Postgraduate requirements

Our English language requirements are divided into five bands – from Band A through to Band E. 

Band A represents the most basic English skills required and Band E represents the highest. 

You can also find our English language requirements on each of our course pages. 

All postgraduate courses at Deakin are classified as Band B unless specified below.


Requirements by faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

All courses are Band B except: Band
Graduate Certificate of Education Band C
Master of EducationBand C
Master of Education (Leadership and Management)Band C
Graduate Certificate of Languages TeachingBand E
Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Education)Band E
Master of Languages TeachingBand E
Master of Education (Special Education Needs) Band E
Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching Band E
Master of Applied Learning and TeachingBand E
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)Band E
Master of Teaching (Primary)Band E
Master of Teaching (Secondary)Band E
Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood)Band E
Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)Band E

Faculty of Business and Law

All courses are Band B except: Band
Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics Band C
Master of Business AnalyticsBand C
Master of LawsBand D
Juris DoctorBand E

Faculty of Health

All courses are Band B except: Band
Master of Dietetics Band D
Master of Social Work Band D
Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Organisational) Band D

Which band are you in?

You can use your results from certain tests to find out which of Deakin’s language bands you fit into. You must have completed these tests within two years of enrolling at Deakin, unless otherwise specified.

English test results we accept

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Band Requirements
Band A 6/6
Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
Band B 6.5/6
Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
Band C 7/6.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
Band D 7/7
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
Band E7/7.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

TOEFL – TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE – INTERNET BASED

Band Requirements
Band A 65
Writing 21
Band B 70
Writing 21
Band C 94
Writing 24
Band D 94
Writing 27
Band E102
Writing 27, Reading and listening no less than 28

TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language – Paper based

Band Requirements
Band A 550 
Writing 4.5
Band B 577
Writing 4.5
Band C 600
Writing 5
Band D 600
Writing 5
Band ENot applicable

CPE – Cambridge English Proficiency

Band Requirements
Band A 169 no band less than 169
Band B 176 no band less than 169
Band C 185 no band less than 176
Band D 185 no band less than 185
Band E185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191

CAE – Cambridge English Advanced

Band Requirements
Band A 169 no band less than 169
Band B 176 no band less than 169
Band C 185 no band less than 176
Band D 85 no band less than 18
Band E185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191

PTE – Pearson's Test of English

Band Requirements
Band A 52-57
No less than 50 in each skill
Band B 58
No less than 50 in each skill
Band C 65
No less than 58 in each skill
Band D 65
No less than 65 in each skill
Band E73
No less than 65 in each skill and no less than 73 for speaking and listening

OET – Occupational English Test

Band Requirements
Band A Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
Band B Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
Band C Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
Band D Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
Band ENo applicable

DUELI English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

Band Requirements
Band A EAP 3: 60%
Band B EAP 4: 60%
Band C EAP 4: 65%
Band D EAP 4: 70% English for Nursing: 60%
Band EEAP 4: 75% Oral presentation/speaking no less than 10/15, listening/note-taking no less than 15/20
English for Teaching (60%) – education degrees only

DUELI – Deakin University English Language Institute TEST

Band Requirements
Band A DUELI Test score of 6.0
Band B DUELI Test score of 6.5
Band C DUELI Test score of 7.0
Band D DUELI Test score of 7.0
Band EDUELI Test score of 7 with interview/speaking score of 7.5

Common European Framework Language System

Band Requirements
Band A Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1
Band B Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1
Band C No applicable
Band D No applicable
Band ENo applicable

Previous study 

If you’ve completed certain types of tertiary studies, you may be able to use those qualifications to meet your postgraduate English language requirements.

University-level (tertiary) study

  • Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English speaking country, completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment*.
  • Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English-speaking country, completed more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin*.
  • Study at an institution within a non-English speaking country, but where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution, completed no more than 5 years prior to enrolment at Deakin.
  • English Medium program from an approved Thai university (Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, Chiang Mai, Thammasat and Kasetsart Universities and King Mongkot Institute of Technology).

* Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia

Less than 2 years prior to enrolment

Band Requirements
Band A Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate/Diploma level
Band B Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 50
Band C Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 60
Band D Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 65

2+ years prior to enrolment at Deakin

Band Requirements
Band A Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English
Band B Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English
Band C Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English
Band D Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English and ongoing residence since graduation

More than 2 but less than 5 years prior to enrolment at Deakin

Band Requirements
Band A Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 50
Band B Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 55
Band C Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65
Band D Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65

Deakin College

Band Requirements
Band A Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate IV or Diploma level
Band B Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP)
Band C N/A
Band D N/A

English Medium program from an approved Thai university

Band Requirements
Band A N/A
Band B 4 academic years of full-time study with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater (credit average)
Band C N/A
Band D N/A