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South Africa / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

We accept the National Senior Certificate (NSC) including both the state-delivered and Independent Examinations Board (IEB) options. Depending on the destination course at undergraduate level, you may be required to follow the international foundation course. As a guide, we would generally consider five subjects at grade 6.

If you are completing three GCE A-level subjects, or the International Baccalaureate, you will be considered for direct entry to Year 1, provided that your predicted grades meet the minimum requirements stated in the individual course webpages.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

For master’s programmes we consider a bachelor’s degree (Honours) from a recognised South African university with a high percentage or GPA.

South African master’s degrees from recognised universities (classified as Merit or above, or equivalent) are generally considered for PhD entry at The University of Manchester.

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 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.

Under certain circumstances, the University may consider NSC English Language 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.