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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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27 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.”


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