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English Language Requirements for Master's Programmes

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English by taking one of the following internationally recognised tests.

Please check our country list to see if you need to document your English language proficiency.

Valid tests and examinations

Test results must be valid and the test date can not be previous to 15 March 2017. Upload the official copy of your test results in Søknadsweb. 

IELTS academic- International English Language Testing System (British Council's)

  • Minimum score of 6.0 on each of the bands: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT)

  • Minimum score of 80

PTE Academic- Pearson Test of English Academic

  • Minimum overall score of 53

Exemptions

Applicants who can provide documentation of one of the following are exempted from submitting an English language test or examination certificate:

  • Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.
  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.
  • Applicants who have completed and passed one of the secondary school examinations listed below (with English in the curriculum)
Botswana
  • Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (IUA)
  • General Certificate of Education O-level
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education A-level
Gambia
  • West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education O-level
  • General Certificate of Education A-level
Ghana
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate
  • West African Senior School Certificate
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education O-level
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education A-level
Cameroon (english speaking area)
  • General Certificate of Education O-level
  • General Certificate of Education A-level
Kenya
  • Kenya Certificate of Education
  • Kenya Certificate of secondary Education (from 1989)
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (until 1989)
Malawi
  • Malawi School Certificate of Education
Nigeria
  • Senior School Certificate (from 1988)
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education O-level
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education A-level
  • West African Senior School Certificate (from 1999)
Sierra Leone
  • Senior School Certificate (from 2000)
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate O-level
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education O-level
  • West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education A-level
Swaziland
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education O-level
South Africa
  • Matriculation Certificate
  • Senior Certificate
Tanzania
  • Certificate of Secondary Education
  • East Africa General Certificate of Education O-level
  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Zanzibar O-level
Uganda
  • Ugandan Certificate of Educaion
  • East African Certificate of Education
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education
Zambia
  • Zambian School Certificate
Zimbabwe
  • Cambridge School Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education O-level
  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education A-level