English Language Requirements

If you are applying to UNSW, you will need to meet our English language requirements. There are many ways that you can meet our English language requirements. Check below to see which one applies to you.


COVID-19 Alternative Arrangements

In response to COVID-19, which led to widespread disruption of English language testing, UNSW will:

  1. Accept English Language Test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) completed no more than three years before your intended start date. This will be accepted for 2022 intakes.
  2. Accept the following English language tests:
    • IELTS Indicator – Refer to “IELTS Academic in the English Language Test Scores” option below for minimum requirements.
    • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition – Refer to “TOEFL iBT in the English Language Test Scores” option below for minimum requirements.

Please select an option below.

 

UNSW accepts English language test scores to meet our English language requirements provided

  • You completed the test no more than two years before your intended start date, the English test must be dated on or after the 1st of January (two years prior) for Term 1 commencement, 1st of May for Term 2  commencement or the 1st of August (two years prior) for Term 3 commencement and
  • You achieved the minimum scores for your desired program.

Check below to see if your results meet our English language requirements.

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Academic version and IELTS Indicator only

Note: When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 7 overall (min 6.5 in writing & reading, 7.5 in speaking & listening)

7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art & Design programs: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 7.5 overall (min 7.0 in writing & reading, 8.0 in speaking & listening)

7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

Business7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)
Engineering6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
Law & Justice

7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

 

7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

 

 

7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)

 

Medicine & Health

6.5 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management:7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

Science6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in each subtest)
6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-Based Test) - including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture 

90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

 

94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 102 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading, 28 in listening, 26 in speaking)

 

94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

 

Business94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Engineering90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
Law & Justice

94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
Medicine & Health

90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
Science90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 94 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking)
90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
UNSW Canberra90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper-based Test)

Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 589 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)

589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 610 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)

589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

 

 

Business589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
Engineering577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Law & Justice

589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
Medicine & Health

577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
Science577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted

 

 

577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

UNSW Canberra577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
PTE (Pearson Test of English – Academic)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 65 overall (min. 58 in writing and reading, 73 in listening and speaking)

65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking)

65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Business65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
Engineering64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Law & Justice

65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
Medicine & Health

64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
Science64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest) 
64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
C1 Advanced Cambridge (formerly known as CAE – Cambridge Advanced English)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Business185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
Engineering176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Law & Justice

185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
Medicine & Health

176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
Science176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
C2 Proficiency Cambridge (formerly known CPE – Cambridge Proficiency English)

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Business185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Engineering180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Law & Justice

185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Medicine & Health

180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest
180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
Science180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
UNSW Canberra180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
ANU Access Program

Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

FacultyUndergraduatePostgraduate courseworkPostgraduate research
Arts, Design & Architecture

Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education: Not accepted

Not accepted

 

Exceptions:

  • Art and Design programs: successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

Not accepted 

 

 

BusinessNot acceptedNot acceptedNot accepted
EngineeringSuccessful completion with a minimum of 70% overall Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
Law & Justice

Not accepted

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
Not acceptedNot accepted
Medicine & Health

Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

 

Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: Not accepted

Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: Not accepted
Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
ScienceSuccessful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

 

Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
UNSW CanberraSuccessful completion with a minimum of 70% overall Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
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