you are applying for degree level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a CAS for an Foundation or Pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UKVI-approved IELTS test centre.

For more information about IELTS please see the IELTS website.

HigherStandardLower
67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills 62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills 56 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date; your score must be valid when you begin your Dundee course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. For more information about PTE (Academic) please see the Pearson website.

HigherStandardLower
95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing 88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 23 in Writing

81 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date; your score must be valid when you begin your Dundee course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. For more information about TOEFL (iBT) please see the ETS website.

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Dundee is 0857.

Other English Language Qualifications

If you hold a Certificate which meets any of the requirements below the University of Dundee may accept this certificate in place of a UKVI IELTs test. To ensure that the University is meeting the UKVI English language requirements we randomly select a sample of applicants from the list below and require them to undertake a Skype interview with our English Language staff.  This interview is recorded both audio and visually and is assessed on both the speaking and listening components. This ensures the level and quality of English language is met for studying at Degree level at the University of Dundee.

 

AFRICAN COUNTRIES      
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (BGCSE) GCSE C (A* - C)
Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate GCSE 6 (1- 6)
Cameroon GCE O-Level GCSE C (A - C)
Gambia GCE O-Level GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Gambia West African Senior School Certificate GCSE / AS Level C6 (A1 - C6)
Ghana School Certificate (to 1993) / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level to 2000 GCSE 6 (1-6)
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate (1993-2005) GCSE D (A-C)
Ghana West African Senior School Certificate Examination (After 2005) GCSE / AS Level C6 (A1 – C6)
Kenya East African Certificate of Education (EACE) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) – Studied after 1988 GCSE / AS Level C (A – C)
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)  GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Liberia Senior School Certificate GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Namibia Cambridge School Certificate (CSC) / Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) / GCE O level GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Namibia Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (Ordinary Level) GCSE C (A – C)
Nigeria General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (awarded until 1989) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Nigeria Senior School Certificate / WAEC / NECO GCSE / AS Level 6 or C6 (1–6 or A1–C6)
(WAEC: 1989 – 1998 | NECO: 2000 - )
Nigeria West African Senior School Certificate GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Rwanda Ordinary Level Certificate of Education GCSE C6 (D1-C6) 
Sierra Leone School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Sierra Leone West African Senior School Certificate GCSE / AS Level C6 (A1 - C6)
South Africa National Senior Certificate GCSE 3 (40%) or above
South Africa Senior Certificate GCSE C (A-C)
Swaziland Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) GCSE 6 (1 – 6) 
Swaziland GCE O Level GCSE C (A – C)
Tanzania Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) / East African Certificate of Education (EACE) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) / National Form IV Examination GCSE C (A – C)
Tanzania Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Awarded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Zanzibar. GCSE C (A – C)
Uganda Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Uganda East African Certificate of Education (EACE) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education GCSE 6 (1 – 6)
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education – Before 1994 GCSE C (A – C)
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level GCSE C (A – C)

Grade C or above in English Language

Grade C or above in English

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O Level in English: grades C for Undergraduate and B for Taught Postgraduate

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O Level in English: grades C or above

Grade C or above in English as a First Language

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

HigherStandardLower
Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language

Please refer to the section “Our English language requirements” above and either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Prospectus to find the appropriate English level for the course you are applying for.

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – “English Core” only:
HigherStandardLower
80% 75%

70%

 

  • Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English:
HigherStandardLower
80% or Grade 2 75% or Grade 3 70% or Grade 3

Please refer to the section “Our English language requirements” above and either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Prospectus to find the appropriate English level for the course you are applying for.

English A meets our requirement, or English B at grade 4 or above (Higher or Standard level)

Grade C (Honours) or above in English

Grades 1 – 6 (for awards up to 2008) or grades C or above (for awards from 2009) in English Language. Note that the qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

Integrated Programme (SIP) may be considered an acceptable English language qualification if students have also completed H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Enquiry with C or above as indicated on A Level transcript.

UKVI Exceptions to the English language requirement

If you are a national of one of the countries below or if you have recently* completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree or higher in one of these countries you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

* You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Dundee. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation which required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

This list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Dundee.

Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Dominica Ireland St Kitts and Nevis Trinidad and Tobago
Australia Belize Grenada Jamaica St Lucia United Kingdom
Bahamas Canada** Guyana New Zealand St Vincent and the Grenadines USA

** Canada – you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.