To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations.

Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK

For applicants who require a Tier 4 visa, language proficiency is assessed by referral to candidates' IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBTPTE Academic, or Cambridge Advanced/Cambridge Proficiency qualifications. We also accept Trinity ISE – Trinity Integrated Skills in English.

An English language test is not required if you are a national of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.

Applicants considering taking a pre-sessional English language course in case they do not meet the language requirements, will need to take the IELTS Academic for UKVI test as this is the only test acceptable for English language courses.

Applicants who do not require a visa to study in the UK

For applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa (usually those with EU, EEA, Swiss, or Norwegian nationality), language proficiency is assessed by referral to candidates' IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBTPTE Academic, or Cambridge Advanced/Cambridge Proficiency qualifications. We also accept Trinity ISE – Trinity Integrated Skills in English.

In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.

For postgraduate study, there are two distinct English language criteria, referred to as Postgraduate Standard and Postgraduate Higher as outlined in the table below.

The Postgraduate Standard requirements are used by the Schools of Biological Sciences; Engineering; Geosciences; Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; Natural and Computing Sciences; and Psychology.

The Postgraduate Higher requirements are used by the Schools of Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture; Law; and Social Sciences. The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management and the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience also make use of the Postgraduate Higher requirements.

  Postgraduate Standard Postgraduate Higher
IELTS Academic

Listening - 5.5 or above
Reading - 5.5 or above
Speaking - 5.5 or above
Writing - 6.0 or above
Overall - 6.5

Listening - 5.5 or above
Reading - 6.0 or above
Speaking - 5.5 or above
Writing - 6.0 or above
Overall - 6.5

TOEFL iBT
TOEFL DI code is 0818

Listening - 17 or above
Reading - 18 or above
Speaking - 20 or above
Writing - 21 or above
Overall – 90

Listening - 17 or above
Reading - 21 or above
Speaking - 20 or above
Writing - 21 or above
Overall – 90

PTE Academic

Listening - 51 or above
Reading - 51 or above
Speaking - 51 or above
Writing - 54 or above
Overall - 62

Listening - 51 or above
Reading - 54 or above
Speaking - 51 or above
Writing - 54 or above
Overall - 62

Cambridge English
Advanced & Proficiency

Listening - 162 or above
Reading - 162 or above
Speaking - 162 or above
Writing - 169 or above
Overall - 176

Listening - 162 or above
Reading - 169 or above
Speaking - 162 or above
Writing - 169 or above
Overall - 176