Postgraduate research applicants are encouraged to address English language needs in advance of submitting an application wherever possible, so that the merit of a research proposal can be fully considered. Judgments are made on an individual basis, but it may be possible where an applicant is 0.5 below the IELTS entry requirement for an offer to be made on the condition of the required standard being met before starting.
Normally we require an overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking. There are exceptions to this and they are as follows:
Research degrees in Arts and Humanities and Health Professions require 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and none below 6.5.
Research degrees in Brighton Business School and the School of Sport and Service Management: 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and none below 6.0.
Research degrees in Engineering and Environment & Technology requires a minimum of 6.0 in each component
All SELT (Secure English language tests) must have been obtained within the preceding two years.
Important information regarding changes to the approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) list:
The University of Brighton will continue to accept non-SELT tests such as ‘IELTS Academic’ and ‘Pearson Test of English Academic’, as long as your test results meet the course requirements.
If you are concerned that you might not reach the required level for the course, and therefore may need to take an English Language course, we would recommend that you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI Academic’ at an approved test centre, details of which can be found on the UK Government website.
- specify at the test centre which type of IELTS test you wish to take; taking an IELTS at an approved test centre does not automatically mean that it will be the ‘IELTS for UKVI Academic’ test.
- The ‘IELTS for UKVI Academic’ test (SELT) will be more expensive than the ‘IELTS Academic’ test (non-SELT)
If you have taken an English language test not listed here, please contact the Doctoral College for advice.