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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.

Students completing Higher Secondary School Certificates at the end of Standard XII will usually be eligible for entry to the first year of undergraduate courses provided they have achieved a minimum of 80% overall.

Please note that certain degrees such as those in management require a minimum of 85% in at least two subjects.

Students who have achieved an overall Standard XII grade of 70% or higher (with a minimum of 75% in Mathematics and Physics and 65% in English) 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 would be considered following completion of the HSC on case by case basis.

Students who have achieved an overall Standard XII grade of 65% or higher from exam boards that are not recognised for direct entry to The University of Manchester would 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 also apply. 

Specific requirements for individual academic Schools may vary by board and subjects taken.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Students who have completed a minimum of a three-year degree and who have obtained first class at a reputable university are considered for postgraduate study. Please note that there are additional requirements for the MBA.

Additional requirements for the MBA

In addition to the academic requirements for postgraduate taught programmes listed above, a minimum of three years post-graduation work experience is required for the MBA.

Please note, most of our students have considerably more than three years post-graduation work experience.


Students who have completed a minimum of a three-year degree and who have obtained first class from a reputable university are considered for postgraduate research programmes.

Students who have completed a three-year degree, obtained first class, and also obtained a masters, both from reputable universities, are also considered for postgraduate research programmes.

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or school before submitting a formal application.

A research proposal is required along with your formal application.

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.