University of Bath Entry Requirements

University of Bath Entry Requirements

University of Bath

University of Bath Entry Requirements

You can find detailed entry requirements for all our postgraduate programmes in the postgraduate prospectus. A first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) is normally required for a research degree programme.

International students

You can find information on the qualifications you need to study here on the country information pages.

English language requirements

For most programmes, the requirement for non-native English speakers is 6.5 in the IELTS Academic English test, with no less than 6.0 in any element.

Certain programmes of study ask for higher scores, so please check the programme details.

For the acceptability of other English language tests, please contact the Admissions Office. Your offer letter will also give details of any English language requirements.

Improving your English language skills

The Academic Skills Centre offers pre-sessional language courses during the year and academic skills courses during the academic year.

Find out more about language courses for postgraduates including pre-MBA and MSc Management courses.



The University of Bath was granted university status in 1966 by Royal Charter, however our roots can be traced back to the Bristol Trade School – a technical school established in 1856.

In 1885 the school was renamed the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College and in 1929 the Bath School of Pharmacy became part of the college.

By 1960 the college had become the Bristol College of Science and Technology and, following the Robbins Report of 1963, which recommended immediate expansion of universities, began to look at gaining university status.

With the college rapidly expanding and no suitable site available in Bristol, a chance conversation between the college principal and the Director of Education in Bath led to an agreement to provide the college with a new home in Claverton Down, Bath.

The first building on campus was completed in 1965 (becoming the building now known as 4 South), just a year before the Royal Charter was granted.