International Study Centre

Pre-Masters entry requirements

If you are applying for the Pre-Masters

You can start your studies 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.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator*
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL / Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Password Skills Solo
  • Academic English Skills

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.

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.

*The IELTS Indicator test will not be accepted for on campus study for the Pre-Masters 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 requirementsPre-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)*
AcademicPlease see the country-specific qualifications in the table below
Age20 years of age, or above
NationalityOnly available to international (non-UK and non-EU students)
Additional requirementsMSc 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.

Country-specific entry requirements

Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need
BangladeshRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
China4 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%
GhanaUndergraduate degree or HND in a related subject area (Grades A+ to B/3.0-4.0)
Hong KongFirst degree (honours/ordinary) OR HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma all in a related subject area with GPA 2.5 +
IndiaRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 45% (Hons) and 50% (Regular Pass)
IndonesiaRecognised first degree or D4 Diploma with grades A4-B3
IranRecognised first degree
JapanRecognised first degree with 60% or above or 3 year associated degree with 70% or above
JordanRecognised first degree
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma/Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years) with grades 3/4/5. Recognised first degree.
KoreaBachelor’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
LibyaHigher Diploma in a related subject
MacauRecognised 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
MalaysiaRecognised first degree or Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)
NigeriaRecognised first degree or HND (in related subject). Distinction and Upper credit only
PakistanRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
QatarRecognised first degree
RussiaBakalavar, Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree
SingaporePass from a recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma or Singapore Diploma
TaiwanRecognised first degree/Bachelor degree at GPA 2.0
ThailandBachelor degree with 2.0 on the 4.0 scale or Higher Diploma of Technical or Vocational Education or Associate Degree
TurkeyLisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.1 or above
UAERecognised first degree
UkraineRecognised first degree/Bakavalar/Ukrainian Diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USASuccessful completion of degree GPA 2.0 on a 4 point scale
VietnamRecognised First Degree with GPA 6.0 . Recognised Associate Degree or Higher Diploma with high grades (7.0+)

English Courses

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

See our English courses