International Study Centre

Postgraduate entry requirements

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

You can start your studies in 2022 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 (non-UKVI) / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL

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.

Admissions

Your pathway to your Masters degree at Aberdeen begins at the International Study Centre. You’ll need to meet the minimum academic and English language entry requirements listed below before joining us.

After you’ve completed your course and achieved the required grades, you can progress to your postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen.

Pre-Masters Programme entry requirements

To apply for this Business and Law pathway, you'll need to meet the following entry requirements depending on your chosen subject route:

Academic:

To study a Business degree at Aberdeen, you will need a good, recognised degree or advanced diploma in any discipline. Certain programmes, such as the MBA, require two years post-degree relevant work experience.

For a Law degree, you will need a good undergraduate degree or advanced degree in Law or a related discipline.

English language:

Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in writing and no skill below 5.5)

To apply for this Science and Engineering pathway, you'll need to meet the following entry requirements depending on your chosen subject route:

Academic:

You will need a good, recognised degree or advanced diploma in Engineering or Science. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may also be considered if they can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, in addition to a good degree.

English language:

Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in writing and no skill below 5.5)

Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need to have
BangladeshRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
ChinaFull time studies Bachelor's degree (Max 1 year internship accepted): 60%+ overall
Full time studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Junior College Diploma (Max 1 year internship accepted): 70% overall
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, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
JapanRecognised first degree with 60% or above or 3 year associated degree with 70% or above
JordanRecognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
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) GPA 2.0
Malaysia Recognised 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), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 50%, ACCA 9 papers, HND Level 6
QatarRecognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
RussiaBakalavar, Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
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+)

Pre-Sessional English

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for your chosen Pre-Masters Programme, you can enrol on a Pre-Sessional English course prior to starting your programme.

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in all sub-skills)

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)

What happens next?

Once you’ve chosen your Pre-Masters subject route and seen what academic and English language grades you need, you can apply to join us. We offer support throughout the entire application process, as well as scholarships for a range of progression degrees.