Postgraduate research language requirements
All applicants for a research higher degree, including Australian applicants, must satisfy the requirements for English language competence set down by the Board of the Graduate Research School.
Graduates from Australian or international Universities are not automatically assumed to have demonstrated English Language Proficiency despite that they may have studied some or all of the courses in English. Each application is considered individually. In most cases a formal English qualification is required.
All English test results with an astrix (*) must have been obtained within the past two years. Higher scores are required for applicants in certain schools, as indicated below.
- Qualification through WACE, TEE or equivalent
- Pass in English, English Literature, or English as a Second Language
- GCE O-level (GCSE and IGCSE)
- Minimum grade C / C6 in English, English Language, English (First Language) or English Literature.
Minimum grade A in IGCSE English as a Second Language, with grade 1(One) in Oral/Aural Communication.
Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).
- *TOEFL (paper-based)
- 570 with a Test of Written English (TWE) of no less than 4.5
Scholarship applicants require 580, with 45 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
- *IBT TOEFL (Internet-based test score)
- 82 with 22 for writing, 20 for speaking, 20 for listening, and 18 for reading
’Home Edition’ not accepted
- *IELTS (Academic)
- 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)
- *Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- *Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
- B grade
- *CELT Bridging Course
- Overall score of 70% with a minimum of 65% for each section
Law School requires an overall score of 80% with a minimum of 80% for reading and writing, and a minimum of 75% for speaking and listening.
Graduate School of Education requires an overall score of 75% with a minimum of 70% in reading and writing.
Dental School requires an overall score of 75% with a minimum of 70% in reading and writing.
UWA Business School requires an overall score of 70% with a minimum of 70% in reading and writing.
- *Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic)
Overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the Reading and Writing sections,
59 in the Speaking section and 54 in the Listening section.
Law School requires an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.
- Other qualifications assessed on an individual basis
Australian Government visa regulations require higher English scores for applicants from some countries.
Special school requirements
Higher English scores are required for admission to higher degrees (by Research) in some schools at UWA:
- Law School
- overall IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.5 for reading and writing and a minimum of 7.0 for speaking and listening.
- Graduate School of Education
- overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.
- Dental School
- For clinically based research projects only - overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in all elements (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
- UWA Business School
- overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.