English language proficiency

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English language proficiency

If you are applying from a country where English is not the official or majority language, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency at the time of application.

Minimum English language entry requirements

Please note we are unable to accept institutional English language results or certificates as evidence of English language proficiency.
Minimum English language entry requirements
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

65 (minimum 59)

80 (with a minimum of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)

As well as IELTS, PTE and TOEFL, we accept alternative language qualifications. For details, refer to our table of English language equivalencies and check for the qualifications equivalent to the scores listed above.

If you need to improve your English language score prior to your study period at Nottingham, you can consider taking a presessional English course at our Centre for English Language Education.

Please be aware that schools may have higher requirements for postgraduate research projects. 

Students exempt from providing proof of English language

Students who have completed their entire secondary education, up to year 12 or equivalent and including an English language qualification equivalent to GCSE, in one of the approved countries listed by the UK's Home Office, are exempt from providing proof of English language.

This list includes major English-speaking countries such as Australia, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and the USA. For the full list of exempt countries and territories, please visit the UK government, student visa webpage:

UK government: countries exempt from providing proof of English language

Further information

Presessional English language courses

International Student Recruitment

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Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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