Postgraduate applications

We’re adjusting our COVID-19 guidance in line with the latest government recommendations and updated information will be published as soon as possible.

Last updated: Thursday, 24 February 2022

For the latest advice, please use the UK government’s coronavirus information.

We know this is a very unsettling time for everyone and we're doing all we can to ensure that changes in the application process won't affect your opportunity to attend Manchester.

Will the coronavirus outbreak affect the processing of my application to Manchester?

We're doing everything we can to limit any impact the coronavirus may have on current applications to study at Manchester. Currently, our academic Schools and admissions teams are working hard to process all applications as normal and provide decisions as soon as possible.

My teaching and assessment have been disrupted by the coronavirus, what should I do?

We're aware that education systems in the UK and around the world have been disrupted and we're monitoring the situation. We'll be as flexible as we can where applicants aren't able to meet the conditions of their offers in the way they expected, or at the time they expected.

At this stage, you don't need to let us know of any closures that affect you. We'll be in touch if this changes and will keep this page updated as well.

Do I need to send you mitigating circumstances regarding the coronavirus outbreak?

We expect schools, universities, exam boards and government policy to take into account the significant disruption to education in 2020 and 2021 when awarding grades in 2021/2022.

We're aware that due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak that all applicants to the University will have faced some disruption this year and we don't require applicants to submit individual mitigating circumstances.

Can I post you my transcripts/I've already posted my transcripts?

Please don't send us any documents by post; please send scanned copies of your documents via email to the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department:

There may be a delay in processing documents, please continue to track your application via self-service. If you've already posted your transcripts please re-send these as an electronic copy via email or contact the relevant admissions team if you don't have access to an electronic copy.

Can I defer my offer to 2023 entry?

Applicants wishing to discuss deferring entry to 2023 should email the Admissions Team within the relevant academic School or Department:

Please include the following in your email:

  • your name;
  • your date of birth;
  • your University ID number.

Can I apply to the University without an English language test?

Yes, you can apply to the majority of courses at Manchester without an English language test. You may be considered for a conditional offer where you have English language (and/or academic qualification) conditions outstanding. English conditions would need to be met before you could be accepted on the course.

Which English language tests are accepted?

The University recognises a number of English language tests including TOEFL, Pearson PTE and IELTS. Information can be found on our English Language Requirement page.

The University offers 10-week, 6-week and 4-week pre-sessional courses which may be appropriate for some applicants. The length would depend on your current English language level and the level required for the degree programme you are applying to. Your Department will advise you on the length of course they'd like you to take where appropriate.

Further information can be found on the University Language Centre website.