You can find out more information on the English language requirements for admission onto one of our courses below.

The University requires all students to demonstrate sufficient academic English language proficiency to undertake and derive full benefit from their chosen programme of study. This page acts a guide to help you meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.

Students who are not a national of a Majority English Speaking Country, as recognised by the UKVI, must meet the English language requirements of their intended programme of study.

The minimum English language qualifications that we will accept are equivalent to:



6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each language skill



6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each language skill

Please check the individual course page for specific English language requirements relating the course you are applying for as they may vary from the scores listed above.


English Language Tests

We accept a wide range of English language tests, including Secure English Language Tests (SELT) from a UKVI approved test centre as well as non-SELT tests. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in all four language components. The University will accept the following English language tests as evidence of meeting the English language requirement;

  • IELTS 
  • Trinity
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Pearson’s Test of English (PTE Academic), see Pearson Test of English for more information.
  • TOEFL iBT qualifications (taken outside the UK only)

Your English language test must still be valid at the beginning of your chosen degree programme.  


English Language Equivalency

We may be able to accept other academic qualifications that have been completed within five years prior to the course start as evidence of meeting English language requirements. If you need a CAS for a Visa and do not hold an English language test, you may also be required to undertake a phone or Skype interview.

Previous Study at Degree Level in English

We may accept an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree that was taught and assessed in English. You will need to supply evidence that the qualification was taught and assessed in English, such as a letter of English proficiency from the awarding institution.

School Level Qualifications

There are some school level qualifications we may accept as meeting English language requirements for entry to our undergraduate degree programmes, including;

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • European Baccalaureate, where it was taught with English as the first language at a minimum grade 6.0
  • SQA Higher qualifications, with a minimum grade C in Higher English or Higher ESOL
  • A-Levels (studied in English) along with a minimum GCSE grade C in English
  • SQA HNC along with a minimum National 5 grade C in English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate to include English at a minimum Higher grade H3

Other academic qualifications may also be accepted, so please get in touch with Admissions ( if you would like feedback on the qualifications you hold.


English language support

The Effective Learning Service offers free language support to all international students at QMU. This support takes the form of individual drop-in tutorials.

International students can also attend any of the programme of study skills workshops which is offered by the Effective Learning Service. These are small and informal sessions, held in the Effective Learning Centre

For those applicants looking for additional English practice and study skills training prior to commencing their main course of study, the Effective Learning Service runs a four-week Pre-Sessional English programme. This programme is also suitable for students who fall just short of meeting the English language requirements, as a means of reaching the desired level of English before the start of their main programme.

Pre-Sessional English programme application form.

Contact us

For further information on being an International student at QMU, please contact Alternatively you can call us on +44 131 474 0099.


International Office

For international student enquiries, please email and get in touch.

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