Q: Which English language tests are acceptable and what grades will I require?
A: The English language requirements for the two eligible programmes are as follows:
MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice - IELTS* 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
MPH Global Health - IELTS* 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. * Taken within the last 2 years.
A list of alternative acceptable English language tests, together with the required grades, can be found at: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
Q: Do I need to provide an English language certificate if my degree was taught in English?
Even if your degree was taught in English, it is still likely that you will require a Secure English Language test.
Only applicants who are either Nationals of a country which is deemed by the UKVI to be majority-English-speaking*, or who hold a degree or an equivalent qualification which was taught in a country deemed to be majority-English-speaking** will normally be assumed to have met the English language requirements (please see below for details).
Please note that we do not accept a letter from your University stating that you are proficient in the English language. This is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement.
* You are from a majority English-speaking country if you are a national of:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America
** If you have completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree which was taught in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed below, you are normally exempt from additional English language requirements:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom, United States of America
The following web page provides further information in the section called “Degrees taught or researched in English”. https://www.gov.uk/english-language
Candidates who have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country are not eligible for consideration for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.
Q: What if I don't have my English Language test results yet?
A: If you have not yet obtained your English language test results, it may be possible to send these in later.
However, in order to be eligible for consideration for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you must provide your English language test certificate by 30 April 2018. It will not be possible to consider your application for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship if we do not receive your English language test result by this date.
Please indicate on your University application form when you took, or expect to take the English language test, and when you expect to receive your test results. You can then send in your test results once you have them. In this case, any offer you receive will be conditional upon the University receiving the test results.
Q: Do I need to send you my original English language test certificate by post?
A: No, you just need to upload clear scanned copies of your Certificate. Alternatively, you can email scanned copies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: There are two different types of evaluation for the IELTS English language test: ‘Academic’ and ‘General Training’. Which one should I take?
A: You should take the ‘Academic’ option. The ‘General Training’ is not accepted.