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University of Edinburgh
English Language Requirements for entry to Postgraduate Study

Information for applicants

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of competence in the
comprehension and production of English must be provided. This normally takes the form of
good results in an IELTS, TOEFL or other approved test (see table overleaf). Tests must have
been taken within two years of the proposed date of admission. Photocopies of certificates
cannot be accepted unless they have been certified as true copies by an appropriate authority,
for example by the British Council. The level of English language can vary from programme to
programme, so applicants should always check the exact requirements as detailed in the table

Students from Botswana, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Papua
New Guinea. Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, West Indies, Zambia,
and Zimbabwe do not normally need to provide evidence of English language ability unless
otherwise specified by the relevant College Office.

The Test of English at Matriculation

If the English test score you present for acceptance at the University is below 7.0 IELTS (below
600 TOEFL or 250 TOEFL-CBT), then you must take TEAM as part of your matriculation. You
should receive instructions to do this from your College office.

If you score 7.0 IELTS or more (600 TOEFL or more; 250 TOEFL-CBT or more) you will not be
required to take TEAM, but we strongly recommend you to do so, to see whether you qualify for
a place in our English classes.

TEAM is not used to decide whether or not to accept you at the University. That decision is
based on the score you present on a recognised academic test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Only
students with an unconditional place can take TEAM.

TEAM assesses whether you may benefit from the English courses for graduating students
taking a postgraduate degree at Edinburgh. These ELTT courses are run by the Institute for
Applied Language Studies (IALS), which is part of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and
Language Sciences of the University.

English language support for applicants and on-course students

During the academic year, the Institute for Applied Language Studies (IALS) runs a special
programme, free of charge, on behalf of the University, for postgraduate students registered for
a degree who need help with their English. IALS can also provide full time courses for
applicants (on a paid basis). Further information is available via:- Institute for Applied Language
Studies, 21 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9DP, Telephone: 650 6200, Email:
ials.enquiries@ed.ac.uk , Web: www.ials.ed.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Office, Old College, April 2005
University Requirements

Programmes                                     Tests and Minimum Score

All programmes except those noted below.       IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each section)
                                               TOEFL 580 (with 55 in each section and 4.0 in
                                               TOEFL 237 in CBT (with 21 in each section
                                               plus 4.0 in TWE)
                                               CPE Grade B or higher (Programmes requiring
                                               IELTS 7.0 should take only CPE Grade A)
                                               CAE Grade A
                                               A Degree from an English speaking University
                                               may be accepted in some circumstamces
All programmes in the School of Literatures,   IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each section)
Languages and Cultures (except                 TOEFL 600 (with 55 in each section plus 4.5 in
Translation Studies and PhD studies in         TWE)
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies)            TOEFL 250 in CBT (with 21 in all sections plus
                                               4.5 in TWE)
All programmes in the School of Law            CPE Grade A
                                               A degree from an English speaking University
The following programmes in the                may be accepted in some instances
Management School and Economics:-
Finance & Investment
International Business and Emerging
MBA (all programmes)

PhD studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern      IELTS 5.5
Studies                                        TOEFL 520 or CBT 190
                                               Equivalent scores in other tests
Translation Studies                            IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each section)
                                               TOEFL 600 (with 58 in each section and 5.0 in
                                               TOEFL 250 in CBT (with 23 in each section
                                               plus 5.0 in TWE)
MSc/Dip in Public Health Research              TOEFL 600 (with at least 60 in all three
                                               CBT TOEFL 250 (with at least 25 in each
                                               section) and at least 4.5 in TWE
                                               IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each section)

Key: TWE = Test of Written English, CBT = computer based test
CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, CAE – Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

NB: If you are intending to takes the TOEFL test, please note that then the University requires
you to take the Test of Written English. You are therefore advised to ascertain, when booking
your TOEFL test, that this test is available. If not applicants should make arrangements to take
the IELTS test.

Postgraduate Office, Old College, 31 May 2005


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