Colombia / Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Colombian students

The University of Manchester welcomes a large volume of applications from Colombia each year. General minimum entry requirements for Colombian applicants are summarised below. Please carefully check the specific requirements for your chosen programme via our website prior to application.


A-levels/International Baccalaureate

If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can apply for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree.

Typical grade requirements:

  • A-levels: A*A*A* – ABB
  • IB: 34-41 points, with 7, 7, 7 – 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level (HL) subjects 

Subject specific requirements may apply.

Colombian Bachillerato

Colombian Bachillerato

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. 

Undergraduate courses with an integrated foundation year (science, engineering and biosciences only)

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.

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester

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.

Undergraduate typical entry requirements

The entry requirements below are provided for guidance only. Requirements may vary by course and/or academic School. 

Undergraduate courses (direct entry) A-levels A*AA – ABB (subject specific requirements may apply)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 34 – 38 points, usually with HL scores between 7, 6, 6 – 6, 5, 5 (subject specific requirements may apply)
Undergraduate courses with Integrated Foundation Year
(Science, Engineering, Bioscience only)
Colombian Bachillerato

Minimum 80% overall score (with minimum 80% in Mathematics and Physics)

INTO Manchester Foundation Programmes
(Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology)
Colombian Bachillerato

Minimum 75% overall score (with minimum 75% in Mathematics)

Subject specific minimum requirements may apply

Postgraduate taught/research 

PG master’s courses (MSc, MA, MRes)

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. The minimum requirement may vary depending on the quality of the university of prior study and grading scale. 

Pre-requisites and additional requirements are specified on the programme descriptions.


The Manchester MBA requires a minimum of three years’ professional work experience.

Please access the Alliance Manchester Business School pages for full MBA entry requirements.

The University of Manchester offers a range of one year master’s programmes that offer an attractive alternative to academically well-qualified students without suitable work experience.


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.

PhDs/Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or academic school before submitting a formal application. A research proposal is required along with your formal application.

English language requirements

All international students coming to study in the UK on a Student Route visa are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. The minimum English language requirements for each programme are specified on the course description

We accept a range of global English tests (eg IELTS, TOEFL iBT). In addition, we may be able to accept English from Indian Standard XII exams, depending on the Board and overall score achieved. Confirmation that English was the mode of instruction at your university is not accepted as evidence that you meet the requirements.

For further guidance about evidencing English language proficiency, please contact the International Office or the relevant admissions team. Alternatively, consult our English language requirement web pages

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