University of Greenwich has a range of specialist programmes for international students. Read about Pre-masters programmes and foundation programmes.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, as well as holding the required academic qualifications for your course of study, you must also show your English language skills required to complete the course.

The most commonly used and easily accessible English language test is IELTS. Requirements for this vary by course and level, but the good news is, you don't have to wait to reach the required level before you apply.

Our standard undergraduate IELTS requirements are to achieve;

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Our standard postgraduate IELTS requirements are to achieve:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, there are certain programmes that have higher IELTS requirements. Please refer to the programme pages for confirmation of any specific IELTS requirements. 

For MPhil/PhD postgraduate research degrees, you need:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

Please note, all English language requirements are subject to change.

If you've already completed an IELTS test, email us a copy of the certificate as soon as possible. Please include your full name, date of birth and student reference number (beginning in 00). 

If you don't quite meet our undergradaute English language requirements and hold a UKVI IELTS score of 4.5 or above, why not try our Pre-sessional English courses? If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study in the UK, you will be asked to provide a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test. Find out more about English language requirements for students that require a visa on the UK Government website

The University of Greenwich is also able to accept a number of high school level equivalent qualifications in place of an IELTS result (such as GCSE English). Eligibility varies by country, but please make sure to submit a copy of any high school level English, or other English language test you may have taken to see if you would be eligible for an IELTS exemption. If you are able to be exempt from our standard IELTS requirement, you offer will be made without any English language requirement condition. 

To find out more about our English language requirements, please contact the International Office.

Improve your English and study skills

Pre-Sessional English courses
Bring your English language up to an IELTS 6.0 with a Pre-sessional English course.

English courses for international postgraduate students
For international postgraduates who need help with their English.