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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.

Please note that we are unable to accept institutional English language results or certificates as evidence of English language proficiency.


Minimum English language entry requirements

Minimum English language entry requirements
School / facultyIELTSPTE Academic

Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Law
School of Life Sciences
School of Mathematical Sciences
School of Psychology
School of Pharmacy
Department of Architecture and Built Environment

6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

62 (minimum 55)

Faculty of Engineering  (excl. the Department of Architecture and Built Environment)
Faculty of Science (excl. the Schools of Mathematical Sciences, Psychology and Pharmacy)

(no less than 5.5 in any element)


(Minimum 51)

As well as IELTS and PTE, we accept alternative language qualifications. For details, refer to our table of English language equivalencies (PDF) and check for the qualifications equivalent to the IELTS 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.

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