English language requirements

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. 

Further details on how you can meet these requirements are set out below; these are also considered to satisfy the English language requirements for a Tier 4 (General) visa.

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.

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)
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

Tests must be within their validity period of two years

Country specific qualifications

Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Credit (3-6) or above
Cameroon GCE O Level (British system) Grade C or above
Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency Grade I & II
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

Taken pre-2007 - C

Taken post-2007 - 4

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
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 listed then please contact the following:

For Postgraduate taught programmes: myLSTM@lstmed.ac.uk

For Postgraduate research programmes: pgr@lstmed.ac.uk