English language requirements

English language requirements

In view of the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Malta (UM) has introduced the following concessions in relation to the English Language Requirements for entry to courses commencing in October 2020 only.

 

TOEFL iBT Certificate   

 

a) Applicants can now opt to register for a home-based TOEFL iBT test. More information in this regard is available here: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/

 

b) Applicants sitting for the TOEFL iBT test may present the following scores*:

(i) For entry into Postgraduate Courses: 90 overall

(ii) For entry into Undergraduate Courses: 76 overall

(iii) For entry into Foundation Year Courses or the Junior College: 59 overall



Academic IELTS Certificate

 

a) The UM will be accepting Academic IELTS certificates which are older than 2 years but not more than 5 years, as long as the overall and individual scores are at the required level.


b) Applicants sitting for the Academic IELTS test may present the following scores*:

(i) For entry into Postgraduate Courses: 6.0 overall and 6.0 in the reading and writing components;

(ii) For entry into Undergraduate Courses: 5.5 overall, 5.5 in the reading component and 6.0 in writing component


*In this case, applicants may be required to complete extra English language proficiency study-units offered by the UM in order to fully meet the English Language Requirements. Such units would be delivered at an additional cost to be covered by the student.


IELTS Indicator 

 

The IELTS Indicator online test is being accepted by UM as an acceptable English Language assessment for admission to courses in October 2020 only. Applicants presenting the following scores will be conditionally accepted subject to sitting for a English Proficiency Test organised by the University's Centre for English Language Proficiency.  

 

(i) For entry into Postgraduate Courses: 6.0 overall and 6.0 in the reading and writing components;

(ii) For entry into Undergraduate Courses: 5.5 overall, 5.5 in the reading component and 6.0 in writing component


Depending on the outcome of the English Proficiency Test, applicants will be required to register and pass in English Language study-unit/s as directed by the Centre for English Language Proficiency.  Such study-units would be delivered at an additional cost to be covered by the student.        

 

Undergraduate qualifications taught in the English Language


Applicants applying for entry into postgraduate courses who are in possession of undergraduate qualifications which were taught entirely in English, may be considered to fulfil the UM’s English Language Requirements, provided that they present an official statement from the awarding institution confirming that the language of instruction and assessment throughout the whole course was English.   

 

• Pearson PTE Academic


Applicants sitting for the Pearson PTE Academic may present the following scores:


(i) For entry into Postgraduate Courses: 59 in all four skills

(ii) For entry into Undergraduate Courses: 51 in all four skills

(iii) For entry into Foundation Year Courses or the Junior College: 43 in all four skills

 

Secure English Language Test - Normal Requirements 

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:
31 August, 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