Foundation year for international students (outside the EU)
If you don't have the appropriate subject background for direct entry to first year, or you haven't studied the appropriate subjects in the required depth (which may be the case if you have followed a 12-year education system), you might need to take a foundation year course to bring you up to the right level for first-year admission.
Our foundation year courses are bridging courses designed to provide you with the appropriate academic background for study at bachelor’s degree level. Some of these courses also offer additional English language teaching if you need to improve your proficiency.
Successful completion of one of the following foundation options guarantees progression to the first year of a related undergraduate course at The University of Manchester.
You can choose from the following options, which may vary in terms of location, fees and entry requirements:
The University of Manchester Integrated Science and Engineering Foundation Programme
This foundation programme is taught on campus and is 'Year 0' of a four- or five-year course leading to a degree in science or engineering at The University of Manchester. Successful completion of the course leads directly on to Year 1 of your degree course.
tel +44 (0) 161 306 4742
web Integrated Science and Engineering Foundation Programme
Biosciences with a foundation year
Successful completion of this integrated foundation year allows you direct entry on to a three or four-year degree course in biological or biomedical sciences at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.
tel: +44 (0)161 275 5032
- Find out more about Biosciences with a foundation year
INTO Manchester International Foundation Programme
This foundation programme is offered by INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester, on a dedicated site close to campus. It is the only foundation programme offered externally that guarantees those studying on it an ‘offer’ or interview to study at the University, subject to attaining the necessary academic grades. There a multiple pathways available:
- Aerospace, Chemical and Civil Engineering
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Maths and Computer Science
- Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
- Physics and Natural Sciences
tel: +44 (0) 161 279 7272
web: INTO Manchester International Foundation Programme
English language entry requirements for foundation year entry
If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide evidence of English language ability for entry on to the above foundation year courses.
An English language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component is required for entry on to the University of Manchester Integrated Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.
An English language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required for entry to Biosciences with a Foundation Year.
An English language qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5 is required for INTO Manchester international foundation programmes. If you do not have an English qualification equivalent to GCSE English grade C or IELTS 5.5, then you may still be eligible to apply for the INTO Manchester International Foundation Programme. Please contact INTO Manchester for further information.
Foundation programmes in your country
We are a partner of NCUK, a consortium of universities that offers foundation programmes at over 30 delivery centres around the world.