Eligibility requirements

General requirements

Applicants to MESPOM must have earned a first degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent; not less than 3 years of full-time studies) from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn their first degree from such an institution by the time of enrolling in MESPOM. Their first degree should be in environmental studies or closely related fields. Candidates with first degrees in agricultural studies, social sciences, legal and administrative studies, economics, engineering or natural sciences will also be considered if they show commitment to environmental challenges, usually through voluntary or professional work and on-the-job training.

Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those applicants whose first language is not English must submit standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students taking TOEFL should request a copy of their results to be sent to the CEU Admissions Office. The CEU test code is 0069. Other substitute tests of English language are noted below.

Minimum Test Scores Required by MESPOM

Test Type

Minimum Score
TOEFL (Internet-based, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition; not older than two years at the time of application)
Manchester university does not accept 'MyBestScore'
88 (90 in Manchester, with no sub-test below 20)
TOEFL (Paper-based; not older than two years at the time of application) 570
International English Language Test (IELTS Academic; IELTS Indicator not older than two years at the time of application) 6.5 (for Manchester with no sub-test below 6.0)
Pearson Test of English (Academic; not older than five years at the time of application) 59
Cambridge English: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (not older than five years at the time of application) 
Euroexam Academic Pass
Duolingo English Test (not older than one year at the time of application) 110

If your first language is English, you will normally be exempted from this requirement. You may also be exempted if you have obtained a Bachelor's or a Master's degree taught exclusively in English. 

To be exempted from the English language proficiency requirement, you must include a written request as part of the application package. Decisions regarding exemptions are at the discretion of the MESPOM admissions committee and will be communicated to applicants after the first stage of the selection process. 

Applicants who do not reach the minimum entrance requirements for English language proficiency may be offered admission only in exceptional cases as determined by the departmental admissions committee and approved by the Provost/Pro-Rector.

The MESPOM consortium reserves the right to request evidence of English language proficiency. (Please check possible additional English language requirements of the University of Manchester here. Please note that the two language tests UK immigration accepts are IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT, and the exemptions for CEU may not be accepted by them, and be prepared that you may have to re-do your language test before your 2nd year in Manchester.) 


The MESPOM Consortium does not discriminate on the basis of - including, but not limited to - race, colour, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation in administrating its educational policies, admissions and examinations, related scholarships and other programmes

Updated: February 9, 2023