English language requirements 2018/19: research degrees

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

There are some differences for distance learning applicants.

Exceptions

You do not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You're a UK national
  • You're a national from a majority English speaking country as specified by the UKVI:
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United States of America.
  • You've completed a degree either in the UK, Ireland or in a country listed above. The degree must have been completed within two years of the course start date here at York. 

For more information see UKVI Tier 4 Guidance from 25 July 2016 (PDF).

Accepted tests

The following tests are accepted for entry into degree-level courses:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet based)
  • Trinity ISE

We seek formal confirmation of all test results. If you are intending to take a TOEFL test please enter our Designated Institution code 3065 on your test form. If you're intending to take a Pearson Test of English you need to assign your scores to the us electronically via your Pearson Vue account. For instructions see How to send your PTE scores (PDF  , 4,070kb).

You must have completed the test within two years of the starting date of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

The requirements for these tests vary by academic department.

Pre-sessional language courses

We also offer a range of pre-sessional language courses which can be used for entry to degree-level courses.

These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer. You can apply online once you receive and accept your offer. These courses are popular, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

If you require a Tier 4 visa

In order to be granted a visa to study in the UK, you must meet the UK Home Office's minimum standard of English language (called B2 level). In most cases our departmental requirements are higher than the B2 level.

If you're applying for a pre-sessional English course and require a Tier 4 visa then you must take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional programmes.

For more information about visas and English language requirements see Tier 4 (General) student visas (gov.uk).

Departmental requirements

If you don't meet the departmental requirements, you could be eligible for a pre-sessional language course.

Archaeology
  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Biology
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Chemistry
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
Computer Science
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
Economics
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Education

PhD Applied Linguistics
PhD TESOL

  • IELTS: 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking and no less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing
  • PTE: 67, with no less than 55 in Listening and Speaking and no less than 61 in in Reading and Writing
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with no less than 169 in Listening and Speaking and no less than 176 in Reading and Writing
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking and a no less than 23 in Reading and Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components

Other courses

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Electronic Engineering
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with pass in all components
English (and Eighteenth Century Studies)
  • IELTS: 7.0, no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 6.5 in Reading, and of 7.0 in Writing
  • PTE: 67, with no less than 55 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 61 in Reading and of 67 in Writing
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 169 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 176 in Reading, and of 185 in Writing
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 23 in Reading, and of 24 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Environment

PhD in Environment and Politics

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

All other research degrees

  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79 with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
Health Sciences
  • IELTS: 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each component 
  • PTE: 67, with no less than 61 in each component 
  • CAE and CPE: (from January 2015) 185, with with no less than 176 in each component 
  • TOEFL: 96, with no less than 23 in each component 
  • Trinity: Level 3, with 'Distinction' in each component
History
  • IELTS: 7.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 67, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
History of Art
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 51 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 162 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 23 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Language and Linguistic Science
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and Speaking and no less than 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and Speaking and no less than 51 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and Speaking and no less than 162 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 24 in Writing and Speaking, 17 in Listening and 18 in Reading
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Law
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and no less than 61 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and no less than 176 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96 with a minimum of 24 in Writing and no less than 23 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Management
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Mathematics
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
Medicine (Hull York Medical School)

All research programmes

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

 

Medieval Studies
  • IELTS: 7.0, no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 6.5 in Reading, and of 7.0 in Writing
  • PTE: 67, with no less than 55 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 61 in Reading and of 67 in Writing
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 169 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 176 in Reading, and of 185 in Writing
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, a minimum of 23 in Reading, and of 24 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Music
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
Philosophy
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Reading, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing, 61 in Reading, and 55 in Listening and Speaking
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing, 176 in Reading, and 169 in Listening and Speaking
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of, 24 in Writing, 23 in Reading, and 21 in Listening and Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Physics
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with minimum 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79 with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all requirements
Politics
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all requirements
Politics, Economics and Philosophy
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 176 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all requirements
Psychology
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 61 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 176 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 with no less than 23 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • IELTS: 7.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE): 67, with no less than 61 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all requirements
Social Policy and Social Work

PhD

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

All other courses

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE): 61, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
Sociology
  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 55 in Writing and no less than 51 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 169 in writing, and no less than 162 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components
Theatre, Film and Television
  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 55 in Writing and no less than 51 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176 with a minimum of 169 in Writing and no less than 162 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all requirements
Women's Studies
  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all requirement