International Study Centre

Entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements for Royal Holloway International Study Centre

To join us at the International Study Centre, you have to meet certain academic and English language requirements.

Our Pre-Masters Programme course is available to students who are:

  • at least 20 years old when they join us
  • non-UK nationals.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen pathway, you can improve your skills with our English language support course, English for Pre-Masters.

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. We have therefore introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we will help you get to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take into account your individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement. For further information about this, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor or make an online enquiry, or contact your local agent.

For courses starting this year (2020), we have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Royal Holloway University of London International Study Centre. Find out more here.

Please note that when teaching transitions from online to on-campus delivery, you will need to obtain a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes before you can travel to the UK to continue your studies.

For students enrolling on the Pre-Masters programme in autumn 2020, Duolingo is now accepted for on-campus tuition. Find out more here.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

Pre-Masters Programme

The Pre-Masters Programme will prepare students to undertake a postgraduate degree - read about the academic and language requirements for this course.

Academic

Students will need to have successfully completed an appropriate first qualification in their resident country.

English language

Academic qualification Grade
 Academic IELTS for UKVI*  5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

Your country Academic qualification(s) you need
Bangladesh Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons)  3 Year Undergrad (Regular Pass) 60%, 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 55%
China 4 year full time studies Bachelor degree average 65% / 4 year full times studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate 70% /3 year full time studies Higher Education Diploma average 70%
Egypt Successful completion of Bachelor degree with average grade 65%
Ghana Recognised general ordinary Bachelors degree
Hong Kong First degree (honours/ordinary) OR HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma all in a related subject area with GPA 2.5 +
India Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 45% (Hons) and 50% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 45%,
Indonesia Recognised first degree or D4 Diploma with grades A4-B3
Japan Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.5/grade average of 60%
Jordan Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.5/grade average of 60%
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Bakalavr with minimum grade 3
Korea Bachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
Kuwait Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Macau Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) GPA 2.3 or HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma in a related subject Area with GPA 3 or higher
Malaysia  Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.0+ or 60%
Nigeria Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.4 on the 4.0 scale
Pakistan Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 50%
Qatar Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Russia Min. GPA 3.3 (Good) in either Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma (4/5 years )
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Singapore Pass from a recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma or Singapore Diploma
Taiwan Successful completion of Bachelors degree with grade average of 60% or GPA 2.0+
Thailand Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.0
Turkey Successful completion of Bachelors degree (Lisans) with GPA 2.1
UAE Successful completion of Bachelors degree with GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Ukraine Successful completion of Bachelor’s Diploma with good grade; Successful completion of Specialist Diploma or Dyplom Bakalavra with minimum average grade 3
USA Successful completion of degree GPA 2.2 on a 4 point scale
Vietnam Successful completion of Bachelors degree with overall grade 6 or GPA 2.0+

UK Degrees - 2:2 degree or above, (3rd Class to be to be considered on a case by case basis)

English language tuition courses

Our programmes can be taken with an additional course of English preparation - find out what academic requirements our English language programmes require.

English for Pre-Masters

Academic

Students normally need to have a minimum of 12 years of schooling with good grades.

English language

Academic qualification Grade
Academic IELTS for UKVI* 1 term 5.0 (min 5.0 in all components)
Academic IELTS for UKVI* 2 term 4.5 (min 4.5 in all components)

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ..

Secure English Language Test

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student visa route, it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test as part of your visa application.

Check the UK government website for guidance and information about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the Secure English Language Test requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests, please contact us.

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