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

or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic version): 68; minimum 60 in writing
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).

MRes & PhD

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

or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification: 

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum 
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic version): 60; no sub-test less than 59
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).

MRes & PhD

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

or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification: 

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum 
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic version): 60; no sub-test less than 59
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).

PhD

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

or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum 
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic version): 68; minimum 60 in writing

MRes / non-PhD research

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

or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification: 

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum 
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic version): 60; no sub-test less than 59
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

What if my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study 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; see Links.

What if my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Marketing, Recruitment & International Office as follows:

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. Please see the links under UK Visas and Immigration for further information.