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Ecuador / Entry requirements

This is intended to give you some general information about our minimum entry requirements. An application to The University of Manchester will be considered by the relevant academic school. Specific entry requirements vary from course to course; in case of any doubt please contact us for further assistance.

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.  Please note that only A-levels or IB will be considered for admission to Medicine or Dentistry.

Students graduating from Ecuadorian high school will need to complete a foundation year to be eligible for a UK undergraduate degree programme. There are a number of pathway options for Manchester.

The University of Manchester runs integrated foundation programmes for students who wish to study in the areas of engineering or science. We also offer an integrated Life Sciences with a Foundation Year course in partnership with Xaverian College.

Applications for the integrated programmes are through UCAS.

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

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

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses


Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from Ecuador will be considered for admission to a master’s degree. Most schools require an average of c.75–80/100 but please check for details.

Research (PhD)

A bachelor’s and a master’s degree from a recognised university are usually required for entry to a PhD programme. 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.