KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

English language requirements (PG)

students-ba-2015

To study at King’s, it is essential that you can communicate effectively in English and are able to do so in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies. The exception is if the university is satisfied that your previous academic record shows that you can study and be examined in the English language. 

Please note that these may be subject to change in line with developments to UK Visas and Immigration policy.

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied.

The level of English language you are required to demonstrate is dependent upon the programme for which you have applied. Please select from one of the five bands below for more information about the level of English language competence required for your programme of study, and the English language tests accepted.

You can also use our Pre-sessional English calculator to check if your current English (IELTS) scores meet the requirements of your programme, or to calculate which Pre-sessional English course you may
need to consider.

Unless specified, requirements are the same for postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes and postgraduate research programmes (PGR). 

If you currently hold an offer from King's to take an English language test and you have questions, or need to submit your test results, please contact your Admissions team through your King's Apply account.

Band A

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • PGDip Nursing with registration

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.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band A PG English Language

King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

191 overall; minimum 185 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

191 overall; minimum 185 in all skills

IELTS (Academic)

7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

75 overall with a minimum of 69 in in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBTInstitution code: 0394

109 overall with 27 in writing and a minimum of 25 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with distinction in each skill

 

Band B

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries (PGT)

  • Department of Physiotherapy

  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

  • King's Business School

  • Study Abroady (Incoming)

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology DClinPsy

  • MSc Nutrition and MSc/PGDip Dietetics

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.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band B PG English Language

King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme 

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394

100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23  in each of the other skills

Trinity College LondonIntegrated Skills in English (ISE)

 Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill

 

Band C

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities (excluding Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries PGT - see Band B)

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.

English Language Requirements

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band C PG English language

King's International Pre-Master's programme 

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme 

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in reading & writing and 59 in listening & speaking

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394

100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with merit in reading & writing and pass in listening & speaking

Band D

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (excluding Department of Physiotherapy, MSc Nutrition and MSc/PGDip Dietetics - see Band B)

  • Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (Taught Masters programmes)

  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery

  • MSc Computing, IT Law and Management

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (excluding Doctorate in Clinical Psychology DClinPsy - see Band B)

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.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band D PG English Language

King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme 

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 6.5

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

176 overall; minimum 169 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

176 overall; minimum 169 in each skill

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394

92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London  Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

Band E

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (Research programmes only)

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.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band E PG English Language

King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme 

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 6

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

59 overall, with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394

80 overall, with a minimum 20 in each skill

Trinity College London  Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

 

Nationality

Nationals of the following countries who have completed their secondary education in one of these countries, or applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of the following countries are not required to complete an additional English language test:

 Antigua & Barbuda  Jamaica
 Australia  Malta
 The Bahamas  New Zealand
 Barbados  St Kitts & Nevis
 Belize  St Lucia
 Canada *  St Vincent & the Grenadines
 Dominica  Trinidad & Tobago
 Grenada  UK
 Guyana                                    USA
 Ireland  

 * Canadian qualifications must be obtained from an English-speaking institution in order to meet our English language requirements.

Please note, degrees must have been completed within five years of the proposed entry date, and English language competency is assessed on a case-by-case basis. In certain circumstances you may be asked to demonstrate your English proficiency by taking a recognised test.

The English Language Centre

The English Language Centre offers programmes to help students reach their required language and skills level for entry onto our graduate programmes: 

For more information on any of these programmes, please visit the English Language Centre website or email elc@kcl.ac.uk for further details. 


Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses.
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.

Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.

Download guide

View online