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.
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; 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 English Language Assessment Service (ELPS)
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 (ELPS) to meet the English language requirements for LSTM and UKVI Student Route visas. Please find more information on how to apply to NARIC ELPS here.
You can use your degree to meet the English language requirement if:
- It was taught in English
- 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 IELTS for UKVI) 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|
|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
Country specific qualifications – please be advised that all Country specific qualifications are currently under review in light of new UKVI visa guidelines.
|Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate||Credit (3-6) or above|
|Cameroon GCE O Level (British system)||Grade C or above|
|French Baccalaureate||13/20 in English when taken as a modern foreign language|
|Abitur||12 in English when taken as a modern foreign language at Leistungskurse level|
|Hong Kong Use of English AS level||C|
|INDIA Standard XII (awarded by CBSE, CISCE, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu boards)||70% or above (from these boards when education has been completed in English Medium)|
|Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)||C|
|Malawi School Certificate of Education||Credit (3-6)or above|
|Malaysian SPM 1119||C|
|Singapore Cambridge O Level||C|
|South Africa National Senior Certificate||C / 5|
Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
|Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)||Credit (3-6) or above|
|UK A/S level English language||E|
|UK GCSE or O level English language||C|
|UK IGCSE English as a first language||C|
|UK IGCSE English as a second language||B|
|UK - International Baccalaureate||Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).Please note Standard or Higher Level English A (Group 1) is not acceptable. Students who have studied English A should present an alternative, accepted (as outlined in this table), English Language qualification.|
|Zambia Secondary School Certificate||Grade 6 or above|
|Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education||Grade C, Credit (5-6) or above|
|WAEC (Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria & Sierra Leone)||Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above|
If you have a query about the English language requirements or can’t see your qualification then please contact the following:
For Postgraduate taught programmes: myLSTM@lstmed.ac.uk
For Postgraduate research programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org