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DEC 36 English language entry requirements

Degrees requiring an English language entry level of IELTS 6.5

For entry to DEC 36 leading to a degree requiring an English entry level of IELTS 6.5, the following conditions 1 and 2 must be met:

  1. No more than 1.5 bands below degree entry requirement overall.
  2. For students requiring 6.5 overall, no more than 1.5 bands below degree entry requirement in any skill.

Minimum requirements

IELTS score required Minimum degree requirements Minimum DEC 36 requirements
Overall 6.5 5.0
Listening 6.0 4.5
Reading 6.0 4.5
Writing 6.0 4.5
Speaking 6.0 4.5

An example of a University course with these requirements is the Master of Project Management.

Degrees requiring an English language entry level of IELTS 7.0

For entry to DEC 36 leading to a degree requiring an English entry level of IELTS 7.0 the following condition 3 must be met:

  1. For students requiring 7 or more overall, no more than 1 band below degree entry requirement in any skill but a minimum of 5.5 in reading and listening.

Minimum requirements

IELTS score required Minimum degree requirements Minimum DEC 36 requirements
Overall 7.0 5.5
Listening 6.0 5.5
Reading 6.0 5.5
Writing 6.0 5.0
Speaking 6.0 5.0

An example of a University course with these requirements is the Master of Professional Engineering.

DEC 25 English language entry requirements

For entry to DEC 25 leading to a degree requiring an English entry level of IELTS 6.5 or 7.0, the following conditions 1 and 2 must be met:

  1. No more than 1 band below degree entry requirement overall.
  2. No more than 1.5 bands below degree entry requirement in any skill.

Minimum Requirements

IELTS score required Minimum degree requirements Minimum DEC 25 requirements
Overall 6.5 5.5
Listening 6.0 4.5
Reading 6.0 4.5
Writing 6.0 4.5
Speaking 6.0 4.5

An example of a University course with these requirements is the Master of Project Management.

IELTS score required Minimum degree requirements Minimum DEC 25 requirements
Overall 7.0 6.0
Listening 6.0 4.5
Reading 6.0 4.5
Writing 6.0 4.5
Speaking 6.0 4.5

An example of a University course with these requirements is the Master of Commerce.

Degrees requiring an English language entry level of IELTS 7.0 (or above) and all skills of 7.0 (or above)

For entry to DEC 25 leading to a degree requiring an English entry level of IELTS 7.0 (or above) and all skills of 7.0 (or above) the following condition 3 must be met:

  1. For students requiring 7 or more in every skill, no more than 1 band below requirement in any skill.

Minimum requirements

IELTS score required Minimum degree requirements Minimum DEC 25 requirements
Overall 7.0 6.0
Listening 7.0 6.0
Reading 7.0 6.0
Writing 7.0 6.0
Speaking 7.0 6.0

An example of a University course with these requirements is the Master of Nursing.

What if students do not meet the entry requirements for DEC 36 or DEC 25?

Students can be offered an ITP course which will prepare students to take an IELTS English language test to meet the DEC entry requirements. Students must take an IELTS test to transfer to the DEC course.

The duration of an enrolment in the ITP course will depend on the student’s current IELTS level.

Duration of ITP Enrolment before entry to DEC:

Improvement needed Recommended enrolment in ITP
0.5 IELTS overall 16 weeks
1.0 IELTS overall 27 weeks
1.5 IELTS overall 38 weeks
2.0 IELTS overall 49 weeks