All visiting research students should be able to communicate effectively in English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and are able to do so in an academic environment.
You should provide any certification of your competence in English as part of your application e.g. previous tests, previous study.
The level of English language you are required to demonstrate for a visiting research programme is dependent on your length of stay and visa requirements:
If you are visiting for up to 6 months and wish to apply for a Student Visa OR you are visiting for over 6 months up to 12 months and will require a Student Visa, you must meet the minimum English Language requirement below prior to your visit. This is equivalent to the CEFR level B2.
If you do not require a visa to study in the UK OR you are visiting for up to 6 months and will require a standard Visitor Visa, competency is assessed on a case-by-case basis based on the information that you supply in your application. If it is determined that you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency, you must meet the minimum English Language requirement below prior to your visit. This is equivalent to the CEFR level B2.
Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a number of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.
If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.
The tests below must have been taken within the past two years in order to be valid, for example, if your visit begins in September 2021, you must have completed your English Language test between 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021.
All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test to be valid (i.e. we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).
For students who require a visa to study in the UK but are not required to apply under the Student Visa route, if you are made an offer without an English language requirement, and choose to apply for a Student Visa, your offer will have to be updated to include an English language condition.
As a result, it is advisable that you let us know at the point of application if you wish to apply for a Student Visa rather than a standard Visitor visa.