International

International applicants

International qualification equivalencies

Entry Requirements Guidance for International Students

The international entry requirements table (below) is an approximate guide to a number of international qualifications which Loughborough University would normally accept for entry to its postgraduate programmes.

Guide to reading the table 

The entry requirements to our postgraduate degrees may be found within the individual programme descriptions.  Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications (i.e. First Class honours, Upper Second, Lower Second).  Therefore, if a postgraduate degree programme requires an Upper Second honours degree for entry, the table below indicates you are expected to achieve: 80%+ or 85%+ from a Chinese University (depending on the rank of the Chinese University), a First from India (60%+ or 65%+ depending on the rank of the Indian University), GPA 3.8+ from Nigeria, and so on.

International entry requirements table

If the entry requirement given within the course description is stated in UK degree terms as 'First', 'Upper Second' or 'Lower second' then an indication of the minimum requirements for the listed countries is shown in the table below:

 

First Class (70%)

Upper Second (60%)

Lower Second (50%)

Argentina

8.5

7.5

6.0

Algeria

-

15/20

12.5/20

Australia

First Class

Upper Second

Lower Second

Azerbaijan

4.5

4.0

3.5

Bahrain  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Bangladesh –BUET
Other Universities

BUET – 1st (60%)
1st (70%)
BUET – 2nd (52%)
1st (60%)
BUET – 2nd (50%)
2nd (53%)

Belarus

9

8

6.5

Belgium

Magna Cum Laude/80%

 Laude/ 70%

60%

Brazil

8.5

7.5

6.0

Brunei

First

Upper Second

Lower Second

Bulgaria

6

5

4

Cameroon

 -

14/20 or Bien (GPA 3.4)

12.5/20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Chile

6.0

5.0

4.5

China 

See here

See here

See here

Colombia

4.5

3.5

3.0

Croatia

4.5

3.8

3.0

Cuba

5

4

3

Cyprus

8.5

7.0

6.5

Czech Republic

1.2

2.2

2.7

Denmark

12/12

10/10

7/4

Ecuador

8.5 (85%)

7.5 (75%)

6 (60%)

Egypt

3.7

3.2

2.7

Finland

3 (out of 3) or 3.3 (out of 5)

2 (out of 3) or 2.5 (out of 5)

1 (out of 3) or 1.3 (out of 5)

France

14

12

11

Germany

1.5

2.5

3.0

Ghana

First

Upper Second

Lower Second

Greece

8.5

7.0

6.5

Hong Kong (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

India – institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework

First
65%

First
60%

Upper Second
55%

India – all other Indian institutions

First with distinction
70%

First
65%

First Class
60%

Indonesia

 -

3.3 (3.7)

3 (3.3)

Iran

18

16

14

Iraq

85%

80%

75%

Ireland (Rep of)

First

Upper Second

Lower Second

Israel

95%

80%

75%

Italy

109/110

104/110

100/110

Japan

85%

80%

70%

Jordan  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Kazakhstan

4.5

4.0

3.5

Kenya

First / 70% / A

Upper Second / 65% / B

Lower Second / 55% / B-C

Kosovo

10

9

8

Kuwait  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Lebanon American
Lebanon French

90%
18

80%
15

70%
12

Libya Bsc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine.

Other Bachelor degree from a University.

85

80

85%

75

80%

Lithuania

9

8

7

Macau

 -

2:1 / B /3.0

2:2 / C / 2.5

Macedonia

7.5

6.7

6

Malawi

MSc 75%

BSc 80% or MSc 70%

BSc 80% or MSc 65%

Malaysia (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Mexico

9

8

7

Morocco

 -

15

13

Namibia

80%

70%

60%

Netherlands

8

7

6

New Zealand

First (A/ A+)

Upper Second (B+/A-)

Lower Second (B-/B)

Nigeria - 7 point Scale 6

5

4

Nigeria -  5 point scale

4.5

3.8

3.5

Nigeria - 4 point scale

3.5

3

2.5

Nigeria - classification

First

Upper second

Lower Second

Norway

A (1.5)

B (2.5)

C (3.2)

Oman  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Pakistan - Public Universities (Tech or Eng) - 4 Year degree only First with dist / 75%/ 4.0 First / 65%/ 3.2 Second (59%)/ 2.6
Pakistan - Private Universities (Tech or Eng) - 4 Year degree only First with Dist 85% First (75%) First (65%)
Pakistan - Masters - 2 or 3 year Bachelor plus Masters 1st 2nd (55%) 2nd

Palestine

 -

B+ (85%) 3.3

B (80%) 3.0

Peru

16

14

12

Philippines

Summa Cum Laude 4.0/ 96%

Magna cum Laude 3.5/92%

Cum Laude 3.0/87%

Poland

5 (very good)

4 (good)

3.5

Portugal

18

16

14

Qatar  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Romania

8.5

7.5

6.5

Russia

4.5

4.0

3.5

Rwanda

 -

2:1,16/20 (70%)

2:2, 14/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Singapore

First

Upper Second

Lower Second

Slovenia

9.5

8.5

7

South Africa

1st/75% - 100%

2.1/70%-74%

2.2/60% - 69%

South Korea

4.0 / A

3.0 / B

2.5 / C+

Spain

9.0

7.5

6.5

Sri Lanka

70%

60%

55%

Sudan (North and South)

70%

66%

60%

Syria

85%

75%

65%

Switzerland

6

5

4

Taiwan – National University

80%

75%

70%

Taiwan – Private University

85%

80%

75%

Tanzania

1st

2:1

2:2

Thailand  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

Tunisia

15

13

11

Turkey

3.5

2.8

2.2

Turkmenistan

 -

4.5

4

Uganda

First

Upper Second

Lower Second

Ukraine

5

4.5

4

UAE  (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.0

2.8

USA (GPA 4.0 scale)

3.5

3.2

2.8

Uzbekistan

90%/85%

80%/75%

75%/65%

Venezuela

 -

16/20 or 7.0/9

14/20 or 6.5/9

Vietnam

8.0

7.0

6.0

When assessing applications, the University considers a range of factors, including:

  • Average marks, a GPA or final grade
  • Marks or grades achieved for individual subjects or modules taken, particularly where they provide an important foundation for further study at postgraduate level
  • The ranking or reputation of the University
  • Evidence of competence in English language
  • Personal statement
  • Academic references from two members of staff from your current university
  • For some degrees work experience or a professional qualification may be required in addition to an academic qualification
  • For some degrees a portfolio, example of written work, or evidence of practical skills are required

The grade equivalences listed should be interpreted as a general indication of the marks required to gain entry.  Due to the range of factors considered when assessing an application, it is impractical to adhere to exact percentage requirements or equivalences between marks gained in different countries.

India – institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework