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Colombia / Entry requirements

The following is intended to provide guidance with respect to typical minimum entry requirements. Please note that applications to The University of Manchester will be considered by the relevant academic school on a case-by-case basis and that specific entry requirements vary.

For further information, please check the course listing for the programme you are interested in or contact the relevant academic school directly.

General requirements for undergraduate courses

If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can apply for ‘direct entry’ to the first year of a bachelor's degree.   

However, Colombian students graduating from upper secondary school with the qualification of Bachillerato will need to complete a foundation year to be eligible for a UK undergraduate degree programme. Please note that only A-levels or IB will be considered for admission to Medicine or Dentistry.

The University of Manchester runs its own foundation programmes for students who wish to study in the areas of engineering or science. Visit our Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences' foundation studies webpages to find out more.

We also work in partnership with INTO Manchester for foundation courses into many of our programmes. For further information please see the INTO website

We also accept a variety of foundation courses from other institutions – please write to us for further guidance.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Master's

Colombian students who hold a bachelor's degree (Licenciatura or Titulo Profesional) with an average of 3.5/5 and above will be considered for admissions to a master's degree. 

Research (PhD)

A bachelor's and a master's degree from a recognised university with an average of 3.5 and above are usually required for entry to a PhD programme. In some cases, we may be able to consider your application if you do not already hold a master's degree. Specific requirements vary by discipline / School of study. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis by academic selectors; please get in touch so that we can help direct your enquiry most effectively.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English language policy, including a list of some of the English language qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while others give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English language proficiency before starting the course.

Under certain circumstances, the University may consider IGCSE/O-level English, or International Baccalaureate Language (English) or Language and Literature (English) at high grades as a recognised English language qualification.

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.