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Minimum Entry Criteria for Coventry University Research Programmes

English Language Proficiency Required for Research Programmes

All applicants for a higher degree by research must have a command of the English language sufficient to be able to complete satisfactorily the programme of study and to prepare and defend the thesis in English.

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

Please follow the UK Visa Immigration Service link below for further guidance on the current accepted English qualifications: 

Approved English tests

Please follow the UK Visa Immigration Service link for further guidance on recognised test centres.

Where there is evidence of previous language of instruction in English the educational level and duration of study, in addition to the standing of the Institution (with reference to NARIC) will be assessed to determine acceptability by the University. Where acceptability is not determined attainment of the required English level by IELTS or equivalent is required.

Overseas students enrolled on a pre-sessional English course will also be required to attain the notified minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) prior to application for a higher degree (plus meet any other requirements as specified by the University).

It should be remembered that the reading, critical analysis preparation and defence of a PhD thesis is more demanding on English language skills than the requirements of a Masters Degree.

Entry Criteria

Outlined below are the University's standard entry requirements. 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

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.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

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

In all cases the most recent, and highest award will be used to determine eligibility.