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Postgraduate Research English Language Requirements

Intensive Pre-sessional English Language Tuition

Students who fall short of the University's English language requirements may, at the discretion of academic schools/departments, be admitted onto a pre-sessional English language programme as an alternative way to satisfy the requirements. Only applicants who select Loughborough University as their firm choice will be permitted to attend a pre-sessional English language programme.

Following changes made by the UKVI to the list of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) from 6 April 2015, all students who are being admitted onto English Language Pre-sessional courses A, B, C and D must have a UKVI IELTS SELT issued by an approved IELTS test centre. 

A list of the test centres which offer the IELTS SELT can be found on the UKVI website.

Details of the IELTS requirements for pre-sessional English language programmes can be found below.

 

IELTS Test Scores

Overall Average

Minimum Score in All Elements

Pre-Sessional Course Length

6.5 or above
6.0
Direct Entry
5.5
6 weeks
5.0
6 weeks
4.5
11 weeks
4.0
20 weeks *
6.0
6.0
6 weeks
5.5
6 weeks
5.0
11 weeks
4.5
11 weeks
4.0
20 weeks*
5.5
5.5
11 weeks
5.0
11 weeks
4.5
20 weeks*
4.0
20 weeks*
5.0
5.0
20 weeks*
4.5
20 weeks*
4.0
30 weeks*
4.5
4.5
30 weeks*
4.0
30 weeks*
4.0
4.0
X

* Includes an IELTS test to allow progression to the 11 week programme.

Schools may sometimes require English language qualifications at a level above the University's minimum requirements. If accepted, this will be explained in your offer letter.

Students attending the pre-sessional courses will be given an English test at the end of their course. Students who have not met the acceptable standard may be required to take extra English language classes during the rest of the academic year. There will be no charge for such in-sessional classes.

Contact details

For further details or advice and information on the English Language Requirements, please contact:

Research Students Office

Loughborough University Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK 
Tel: +44 (0)1509 228292
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223938  
Email: pgresearch@lboro.ac.uk

For further details or advice and information on the Loughborough University Pre-Sessional Courses:

English Language Support Service

Loughborough University Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK 
Direct Tel: +44 1509 228325
Reception Tel: +44 1509 222058
Fax: +44 1509 223919 
Email: elsu@lboro.ac.uk.