Academic requirements

We consider applicants on the basis of academic merits as well as English language proficiency. Although the entry requirements vary depending on the course, as a general rule, you are expected to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and education experience may also be taken into consideration.

Based on the  application materials, the admissions committee may require the applicant to participate in relevant interviews or tests.

  • For mainland Chinese applicants, the minimum average score is 80 if you graduate from domestic university of Project 985, 211 or double first-rate; the minimum average score is 85 if otherwise. 
  • The entry requirement for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan can be found here
  • If you are an international applicant, please check the country specific requirements here.

Check the subjects/experience required for each course

* Note: For students who need degree verification from the Chinese Ministry of Education, please note the verification document only states the degree titles without the specialisation in brackets.

Alternatively, you can check the course prospectus to find out course specific requirements on your personal, professional and education experience.


English language requirements

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. 

The minimum requirements for our masters courses are listed below: 

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0 
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65) 
  • TOEFL IBT 87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)

The minimum English language requirement for MSc Finance and Investment (Economics, Money and Finance) * , MA Applied Linguistics, MA Interpreting and Translation Mandarin and English, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),  MA International Higher Education, MA International Communications Studies and ALL PGT Programmes from NUBS China:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65) 
  • TOEFL IBT 87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)

The minimum English language requirements for MSc Urbanism and Sustainable Environments are: 

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element 
  • PTE Academic 65 (minimum 59) 
  • TOEFL IBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)

Alternative test scores may also be considered.  

Check the course prospectus to find specific requirements on your English language qualification.

Please also note that meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission.  

For further details, please contact the Student Recruitment and Admission Office.  

Pre-Master Programmes

 Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides programmes for students who aim to go on to postgraduate study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) for 2023 Entry.  

 *Successful completion of the UNNC Pre-sessional is acceptable to meet the English language requirements for postgraduate admissions. You can then progress to your degree programme and are not required to provide IELTS or other English language test.The course will normally only accept applicants who are within 0.5 of the required IELTS (or equivalent for other accepted language test) for entry onto their degree programme.If you have already met the language requirements of your programme, it is recommended that you enroll in the Master Degree Preparation Programme. 

For more details and other information, please visit our webpage