Kenya / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Many students in Kenya will follow a A-level system or International Baccalaureate system. If you’re completing three GCE A-level subjects, or the International Baccalaureate, you will be considered for direct entry to Year 1 provided that your predicted grades meet the minimum requirements stated in the individual course webpages. 

KCSE students

Due to differences in the Kenya and UK education systems, applicants who have completed KCSE will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course.

Foundation courses for Engineering and Physical Sciences

Students with high grades in KCSE (including Mathematics and Physics) would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering integrated foundation year programme.

Read details of the grade requirements on our Intergrated Foundation Year site.

Foundation Courses for Biosciences

Applications for the University’s Biosciences with a foundation year programme would be considered following completion of the KCSE on a case by case basis.

Foundation at INTO Manchester

Students who have achieved a B average or higher in over seven KCSE subjects would be considered for the foundation programmes run in partnership with INTO Manchester (Engineering and Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (including Management and Law), Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology). Subject-specific requirements may also apply.

NCUK Foundation in Nairobi

The Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) run a University of Manchester-approved foundation programme at Brookhouse School and IUPC in Nairobi. Please contact the centres directly for admission requirements.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

For master’s programmes we consider a bachelor’s degree (Honours) from a recognised Kenyan university, with a high percentage or GPA.

Kenyan master’s degrees from recognised universities (classified as Merit or above, or equivalent) are generally considered for PhD entry at The University of Manchester.

English language requirements

All international students coming to study in the UK on a Tier 4 visa/Student Route visa are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. The minimum English language requirements for each programme are specified in the course description.  

We can usually accept a high grade in English in KCSE exams (if taken within the last seven years). The minimum requirement is usually a grade B in KCSE English where courses have a minimum requirement of IELTS 6.5  7.0.  

We also accept a range of global English tests (for example: IELTS, TOEFL iBT).

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

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.