To be accepted onto one of our April 2024 programmes, you must be able to meet the University's English language requirements. The level required will depend on the programme you are applying for. We strive to make your application process as easy as possible, however in all cases we reserve the right to request an English language qualification and / or conduct an interview.
We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers including IELTS Academic, IELTS Academic Online and IELTS One Skill Retake.
Please check the table below to find out our required IELTS scores.
- Main Entry IELTS Minimum Band Scores (April postgraduate courses)
School / Programme Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall
Engineering and Physical Sciences
(except for Engineering Systems and Management programmes)
5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Psychology 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
For the courses within the categories below, you may be required to take an in-sessional English module depending on the IELTS scores you have achieved:
School / Programme Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall Aston Business School No more than 2 bands at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above
Engineering and Physical Sciences - Engineering Systems and Management programmes No more than 2 bands at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above
Master of Public Health (MPH) No more than 2 bands at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above
* Important - Students with an overall 6.0, with no more than two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 or above are required to take and pass the English for Postgraduate Studies in-sessional English module. Our in-sessional English programme is a module which will help you to improve your English and learn essential academic skills during your first term.
Students with overall 6.5, with no more than two bands at 6.0 and other bands at 6.5 or above are not required to take our in-sessional English module.
More about the In-sessional English module
Aston University is committed to ensuring that every student is fully prepared to take on the challenges of their Master's degree. As such, please note that if you achieve IELTS overall 6.0 (with no more than two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 or above) or an equivalent acceptable English Language Qualification you will be required to undertake a mandatory timetabled in-sessional English programme to be delivered by Aston University’s Centre for English Language and Communication. Further details will be provided after the enrolment process including timetable and classes you will be required to attend. This is provided at no additional cost.
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We also accept a wide range of English language qualifications including:
- IELTS Academic and IELTS Academic Online
- IELTS One Skill Retake
- TOEFL and TOEFL iBT
- Oxford ELLT (Global and Digital)
- Pearson Academic (PTE)
- Password Test (taken at NCUK centres only)
- Language Cert International ESOL SELT
- Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE)
- Cambridge Advanced Test (CAE)
- Cambridge Proficiency Test (CPE)
Please email email@example.com to request details of the criteria for these tests for our April intake.
Please note - we do not accept any online versions of qualifications unless specified, and for tests which include multiple components (e.g. speaking, writing, reading, listening), these need to be taken within the same test; we are unable to accept if individual components have been taken separately.
Tests must be taken within the last 2 years from the start date of the course you are applying to study at Aston University.
If you meet any of the criteria below, then you may not need to provide an English language qualification:
Graduated from a UK university?
If you studied for a minimum period of one year in the UK and achieved at least a 2:2 within the last two years then we will consider you to have met Aston’s English language requirements for Postgraduate study.
- National of a majority English Speaking Country
If you have one of the following nationalities and you hold a degree level qualification or a University approved A level equivalent qualification from one of these countries then you will be exempt from the English Language requirements:
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.
- Academic qualification equivalent to a UK Degree - Taught in majority English Speaking Country
If you have a qualification from overseas and it is deemed to be equivalent to a UK degree. The degree must have been taught in one of the following majority English speaking countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.
You must have graduated within the last two years.
Students will also have to provide provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the evaluation that the overseas academic qualification is equivalent to a UK degree (does not include professional or vocational qualifications).
Exemptions for undergraduate applicants
If you have studied or are studying recognised qualifications in English, such as GCSE English or IB, an IELTS qualification is not required provided you meet our minimum requirements.
Unfortunately, this does not apply to any courses below degree level.
We accept GCSE grades - the requirements vary per course and they are listed on each course webpage.
If you have studied the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, we accept either a Standard or a Higher Level English Language or Literature. For courses which typically require 6 or 6.5 in IELTS, we will ask for 4. For courses which require 7 in IELTS, we will ask for 5. You can check our IELTS requirements table above to check your course/college IELTS requirement which will inform the IB score that we require. IB entry requirements are also specified on each course webpage.
Which English Language test should I take?
If you have been asked to provide evidence of an IELTS Academic test (not the IELTS General test) at a certain level, there are now two to choose from.A standard IELTS Academic test. IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre.
The following applies to those who need a Student visa and have been made an offer based on an IELTS score:If you have a direct entry unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you can take any IELTS Academic test, whether from a UKVI approved centre or not. If you require a CAS for a single Pre-sessional course or have been made an unconditional offer for a Foundation year you must take your IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre. If you are not sure which to choose, we strongly recommend that you take the UKVI approved test. If you have any further questions, please contact the Visa Compliance Team or alternatively please contact the International Office.
We will only accept TOEFL for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, and will be able to issue your CAS to support your overseas Student Visa application (if you hold a suitable level). However, we will not be able to accept TOEFL for programmes below degree level, including Foundation and pre-sessional programmes.
If you have been made an offer for direct entry on to an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, then we will still accept a range of qualifications as evidence of your English Language ability, and you are NOT required to provide evidence of these for a Tier 4 visa application.