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Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from holders of the Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering (generell studiekompetanse). Entry requirements vary across Schools, but in general we will be looking for grades of 5.0 and 6.0 in relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4.5 overall excluding extra points.

Other qualifications from Norwegian students are also considered - please email liz.green@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

A bachelor's degree at grades A-C from a recognised institution will be considered for entry to postgraduate study. For PhD programmes requiring detailed previous subject knowledge, a master's degree at grades A-C may also be required.

English language requirements

Evidence of English language proficiency is required for meeting both the requirements of the Tier 4 (student) visa and the University of Manchester’s academic requirements. English language requirements vary by course but are usually the equivalent of:

  • IELTS 5.5–6.5 for foundation courses
  • IELTS 6.0–7.0 for Bbachelor’s courses
  • IELTS 6.5–7.5 for postgraduate programmes

The University also accepts other English language tests such as: Pearson Test of English (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). For further information please visit our English language requirements page.

Depending on the course, IGCSE or IB English Language may be accepted.

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

There is a range of English language courses offered by the University that are designed to help you develop your language skills.

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.