Application and Admission

Postgraduate Admissions

Warwick has one of the largest range of Taught postgraduate programmes offered by any UK University. The majority of the programmes are Masters degrees (MA, MSc, LLM, MEd or MRes) in which students spend between half and three-quarters of their time taking taught courses (typically between October and April or June) and the remainder (April or June to September) researching and writing a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

The University of Warwick offers Research degrees in every department. As well as traditional PhD degrees, Warwick also offers three Professional Doctorates which combine taught postgraduate courses with a significant period of independent research and professional development. In addition to the Taught Masters and Research degrees the University also offers a range of shorter certificate and Diploma programmes.

Details of all postgraduate programmes can be found in the Graduate School Prospectus.

Further information on Entrance Requirments, Application Procedure and Admissions Enquiries is available here.

Higher Education Foundation Programme (HEFP)

Warwick also offers the HEFP, a one-year intensive access course especially designed for international students whose qualifications do not equip them for direct entry to UK universities. It has an excellent record for preparing students for full degree programmes in Business Studies, Science and Engineering, Social Science and Law at a wide variety of top UK universities.

The HEFP is taught in colleges near the University of Warwick and students are provided with accommodation nearby.

Full details of the HEFP are available at

Visiting/Junior Year Abroad (JYA)/Exchange Programmes

Students are also welcome to apply to join Warwick's Visiting and JYA Programmes. These make it possible for international students to study regular degree courses at the University for up to one year as part of their degree programme at their home universities. A special one-year JYA Programme for Japanese students exists with extensive English language tuition, starting every March, for those students who need to improve their English before taking academic courses.

Warwick also participates in numerous student exchange agreements with universities worldwide including SOCRATES/ERASMUS agreements with universities in the European Union. Interested candidates should not apply through UCAS, but should contact the International Office for a Visiting Students' Handbook and application pack. The University of Warwick is a recognised institution in the USA for students receiving financial aid.

English Language

Admission Requirements

Graduate students

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from their course of study. The University accepts both the IELTS and the TOEFL test as evidence of English Language competence, as well as a number of other qualifications - please contact us for details.

The level of competence required depends on whether you are applying for a postgraduate or undergraduate course, and also on whether you wish to study for a degree in the Arts, Social Studies, or Science Faculty, or in the Warwick Business School. The following guidelines are for applicants for October 1999 entry to Warwick.

The minimum scores required are as follows:

Faculty of Arts 6.5 600
Faculty of Science 6.0 550
Faculty of Social Studies 7.0 620
Warwick Business School 7.0 620
(+5 in the test in written English)

The minimum score required for direct entry to the University is usually at least 6.5 in IELTS or 600 in TOEFL (250 in the computerised version of the test). However, candidates with scores of between 600-620 in TOEFL (250-260 in the computerised version) or an IELTS of 6.5 will be strongly advised to take a pre-sessional English Language course at Warwick prior to commencing their study. Some academic departments may ask for higher English Language scores - for more detailed information please contact the individual department in which you are interested. Departmental contacts are listed in the online Graduate School Prospectus.

Candidates offering an IELTS or TOEFL score which is lower than the University minimum will be asked to obtain an acceptable score before their place at Warwick can be confirmed, or, in some cases, may be offered a place conditional on them attending a pre-sessional English Language course at Warwick's Centre for English Language Teacher Education (CELTE) prior to commencing their course (see below).

English Language Programmes at Warwick

For students who need to improve their English Language skills the University's Centre for English Language Teacher Education (CELTE) provides a range of pre-sessional and in-sessional courses.

Pre-sessional English Language course

Students who have been offered a place at Warwick may benefit from the pre-sessional English Language course, which can be taken for 12 weeks (starting in July), 8 weeks (starting in August) or 4 weeks (starting in September). The course focuses on English for academic purposes and also helps students to adjust to life in Britain.

Intensive Course in English (for postgraduate students)

This longer course is for students who intend to study at postgraduate level either at Warwick or at another British University. The course runs from October to June, following the three terms of the academic year, and although most students attend for the full nine months, they may also be accepted for three months (starting in April) or six months (starting in January). The course aims primarily to increase students' ability to use the English Language for academic and social purposes, but in addition students are introduced to aspects of British life and culture,and prepared for work in their specific subject field.

In-sessional courses

CELTE also offers free classes during term-time which focus on specific English language skills for academic purposes, and which aim to further develop and maintain students' English Language ability.

Full details of the content and cost of all these courses can be obtained from:

Centre for English Language Teacher Education
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 1203 523200
Fax: +44 1203 524318


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