International Students

We warmly welcome applications from international students. The Markfield Institute has been welcoming international students for the past 20 years. You can rest assured that whilst away from home, you will get the support you need in terms of your studies and personal welfare. Our admissions department is happy to answer any questions you may have whilst considering your application to MIHE. Please feel free to contact us.

To gain a place at the Markfield Institute you will need to meet our general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements of your chosen course. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor for your course, who will decide whether your application should receive an offer. Specific entrance requirements for individual courses can be found on individual course pages on this website. Entry to our postgraduate programmes usually requires a good Honours degree, or equivalent if you were educated outside the UK.

MIHE accepts a diverse range of qualifications, this includes considering prior learning as credit towards your degree. You can apply to be exempt from taking certain modules on your degree at MIHE, if you have previous relevant qualifications or experience. Credit transfer and Recognition of prior learning (RPL) are two ways your previous education, training or experience can contribute to a new qualification. Please click here for further information on the Institute’s policy on Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Entry Requirements for International Applicants

Overseas applicants must ensure they comply with these UKVI requirements.

Entry qualification: Applicants holding non-UK qualifications will require confirmation that they possess the UK equivalent of their overseas qualifications and must produce a valid certificate from the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC –

English Proficiency: Overseas applicants are also required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. MIHE adheres to the Home Office’s approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as evidence of English language ability. Applicants must take the IELTS Academic English for UKVI test. They must achieve the required scores on the IELTS examination, irrespective of whether they hold other qualifications in the English language. This is a requirement from the UKVI (see below for details)

Please note that MIHE cannot accept any other documents such as school letters or references as proof of English proficiency and that General English IELTS test results and IELTS tests that are not from a UKVI approved test centre will not be accepted.

For a list of UKVI approved test centres please use the following link: UKVI approved test centres.

Entry Qualifications for undergraduate programmes: For all BA programmes, International applicants are expected to achieve school leaving qualifications which are equivalent to those achieved by British students, and need to ensure they also have at least a Level B2 in English, as specified by the UKVI (this is normally an IELTS qualification). Applicants will need to achieve an average score of 5.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Entry Qualifications for postgraduate programmes: The normal entry requirements for all the MA pathways will be a good honours degree (Level 6) from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university. Degree qualifications must be confirmed by NARIC as equivalent, and adhere to the UKVI’s English language requirements.  For all MA pathways, applicants will need to have achieved an average score of 6.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening). 

Applicants are also assessed on the basis of their academic performance. Mature applicants or applicants who do not have conventional Level 6 qualifications may be considered on the basis of their professional level qualifications and/or experience in accordance with the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy. Such candidates may be admitted through the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures (Recognition of Prior Learning (RP) policy). In addition, students who hold additional qualifications in cognate areas or possess considerable professional experience may also be exempted, with up to a maximum of 80 level 7 credits via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process (Recognition of Prior Learning (RP) policy).

How to Apply

If you wish to join any of our programmes, please complete all sections of this International Application Form, including details of your academic qualifications, immigration history and outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen course. Please complete all sections of the application form and send it with any supporting documents by email to

Download an application form in pdf format from this link  Application Form [ Download PDF]

Please note that failure to complete all sections of the International Application Form or sending all the required documentation may cause delays in processing your application.

We have two intakes during the year: one in September and one in January/February. International applications must be received with plenty of time before the start of the semester, as they take longer to process and to allow applicants enough time to apply for their visa and make the needed travel arrangements.

These are the required documents in order for us to process your application:

  • Completed International Application Form 
  • Copy of your current valid passport
  • Immigration history (details of previous visas and visa refusals)
  • UKVI IELTS for Academic Purposes from a UKVI approved test centre 
  • Copies of academic qualification certificates
  • UK NARIC Statement of Comparability for your highest level of qualification
  • Verified Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) / Copy of the Entry Clearance Visa (Document) if available

NOTE: As the Markfield Institute is a private organisations, overseas students are not eligible to work in the UK. They are also not permitted to bring with them any of their dependents.

Once all the above documents have been received, MIHE will contact you to arrange an online interview. If you are successful, the next step will be to issue a CAS letter so you can apply for your visa. In order for MIHE to issue the CAS letter, the following is required:

  • Tuition Fees paid in full
  • Bank Statement showing required maintenance funds (you should ensure that money is in your bank account for the last 28 days or more). You will need to show that you have sufficient ‘maintenance’ funds for your stay in the UK to a maximum of 9 months of funds, even if your course is longer. This is to cover living expenses whilst you are studying. Please see the UKVI website for the money you will need to show in your bank account for your maintenance:

Students on a Tier 4 study visa (Students Route) or a short-term study visa (study in the UK for a period of six months) need to note that during their stay in the UK they cannot:

  • work (including on a work placement or work experience) or carry out any business;
  • extend this visa;
  • bring family members (‘dependants’) with them – they must apply separately;
  • obtain public funds.

All international students are required to do their course on a Full-Time basis.


Self-catering accommodation is available onsite with separate quarters for men and women. As there are only a limited number of rooms, allocations are made on a first come first served basis. Please visit this page for more details about on-campus accommodation.

Alternatively, students may choose to find their own accommodation in Markfield or nearby Leicester and Loughborough. Prices will vary depending on the location and the condition of the accommodation.

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for International Students is £7,500/year for all BA programmes and £8,500/year for all MA programmes.

What’s included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation.

It excludes study materials, re-examination (re-takes), residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes, and photographs.

Useful Links

Further guidance for international students can be obtained from the following links:

If you need any further advice or assistance please email us at