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 degree transcripts).

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 in English must sit one of the approved English language tests listed below.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic

The required IELTS Academic score is 7.0 overall 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 a minimum of 6.5 in all sections is required. Must be taken at an in-person testing centre. We do not accept IELTS Indicator.

Please note that we accept IELTS Academic tests from all test centres and not just those identified by UKVI on the SELT list.

PTE Academic

PTE Academic

The required PTE Academic score is 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in Writing and no less than 60 in any other section. Must be taken at an in-person testing centre (online test not approved).



We require a well-balanced overall score of at least 100 and no less than 25 in the Writing section in the TOEFL iBT test or the TOEFL iBT Home Edition test. We do not accept the TOEFL ITP Plus for China test.

LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert

LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert

We require a Pass in both the Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams, in-person or online.

Please email us a copy of your test report form so we can verify your results online.

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 the 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.

Please note, to meet academic entry requirements for the MSc course, you will be required to provide  valid University approved English language proficiency test if you have studied in the UK at degree level (RQF6 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 a majority English-speaking country OR those who have successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country*:

  • 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.

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 – this may not always happen immediately, as references are not mandatory documents for assessment at the initial stage of your application.

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, or references submitted by agents.

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


Information about the GMAT

We highly recommend the GMAT for applications to all our finance-related courses, in particular the MSc Finance. 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 are also currently accepting 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, particularly if it is evident from your degree that you have had little exposure to quantitative or finance-related modules. This will be at the discretion of the Admissions Panel.

Please upload a copy of your official GMAT score report – we no longer accept paper copies by post. 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 we can access and verify your score report online.

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