Undergraduate applications

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

You can also look at our offer-holder page for help with tracking your offer, applying for accommodation and finding out more about the support available at Manchester. 

Are you still accepting applications for September 2021?

Yes, we're still accepting applications for some of our courses for September 2021 entry.

If you're interested in an undergraduate course, you should apply thorugh UCAS. Use our undergraduate course list for a full list of courses available and also check availability via the UCAS site. You can read our 'How to apply' guidelines to find out what you need for your application. Medicine and Dentistry closed after their deadline on 15 October 2020.

We're continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 closely and will update our FAQs with any changes  please check back here to make sure that there haven’t been any updates to our position before you apply.

When are the UCAS deadlines?

January deadline

The normal 15 January equal consideration deadline has been extended by UCAS to 29 January 2021. We'd advise applicants to apply by this deadline as some courses may close after this date. All applications received by 29 January will be assessed on an equal basis, regardless of the submission date.

Reply deadlines

If you've received decisions from all your institutions by 20 May, you must reply to any offers by 10 June 2021.

If you receive all your decisions from institutions after 20 May, you'll have until 14 July to reply to any offers.

We'll accept any decisions made up to these deadlines and won't pressurise or incentivise you to make decisions any earlier. You might find UCAS’s guidance on making the right decision useful.

University decision deadlines

Applications are processed as quickly as possible once they're received, although due to the volume, you may not receive a decision straight away which is nothing to worry about.

In line with UCAS deadlines, if you submitted an application by the equal consideration deadline (29 January) you'll receive a decision by 20 May.

Applications submitted between the 29 January and 30 June will receive a decision by 13 July 2021.

Deadline for meeting offer conditions

The deadline to meet conditions made in your offer is 7 September 2021 unless a different deadline has been communicated to you directly. We'll continue to review this date as further information on the results timelines becomes available.

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. However, there may be a delay in decisions due to the present situation and admissions teams working remotely.

I took exams as part of the 2020 English autumn exam series, what do I need to know?

If you're now considering applying to The University of Manchester please check our full list of undergraduate courses and their entry requirements.

Information for current applicants

We automatically receive the autumn series results and will process a decision on your application as quickly as possible.

If you got the right grades

If your results meet your offer and you have no additional conditions then your place is assured  congratulations!  There is no need to get in touch, we'll process your acceptance as soon as possible.

If your grades are lower than expected

Even if your results are slightly below your offer, you may still be considered for your original choice or offered a place on an alternative course. We'll process a decision as soon as possible but in some circumstances we may need to wait until we've received all applicants’ exam results in the summer before a decision is made.

We'll be in touch as soon as we've reviewed your results so there is no need to contact us.  However, if you wish to discuss your application then please contact the Admissions Team within the relevant academic School or Department.

Am I required to pass the Science Practical elements of my A-level?

In recognition of the significant disruption to studies this year, applicants won't be required to obtain a ‘Pass’ in the practical element of any science A-levels for 2021 entry. This requirement is waived for all courses, including those sitting international A-levels. If your offer states that you must pass the practical element you may simply disregard this. All other offer conditions would need to be met as usual.

Is the University still running offer-holder visit or interview days?

We're carefully reviewing all of our events in light of COVID-19.

As we’re unable to host on-campus visits due to the government guidance, offer-holder visits and interview days will be taking place virtually. You'll also receive invitations directly from your programme admissions teams.

Please note, the format and availability of these events will vary depending on which course you’ve applied for.

What is the University doing to help applicants whose studies have been disrupted by COVID-19?

We understand that COVID-19 will have had an impact on students and how many may have missed potentially significant periods of teaching. We expect any periods of disruption or mitigating circumstances to be taken into consideration by schools and awarding bodies so that your grades are a true reflection of your ability.

Applicants who meet our contextual admissions criteria will be given additional consideration to help ensure they aren't further disadvantaged. Applicants may be eligible for an offer even if their predicted grades don't meet the standard entry requirements.

Find out more information about contextual offers and use our eligibility tool to see if this would apply to you.

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

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

My exams have been cancelled, how will this affect my offer to study at Manchester?

Governments have already announced a number of changes to exam and award arrangements in summer 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. While the approach taken will be different this year, grades issued by official awarding bodies will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and so will be accepted as normal for 2021 entry.

We aren't making any changes to existing offers or our typical requirements because of these changes and, where possible, we'll make adjustments to ensure you aren't disadvantaged.

A-levels in England

The UK government has confirmed that exams for A-levels in England have been cancelled.

Instead, you'll receive grades based on some form of alternative assessments and teacher assessments in summer 2021.

You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

A-levels in Wales

The Welsh government has confirmed that A-level exam will be cancelled in summer 2021.

You'll now be awarded grades based on teacher assessments, following the subsequent cancellation of plans for externally moderated classroom assessments.

You'll be issued provisional results in June by your school or college but final results will be released on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

We'll only be considering the official results and won't accept provisional grades.

A-levels in Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government has announced that A-level exams will be cancelled in summer 2021.

A-level grades will be awarded based on teachers’ professional assessment of the standard at which students are performing.

You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The Scottish government has confirmed Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers exams will be replaced with teacher assessments in summer 2021.

You'll receive a provisional result from your centre but official results will be released on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

We'll only be considering the official results and won't accept provisional grades.

International A-levels

We understand exams will go ahead for some, or all, international A-levels this year.

Oxford AQA and Pearson have confirmed the cancellation of exams for international AS/A-levels for summer 2021. You'll instead receive grades based on some form of alternative assessments and teacher assessments in summer 2021. You'll receive your results on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

Cambridge International has confirmed that examinations will go ahead where possible. For some countries they'll move to a school-assessed approach (for example the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Philippines, Myanmar, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Indonesia). All students will receive their results on Tuesday, 10 August. You may also like to review the Cambridge International Covid Information page.

We accept international A-levels as equivalent to UK A-levels and will accept them on a grade for grade basis. We'll be accepting international A-levels awarded in summer 2021 as normal and these changes won't affect how we consider your application. We're also not making any changes to existing offers or our typical requirements for students studying international A-levels.

We'll update this page as soon as more information is available.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB has confirmed that it will offer a dual route for the May 2021 Diploma Programme examination session.    

The IB is working with schools to determine which of the two pathways is best for their region: 

  • written examinations where they can be administered safely; or 
  • an alternative route using a combination of internal assessment coursework and teacher-predicted grades.  

All IB grades will be treated equally whether students were assessed via exams or via an alternative route.

Results from the May 2021 session will be available on 5 July 2021.

Indian Standard XII

National and state board Standard XII examinations have been postponed. We understand that this means that the release of examination results will also be delayed. Most of our students, including many of our international students, take A levels or other qualifications where examination results are not released until mid-August so the delayed receipt of Indian Standard XII results in this timeframe will not have an impact on your offer and, typically, would allow sufficient time for a successful visa application in advance of the start of the academic year.

Should Indian Standard XII examinations be cancelled with grades based on a form of alternative/ teacher assessment that is satisfactory to the University, official grades issued by Indian national and state boards will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and will be accepted as normal for 2021 entry.

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.

Exams entered as a private candidate

We understand that private candidates will be worrying whether they'll be awarded grades this year, particularly those who wanted to re-sit GCSEs or A-levels last summer and weren't able to do so.

In England, the Department for Education and Ofqual has recently advised that private candidates should be assessed in a similar way to other students and should be able to receive a grade this year.

You'll need to register with an exam centre and the Department for Education is working to make sure there are enough centres available without it costing more than it normally would. They intend to publish more on this shortly including a list of available centres.

We're currently awaiting further information from the relevant organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and UCAS around arrangements. We'll update this page as soon as there is further information.

As a private candidate we'd recommend keeping in touch with your exam centre or making contact with one.

Last year many private candidates who initially believed they'd be unable to receive A-level grades based on teacher assessments were ultimately able to do so through arrangements with their centres.

If you're a private candidate, holding an offer (firm or insurance) with us, then please notify the relevant academic School or Department if you've not already done so. This will ensure that we're aware of your circumstances, although please note any updates will be published on these pages as and when available.

 

EU and international students

We're aware that education systems around the world have been disrupted and 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.

We ask applicants in this situation to discuss their application and personal situation with their admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department at the earliest opportunity.

We continue to monitor the impact the pandemic is having on teaching and assessment on global and international qualifications. Grades issued by official awarding bodies will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and so will be accepted as normal for 2021 entry. 

Will you automatically be confirming places for students whose predictions exceed the entry requirements for courses at Manchester?

No, we'll be confirming places based on the official awarded grades to be released by the relevant exam boards and will not be basing final decisions on predicted grades.

I received a contextual offer, my exams have been cancelled and I'm going to receive teacher assessed grades. Will the lower requirements still apply? (UK students only)

Yes, the conditions of your offer won't change. Therefore if you've been offered a place here at Manchester you're still only required to meet the lower entry requirements.

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 try and 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.

What happens if I miss my grades?

We know how anxious you must be feeling and want to reassure you that when we receive your results we'll carefully consider all the information included in your application and will also be taking contextual data  (for UK students) into account. If you narrowly miss the grades of your offer, we'll try our best to be as flexible as possible. If we're initially unable to accept you, we'll also try to identify suitable alternate courses and try to offer you a place on these where possible in the hope that we can still welcome you to Manchester.

If your application is unsuccessful then you may still be able to secure a place through clearing in August 2021.

What will happen for students who have registered as a private candidate?

We understand that private candidates will be worrying whether they'll be awarded grades this year, particularly those who wanted to re-sit GCSEs or A-levels last summer and weren't able to do so and so may be particularly concerned about the impact of exam cancellations.

In England, the Department for Education and Ofqual has recently advised that private candidates should be assessed in a similar way to other students and should be able to receive a grade this year. They'll need to register with an exam centre and the Department for Education is working to make sure there are enough centres available, without it costing more than it normally would. They intend to publish more on this shortly including a list of available centres. We're currently awaiting further information from the relevant organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and UCAS around arrangements for these students. We'll update these pages as soon as there is any further information.

If you're a private candidate, we'd recommend that you keep in touch with your exam centre (should you have one) and make contact with one if not.

Last year many private candidates who initially believed they'd be unable to receive A-level grades based on teacher assessments were ultimately able to do so through arrangements with their centres.

If you're a private candidate, holding an offer (firm or insurance) with us, then please notify the relevant academic School or Department if you've not already done so. This will ensure that we're aware of your circumstances, although please note any updates will be published on these pages as and when they're available.

Can I defer my offer to 2022 entry?

While we appreciate that the situation with the coronavirus is changing quickly and some offer-holders may be considering deferring their offer, we'd ask you to hold off on making any final decisions until the situation becomes clearer over the coming weeks. This is so that your decision is an informed one.

Undergraduate applicants wishing to discuss deferring entry to 2022 should email the Admissions Team within the relevant academic School or Department.

How will you treat International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) students this year?

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has confirmed that every student will receive a final grade in each part of the IBDP. There will be both examination and non-examination routes and the route will depend on local government regulations as to which is appropriate.

We can confirm that we'll accept grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal and will treat examination and non-examination grades equally. We'll consider your grades when they're available and, providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured.

We're confident that the IBO will have used all resources available to them as an awarding organisation (historical assessment data, externally marked individual assessments, school data and subject data) to ensure that they operate a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation.

We're aware that this is a very unsettling time for all applicants but please be assured that we'll do all we can to ensure any changes to the IBDP assessment and examinations won't affect your opportunity to attend our University in the coming academic year. We're working closely with colleagues at the IBO to understand the changes that they've put in place and will adapt our admissions processes to take account of the necessary changes.

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.

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. Given the current disruption to accessibility of global English language testing centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University is currently reviewing additional and/or alternative forms of confirming prospective students’ levels of English.

We'll announce further information on this area in due course, and our applicants and offer-holders should check their email regularly, as further individual guidance from admissions teams will follow as soon as possible.

The University also 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 would like you to take where appropriate. Further information can be found on the University Language Centre website.