Guide

English language requirements

All our courses are delivered in English. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have the language skills you need to take part in class discussions, understand lectures, and succeed in your assignments.

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You can demonstrate you meet our English language requirements by:

  • taking an approved proficiency test
  • providing an approved international English language qualification
  • successfully passing our Pre-Sessional English course
  • meeting our exemption criteria

Our undergraduate and postgraduate course pages show the specific IELTS requirement for each of our courses. Our entry requirements for postgraduate research programmes can be found on the relevant research interest pages. Details of any English language conditions will also be included in your offer letter.

English language proficiency tests

There are many English language tests available, you need to take one of the tests we recognise.

Details of the minimum scores we accept in these tests, and how they compare to IELTS, are below.

English language tests should be no more than two years old on the start date of your chosen course.

IELTS (Academic)

IELTS (Academic)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 6.0
Writing: 6.0
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5
Overall: 6.5
Writing: 6.0
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5
Overall: 7.0
Writing: 7.0
Listening: 7.0
Reading: 7.0
Speaking: 7.0

Pearson (PTE Academic)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 56
Writing: 56
Listening: 56
Reading: 56
Speaking: 56
Overall: 62
Writing: 56
Listening: 56
Reading: 56
Speaking: 56
Overall: 67
Writing: 62
Listening: 62
Reading: 62
Speaking: 62

TOEFL (iBT)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 78
Writing: 23
Listening: 19
Reading: 18
Speaking: 18
Overall: 88
Writing: 23
Listening: 21
Reading: 20
Speaking: 20
Overall: 98
Writing: 27
Listening: 24
Reading: 24
Speaking: 23

Trinity ISE

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: ISE II Merit
Writing: Distinction
Listening: Merit
Reading: Merit
Speaking: Merit
Overall: ISE II Distinction
Writing: Distinction
Listening: Distinction
Reading: Distinction
Speaking: Distinction
Overall: ISE III Merit
Writing: Merit
Listening: Merit
Reading: Merit
Speaking: Merit

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 169
Writing: 169
Listening: 169
Reading: 169
Speaking: 169
Overall: 176
Writing: 169
Listening: 169
Reading: 169
Speaking: 169
Overall: 185
Writing: 176
Listening: 176
Reading: 176
Speaking: 176

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 169
Writing: 169
Listening: 169
Reading: 169
Speaking: 169
Overall: 176
Writing: 169
Listening: 169
Reading: 169
Speaking: 169
Overall: 185
Writing: 176
Listening: 176
Reading: 176
Speaking: 176

 

Changes for 2020 entry due to coronavirus

We understand that coronavirus has resulted in test centre closures and test cancellations, making it challenging for some applicants to demonstrate that they meet our English language requirements.

We are actively assessing the suitability of alternative means of demonstrating that you meet our English language requirements.

We are happy to announce the following temporary changes for 2020 entry:

English language proficiency tests

  • We will accept combined scores from two IELTS (Academic) tests, when both tests have been within six months of each other. Both tests must have been taken within two years of your course start date.
  • We will accept Password Skills Test and TOEFL iBT (Home Edition) for entry on to most of our courses
    • All offer holders will be contacted with details about how to register for a Password test shortly

Password

(you will need a University of Dundee code, see above)

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 6.0
Writing: 6.0
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5
Overall: 6.5
Writing: 6.0
Listening: 5.5
Reading: 5.5
Speaking: 5.5
Overall: 7.0
Writing: 7.0
Listening: 7.0
Reading: 7.0
Speaking: 7.0

TOEFL (iBT) Home Edition

Lower Standard Higher
Overall: 78
Writing: 23
Listening: 19
Reading: 18
Speaking: 18
Overall: 88
Writing: 23
Listening: 21
Reading: 20
Speaking: 20
Overall: 98
Writing: 27
Listening: 24
Reading: 24
Speaking: 23

 

First degree taught in English

If your degree was fully taught and assessed in English, we may be able to accept this as evidence that you have met our English language requirements. You will need to upload a letter from your university to confirm that the degree was fully taught and assessed in English.

We will assess this on a case by case basis.

These changes are a pilot and are designed solely as a means of entry for those who cannot take an IELTS test due to test centre closures. As test centres re-open, English language requirements may be subject to further changes.

These changes do not represent a wider change to the University of Dundee’s Admissions policy and will be reviewed for September 2021 entry.

Pre-Sessional English requirements

Due to coronavirus, our Summer Pre-Sessional English courses will only be available online. As a result of current test centre closures, we will accept a wider range of English language proficiency tests for entry to our online Pre-Sessional courses in 2020.

Normally - if you are applying to study an on-campus Foundation or Pre-Sessional English course, we can only accept a UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as proof of English language. If you are taking an IELTS (Academic) test, you must select an IELTS for UKVI (Academic).

International English language qualifications

We accept the following international English language qualifications.

Global

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Qualification Minimum grade in English language
GCE A Level C
GCE AS Level C
GCE O Level C or 4
GCSE/IGCSE English as a First Language C or 4
GCSE/IGCSE English as a Second Language B or 6
International Baccalaureate (IB) SL4 or HL4

Africa

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Country Qualification Minimum grade in English element
Botswana Botswana GCSE (BGCSE) C
Cameroon GCE O-Level C
Gambia GCE O-Level C
Gambia WAEC/WASSCE C6
Ghana WAEC/WASSCE C6
Kenya KCSE C
Liberia Senior School Certificate 6
Malawi School Certificate of Education 6
Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Higher Level C
Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level 6
Nigeria WAEC/WASSCE/NECO C6
Sierra Leone GCE O Level C
Sierra Leone WAEC/WASSCE C6
South Africa NSC Senior Certificate 5 C
Swaziland GCE O Level C
Tanzania CSEE C
Uganda UCE C
Zambia GCE 6
Zimbabwe GCE Ordinary Level C

Americas

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Country Qualification Minimum grade in English element
Caribbean Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate 3
Canada High School Diploma, Grade 12 (excluding Quebec) 65%
USA High School Diploma B (when studied in USA)
USA SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing 500
USA SAT English Literature 600
USA AP English Language & Composition/AP English Literature and & 3

Asia / Australasia

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Country Qualification Minimum Grade in English Element: Lower and Standard Minimum Grade in English Element: Higher
Australia High School Certificate C or 4 C or 4
Brunei Cambridge GCE O Level C B
Hong Kong, SAR of China HKDSE 4 with a minimum of 3 in each component 5 with a minimum of 4 in each component
India Standard XII (when awarded by CBSE, CISCE and the following State Boards: Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Assam, Goa, Tamil Nadu) 70% 80%
India Standard XII (when awarded by the following State Boards: Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana) 80% 90%
Malaysia UCLES (1119 Syllabus) 6C or 6 or C 4B or 4 or B
New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement Level 2 Achieved (A) Achieved (A)
Singapore Cambridge GCE O Level C C
Sri Lanka GCE A Level C B

Europe

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Country Qualification Minimum grade in English element
All European Baccalaureate 7.5 when taken as a compulsory/full option
Austria Matura/Reifeprüfung 2 (gut) when both written and oral exams taken
Denmark Studentereksamen 7
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamenbetyg 5
Germany Abitur 10 (gut) when taken as leistungskurs
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate C (Honours)
Luxembourg Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires 45 (bien)
Netherlands VWO diploma 7
Norway Vitemal 4
Scotland Higher English C
Sweden Avgångsbetyg/Slutbetyg VG

 

First degree taught in English

If you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) in one of the countries below (a majority English speaking country, as defined by UKVI), then you do not require an English language test.

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

English language exemptions

If you are a national of a majority English speaking country, as defined by UKVI (listed below), then you do not require an English language test.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA
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Last updated

26 August 2020

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