English language requirements

All courses delivered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are taught in English.

You must ensure that you meet LSTM’s English language entry requirements so that you have the skills to pursue your chosen course of study successfully and can participate in all aspects of academic life. 

LSTM will reimburse the cost of a valid English language test certificate to students who successfully register on a campus-based MSc and Postgraduate research programmes.  Terms and conditions apply.

Candidates applying to Professional Diploma, short course (non-credit bearing) and online programmes who have a senior school certificate that includes English language or have substantial experience of using English for either a university degree or a professional role, may be eligible to apply to our English Language Waiver Programme.  Only applicants made a conditional offer will be considered for the waiver scheme.

The English language entry requirements across all LSTM programmes can be satisfied by meeting any one of the criteria below:

Nationals of majority English-speaking countries

Nationals of *majority English-speaking countries (as defined by UK Visas and Immigration, UKVI) are deemed to meet LSTM’s English language entry requirements. We will use your passport or travel document to evidence this.

*Majority English-speaking countries are currently defined by the UKVI as: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Malta, New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States of America.

 

Completion of degree-level qualification taught in a majority English-speaking country

If you have completed a qualification which was taught in a **majority English-speaking country, and the level of that qualification is the equivalent to a UK degree or above, you will meet LSTM’s English language entry requirements. We will use your award certificate to evidence this. 

Please note that provisional award certificates are not acceptable. 

**As above but excluding Canada and including the UK and Ireland.

NARIC Visa and Nationality Service (English proficiency)

If your degree is from a non-majority English speaking country, you can submit a document from UK NARIC confirming it was taught in English to meet the English language requirements for LSTM and UKVI Student Route visas.  Please find more information on how to apply to NARIC here.

You can use your degree to meet the English language requirement if:

  1. It was taught in English
  2. It is recognised as being the same level of a UK Bachelor’s degree or above, by UK NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the UK)

English Language Tests

Applicants should ensure that they schedule their IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL test well in advance of the start of their course. Results normally take a minimum of 10 days for release.

IELTS (Academic or IELTS for UKVI)

6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each learning component) 

TOEFL IBT (ITP and paper based test not accepted)

88-89 (minimum 21 Listening and Writing, 22 Reading and 23 Speaking)

TOEFL iBT Home edition

88-89 (minimum 21 Listening and Writing, 22 Reading and 23 Speaking)

LanguageCert International ESOL

 C1 Expert

Trinity Integrated Skills in English

ISEIII – Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing - PASS

Cambridge English: Advanced 
(also known as “C1 Advanced”)

176 overall with minimum scores of 162 in each component

Cambridge English: Proficiency 
(also known as “C2 Proficiency”)

176 overall with minimum scores of 162 in each component

Pearson Test of English (Academic)  

62 overall with minimum scores of 51 in each component

Cambridge English: Linguaskill

C1 level score – accepted for MSc Global Health and online programmes only.

Pearson Versant English Placement Test                                        

62 overall with minimum scores of 51 in each component - accepted for MSc Global Health and online programmes only.

 

Tests must be within their validity period of two years

 If you have a query about the English language requirements then please contact the following:

For Postgraduate taught programmes: myLSTM@lstmed.ac.uk

For Postgraduate research programmes: pgr@lstmed.ac.uk

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