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Academic requirements for postgraduate study – University of Reading

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Academic requirements for postgraduate study

Entry qualifications

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a University outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and at least two years of relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Some programmes have additional entry requirements which are indicated on their respective page within the web course catalogue. You may join immediately after your undergraduate degree, or after some years of employment to enhance career prospects by acquiring further skills.

Important information for international students

If your qualifications are not equivalent to British A levels, you can take an access course to meet the academic requirements of your course.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive access course specially designed for international students without British A level qualifications or the equivalent. The course helps you to develop your study skills, like writing essays and taking notes, as well as developing your English language ability.

Completing the course successfully will guarantee you a place on an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Reading. The IFP is an internationally recognised and respected course with a pass rate of almost 100%.

Your country specific page will provide you with more information on how your existing qualifications count towards courses at the University of Reading. Please note that you will also need to meet our English language requirements.

English language requirements

If your English ability is not at the required standard (see table below) you can choose to apply for our Pre-sessional English courses. The courses offers intensive preparation for academic study in English language and study skills and are about 20 hours per week. Courses start from April to September and vary in length depending on your ability. You will practise:

  • writing academic essays, reports and examinations
  • reading academic books and journals
  • listening to lectures
  • note-taking and other research skills
  • participating in seminars and oral presentations
  • word processing and other computing skills, including the use of Email and the Internet in academic study

The table below outlines the general English language requirements for programmes at Reading. Each programme will have its own specific requirements, so please check with the Admissions Office before applying.

Contact the Admissions Office

For enquiries about English language requirements for an undergraduate course:

For enquiries about English language requirements for a postgraduate course:

Qualification type

Qualification short name

Required level for undergraduate and postgraduate

International English Language Test Score IELTS

6.5 - 7.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based version) TOEFL (internet-based) 88 - 100
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English/ Certificate of Advanced English CPE/ CAE A - C/ 193-200
Test of English for Educational Purposes TEEP

6.5 - 7.5

Pearson English Test Pearson 53-67

To find out more about our pre-sessional English courses and to apply, please visit:

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