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Colombia / Entry requirements

The following is intended to provide guidance with respect to typical minimum entry requirements. Please note that applications to The University of Manchester will be considered by the relevant academic school on a case-by-case basis and that specific entry requirements vary.

For further information, please check the course listing for the programme you are interested in or contact the relevant academic school directly.

General requirements for undergraduate courses

If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can apply for ‘direct entry’ to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Please note that only A-levels or IB will be considered for admission to Medicine or Dentistry.  

Due to differences in the Colombia and UK education systems, applicants who have taken the bachillerato are required to complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course:

Students who have achieved an overall bachillerato grade of 80% or higher with 80% or higher in both Maths and Physics would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme. Applications for the University’s Biosciences with a foundation year programme will be considered following completion of the bachillerato on a case by case basis.

Students who have achieved an overall bachillerato grade of 75% or higher would also be considered for the foundation programmes (Engineering and Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (including Management and Law), Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology) run in partnership with the University by INTO Manchester. Subject specific requirements may apply.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses


Colombian students who hold a bachelor's degree (Licenciatura or Titulo Profesional) with an average of 3.5/5 and above will be considered for admissions to a master's degree. 

Research (PhD)

A bachelor's and a master's degree from a recognised university with an average of 3.5 and above are usually required for entry to a PhD programme. In some cases, we may be able to consider your application if you do not already hold a master's degree. Specific requirements vary by discipline / School of study. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis by academic selectors; please get in touch so that we can help direct your enquiry most effectively.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English language policy, including a list of some of the English language qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while others give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English language proficiency before starting the course.

Under certain circumstances, the University may consider IGCSE/O-level English, or International Baccalaureate Language (English) or Language and Literature (English) at high grades as a recognised English language qualification.

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.