English language requirements

English language requirements

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree programmes

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level: this can be found in the Entry requirements tab of each of the programmes listed:

Research degrees (by College)

MRes & PhD

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0

Common equivalent English language qualifications

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 24
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in EnglishISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

Pre-sessional English courses

The University of Glasgow also accepts evidence of the required level from the English for Academic Study Pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses.

MRes & PhD

  • IELTS (Academic): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0

Common equivalent English language qualifications

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in EnglishISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Pre-sessional English courses

The University of Glasgow also accepts evidence of the required level from the English for Academic Study Pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses.

MRes & PhD

  • IELTS (Academic): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0

Common equivalent English language qualifications

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in EnglishISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Pre-sessional English courses

The University of Glasgow also accepts evidence of the required level from the English for Academic Study Pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses.

PhD

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0; no sub-test less than 6.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

  • ibTOEFL: 95; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening: 23
    • Speaking: 22
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 68; no sub-test less than 62

MRes / non-PhD research

  • IELTS (Academic): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0

Common equivalent English language qualifications

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in EnglishISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Pre-sessional English courses

The University of Glasgow also accepts evidence of the required level from the English for Academic Study Pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses (see below).


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which English language qualifications do you accept?

We accept: 

If you are unsure what your level of English is, you can take a self-assessment test:

What if my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of pre-sessional courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.

What if my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Marketing, Recruitment & International Office:

What language level do I need for my visa?

If you are an international student who needs a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will require assessment of your English language proficiency.

For undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes, the University can make its own assessment of English language ability and therefore all the English language tests listed in the English language entry requirements are suitable to meet this requirement.

For pre-sessional courses that are below degree level, you will be required to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This can either be IELTS (Academic) for UKVI or Trinity College London ISE for UKVI.

Please note that you are exempt from the visa English language requirement if you are a national of a 'majority English-speaking' country as defined by the UKVI or hold a degree from a UKVI approved 'majority English-speaking' country.

For further information, see: