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IELTS Requirement for Top Universities in Australia

According to the Australia University Rankings, the top 10 universities in Australia are:

If you are planning to study in one of these universities, here is a list of IELTS requirement for top universities in Australia. After knowing the IELTS requirement, you can make a study plan, get started with IELTS prep, and work hard to reach your goal!

University of Melbourne

university of melbourne IELTS requirement for top universities in Australia

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For future undergraduate students in University of Melbourne, you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or more and no band lower than 6.0. Besides, students with an overall score less than 7.0 will be asked to take a diagnostic language test on enrollment at the university.

For future postgraduate students, different graduate programs have different IELTS requirement. Most MA and PhD programs require a minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band lower than 7.0. Some programs require a minimum overall score of 6.5. Check out the university’s graduate English requirements list to find out the requirement of your program.

University of Sydney

The standard IELTS requirement for undergraduate programs is an overall score of 6.5 or more and no band less than 6.0. Here are the exceptions.

The standard IELTS requirement for graduate programs is also an overall score of 6.5 or more and no band less than 6.0. However, many programs require a higher score than the university’s minimum requirement. Check out the official list to find more information!
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Australian National University

Diploma programs require an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 in each element. Regular degree programs require an overall score of 6.5 and at least 6.0 in each element. Click its English language requirement page to get more details.

University of Queensland

University of Queensland IELTS requirement for top universities in Australia

Both undergraduate and graduate programs require an overall score of 6.5 and no band lower than 6.0 in each element. Some programs have a higher requirement on the IELTS, so check out your program’s admission details.

University of New South Wales

The IELTS requirement for undergraduate and graduate programs is an overall score of 6.5 and at least 6.0 in each element. Master of Teaching (Secondary) requires an overall score of 7.5 and at least 8.0 in speaking and listening, 7.0 in reading and writing. Master and combined PhD/Master program of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) require an overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each element.

Monash University

Monash University requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 in each element. Some programs have a higher requirement. Check out the programs that you are interested in.

University of Western Australia

university of western australia IELTS requirement for top universities in Australia

UWA requires a minimum overall score of 6.5 and at least 6.0 in each part. Some master’s and doctorate degrees require a higher score. Check out the official IELTS requirement list.

University of Adelaide

If you are applying to University of Adelaide, you need an overall band score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 6.0 in speaking and writing, 5.5 in reading and listening. Here are detailed requirements for different programs.

Macquarie University

The minimum band score requirement for Macquarie University is 6.5. Some undergraduate and postgraduate courses have special English requirement.  Click the link to find out whether your program has a higher requirement.

University of Wollongong

university of wollongong IELTS requirement for top universities in Australia

University of Wollongong has no general IELTS requirement. You need to find your course and then click international students at the bottom to learn the specific IELTS requirement.

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50 Responses to IELTS Requirement for Top Universities in Australia

  1. Sanjip Rayamajhi April 18, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    I had scored overall bandwidth 6 in ielts .my each band score is R6,w5,l6.5,s6…how much possibility is there for me to get admission… Apart from ielts score ,my academic performance is good ..I completed my bachelor with 71%..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      Hi Sanjip,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. That said, I’d recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info! This website is also a great place to start your research: Best Grad Schools.

      I hope this helps, at least a little 🙂

    • Anju September 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm #

      I have got overall 6 band …..listening 6….speaking 6.5….writing 6….reading 5…..i have done my graduation with 59 % how much possibility of to get my admission

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 9:59 am #

        It’s hard to get accepted into any major Australian universities if you have a 5 in any section. So you’ll ideally want to resit the exam and get a higher IELTS Reading score before you apply. As for your graduation at 59%, I recommend talking to admissions advisers at the universities you’re applying to, to see what 59% form your country would translate to in the Australian system.

  2. Sagar May 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    I have got overall 6 bands in ielts. In speaking 7, writing 6, reading 5.5, listening 6. Can i get an admission in universities?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      Hi Sagar, congrats on taking the IELTS 🙂 We’re not admission experts here at Magoosh, so unfortunately, we can’t be of too much help here. With that in mind, I recommend looking up the IELTS score requirements for the schools/programs you’re interested in. If you can’t find that information in the admission section of the university’s website, I’d suggest contacting the school directly to see what their requirements are 🙂 I hope this helps, at least a little!

  3. Anu May 13, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    I am a biology student with ielts 6.5 no less than 6 in each band with 76% in higher seondary education. Is there any subject that i am allowed to study in australia. I jst want to study.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 15, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Anu 🙂

      Thanks for your question! Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in college admissions as we do with IELTS prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. With that said, I’d recommend directly contacting the colleges that you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the university websites to see if they have any info! This website is also a great place to start your research, because it ranks universities based on various criteria that you might be interested in:

      List of Australian Universities

      I hope this helps, at least a little 🙂

  4. Freedom May 21, 2017 at 3:20 am #

    Hi, I am a nursing student my overall ielts score is 5.5 and not less than 5.0 in each. Is there any higher school that can give me admission

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 27, 2017 at 6:36 am #

      5.5, with 5.0 in some sections, is a bit low. With those lower IELTS scores, your best shot at nursing school would be to look for an English-language nursing degree program in a non-English speaking country. (Many universities outside the English-speaking world offer English-language degree programs.)

      You may also want to look into options for conditional acceptance. Under conditional acceptance, you can be accepted into a degree program even though your English testing scores are lower than required. In this case, you’ll need to take some English classes before you begin your regular nursing classes. If that sounds like it might be a good choice for you, read Magoosh’s article about TOEFL scores and conditional acceptance— the rules are exactly the same for IELTS scores.

      • Chinu June 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

        Hi I have score 6 in overral and 6.5L,5R,6W,6S.I want to know which university would accept this marks for bachelor of nursing

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

          Hi Chinu,

          Congratulations on finishing your IELTS! We do not offer admissions services and we are not experts on schools you can enter with X score. I suggest asking nursing communities online and starting to research good programs for nursing to see what they require. Good luck! 🙂

  5. vishal May 27, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    Hi , I HAVE Scored Ielts Overall 5. so will i be able to apply any where for highers

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 29, 2017 at 12:36 am #

      5 is a little bit low. However, there are certainly some decent mid-tier universities that will accept students who got a 5 on the IELTS. This is especially true if you apply to an English language degree program in a non-English speaking country. (Such as a bachelors in engineering, taught in English, but hosted at an Italian university. You get the idea. 🙂 )

      With an IELTS score of 5, you may also be able to get conditional acceptance, even at a top university. If you receive conditional acceptance, you’ll be able to enter a degree program. But you’ll also be asked to take some classes that help you improve your English. For more info about conditional acceptance, check out this article on the Magoosh TOEFL Blog. (Conditional acceptance works in the same way for TOEFL and IELTS scores!)

  6. jayaprakash July 5, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    HI,
    I got overall 6 band in IELTS, whereas R5.5, S6, W5.5, L6.5. and I’m having good academic score 8.4 CGPA with 2 yrs of experience . Could you suggest me some good universities for this score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      As you can see in this post, a 6.0 band IELTS will get you into many of the top universities listed here. With that decent GPA and some relevant work experience, you’ll also have a shot at most lower-ranking top schools in Australia, and all of the mid-ranked schools.

  7. advait kulkarni July 7, 2017 at 1:22 am #

    I secured overall 7 marks in IELTS Exam . I am BE – Information Technology from Pune University . I have one year Post Graduation Experience in Top class IT company in Pune.

    I wish to join Australian University for PG course ( MS) in 2017-18.

    Which university having high rank in IT Engineering suits me well? which are the course available?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

      These are some very good questions. To be honest, I’m not completely sure, since Magoosh tends to focus its content and advice on American, Canadian, and UK schools. What I do know is that the Australian Education Network has a ranking system that’s well-trusted by international students. I recommend starting your research on the top engineering schools at their rankings page.

      As for your score– a mark of 7 throughout each section of the test is quite good and should serve you well at any school you apply to. 🙂

  8. Krishna July 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    My overall band score is 6 but i got on reading and speaking. So is it necessary to take english course in australia?

    • Krishna July 10, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

      i got 5 on reading and speaking***

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

        With that score, you’d likely need to do some English courses before beginning regular degree classes… at least in the top universities on this list. (Wollongong’s policies do vary from program to program, but they generally want more than 5 in Reading for any major.)

        However, there’s a chance that some lower-ranked Australian unis may accept you with your current scores. Check around, but be prepared to possibly take some extra English in Australia before you begin your regular studies.

  9. Shirley August 11, 2017 at 1:39 am #

    Hi I just passed my 12 with 65% and I got 5.5 in IELTS having 5.5 in each section so will I get visa for Australia to study diploma??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Shirley,

      Have you contacted any admissions departments to get their input? Immigration and visa requirements are not our speciality, and the university will know the most current requirements and concessions available.

  10. piyush August 31, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    Hii
    I got overall ( 6 ) bend in ielts but in speaking i got only ( 5 ) bend so i am alligible for admission in Australian university

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 11:12 am #

      The top Australian universities in this list need more than a 5 in Speaking. However, there may be other Australian universities that would take you. I recommend checking other Australian universities to see if you meet their standards. And of course, be ready to retake the IELTS if need be. If you can raise your Speaking band by just one point,many more options will open up to you.

  11. Maninder Chauhan September 1, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    I got austalia Melbourne University visa or not

    S-6, l-6, w-6, r-5
    In 12th 64.2%
    In english 71

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      To my knowledge, Melbourne has a strict requirement of at least 6 in all individual IELTS sections. So you’ll probably need to improve your IELTS Reading score. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to contact Melbourne admissions and ask them if they can consider you, based on your graduation at 64.2% and your 71 in English. The worst they could say is “no.”

  12. Pasang October 18, 2017 at 3:06 am #

    i scored overall 7 with bandscore in listening 8.5 speaking 8 reading 6 and writing 5.5. can i apply for the university for nursing??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      Hi Nishant,

      The answer is “maybe” but it depends on each university! Gave you done some research into what those specific programs are asking for? That will be your best source of information. 🙂

  13. Pasang October 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Hello i got overall bandscore 7. L-8.5 S-8 R-6 but 5.5 in writing.I want to apply for nursing but couldnot get any university that accept 5.5 in one band. What should i do? Do you know some lists of university that accept only overall band score??

  14. Mahfuza October 27, 2017 at 12:08 am #

    My ielts score is 7 (L:6.5, R:7, W:6.5, S:7)..My graduation was from English Langugage & Literature..Would I be recommended for MBA with scholarships?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi Mahfuza,

      This really depends on the individual university and their requirements! I recommend that you do some research for your target schools and contact them to ask about potential scholarships.

  15. Harshdeep singh November 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi my ielts score is 5.5 nd recently completed my senior secondry class nd i got 80% marks . I am applicable for addimission in unversites.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Harshdeep,

      A 5.5 band overall is often not quite high enough to get you where you want to be, so I would advise working toward a re-write. Your 80% marks are strong, but the IELTS score is sometimes not a negotiable part of your application package. Wishing you luck! 🙂

  16. Amardeep yadav November 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi buddy I m having overall 6 band and in one module I m having 5.5 band. I got offer letter frm CQU Melbourne for MEM. I did my engineering with 6.5 CGPA . So I just want to make sure there is not any problem with visa, while my visa procedure. Plz let me know what kind of possibilities are there??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      We are not visa experts and you should direct these questions straight to an immigration authority and the university itself. These are too important to trust a test prep company to answer! Good luck. 🙂

  17. Raj Parsana November 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    I got 6.5 in ielts with listening 8.5 Speaking 6.5 Writing 6 and Reading 5.5 will get admission for bachelors

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Raj,
      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in college admissions as we do with IELTS prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. With that in mind, I’d recommend directly contacting the colleges that you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the university websites to see if they have any info! This website is also a great place to start your research, because it ranks universities based on various criteria that you might be interested in:

      Best Colleges 2016

      I hope that helps at least a little!

  18. Sagar Thapa November 24, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve got 5.5 overall in ielts test
    Listening 6
    Writing. 6
    Reading. 5
    Speaking. 5.5
    Can I apply for Australia?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      As you can see, those scores don’t work for Australia’s very top schools. However, there are some low-ranked but still-good schools you may have a chance with. The one thing that sticks out, though, is your Reading score of 5. If you can retake the IELTS and boost your Reading to 5.5, you’ll be able to get into many additional schools. With your current scores, your school options are somewhat limited, and you might be asked to take some English classes first before you start your regular degree classes. Check with individual Australian schools to see what their rules are.

  19. Milan December 6, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    I scored overall score of 7.5 in ILETS… With Reading 8.5 listening 7.5 speaking 7 and writing 6.5 . I hv done my bachelors in nursing nd working from last one year…. I want to apply fr masters degree in Australia pls suggest me d course and university m eligible for applying with dis score

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Milan,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid that we can’t help you much! I recommend that you start with this list and then do some research on your own. Sorry we can’t be more helpful–maybe others can give you some advice 🙂

  20. jashanpreet singh January 4, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    I got 5.5 overall score but i got 5 in reading and writing but i got 6.5 in listening and 6 in speaking. And i have completed my diploma in 1st division. So shall i got any collge in Australia

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Jashanpreet,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t give you the best answer to this question. I recommend that you look up the requirements for individual schools and make sure that you have reached the IELTS requirement. If you have any questions, you should contact the schools directly. Good luck! 😀

  21. Srishti January 17, 2018 at 2:42 am #

    I had scored overall band 6 in ielts .6.5 in speaking and 5.5 in rest of the module .I have done my BTech with 74% .how much possibility is there for me to get admission for masters .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      Those scores are on the lower end for Masters degree program in acceptance in Australia. However, graduate admissions depend on many different factors, and you may have a chance of acceptance in some programs. My advice would be to carefully look at the admissions websites for programs you’re interested in. You may want to also directly contact admissions offices for advice on whether you can be considered. And of course, a retake wouldn’t hurt. If you can raise your scores by at least half a band in the Writing, Listening, and Reading, your chances of admission increase considerably.

  22. mohamed ibrahim January 19, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    I had scored overall band 6 in ielts .6.5 in reading and 5.5 in rest of the module .I have done my bachelor degree in accounting with grade excellent with honor (90.4%) from Alexandria university.how much possibility is there for me to get admission for masters .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 19, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Mohamed,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t provide you with a great answer here. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision of admissions for a master’s degree. Your IELTS scores are in the range of some of these universities, but remember that these are only the top universities in Australia–there are plenty of other places that may have different requirements! I recommend that you contact the schools directly to see what they look for in their graduate students 🙂 Good luck!

  23. sunny kumar January 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    hello sir or mam , i have completed my graduation(BCA) with 68% in 2016 and got 5.5 ielts band score even i have one and a half year of job experienced as a computer operator in court …am i eligible for australia ??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 20, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Sunny,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any more guidance than what we already wrote in this blog post! I suggest that you use this blog post as a starting point and then do some more research into specific schools to see what their IELTS requirements are! Good luck 🙂


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