Kuwait / Entry requirements

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 who have achieved an overall Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama, secondary school certificate grade of 90% or higher with a minimum of 90% in 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 will be considered following completion of the Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama on a case by case basis.

Students who have achieved an overall Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama, secondary school certificate grade of 85% or higher 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 apply.

Bachelor's degree

For direct entry onto an undergraduate degree programme, we accept the following qualifications:

  • Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama plus successful completion of a recognised foundation course as detailed above.
  • Diploma from a technical institute (on a case-by-case basis).
  • One or more years of study at a Kuwaiti university may be considered for a transfer onto year one or two of an undergraduate degree.

Please note: if you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (such as SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the relevant country page for qualification equivalency information.

Although formal undergraduate applications must come through UCAS, we are happy to consider your qualifications informally to indicate your likely chances of gaining admission.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Postgraduate taught programmes

Applicants for a master's degree will generally require a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution with our typical requirements including a minimum class of 2:1 or a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0.

Postgraduate research

A master’s degree from a good university will allow access to an MPhil course for those wishing to proceed to PhD, or in some cases directly onto a PhD programme.

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised, and 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.