International student entry requirements

We welcome postgraduate applications from candidates offering a range of overseas qualifications. As well as achieving appropriate grades in your examinations, you also need to submit official transcripts of your qualifications translated into English and showing the subjects and grades obtained.

Academic requirements

The programme requirements are listed next to the programme entry in the course finder. To find out what the grade requirements would be for a qualification that you have studied in your own country, please see your individual country page information.

English language requirements

In order to undertake a programme of study here at the University, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications. English Language test certificates should be no more than two years old on the start date of your chosen programme. The sections below will tell you what grades you need in these qualifications for the subject area you want to study.

Some degree programmes have slightly higher requirements than those stated here. When this is so, we will ensure that you are informed using the contact details you have provided on your application. If you have been instructed and assessed in English language at a recognised institution, you may be exempt from these requirements.

Proof of English language proficiency

For those joining us for 2021, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we will accept the following additional tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • IELTs Indicator (entry requirements match standard IELTs requirements listed in table below)
  • Password English (applicants in India and China can find out more about Password English language tests delivered by NCUK by visiting their website)

Postgraduate degree programmes

Academic areaTOEFLIELTS*Pearson
Test of
English (PTE)**
Cambridge English
(exams taken from 2015)***
Engineering and Science*** 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band PTE Academic 64 with no less than 59 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced
Minimum overall score of 169,
with no less than 162 in any
Business****, Dentistry,
Education (Taught),
Health Sciences, Medicine***,
Public Policy,
Social Sciences***
88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced
Minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component
Research Education, Law (LLM), ClinPsychD 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band   7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency
Minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

* Further information on can be found at the IELTS website.

**Further information on the PTE test and how to register.

*** Some programmes require higher or lower grades. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details.

**** Some Business programmes require higher grades.  Please see the Business School website for more details.

Alternative qualifications for postgraduate programmes

QualificationMinimum University requirement

University of Birmingham presessional English course (see below)

Pass (see the BIA page for details)

India Standard XII (CBSE/CISCE/West Bengal)

75% or above

India Standard XII (other Indian state boards)

80% or above

German Abitur

English studied for four semesters, with an overall result of 'gut' (usually an average score of 10) 

French Baccalaureat

14 (bien) 

English language courses

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.

Learn more

For advice on entry requirements or English language requirements for specific courses, you can contact the Admissions Tutor listed against the course entry in the course finder or visit the relevant department's website.

Special requirements

For some courses there are very specific entry requirements concerning a students' fitness to practice their chosen course of study. For information concerning these requirements, please visit the Terms and conditions page which also contains important information concerning the University's conditions of study.