English Language Requirement (Postgraduate Diploma)

For our postgraduate programme, international participants must demonstrate the English language skills required to be successful in our programmes and the careers beyond.  That includes a sufficiently high score on a test or holding a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Level 5 with the Academic endorsement.  Accepted tests and the minimum acceptable scores are listed below.  For each test, all of the score requirements (e.g. for IELTS over-all, speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be met.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
    • Over-all 6.5
    • Speaking: 6.5
    • Listening: 6.5
    • Reading: 6.0
    • Writing: 6.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Internet-based, iBT)
    • Over-all 79
    • Speaking: 20
    • Listening: 20
    • Reading: 13
    • Writing: 21
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE)
    • Over-all 58
    • Speaking: 58
    • Listening: 58
    • Reading: 50
    • Writing: 50
    • Oral fluency 54
    • Pronunciation 54

We only accept scores that were achieved in a single test during the preceding two years. Combination of scores from multiple tests is not acceptable.

If you have had education with English as the language of instruction, depending on the level of that education, duration of that education, your country, and the country in which the education occurred, we may be able to use those facts as sufficient evidence of English proficiency so that no test would be required.  If you think that might apply in your case, please feel free to contact us with individual questions.  Please do NOT send documents such as transcripts or diplomas by email unless we request them.

We also consider the English language communications skills demonstrated by applicants (e.g., in e-mails and telephone conversations) in determining the applicant's suitability for the programme to which they applied.

We also consider the English language communications skills demonstrated by applicants (e.g., in e-mails and telephone conversations) in determining the applicant's suitability for the programme to which they applied.