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Pakistan / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

The education system in Pakistan is of a different structure to that in the UK, even though some of the terminology is common. Below is an approximate guide to the qualification entry levels at The University of Manchester.

If you hold an Intermediate Certificate, HSC or Hasaanvia Khasa (12 years of schooling), you will need to study on a foundation course prior to your Bachelor degree.

You would need to achieve at least a grade A (70–79%) overall and a minimum of grade A (70–79%) in Mathematics and Physics to study on a foundation course offering guaranteed progression (on successful completion) to a University of Manchester undergraduate course.

If you hold a Polytechnic Diploma you should have studied for three years, post SSC, and scored at least 80% overall to be considered for a bachelor degree.

If you hold a bachelor (pass) in Arts/Science/Commerce you will be considered for entrance on to a bachelor degree with a score of at least 60%-65%.

If you hold a bachelor (pass) in Computer Science you will be considered for first year entry, however students who achieve 70% or above may be considered for second year entry on to a bachelor degree.

If you hold a bachelor (Hons) in Arts/Science/Commerce/Technology, you can be considered for second year entry to a bachelor degree programme.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

The education system in Pakistan is of a different structure to that in the UK, even though some of the terminology is common. Below is an approximate guide to the qualification entry levels at The University of Manchester.

If you hold a four-year bachelor's degree from a high ranked (HEC) university you will be considered for entry to a taught master's course with 70% or above. Some Schools will ask for higher grades.

Students holding a two-year bachelor's degree plus a two-year master's degree or a three-year bachelor's degree plus a one-year master's degree should contact the International Office for further advice on their qualification equivalence.

For students wishing to apply for research programmes, we would generally require a four-year bachelor's degree (at 70% or above) plus a two-year master's or MPhil.

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.