Our How to Apply pages provide full details of the application process to Exeter, however as an international student there are a few specific points of interest:
Our entry requirements vary by programme. Some programmes accept a wide variety of degree subjects whilst others expect you to have studied the subject already at first degree level. We usually require you to have, or expect to obtain, at least a British Second Class Honours or its international equivalent (which may be higher where a class grading system is used). Details of individual programme requirements can be found in the subject areas section of our website which contains the entry requirements for specific programmes. For information on the equivalence of international qualifications please see the In Your Country section of our website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will need to submit evidence of a good command of English before starting your degree programme. We accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version) and TOEFL IBT test along with a number of other English language tests. Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Programme (ITP). We recognise these language tests providing they were taken no more than two years before the intended start of your degree or pre-sessional English programme. If you wish to defer your entry to the University, we may ask you to re-take a recognised language test if your original offer was based on a test which will be more than two years old at the point of registration.
Our English language requirements table provides details of IELTS and TOEFL required results for all our postgraduate programmes.
If you do not reach the required standard, postgraduate study at Exeter could still be a possibility if you attend a Pre-Sessional Summer Course at INTO University of Exeter. These intensive five- or ten-week courses are designed for students who wish to improve their ability in English and study skills before they start their degree programme. If you undertake a pre-sessional course you may be permitted to start your formal programme of study without retaking an IELTS or TOEFL test, depending on your language ability at entry and your progress on the course.
If you do not meet the pre-sessional entry requirements or want to have longer to understand and learn new skills, the Centre also offers English for Postgraduate study which includes a greater focus on study skills alongside language tuition. The Graduate Diplomas, offered in the areas of Law, Management, and Finance can be used as an academic or English language ‘top-up’ prior to Masters study in the relevant field.
If you have undertaken a full degree programme in the UK, Anglophone Canada, USA, Australia or New Zealand, the English language requirements may be waived provided that your degree was completed no more than two years before the start of your programme. Other local English language qualifications may also be acceptable; please contact the International Office for clarification.
All certificates submitted as evidence of English language competence will be verified with the relevant certificate issuing body.
Fees, funding and living costs
To gain entry to the UK, you must show that you have enough funds for both academic costs and living expenses. Standard fees can be found on our postgraduate fees page, however please check your programme of interest to confirm as fees vary. Living expenses will vary according to your lifestyle and duration of study. Based on a single student living in the most inexpensive university self-catering accommodation, we suggest you allow a minimum of £800 per month. In order to help with these costs, scholarships are sometimes available. To check if there are any scholarships available at the present time, please visit our funding database search.