International Study Centre

Pre-Masters entry requirements

For courses starting in September 2021, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in September 2021.

If you are applying for the Pre-Masters

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

    • IELTS Academic for UKVI
    • Trinity Integrated Skills in English
    • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • IELTS Academic
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

General entry requirements

Find out more about the entry requirements necessary to study the Pre-Masters Programme at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.

Entry requirements Pre-Masters Programme
English language* One semester course: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other bands)*^
Two semester course: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all other bands)*
Academic Please see the country-specific qualifications in the table below
Age 20 years of age, or above
Nationality Only available to international (non-UK and non-EU students)
Additional requirements MSc in International Finance, MSc in Management Finance or MSc in Corporate and Financial Risk Management postgraduate degrees require students to have studied maths and/or a numerate discipline throughout their degree studies with a Grade C or above, or have a good pass - Grade C - at Maths at AS Level or equivalent

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.
^ For direct entry to our Pre-Masters Programme, we now accept the following qualifications as part of the English assessment: Pearson, TOEFL, Cambridge Business and Cambridge Main Suite.

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 (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more 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 SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us

Country-specific entry requirements

Your country Academic qualification(s) you need to have
Bangladesh Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
China 4 year full time studies Bachelor degree average 60% / 4 year full times studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate 70% /3 year full time studies Higher Education Diploma average 70%/Self-taught education top up degree 70%
Ghana Undergraduate degree or HND in a related subject area (Grades A+ to B/3.0-4.0)
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)
Indonesia Recognised first degree or D4 Diploma with grades A4-B3
Iran Recognised first degree
Japan Recognised first degree with 60% or above or 3 year associated degree with 70% or above
Jordan Recognised first degree
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma/Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years) with grades 3/4/5. Recognised first degree.
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
Libya Higher Diploma in a related subject
Macau Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) with a GPA of 2.5 or HND Honours Diploma with a GPA of 3 or above in relevant subject areas
Malaysia  Recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)
Nigeria Recognised first degree or HND (in related subject). Distinction and Upper credit only
Pakistan Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
Qatar Recognised first degree
Russia Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi Arabia Recognised first degree
Singapore Pass from a recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma or Singapore Diploma
Taiwan Recognised first degree/Bachelor degree at GPA 2.0
Thailand Bachelor degree with 2.0 on the 4.0 scale or Higher Diploma of Technical or Vocational Education or Associate Degree
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.1 or above
UAE Recognised first degree
Ukraine Recognised first degree/Bakavalar/Ukrainian Diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USA Successful completion of degree GPA 2.0 on a 4 point scale
Vietnam Recognised First Degree with GPA 6.0 . Recognised Associate Degree or Higher Diploma with high grades (7.0+)

English Course

Need to improve your English? You can study a range of English language courses at the International Study Centre.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.