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UCL's English Language proficiency requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

The required evidence may be one of the following:

  1. Substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English in a majority English speaking country and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
  2. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.

UCL's preferred English language qualification is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic. Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL and the level (standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement. 

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

UCL Language Centre

The UCL Language Centre offers a one-year diploma in English for Academic Purposes and a range of pre-sessional programmes, including 20-week pre-sessional English courses. These programmes are recognised for the purpose of satisfying UCL’s English language proficiency requirement. Further information may be obtained from www.ucl.ac.uk/language-centre or by contacting the UCL Language Centre:

UCL Language Centre
26 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5454
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8667

Email: languagecentre@ucl.ac.uk

It would be helpful if, when requesting information about the UCL Language Centre's English language programmes, an indication could be given of the current level of  proficiency in English that is possessed.

English Language qualifications accepted by UCL for graduate study

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level:
 Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level:
 Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in is each of the subtests.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet based version

Standard level: Score of 94, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Good level: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Advanced level: Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Standard level: Pass at grade C.
Good level: Pass at grade B.
Advanced level: Pass at grade B.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Standard level: Pass at grade B.
Good level: Pass at grade A.
Advanced level: Not acceptable.

Pitman Examination in International ESOL

Standard level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Good level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Advanced level: Not acceptable.

UCL Language Centre: UCL Pre-sessional English Courses

Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 70% in each of the subtests. 

UCL Language Centre: Diploma in English for Academic Purposes

Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Good level: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 70% in each of the four subtests.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

From 1st July, UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic), with the following grades:

  • Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
  • Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
  • Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each component.

The test is on-line.

Individual faculty, department or programme level required:

UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant, or to require a higher level than that indicated above.

Individual faculty, department or programme level table

UCL FACULTY LEVEL
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Good
Exception: MFA Fine Art Standard
Faculty of Biomedical Sciences Standard
Exceptions: Eastman Dental Institute

Good

(N.B. Standard level is required for science research programmes)

MSc /Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Paediatrics Special level required: Overall IELTS Academic grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the subtests. IELTS Academic is the only acceptable English qualification for this programme.
Faculty of the Built Environment Standard
Faculty of Engineering Sciences Standard
Exceptions: MSc Financial Computing Good
MSc Financial Risk Management Good
MSc Information Security Good
MSc Management  Good
MSc Technology Entrepreneurship Good
All programmes in the Department of Security and Crime Science Good
Faculty of Laws 

Advanced

The UCL Pre-Sessional course, IELTS and TOEFL are the only tests accepted by the Faculty of Laws

Faculty of Life Sciences Good
Exceptions:MSc Speech and Language Sciences Special level required: Overall IELTS Academic grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each of the subtests. IELTS Academic is the only acceptable English qualification for this programme.
 MSc Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics Good
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Standard
Exception: Research programmes in the Department of Science and Technology Studies Good
School of Slavonic and East European Studies Good
Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences Good
Exceptions: All programmes in the Department of History except MA Chinese Health and Humanity Advanced
MA Chinese Health and Humanity Standard
All programmes in the Department of Political Science Advanced 

UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant, or to require a higher level than that indicated above.

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