Entry requirements and support
If you're interested in one of our postgraduate programmes, find out more about entry requirements as well as the support that will be available to you once you're here.
Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Some programmes have additional entry requirements; these are indicated in the programme outlines in our GIIDAE brochure.
We welcome applications from people who have been out of full-time education for a number of years, including mid-career professionals. We will look for evidence in your application and personal statement that you are prepared for your return to study and have relevant work experience. Students may join immediately after their undergraduate degree, or after some years of employment to enhance career prospects by acquiring further skills.
English language requirements
Applicants whose previous education has not been predominantly in the English language are asked to provide evidence of their ability to study in English. The normal requirements are:
- British Council International - English Language Test Score (IELTS): 6.5
- Test of English as a Foreign Language - (TOEFL) (paper-based version): 570; (internet based test): 88
- Cambridge UCLES Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C
- Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP): 6.5
For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
More detailed information about language requirements will be provided if you receive an offer of a place to study at the University and will form part of your requirements for entry to the University.
For more information please visit our information about pre-sessional English programmes.
A study skills module is available to all students, with those returning to higher education after a number of years being particularly encouraged to attend. We offer specialized support to enhance your learning experience if you are new to learning in the UK.
This two-week course is offered to those who will study programmes requiring an intermediate knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative methods. It is normally run in mid-September, immediately before the start of the academic year. Applicants for applied economics programmes who have little or no prior training in economics may be required to take this course. The program is also available to students who would like to refresh their economics knowledge prior to beginning their postgraduate course.
A ten-week course in the autumn term, the in-sessional English for Academic Purposes programme provides support for international students. You can receive continued support during your study year including help with dissertation writing. These courses and support are free to international students.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service.