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IELTS for the UK

Required IELTS scores at UK universities

IELTS requirements of the world’s top 200 universities in the UK in 2018

The following rankings, organised by subject area, come from the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings. 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2018

Name of institution World rank

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

University of Oxford 1 7.0 7.0
University of Cambridge 2 7.0 7.0
Imperial College London 8 6.0 6.0
University College London 16 5.5 5.5
London School of Economics and Political Science 25 7.0 7.0
University of Edinburgh 27 6.5 6.5
King's College London 36 6.0 6.0
University of Manchester 54 5.5 5.5
University of Bristol 76 6.0 6.0
University of Glasgow 80 6.5 6.5
University of Warwick 91 5.5 5.5
Durham University 97 4.5 4.5
University of Sheffield 104 5.5 5.5
Queen Mary University of London 121 5.5 5.5
University of Southampton 126 6.5 6.5
University of Exeter 130 6.5 6.5
University of York 137 Contact institution Contact institution
University of Leeds 139 6.0 6.0
University of Birmingham 141 6.0 6.0
University of St Andrews 143 7.0 7.0
University of Nottingham 147 7.0 7.0
University of Sussex 147 6.0 6.0
Lancaster University 150 4.0 4.0
University of Leicester 159 6.0 6.0
Cardiff University 162 6.5 6.5
Newcastle University 175 6.5 6.5
University of Liverpool 177 6.0 6.0
University of Aberdeen 185 6.0 6.0
University of Dundee 187 6.0 6.0
University of East Anglia 188 6.5 6.5
Royal Holloway, University of London 197 6.0 6.0

QS World University Rankings in 2018

Name of institution World rank IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes) IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)
University of Cambridge 5 7.0 7.0
University of Oxford 6 7.0 7.0
University College London 7 5.5 5.5
Imperial College London 8 6.0 6.0
The University of Edinburgh 23 6.5 6.5
King's College London 23 6.0 6.0
The University of Manchester 34 5.5 5.5
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 35 7.0 7.0
University of Bristol 44 6.0 6.0
The University of Warwick 57 5.5 5.5
University of Glasgow 65 6.5 6.5
Durham University 78 4.5 4.5
The University of Sheffield 82 5.5 5.5
University of Birmingham 84 6.0 6.0
The University of Nottingham 84 7.0 7.0
University of St Andrews 92 7.0 7.0
University of Leeds 101 6.0 6.0
University of Southampton 102 6.5 6.5
Queen Mary University of London 127 5.5 5.5
Lancaster University 135 4.0 4.0
University of York 135 Contact institution Contact institution
Cardiff University 137 6.5 6.5
University of Aberdeen 158 6.0 6.0
The University of Exeter 158 6.5 6.5
University of Bath 160 6.5 6.5
Newcastle University 161 6.5 6.5
University of Liverpool 173 6.0 6.0
University of Reading 188 6.5 6.5

*These are the minimum IELTS score requirements applicable to all programmes, except those specified by an institution. These requirements were taken from http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/

Study Visa for the UK

If you are applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) for the purpos-es of studying a bachelor or postgraduate degree, you are required to meet the English lan-guage level set by the institution. 

All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means you can apply with your IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide, unless your institution has additional requirements. Please check with the official Register of Sponsors from the Home Office.

IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) 

This test is for those who are wishing to study courses below degree-level in the UK, or others who are required to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of a direct application to UK Visas and Immigration. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking com-ponents.

IELTS test type required (by institution and course/programme) 

  

 

  • Foundation course
  • Pre-sessional course
  • Language course
  • Below degree-level course
  • Undergraduate programme
  • Postgraduate programme and above
  • Higher Education Institution in the UK /
  • Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor

IELTS for UKVI 

IELTS Academic (except for institutions with special re-quirements)

  • Non-Higher Education Institution in UK /
  • Non-Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor 

IELTS for UKVI 

IELTS for UKVI