Top 25 UK Universities And Their Minimum IELTS Score

Universities in UK are ranked according to their ranking metric some of which are research, Citations, teaching environment, international outlook, subject rankings, etc. Although our major focus is the minimum IELTS requirements of these top ranking schools but there is a need to expose my readers to the reason why some schools are on top of the league tables.

It is important to let you know that UK universities require IELTS score from countries that are regarded as non-English speaking countries. Any anyone seeking undergraduate or postgraduate admission from these school must meet the requirements.

Read: How to prepare and ace IELTS with band 8.0

The IELTS score gives competitive advantage to applicants that has it especially when applying to highly competitive universities in UK and the score has the following interpretation

IELTS SCOREInterpretation
8.0Very Good
3.0Very Limited
1.0Non User
0Test Not Attempted

Top UK Universities With Minimum IELTS Requirements

Top UK UniversitiesMinimum IELTS Score
University of CambridgeUndergraduate and Postgraduate accepts IELTS score 7.5 with minimum of 7.0 band in each module (listening, reading, writing, speaking)
University of OxfordUndergraduate and Postgraduate programme accepts a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 band in each module
University of St Andrews6.5 is the minimum required IELTS score (with a minimum of 6.5 in each module).
                  London School of Economics and Political ScienceMinimum scores required are: IELTS – overall score of 7.0 (6.0 in speaking and writing and 6.5 in listening and reading)
Imperial College LondonOffers conditional on English are either for: the STANDARD entry level – IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any element (or equivalent) or the HIGHER entry level – IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any element (or equivalent)
Durham UniversityIELTS test scores with a minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score below 6.0
Loughborough UniversityOverall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each test
University College Londonminimum required IELTS score is 6.5 for both undergraduate and postgraduate programme
University of Bath7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in each component
University of WarwickIELTS (International English Language Testing System) of at least 6.5.
Lancaster University6.5 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each element
University of Exeterat least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in the writing section and no less than 5.5 in any other section
University of Bristol6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
University of Glasgowoverall 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0
University of LeedsThe minimum University language requirement is IELTS band score 6.0 – with not less than 5.5 in any skill area
University of Southampton6.5 overall, minimum 5.5 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
University of Edinburgh6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section
University of ManchesterMinimum of 7.0
University of Birmingham6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in every band
University of York6.5 minimum
University of East Anglia6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component
Royal Holloway, University of London6.5 overall. Reading and writing 6.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
University of DundeeOverall: 6.5 Writing: 6.0 Listening: 5.5 Reading: 5.5 Speaking: 5.5
University of SheffieldUndergraduate applicants are required to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent. Postgraduate applicants are required to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each component or equivalent.
University of Strathclyde6.5 overall (no individual band less than 5.5)

Lastly, like I have said earlier, the IELTS Score is an average from the four sections;- listening, writing, reading and speaking, each section has a score which is sum up and divided by four.

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