English language requirement (by programme)

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied.

The requirements for all programmes will be at one of three levels: Standard, Good, or Advanced (definitions of these levels are explained in Acceptable English language qualifications). Evidence we require may take one of the following forms:

  • Completed a minimum of twelve months education in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
  • Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
  • Completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
  • Obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. A number of qualifications and tests are recognised, UCL's preferred English language qualification being the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced).

We reserve the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant if it is felt to be necessary, or to require a higher level than that indicated in the programme information below.

Key note

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Following an investigation by UK Visas and Immigration the ETS TOEFL English language qualification has been removed from their list of acceptable secure English language tests. However, they have confirmed that those who took the test on or before the 17 April 2014, when the test was removed from their list, would be able to use their test as proof of English language ability when applying for a Tier 4 visa. In addition to this institutions are able to continue to accept TOEFL at their own discretion regardless of when the TOEFL test was taken.

In light of this further update UCL’s advice remains that if you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and have taken an ETS TOEFL test after 17 April 2014, or were planning to take the test, then you are advised to take an alternative English language qualification accepted by UCL. We will accept TOEFL tests where provided and sponsor visa applications where TOEFL has been taken to our required standard.  However, you may find it easier to obtain your visa with a one of the other English language qualifications that continue to be recognised by UK Visas and Immigration.

The TOEFL test will continue to be accepted for 2014 entrants who have been asked to take an English language qualification as part of their offer condition, and do not need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

Where the TOEFL test is accepted the appropriate levels are provided below:

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Advanced level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Standard level required for:

  • W100 Fine Art BA
  • W101 Fine Art BFA

Advanced level required for all other programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Good level required (Advanced for GCSE/ IGCSE) for:

  • C800 Psychology BSc

Good level required for all other programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of the Built Environment

Standard level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Good level required for:

  • PN11 Information Management for Business MSci
  • P1N1 Information Management for Business BSc
  • N990 Management Science MSci
  • N991 Management Science BSc

Standard level required for all other programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Laws

Advanced level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Life Sciences

Good level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Good level required for:

  • LG13 Economics and Statistics BSc (Econ)
  • V550 History and Philosophy of Science BSc
  • L391 Science and Society BSc
  • GN32 Statistics and Management for Business BSc
  • GLN0 Statistics, Economics and Finance BSc
  • GLR0 Statistics, Economics and a Language BSc
  • G305 Statistical Science (International Programme) MSci

Standard level required for all other programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Medical School

Advanced level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Good level required for all programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

Advanced level required for:

  • V110 Ancient History BA
  • VQ14 Ancient History and Egyptology BA
  • V100 History BA
  • V1R9 History with a European Language BA
  • V104 History with a Year Abroad BA

Good level required for all other programmes

See Acceptable English language qualifications page for an explanation of level requirements.

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offers you a range of approved English language courses, including the one-year Diploma in English for Academic Purposes and shorter pre-sessional courses.

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