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English language requirements

Students from outside the United Kingdom need to meet Kingston University's English language requirements – these depend on the course you are applying for.

Select the level of study to find out more:

Exceptions – if you have studied or lived in a majority English speaking country, you may not need to prove your English language ability. Find out more.   

English language entry requirements for courses are listed in Academic IELTS scores, but we do recognise a number of other tests such as the Pearson Test of Academic English. Find out more.

Undergraduate study (Academic IELTS)

Subject area Overall score Conditions
Art, Design and Architecture courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Arts and Social Sciences courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Business and Law courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Health, Social Care and Education courses 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Science, Engineering, Computing and Surveying* 6.0 5.5 in all elements

* Exceptions:

  • Journalism courses (single and joint honours) 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • MPharm: 6.5, with 6.0 in all elements

Postgraduate study (Academic IELTS)

Subject area Overall score Special conditions
Art, Design and Architecture courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Arts and Social Sciences courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Business and Law courses* 6.5 6.0 in all elements
Health, Social Care and Education courses 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Science, Engineering, Computing and Surveying* 6.5 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all elements

* Exceptions:

  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching MA: 6.5, with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • Behavioural Decision Science MSc; Criticism, Literature, Theory MA; English Literature MA; Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc; Psychology MSc; Publishing MA and ALL creative writing courses: 6.5, with 7.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • Business PhD; Business and Management MRes; DBA (Doctor of Business Administration); and Law PhD: 7.0, with 6.5 in all other elements
  • Child Psychology MSc: 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • Journalism & the Creative Economy: 6.5, with 7.5 in Writing and of 6.0 in all other elements
  • Journalism courses: 6.5, with 7.5 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • Museum and Gallery Studies MA and Heritage (Contemporary Practice) MA: 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other elements
  • Music Education MA: 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements
  • Other Postgraduate Research: 7.0 – contact Admissions for further details

Preparatory courses (Academic IELTS)

Course Overall score Special conditions
Art and Design (Foundation) Diploma 5.0 4.5 in all elements
Business and Management Pre-Masters Programme 5.5 5.5 in all elements
Computing and Mathematics foundation year 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Engineering Foundation with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Engineering HND with pathways in Aerospace, Automotive or Mechanical Engineering 6.0 5.5 in all elements
International Foundation Year 4.5 5.0 in Writing and 4.0 in all other elements
International Year One 5.0 5.0 in Writing and 4.0 in all other elements
Science foundation year – progressing to all other courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Science foundation year – progressing to MPharm only 6.5 6.0 in all elements

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Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

Pre-sessional course accreditation

Our pre-sessional English course is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). This organisation sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service.

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