Postgraduate English Language Requirements

Information on this page relates to postgraduate study and is relevant to international students and local students who do not have English as a first language. If you are a local student and you have obtained a prior degree in English, this requirement does not apply.

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate an English language proficiency before admission can be confirmed.

You may have to provide the following:

  • Proof that you have satisfied the English requirements of the program you wish to study, if your qualifications were obtained from a university in a country where English is not the official language.
  • An official statement from your university if your studies at university were conducted in English.

Standard English language requirements for Faculty of Science programs:

The following table shows the standard English language requirements for most postgraduate programs in the Faculty of Science, however there are exceptions for some programs.

English qualification Standard requirement for Faculty of Science postgraduate programs
Academic IELTS
Overall band score of 6.5 or better with no band below 6.0
577 or better plus Test of Written English (TWE) at 4.5+
CBT (Computer-based TOEFL)
233 or better with an Essay Rating of 4.5+
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL)
Overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 23, and no other band below 22
Cambridge Cert. of Proficiency in English
Grades A or B
75 or better with a minimum of 17.5 in each skill


Postgraduate program Specific english language requirements
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Overall IELTS* 7.5 with no band below 6.5
Master/Grad Dip of Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) Overall IELTS 7.5 with no band less than 6.0
Master of Environmental Science and Law Overall IELTS 7.0 with no band less than 6.5; or TOEFL 600 with TWE score of 4.5; or TOEFL (CBT) 250 with Essay Rating of 4.5

Master of Clinical Psychology

Master of Clinical Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy

Overall IELTS* 7.0 with no band less than 7.0

Additional English language requirements apply under the current Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) standards for registration. Where these are inconsistent with University of Sydney standards, the higher standard will apply.

* Academic IELTS only; no other test will be accepted.

Important: English language requirements are subject to change annually. You should retake the English proficiency test if you last took the test more than two years ago.

Centre for English Teaching

If you do not hold any of the acceptable language qualifications, you can take courses in English for Academic Purposes at the Centre for English Teaching (CET). The courses last between four and forty weeks. For information regarding these English courses, please contact:

Centre for English Teaching
Level 5, Wentworth Building (G01)
Cnr City Road and Butlin Avenue
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9036 7900
Fax: +61 2 9036 7910