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Specific entrance requirements

General English language entrance requirements can be found on our pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate pages but you can find the exceptions in the table below.

Subject  IELTS Score
10-week course 6.0 (5.5)*
4-week course 6.5 (6.0)*
Subject IELTS Score
English 8.0
Medicine 7.0 (7.0)*
Postgraduates (Taught)
Subject  IELTS Score
Biology 7.0 (6.5)*
Chemistry 6.5 (6.0)*
Economics & Finance 7.0 (6.0)*

8.0 (8.0)*

English Language Teaching

7.0 (6.5 in writing and speaking)*


6.5 (6.5 in writing)*

History 7.0 (7.0 in writing)*
Management 7.0 (6.5)*
Management and Information Technology 7.0 (6.0)*
Mathematics 7.0 (6.5)*
Medicine 7.0 (6.5)*
Philosophy 7.0 (6.5 in reading, writing and speaking)*
Physics 6.5 (6.0)*
Psychology 7.0 (7.0 in writing)*
Sustainable Development 7.0 (6.5)*
Postgraduates (Research)
Subject IELTS Score
English 8.0 (8.0)*

*where minimum component scores are required, these are shown in brackets after the overall score. If no score is given in brackets, only an overall score is required.

Students who have less than 5.5. in any component will not be admitted to a Pre-sessional course, but may be considered for a place on the Pre-Masters programme at the discretion of the Centre for International Foundation Programmes.

Language requirements checker

If you are unsure about what language requirements apply to the studies you wish to pursue at University of St Andrews, please use our language requirements checker.