Entry requirements

Degree level

All of our MSc programmes require a good Bachelor's degree. This usually means a UK 2.1 or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Some MSc programmes require previous study in particular subjects - you can find out more on the individual course pages.

If you are currently studying, you should provide:

  • An interim transcript showing your marks achieved to date
  • A list of modules that you are undertaking in your final year of study (if these are not listed on your transcript)
  • The grading system used by your university

English requirements

It is essential that all students have an excellent command of English as we welcome students from around 100 different nations to study with us here at Bayes. In order to participate fully in the collaborative learning process, all students who have not previously studied at degree level in a majority English-speaking country as defined by the Home Office* must sit one of the approved English language proficiency tests listed below.

*see Home Office Regulations below

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic can be taken in-person or online. We require an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in any other section. Please note: for MSc Marketing Strategy & Innovation, an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections is required. We do not accept IELTS General nor IELTS Indicator.

Please note that we do not require IELTS for UKVI. We accept IELTS Academic from all test centres, not only those identified by UKVI on the SELT list.

PTE Academic

PTE Academic

We accept only the in-person PTE Academic. We require an overall score of 69 with a minimum of 62 in Writing and no less than 60 in any other section. We do not accept PTE Academic Online nor PTE General.



TOEFL iBT can be taken in-person or online. We require an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 25 in Writing and no less than 23 in any other section. Scores must be achieved within a single test, not MyBest scores, and made available to us using Institution Code 0870. We do not accept TOEFL Essentials nor TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

Please upload or email us a copy of your test report form so we can verify your results online. For TOEFL iBT, you will also need to make your scores available to us using Institution Code 0870.

If you are not a native English speaker but have been studying in the UK for the last three years, it is unlikely you will need to take a test. Please submit a copy of your most recent English language test/qualification along with your application and a decision will be made by the Admissions Panel.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements of our MSc programme, you will be required to sit one of the English language tests listed above if you have studied in the UK at degree level (RQF 6 or higher) for less than 3 years.

Home Office Regulations

Home Office proficiency of English for incoming students on a Student Visa

The Home Office requires proof of English proficiency from all incoming students on a Student visa except those who are nationals of the following majority English-speaking countries or those who have successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree which was taught in the following majority English-speaking countries^:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

^excludes Canada

This is in addition to all academic requirements on any offer made by Bayes Business School.

More information on the visa application process is available from The UK Visas and Immigration

Information about References

How to submit your references

Referees will be contacted directly by the Admissions team in the event that an offer is made.

Two references are required. Please check the relevant course page for specific requirements. Generally:

  • One reference from a tutor who taught you at university level
  • One reference from a current or recent employer or supervisor
  • If you have no work experience or cannot get a reference from a professional, we can accept two academic references
  • If you have been out of university for more than two years, we can accept two professional references
  • Professional qualification holders who do not have a first degree should arrange two employer references, preferably from different employers.

Please note that references from fellow students, family and friends are not acceptable.

Please check with your referees that they are willing to provide you with the reference before stating their details on the application form. We cannot accept references from web-based email accounts (e.g. @gmail.com, @hotmail.com, @qq.com, etc.), so please ensure you enter your referees’ academic or professional email addresses into the application form.

If your application is successful, a reference request email will be sent to the referees' email addresses supplied by you on the application form. Please ask your referees to check their spam/junk email folders for the reference request email.

Please do not upload reference letters with your application, as we cannot accept references submitted by applicants. In addition, we cannot accept faxed references, nor references submitted by agents.

Please note that failure to provide references cannot be accepted as a valid reason for refund of your deposit.


Information about the GMAT

GMAT is recommended for applications to all our finance-related courses, particularly if it is evident from your degree that you have had little exposure to quantitative or finance-related modules. It is also recommended for the MSc Management. It could strengthen your application and will be a useful qualification to add to your CV when entering the workplace following your postgraduate studies.

We look for a well-balanced score over 600 with a percentile ranking of 50% in each section. We also accept the GMAT Online exam.

You can submit an application without a GMAT score report, however, you may be asked to sit the GMAT and achieve a score above a specified threshold as a condition of offer. This will be at the discretion of the Admissions Panel and applies to all our courses.

Please upload a copy of your official GMAT score report to your application. You will also need to add the MSc programme at Bayes Business School (Institution Code 2C2-R0-84) to your list of nominated institutions, so that we can access and verify your scores online. For GMAT Online test-takers, you will need to share your official GMAT Online score report directly with us via mba.com.

Further information about GMAT, registration, fees and testing sites.