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?

We don't have any remaining vacancies for undergraduate degree courses this year.

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer?

The deadline to meet conditions made in your offer was 8 September 2021 unless you've had been given a different deadline by the academic School. For Medicine and Dentistry, the deadline was 31 August 2021.

If you receive your results after the 8 September (or 31 August), you should contact the academic School as soon as possible to discuss your application. The School will decide, at their discretion, whether they're able to offer you a place for September 2021. If we can't offer you a place we'll probably make you a deferred offer for the following year’s entry or offer admission to another course. ​

Please note that if we make you an offer for deferred entry in the following year, you’ll be required, prior to taking up your place, to re-take the medical fitness assessment and repeat the DBS check for courses where these requirements apply. ​

How do I know if I’ve been accepted?

Once you have your results, log into UCAS Track to see if you’ve been accepted.

We've put together some advice on what happens after you get your results – for more information, please take a look at our offer-holder next steps page.

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.

Is there an autumn exam series in 2021?

Ofqual has confirmed that there'll be a 2021 autumn exam session in England for students who received a teacher-assessed grade in summer 2021 or those whose exam board believes that they would've taken exams this summer if they hadn't been cancelled. 

Exams will take place in October for AS and A-levels and December for GCSEs. Students who wished to take the exams in the autumn exam series had to register by 8 September 2021 for A-levels, and by the 4 October 2021 for GCSEs. 

If you choose to sit an exam in autumn, you'd be required to reapply in the 2022 cycle but would be guaranteed to receive an offer providing you hold a conditional firm or insurance offer for 2021 entry (please see an exemption and specific guidance for Medicine and Dentistry applicants below). This would only apply to the specific course for which an offer was held, for example if you held an offer for English Literature, your guarantee would only apply for English Literature in 2022. 

The guarantee would result in an offer at the 2022 entry requirements, though Schools may honour 2021 conditions at their discretion. You wouldn't be required to attend another interview or resit any aptitude tests, such as UCAT, but some students may be required to satisfy non-academic conditions such as a DBS check or a health screening. The results obtained from the future sitting would be classed as your first attempt as opposed to a resit. 

Medicine and Dentistry 

If you're unhappy with your teacher-assessed grades from summer 2021, we strongly encourage you to sit exams in the relevant subjects as soon as possible. Applicants who hold a conditional firm offer are guaranteed to receive an offer for 2022 entry, provided you sit exams in the next available exam series. A new UCAT or interview won't be required in these circumstances. Although we would guarantee a place for September 2022 and waive the requirement to sit the UCAT and interview, the offer would be conditional on achieving our A-level grade requirement as listed below.  

The grade requirements for each programme will be as follows: 

  • For Medicine applicants sitting autumn 2021 exams, the standard AAA requirement will be applied. Choosing to sit the summer 2022 exams would result in our resit grades of A*A*A to be applied.
  • For Dentistry, grades of A*AA will be applied for both the autumn 2021 and summer 2022 exam periods. 

We'll only permit applicants to sit one of these exam periods for an application to be considered. If an applicant fails to meet the required standard in the autumn exam period, the application will be rejected and they will have to reapply for 2023 entry. Standard entry criteria, including UCAT and A-level resit grades, would apply. 

Due to the cap on student numbers, this guarantee would apply to conditional firm applicants only and not extend to those holding a conditional insurance offer. If you've accepted us as your insurance choice and choose to sit exams in autumn, should you reapply, you'd be reassessed alongside the other 2022 cycle candidates and would be required to take a new UCAT exam.

What happens if I wish to sit exams in a future exam series, such as summer 2022?

Some students who have not secured a place based on their teacher-assessed grades may wish to sit examinations at a later date.  In these circumstances, you would be required to reapply in the 2022 cycle but would be guaranteed to receive an offer providing you hold a conditional firm or insurance offer holder with us this year (please see an exemption and specific guidance for Medicine and Dentistry applicants below).  This would only apply to the specific course for which an offer is held this cycle, for example if you are holding an offer for English Literature, your guarantee would only apply for English Literature next year. 

The guarantee would result in an offer at the 2022 entry requirements, though Schools may honour 2021 conditions at their discretion.  You would not be required to attend another interview or resit any aptitude tests, such as UCAT, but some students may be required to satisfy non-academic conditions such as a DBS check or a health screening.  The results obtained from the future sitting would be classed as your first attempt as opposed to a resit. 

Medicine and Dentistry

If you are unhappy with your teacher-assessed grades from summer 2021, we strongly encourage you to sit exams in the relevant subjects as soon as possible. Applicants holding a conditional firm offer are guaranteed to receive an offer for 2022 entry, provided you sit exams in the next available exam series. A new UCAT or interview will not be required in these circumstances. Although we would guarantee a place for September 2022 and waive the requirement to sit the UCAT and interview, the offer would be conditional on achieving our A-level grade requirement as listed below. 

The grade requirements for each programme will be as follows:

  • For Medicine applicants sitting autumn 2021 exams, the standard AAA requirement will be applied. Choosing to sit the summer 2022 exams would result in our resit grades of A*A*A to be applied.
  • For Dentistry, grades of A*AA will be applied for both the autumn 2021 and summer 2022 exam periods.

We will only permit applicants to sit one of these exam periods for an application to be considered. If an applicant fails to meet the required standard in the autumn exam period, the application will be rejected and they will have to reapply for 2023 entry. Standard entry criteria, including UCAT and A-level resit grades would apply.

Due to the cap on student numbers, this guarantee would apply to conditional firm applicants only and not extend to those holding a conditional insurance offer. If you have accepted us as your insurance choice and choose to sit exams in autumn, should you reapply, you would be reassessed alongside the other 2022 cycle candidates and would be required to take a new UCAT exam.

 

What happens if I miss my grades?

If UCAS Track shows that you've been unsuccessful then we haven’t been able to offer you a place on your chosen course at Manchester. Our courses are very much in demand, which means that this year, we haven’t been able to offer as much flexibility as in previous years. 

If you're unhappy with your grades and choose to appeal, then you must let us know by then you must let us know by contacting the Admissions Team in the relevant School of Department. The School will decide, at their discretion, whether they're able to offer you a place as a result of your re-mark. 

Alternatively, you may wish to sit your exams in a future session to try and improve your grades. Further information around this can also be found under the ‘What happens if I wish to sit exams in a future exam series, such as summer 2022?’ section on this page.

Can I defer my offer to 2022 entry?

Undergraduate applicants wishing to discuss deferring entry to 2022 should email the Admissions Team within the relevant academic School or Department, making sure you include the following details:

  • Your UCAS personal ID
  • Your name
  • Your UCAS course code

I am under the age of 18 and need to travel to the UK, what do I do?

If you're under the age of 18 and need to travel to the UK, you might be concerned about getting here in October 2021, before your latest start date.

Non-red list country under 18 arrivals

According to UK government guidance if you're arriving from a non-red list country as an under 18 UK citizen (or a citizen from one of the 50 countries the UK recognises vaccination status), regardless of whether you're vaccinated or not, you'll be treated in the same way as a fully vaccinated UK adult citizen. This means that you:

  • won't have to do a pre-travel test before travelling to the UK;
  • won't have to self-isolate on arrival;
  • will have to take a day two test after arriving (currently a PCR test, but Lateral Flow Tests will be accepted by the end of October 2021).

Red list country under 18 arrivals

If you're arriving from a red list country and are under 18, you must: 

  • secure a negative COVID-19 test result three days before you travel;
  • complete a ten day period of quarantine upon arrival in the UK;
  • book and pay for a day two and day eight COVID-19 test package to be taken during your quarantine after arrival;
  • complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine, when you will arrive, and the travel test package booking number. 

You can complete the quarantine period in a Managed Quarantine Hotel or with a host family in the UK (the whole household will also have to quarantine for this period).

If it isn't possible for someone with responsibility for the minor to travel with them, the parent, guardian or appropriate adult will need to notify DHSC by emailing: MQS_new_Exemptions@dhsc.gov.uk at least 14 days before the date of travel, and request a specific exemption for them to travel alone. Exemptions will only be provided in exceptional circumstances.

In general, a child won't be able to travel alone unless the parent, guardian or appropriate adult already in the UK can enter managed quarantine with them on their arrival. Adults completing the booking on behalf of a child they have responsibility for should include details of an appropriate adult who will be in the UK who is designated to enter managed quarantine.

Please note that The University of Manchester support package for quarantine costs would only cover the child/student. 

We'll be monitoring changes in the coding of countries as this is reviewed by the government on an ongoing basis.   

Deferrals

If you're unable to travel/start the course then we can consider deferring your place to a September 2022 start date. 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.

I'm under the age of 18 and need to travel to the UK. Will I be able to start my course in autumn 2021?

If you're under the age of 18 and need to travel to the UK, you might be concerned about whether you can start your course in autumn 2021.

This will depend on your individual circumstances: 

  • where you turn 18 between now and your start date;
  • whether you can travel to the UK and quarantine;
  • if your course has told you that they have a remote study option until January then you may want to take up that option. You may need to bear in mind that there may still be travel restrictions (including for under 18s) later in the year. 

Deferral

If you're unable to travel/start the course then we can consider deferring your place to a September 2022 start date. 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.

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.

Where can I find out more details about coming to Manchester?

If you have met the conditions of your offer, we are excited to welcome you to Manchester and are busy making plans for your arrival. To help you prepare, we have created a dedicated ‘Get Ready’ guide and webpage with all of the key information you need ahead of joining us.