English language requirements

Secure English Language Test

The language of instruction at UM is English. If you have completed your secondary education overseas you are obliged to satisfy UM’s English language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result.

 Examining Boards recognised by UM
 TOEFL iBT †
 IELTS ††
 Cambridge †††
 Foundation Studies Course/Junior College *
 61
 5.5
 First Certificate
 Undergraduate Course **
 80
 6.0
 Advanced Certificate
 Postgraduate Course ***
 95
 6.5
 Advanced Certificate


Applicants for all postgraduate courses (commencing in October 2014 or later) offered by the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, who are not in possession of a degree deemed comparable, in content and level, to the degrees required in Bye-Law 4, by the Faculty Admissions Committee, must present a SELT result with:
either a writing score of 7.5 (or higher) in the writing element and no less than 6.5 in any other element in IELTS,
or a writing score of 29 (or higher) in TOEFL (iBT).
Applicants may also present a Cambridge English Proficiency Advanced Certificate at Grade C (or higher).

TOEFL and IELTS score reports will only be valid if issued within 2 years from the date of commencement of the course at UM.

The test result must be obtained by:
30 September, for admission to courses commencing in October
31 August, for admission to limited number courses commencing in October 
31 January, for admission to courses commencing in February 
31 January, for admission to limited number courses commencing in February


If the test result is not submitted by these dates, applicants will not be admitted to the course even if all other entry requirements are satisfied.

Applicants for Master's courses by research are to submit the SELT pass before commencement of the course.

Applicants for the Ph.D. programme are to submit the SELT pass before commencement of studies.


Legend for table
* For Junior College, and Foundation courses:
            IELTS:       5.0 in the reading and writing components
            TOEFL:     Internet-Based Test (iBT): a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components
** For Undergraduate Courses:
            IELTS:       no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in every other element
            TOEFL:     Internet-Based Test (iBT): a writing score of at least 20
*** For Postgraduate Courses:
            IELTS:       a minimum of 6.0 in each element
            TOEFL:     Internet-Based Test (iBT): a writing score of at least 24
† TOEFL Internet-Based
††Academic IELTS
††† Cambridge Certificates: a pass at a Grade C or better is required


https://www.um.edu.mt/journey/admissionsadvice/internationalapplicants/englishlanguagerequirements