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Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

International foundation year

For admission onto our international foundation year we require:

  • Five high passes in SSCE (Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination) at Grade B3 and above in relevant subjects

The University of Manchester runs its own foundation programmes for students who wish to study in the areas of Engineering or Science.

For further information on the options available for foundation study, visit:

Bachelor's degree

  • SSSCE or WASSCE plus successful completion of a recognised foundation course as detailed above
  • Three GCE A-levels or International Baccalaureate

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Holders of a good Bachelors (Honours) degree (three years for A-level students / four years for SSCE students), will be considered for entry onto a Masters programme.

In most cases, a class 2.1 degree will be required.

A good Bachelors (Honours) degree and Masters degree holders is generally required for PhD study.

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised and we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or school before submitting a formal application.

A research proposal is required along with your formal application.

English language requirements

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

The 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 the English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are 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.

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.