Research Entry Criteria

Outlined below are the University's standard entry requirements as defined within Section 4 of the University’s Academic Regulations. All applications will follow the requirements as defined by the University’s Postgraduate Research Application and Admissions Procedure.

All applicants must have evidence of academic attainment as indicated. However, some subject areas will additionally require further evidence of specified attainment.

Entry criteria for applicants to MSc/MA by Research

Minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 

Entry criteria for applicants to Doctoral Study (including PhD and Professional Doctorates)

A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 

In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent.

The Masters must have been attained with minimum overall marks at merit level (60%)*. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark of merit level (60%).

*Or higher where stipulated against a specific opportunity.

English Language Proficiency required for Research Degrees

Overseas applicants are required to demonstrate their competence through attainment of a notified overall minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent approved English language qualification and score *) prior to application. 

View a list of approved English Language tests.

Applicants who have UKVI IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in all components may be eligible to enrol on a Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme subject to availability as outlined in the Postgraduate Research Pre-Sessional English Guidance (doc). Please note that only a valid UKVI IELTS test is accepted for entry onto a Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme where a Tier 4 visa is required

In such cases a joint CAS will be issued for entry to both the Pre-sessional English programme and the research degree. 

Progression to the Research programme will be subject to meeting the required level of English.  Candidates not meeting the requirements will not be permitted to register for the research degree and under UKVI requirements will only be able to re-enrol on a further PSE course at a later date, having left the University to improve their level of English, in order to comply with Tier 4 visa regulations.

* Please note that due to a recent institutional policy change, we are now able to consider TOEFL IBT tests at the required level (for entry to a PGR programme - overall score of 95 or higher with no component below 21) as evidence of English language competency for candidates applying for admission from September 2020 onwards.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are able to accept Online English Language Test results. The accepted online provisions are the IELTS indicator or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.

If you have any other questions please refer in the first instance to the Coventry University COVID-19 FAQs.

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