Postgraduate Degrees - English Requirements

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.


You must refer to the College you will be studying in to confirm the English Language requirements for your programme of study.

English language proficiency is assessed by referral to the following tests.

College of Arts and Social Science & Business School

All postgraduate programmes (both taught and research) have the following English Language requirements:

 IELTS Academic

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 - 21 or above
Speaking - 20 or above
Writing - 21 or above
Overall – 90

 PTE Academic

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 - 169 or above
Speaking - 162 or above
Writing - 169 or above
Overall – 176

College of Physical Sciences

For postgraduate study, there are two distinct English Language criteria, referred to as Postgraduate Standard and Postgraduate Higher as outlined in the table below. Postgraduate Standard refers to the English Language proficiency required for entry to the majority of postgraduate programmes within the College of Physical Sciences. Postgraduate Higher courses currently include MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management and MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience

  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 - 5.5 or above
Speaking - 5.5 or above
Writing - 6.0 or above
Overall - 7.0

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 - 18 or above
Speaking - 20 or above
Writing - 21 or above
Overall – 100

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 - 51 or above
Speaking - 51 or above
Writing - 54 or above
Overall - 70

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 - 162 or above
Speaking - 162 or above
Writing - 169 or above
Overall - 185

College of Life Sciences and Medicine

All postgraduate programmes* (both taught and research) have the following English Language requirements:

*with the exception of the Physician Associate Studies programme. Please find their English Language requirements here.

 

Postgraduate Standard

 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

 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 

 PTE Academic

Listening - 51 or above
Reading - 51 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 - 162or above
Writing - 169 or above
Overall - 176