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General requirements for undergraduate courses

Students who have completed the Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii are normally required to complete a foundation course or A-levels before entering onto the first year of a three-year bachelor's degree.

We require a minimum of Grade 4 (some subjects will be higher with set requirements for maths and science subjects) in the Attestat for entry to The University of Manchester’s foundation programmes in physical sciences and engineering or life sciences or the foundation programmes for science and engineering or humanities run by the University’s partner INTO.

Bachelor's degree

For entry to an undergraduate degree programme, we accept the following qualifications:

  • Attestat (grade 5s) plus a recognised Foundation Programme
  • A-levels
  • International Baccalaureate
  • At least two years of the Specialist Diploma (Diplom ob okanchanii vysshego uchenbego zavedeniya) or Bakalavr with an average grade of at least 4 ('good')

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Postgraduate taught courses

We accept the following qualifications for entry onto a postgraduate degree. Please note that these may vary depending on the academic School you will be studying in.

Master's (MA, MSc)

  • Completion of a 4-year Bakalavr – Minimum average grade of 4
  • Specialist Diploma – Minimum average grade of 4
  • Magistr
  • Kandidat nauk

Postgraduate research

  • Kandidat nauk
  • Magistr – Krasny Diploma

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.

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.