International Study Centre

Pre-Masters entry requirements

To join us at University of Sussex International Study Centre, you need to meet the minimum academic and English language entrance requirements.

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 University of Sussex 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.

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 Tier 4 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 Tier 4 student 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 65% / 4 year full times studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate 70% /3 year full time studies Higher Education Diploma average 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.