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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), Biosciencess, 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 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 the English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are 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 KCSE English Language 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.