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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.

Our FAQs have aimed to answer the most common questions regarding your application/offer. Any updates will appear on this page as soon as they are confirmed and we'll also communicate with you directly for any important updates.

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 on offer at Manchester. 

UCAS have a dedicated coronavirus information page for students, which will be updated as new information is confirmed. We encourage you to use this resource and also pay attention to other direct UCAS updates or via UCAS Track.

Undergraduate

Where can I see the latest government information for students from the Universities Minister?

UCAS have specific information pages for students from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and international students which include the latest updates from the UK Universities Ministers as well as information from Ofqual and awarding organisations:

Where can I see the latest UK government information for international students coming to the UK?

UCAS have a specific information page for international students with information from the UK Universities Ministers as well as information from awarding organisations.

The Education and Universities Ministers of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK), England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have written an open letter to international applicants with information on studying in the UK from autumn 2020.

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

We're still accepting applications for September 2020 entry. Students who wish to apply should make an application via UCAS.

We're continuing to monitor this situation 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 make your application.

Additionally, you should also check that the course you would like to apply to is still open – as we receive many more applications than we have places for every year, some of our courses close early in the application cycle.

For undergraduate courses, you can check availability via the UCAS site.

My exams have been cancelled and I'm receiving a calculated grade. How will this affect my offer?

Calculated grades issued by official awarding bodies will have equal status to qualifications taken in other years and so will be accepted as normal for 2020 entry. In the UK, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced that A-level results for 2020 will be released to students as originally planned on Thursday, 13 August 2020.

UK students may also, if they wish, have an opportunity to sit examinations in the autumn 2020, or in summer 2021. As soon as we have details of the processes involved, we'll update our guidance here.

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

No, we are aware that due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak that all applicants to The University of Manchester will have faced some disruption this year and we don't require applicants to submit individual mitigating circumstances. In light of this disruption we will be carefully considering decisions for all applicants and will try our best to be as flexible as possible.

If you believe that you have further extenuating circumstances then we would expect you to notify your school, college or exam board so that they may take them into consideration when determining your results.

I'm re-sitting A-levels/am an independent/home-schooled candidate, what does this mean for me?

For your application to be accepted, we'd expect you to have been awarded calculated grades from your awarding organisation or have already achieved qualifications suitable for entry. We understand that this will not be possible for all individuals and unfortunately it is likely that such students would need to sit an exam in a future session.  Ofqual are currently considering arrangements for an additional exam period in the autumn and once details around this have been confirmed, we’ll provide more information on our admissions processes for students who take this route. 

Ofqual have confirmed that centres (schools and colleges) can provide a calculated grade for independent candidates if they're confident that they have sufficient evidence of a student’s work to allow them to form a judgement. Heads of Centres should inform independent students whether or not this will be possible for them. Exam boards have also given the option for students to transfer to another exam centre who may work with them in order to determine a calculated grade though this would not be possible for all. If you've not already been in touch with the centre with which you were planning to take your exams, you should contact them to ask for an update on your situation. If you're interested in working with a new centre, you should contact the relevant exam board for information on centres approved to do so.

UCAS have also published the following guidance for independent candidates/home-schooled applicants which you may find useful.

I received a contextual offer, will the lower requirements still apply? (UK students only)

Yes, the conditions of your offer will not change. Therefore if you've accepted us as your firm choice you're still only required to meet the lower entry requirements.

Is the Manchester Distance Access Scheme still running? (UK students only)

The Manchester Distance Access Scheme is running as normal this year for eligible students. Please visit the MDAS website for more information about the programme.

Will the admissions/student number control cap affect my application/offer to Manchester? (UK only)

No, this cap will not impact your offer.

If you meet the terms of your offer you'll be accepted and where students narrowly miss the terms of their offer we will try and be as flexible as possible. Where we're initially unable to accept applicants we will also try to identify suitable alternate courses and offer places on these where possible in the hope that we can still welcome you to Manchester.

We hope this provides reassurance to offer-holders who may be concerned.

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. The most up-to-date information on how these grades will be calculated is available on the IBO’s website.

We can confirm that we'll accept any grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal. We'll consider your grades when they are 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.

The University of Manchester is aware that this is a very unsettling time for all applicants but please be assured that we'll do all we can to ensure the 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. We'll consider your needs when addressing any issues with your application and be as flexible as possible. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.

Can I defer my offer to 2021 entry?

We appreciate that the situation with coronavirus is changing quickly and some offer-holders may be considering deferring their offer. The option of deferring will vary from one course to the next but requests are welcome; applicants wishing to discuss deferring their application should contact the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department at the earliest opportunity.

We can confirm that everything will be in place so that students can begin their undergraduate study with us in September (semester one) and we're working tirelessly to bring our new students the best possible teaching and learning experience. We're really looking forward to welcoming students onto campus as soon as it is safe to do so; however, we recognise that this might not be possible for a little while.

As social distancing measures may be in place for some time, we're committing to delivering all lectures for semester one online. We're also planning for every eventuality so that we can follow government advice and either begin semester one wholly online, or deliver some activity on campus while still providing our lectures online.

I deferred my place in 2019 for 2020 entry. Can I defer my place again this year?

We appreciate that the situation with coronavirus is changing quickly and some offer-holders may be considering deferring their offer. The option of deferring will vary from one course to the next but requests are welcome; applicants wishing to discuss deferring their application should contact the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department at the earliest opportunity.

We can confirm that everything will be in place so that students can begin their undergraduate study with us in September (semester one) and we're working tirelessly to bring our new students the best possible teaching and learning experience. We're really looking forward to welcoming students onto campus as soon as it is safe to do so; however, we recognise that this might not be possible for a little while.

As social distancing measures may be in place for some time we're committing to delivering all lectures for semester one online. We are also planning for every eventuality so that we can follow government advice and either begin semester one wholly online, or deliver some activity on campus while still providing our lectures online.

I'm unable to get work experience due to the coronavirus outbreak, will this affect my application?

We're working across the university sector to agree advice for applicants who require work experience to meet their desired course’s entry requirements, particularly in a clinical setting. At this time we've not yet come to an agreement but will update this page with further information as soon as a position is clear.

What happens if I miss my grades this summer?

We know how anxious you must be feeling and want to reassure you that when we receive your results we will carefully consider all the information included in your application and will also be taking contextual data into account. If you narrowly miss the grades of your offer we will try our best to be as flexible as possible. If we are initially unable to accept you we will 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. We’ll be publishing all our vacancies and their entry requirements on our website nearer the time.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

We will make a decision on your application once we have received your results or calculated grades. For the majority of UK students this will be on Thursday, 13 August following the release of A-level, BTEC, Welsh Baccalaureate (and some other) results. Log in to UCAS Track on results day and you will be able to see the updated status of your application.

If you are an international applicant then you will have probably been asked to provide a copy of your results once they are available. We will try and update you on your application as quickly as possible once we have received them.

If I decide to take my exams later in the year will you automatically defer my place?

We are still waiting for full details of the autumn examination series and so aren’t able to advise at the moment how students’ applications will be dealt with should they decide to take this option. As soon as details are confirmed we’ll provide an update here.

Will you have spaces in clearing?

Yes we will have a limited number of spaces for some courses in clearing. This will vary from one course to the next but all our vacancy information will be clearly published on our website from Monday, 6 July when clearing opens. If you would like to apply though clearing then you would need to check that the course you are interested in has spaces via our website and also check that you meet our entry requirements.

Further information can be found on our clearing webpage.

I can only provide my high school transcript and not calculated grades, will you accept this?

We're aware that education systems 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. 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 be accepted without sight of official transcripts/certificates?

We understand that the circumstances this year may mean that you aren’t able to meet your conditions as expected or provide the documentation requested and we will try to be as flexible as possible around this. Please contact the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department for advice around your particular circumstances.

How can I submit my ATAS application?

We're aware that for the last couple of months the Foreign and Commonwealth Office closed the ATAS scheme to new applications.

We've been notified that the scheme will be open for new applications on Monday, 1 June and therefore advise that you prepare all the information that you'll need so that you're in a position to submit your ATAS application as soon as it is possible to do so. You can use our ATAS Application Guide to help you with this.

I'm applying for 2021 entry, what will the UCAS deadlines be?

UCAS have confirmed that they're maintaining the key dates and services for the 2021 cycle. The key dates are: 

  • 5 May 2020 – UCAS search tool will be updated to display undergraduate 2021 courses. 
  • 19 May 2020 – UCAS Undergraduate Apply will launch, so students can start their applications. To ensure stability UCAS will not be making any updates to the design of Apply for 2021 application cycle. 
  • 8 September 2020 – Completed 2021 entry UCAS applications can be submitted to UCAS.

UCAS will continue to review the 2021 cycle dates and deadlines in line with UCAS scenario planning for coronavirus.  Further information is available on the UCAS website.

Postgraduate

Where can I see the latest UK government information for international students coming to the UK?

UCAS have a specific information page for international students with information from the UK Universities Ministers as well as information from awarding organisations.

The Education and Universities Ministers of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK), England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have written an open letter to international applicants with information on studying in the UK from autumn 2020.

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

No, we are aware that due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak that all applicants to The University of Manchester will have faced some disruption this year and we don't require applicants to submit individual mitigating circumstances. In light of this disruption we will be carefully considering decisions for all applicants and will try our best to be as flexible as possible.

If you believe that you have further extenuating circumstances then we would expect you to notify your current institution so that they may take them into consideration when determining your results.

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

We're still accepting applications for September 2020 entry. Students who wish to apply for a postgraduate taught course should make an application online. Students who wish to apply for a postgraduate research programme can find further information online.

I'm unable to complete my course and/or provide my transcript. How will this affect my admission?

If you've received an offer to study with us, you would normally have been set a condition to achieve your qualification at a certain grade and to provide your final certificate and transcript to us. We understand that the circumstances this year may mean that you aren’t able to meet your conditions as expected or provide the documentation requested and we will try to be as flexible as possible around this. Please contact the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department for advice around your particular circumstances:

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

Please don't send us any documents by post until further notice; 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 have an extension/use a professional reference if I can't contact my university academics?

We understand the current disruption and will try to be as flexible as possible around the documentation we require and the deadlines to submit this by. To discuss your particular circumstances please contact the admissions team within the relevant academic School or Department for advice.

Can my application fee be refunded if I no longer want to apply/attend due to coronavirus?

Unfortunately not as the application fee is non-refundable. However the University will refund the £1,000 tuition fee deposit/acceptance deposit to any student who is unable to take up their place because of ongoing disruption associated with coronavirus.

Can I get a refund on my tuition fee deposit if I'm unable to attend/travel due to coronavirus?

The University will refund the £1,000 tuition fee deposit/acceptance deposit to any student who is unable to take up their place because of ongoing disruption associated with coronavirus.

How can I submit my ATAS application?

We're aware that for the last couple of months the Foreign and Commonwealth Office closed the ATAS scheme to new applications. 

However, the scheme reopened for new applications on Monday, 1 June so you should now prepare all the information that you need and submit your ATAS application as soon as possible. You can use our ATAS Application Guide to help you with this.