Kenya / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Many students in Kenya will follow a GCSE and A-level system and some will also follow the 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.

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. Students who have achieved a B+ average over 7 Subjects including Mathematics 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 would be considered following completion of the KCSE on case by case basis.

Students who have achieved a B average or higher over 7 KCSE subjects 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.

The Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) run a University of Manchester approved foundation programme globally, with one of their delivery centres in Brookhouse School, Nairobi.

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.