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Research Degree Admissions Requirements

If you apply to a PhD programme, you will generally need to hold an honours degree at 2.1 and/or a masters at merit level or above in a
relevant subject (or international equivalent). For particular requirements regarding certain programmes, please refer to the department/school page.

The following will be considered when making an offer:

 
  1. academic performance during the undergraduate and postgraduate study
  2. research papers published in international academic journals
  3. quality of the research proposal
  4. research potential and attitude
  5. English proficiency  

 

 English Entry Requirement

Students whose first language is not English or their entry qualifications were not obtained from a country/region where English is the native language, are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English.

Please click to check the grades/scores normally required for immediate entry on to academic programmes at the university.          

Qualification

English Studies, Education, Professional Doctorate in Education ( EdD)

Science and Engineering*

Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Geographic Science

IELTS

7.0(minimum 6.0 in all elements)

6.0(minimum 5.5 in all elements)

6.5(minimum 6.0 in all elements)

PTE Academic

67(minimum 55)

55 (minimum 51)

62(minimum 55)

TOEFL (IBT)

100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)

87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

  • Grades/scores are valid for a maximum period of two years prior to the date of registration.
  • *IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements) or its equivalent is required for Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) scholarship applicants.

Applicants from the following countries or have studied for a degree there (excl. split site degree programmes) are NOT required to submit any further evidence of English language ability:

  • 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 Kingdom; United States of America.

Applicants from the institutions below are also waived for English test, please click to check

Country

Level of ‘vouching’ for English equivalent to B2 level:

Anguilla

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Barbados

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Bermuda

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Botswana

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Cayman Islands

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Europe

See separate document:

https://workspace.nottingham.ac.uk/display/IOResources/English+Language+Guidance

Gambia

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Ghana

All institutions on recognised institutions list

India

Specified institutions only – as detailed on recognised institutions list

Kenya

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Lesotho

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Liberia

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Mauritius

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Montserrat

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Nigeria

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Pakistan

Specified institutions only – as detailed on recognised institutions list

Seychelles

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Sierra Leone

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Singapore

Specified institutions only – as detailed on recognised institutions list

South Africa

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Tanzania

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Uganda

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Virgin Islands (British & US)

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Zambia

All institutions on recognised institutions list

Zimbabwe

All institutions on recognised institutions list

  • Alumni from Nottingham UK, Nottingham Ningbo China and Nottingham Malaysia are NOT required to submit any further evidence of English language ability.