University of Malta English Language Requirements

University of Malta English Language Requirements

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Secure English Language Test

The language of instruction at the University of Malta is English. Applicants who have completed their secondary education overseas are obliged to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels.

The following are the main Examining Boards recognised by the University for this purpose.

TOEFL IELTS Cambridge ****
Internet-Based (iBT)
Foundation Studies Course/Junior College * 61 5.5 First Certificate
Undergraduate Course ** 80 6.0 Advanced Certificate
Postgraduate Course *** 95 6.5 Advanced Certificate

* For Junior College, pre-degree 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

**** Cambridge Certificates:  a pass at a Grade C or better is required.

Academic IELTS

Applicants for all Postgraduate courses offered by the Department of English, Faculty of Arts commencing in October 2014 or later, 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 the University of Malta.

The test result must be obtained by the following dates:-

For admission to courses commencing in October by 30 June
For admission to limited number courses commencing in October by 31 August
For admission to courses commencing in February by 31 January
For admission to limited number courses commencing in February by 31 January

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.

For courses leading to Master’s courses by Research, the pass in the Secure English Language Test will be required before commencement of the course.

Applicants for the Ph.D. programme are required to submit a pass in the Secure English Language Test before commencement of studies.

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