Chapter 2: Admission to research master’s enrolment

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2.2 English language proficiency (ELP)

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University. Full documentary evidence in support of English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be submitted with applications for admission and scholarship. Monash University reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of ELP.

If an applicant's first language is not English (i.e. originate from a country where English is not the official primary language), the ELP must be satisfied in at least one of the following ways:

2.2.1 Language of Instruction

Qualifications completed more than five years prior to the submission of an application for admission will not be considered, with the exception of the faculties of Arts and Law, where studies must be completed within two years.

Monash University approved English language countries

Successful completion of a course of tertiary studies, of at least two years' duration, and entirely taught and formally assessed in English, and in any of the following Monash University approved English language countries*:

Antigua + Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Canada (excluding Quebec)
Cook Islands
Dominica
Federal States of Micronesia


Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Namibia

New Zealand
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Republic of Ireland
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
Swaziland
Tanzania

The Gambia
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
United States of America
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Other overseas institutions
  • Successful completion of a course of tertiary studies, of at least two years' duration, and
  • entirely taught and formally assessed in English, and
  • in any Higher Education institution for which English is the only language of instruction, as confirmed in the World Higher Education database (WHED).
Monash University's Malaysia or South Africa campus
  • Successful completion of a course of tertiary study of at least two years' duration at Monash University's Malaysia or South Africa campus, or an equivalent Malaysian tertiary education campus recognised by Monash University.

2.2.2 English Language Test

Tests that are taken more than two years prior to the proposed commencement date will not be accepted.

Table 1: Overview of minimum English Language Test requirements

Faculties

IELTS
(Academic English Only)

TOEFL
(paper-based)*

TOEFL
(internet-based)*

Pearson Test of Academic English

Cambridge English

Minimum
Requirements

6.5 overall
(no band less than 6.0)

550 +
TWE 4.5

79 +
Writing 21; Speaking 18, Reading 13 & Listening 12

58 +
communicative score 50 or greater

176 +
no skill below 169

Arts

Business &
Economics

Law

7.0 overall
(no band less than 6.5)

587 +
TWE 4.5

94 +
Writing 24,
Speaking 20,
Reading 19,
Listening 20

65 +
communicative score 58 or greater

185 +
no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill


2.2.3 Monash English Bridging (MEB) Program

Applicants may complete the Monash English Bridging Program.

Faculties of Arts and Law do not accept applicants via this pathway program.

Faculty / Organisational Unit Standard Program
  • Art, Design & Architecture
  • Education (15-week and 10-week programs only)
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Science
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre
  • Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Standard
  • Business & Economics
Advanced