SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Doctoral Admissions English language requirements

Pre-sessional Courses English Language Entry Requirements

Details about requirements for admissions via Pre-sessional courses can be found on the SOAS Pre-sessional web pages.

Unconditional English Language Entry Requirements

For an unconditional offer to be issued the criteria below apply. However please also refer to the related FAQ’s on the Research Degree Admissions FAQs site. Applicants that require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must provide a UKVI IELTS Academic certificate from a UKVI approved test centre.

Please note - During the Covid-19 lockdown, non-SELT tests (the online Duolingo and the TOEFL IBT At Home) will be accepted for September 2020 entry for ALL PhD applicants. SELT tests will be required as normal when test centres reopen.

International applicants requiring a Tier-4 Visa to study in the UK

Test Unconditional entry Unconditional entry with in-sessional support

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall or higher, with 7.0 in sub-scores

7.0 overall or higher, with at least 6.5 in sub-scores

EEA and EU applicants
Test Unconditional entry Unconditional entry with in-sessional support

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall or higher, with 7.0 in each sub-score

7.0 overall or higher, with at least 6.5 in sub-scores.

TOEFL IBT/ At Home

105 overall or higher, with a minimum of 25 in sub-scores

105 overall with a minimum of 22 in sub-scores

or

100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 22 in other sub-scores

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

75 overall or higher, with a minimum of 70 in sub-scores

70 overall or higher, with a minimum of 65 in sub-scores

Duolingo

130

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