What Are the Entry Requirements for MSc in UK?

Studying a Master of Science (MSc) degree can be a great way to level up your knowledge, pursue more specific areas of interest, and prepare for a career. It’s important to know what the entry requirements for your chosen MSc course are and assess how you can meet them in order to have a realistic chance of securing a place.

This guide goes through all of the entry requirements for MSc courses, including those at top universities, in order to help you maximise your chances of receiving an offer.

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What is an MSc?

 

A Master of Science (MSc) is a postgraduate qualification most commonly in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject or a more technical Social Science (such as Business or Marketing). MSc courses are offered by most UK universities and are typically taught programmes, however, they can also contain independent research elements.

MSc courses are usually around one year long if studied full-time, however, some universities may offer part-time MScs studied over two years. The exact contents of MSc degrees differ greatly depending on the subject area and university, so make sure to always do your research before applying.

 

MSc entry requirements

 

In order to apply for a Master of Science (MSc) course, you will usually need an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. Entry requirements typically range from a 2:2 to a first-class Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), which roughly equates to a 2.7-3.7 GPA if you’re applying from the US.

Each MSc course at each university will have its own entry requirements, so you should always check on your specific course page for details. The table below lists the general entry requirements for MScs at the top UK universities. Cambridge is not listed in the table below because it does not offer Master of Science (MSc) courses.

Rank (UK)UniversityMSc Entry Requirements
2OxfordEither a strong 2:1 or first-class Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.5-3.7 GPA (US).
3Imperial College LondonTypically a minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.0-3.6 GPA (US).
4UCLTypically a minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.0 GPA (US).
5EdinburghEither a 2:1 or first-class Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.25 GPA (US).
6ManchesterTypically either a 2:1 or first-class Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.0-3.3 GPA (US).
7King’s College LondonTypically minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Typically 3.3-3.7 GPA (US).
8LSEEither a 2:1 or first-class Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.5 GPA (US).
9BristolMinimum 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.3 GPA (US).
10WarwickTypically minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Minimum 3.3 GPA (US).
11SouthamptonEither a 2:1 or first-class Bachelor’s degree with honours (UK).
Typically 3.2-3.6 GPA (US).

Top tip: At the most competitive universities, it may not be enough to just meet the minimum entry requirements. For example, if Oxford asks for a high 2:1 as a minimum, many strong applicants will have achieved a first-class grade, so you will need to make your application stand out in other ways. You can do this through developing a strong personal statement, gaining professional experience, and showing how you have gone above and beyond to pursue your interest in your chosen subject. Reach out to our team of postgraduate admissions experts for support with your MSc application.

 

Admissions tests

 

A small handful of MSc courses at top universities may require you to take an admissions test as part of the application process. The most common admissions tests required are the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) for Business and Management courses. For example, the MSc Management and Strategy course at LSE requires all applicants to take the GMAT or GRE in order to qualify for entry.

The score you will need to achieve in the GMAT/GRE will differ depending on the course you are applying for. Find out more about what is considered a good score and the scores you will need to achieve for your chosen university in the guides below:

How to Prepare for the GMAT
How to Prepare for the GRE

 

English language requirements

 

If you are applying to study an MSc at a UK university and have not previously studied in the English language, you will be required to take an English language test. The most common and widely preferred test is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The table below shows the minimum scores you will typically need to achieve in order to qualify for entry to some of the UK’s top universities.

UniversityIELTS Score
University of Oxford7.5 overall and at least 7.0 in every individual element.
LSE7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in every individual element.
Imperial College London7.0 overall and at least 6.5 in every individual element.
University of Warwick7.0 overall and at least 6.0 in every individual element.
University of Manchester7.0 overall and at least 6.5 in every individual element.

For more information about the IELTS, check out our IELTS resources or get in touch with our team of experienced IELTS tutors. Our experts can help you prepare for the test and reach the increasing minimum scores required by top universities.

 

Further resources

 

There are other requirements that you will need to meet in order to study an MSc in the UK. Most importantly, you must complete the application process for each of your chosen universities. This will typically include writing a Master’s personal statement and, at some universities, attending an interview.

For more information on these stages of the MSc application process, see the resources below:

If you need help securing an excellent grade in your current degree, or any of the other entry requirements for top MSc programmes, our team of experts can help. The Profs’ MSc tutors have many years of experience tutoring a wide range of topics at Master’s level.

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FAQs

 

What does MSc stand for?

MSc stands for Master of Science. An MSc is a postgraduate qualification most commonly in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject or a more technical Social Science (such as Business or Marketing).

Is an MSc a Master’s degree?

A Master of Science (MSc) is a type of Master’s degree that is offered by most UK universities.

Is MSc and Master’s the same?

An MSc (Master of Science) is a type of Master’s degree. There are also other types of Master’s degrees, such as an MA (Master of Art), MPhil (Master of Philosophy), and MSt (Master of Studies).

Do you get an MSc with an integrated Master’s?

You can get an MSc by completing certain integrated Master’s. When you are researching courses, look out for integrated Master’s options and check what your Master’s type will be upon completing the course (e.g. MSc or MA). Not all universities offer integrated MSc courses, but many do, including some top universities. For example, St Andrews offers an integrated Computer Science Master’s which, after completion, allows students to graduate with an MSc in Computer Science.

How long is an MSc degree?

MSc degrees are typically one year long when studied full-time. Some universities may also give you the option to study an MSc part-time over two years.

What comes after an MSc degree?

An MSc degree can lead to many different academic and professional paths. MSc courses help to equip you with the higher level subject knowledge and research skills needed for further postgraduate study (i.e. a PhD), and many of these skills will also be valuable in a range of careers. MSc programmes can also help to prepare you for certain careers and even offer the opportunity for you to change or advance your career in some way. Ultimately, what comes after an MSc degree is down to you, but you should always do your research into how your chosen course can help you to achieve your long-term goals.

What is the difference between MA and MSc degrees?

Master of Art (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) courses are both Master’s level degrees that can be in a range of subjects and typically last for around one year (full-time). However, there are some differences between the two.

Firstly, MA degrees tend to be in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects, whilst MSc degrees tend to be in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Business subjects. Additionally, some universities only offer one of these two degree types. For example, Oxford and Cambridge do not offer MAs, while Cambridge does not offer MScs.