English language requirements

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 (Grades will only be valid if issued within 2 years from the date of commencement of the course at UM)

 Level  Overall  Writing
 Foundation Studies Course/Junior College   61  17
 Undergraduate Course   80  20
 Postgraduate Course/Doctoral Courses  95  24

 

Academic IELTS (Grades will only be valid if issued within 2 years from the date of commencement of the course at UM)

 Level  Overall  Writing  Reading  Listening  Speaking
 Foundation Studies Course/Junior College   5.5  5.0  5.0  -  -
 Undergraduate Course   6.0  6.0  5.5  5.5  5.5
 Postgraduate Course/Doctoral Courses  6.5  6.0  6.0  6.0  6.0

 

Cambridge Certificates

 Level  Certificate Type and Grades
 Foundation Studies Course/Junior College   First Certificate - overall Grade C or better
 Undergraduate Course   Advanced Certificate - overall Grade C or better
 Postgraduate Course/Doctoral Courses  Advanced Certificate - overall Grade C or better

 

English Language Requirements for Postgraduate level courses offered by the Department of English, Faculty of Arts

 TOEFL iBT  A score of 29 or better in Writing
 Academic IELTS  A score of 7.5 in Writing and 6.5 in the other elements
 Cambridge Advanced Certificate  An overall Grade C

Deadlines

30 September, for admission to courses commencing in October

30 September, 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 Ph.D. programmes are to submit the SELT pass before commencement of studies.

Exemptions

Applicants who are nationals of English-Speaking Countries and completed their secondary education certificate in the same country or successfully completed a full degree at a recognised Higher Education Institution from such countries may be exempted from presenting a SELT Certificate. The list of countries is indicated below:

  • 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
  • UK
  • USA

*Non-Canadian nationals presenting a degree obtained in Canada are required to provide proof that the degree was taught and assessed in English.


https://www.um.edu.mt/study/admissionsadvice/international/englishlanguagerequirements/