Lebanon / 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.  

Due to differences in the Lebanon and UK education systems, applicants who have taken the General Secondary Certificate (also known as Baccalauréat Libanais) will be required to follow an international foundation course.

Students who have achieved an overall Baccalauréat Libanais, secondary school certificate grade of 16/20  or higher with a minimum of 16/20 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 Baccalauréat Libanais on a case by case basis.

Students who have achieved an overall Baccalauréat Libanais, secondary school certificate grade of 15/20  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.

Diplomas from technical colleges may be considered for foundation or first year entry on a case-by-case basis.

If you are 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.

Students studying within the French Baccalaureate system would generally be considered for direct entry to Year 1, provided your grades meet the minimum requirements – which range between 13–16/20.

If you are currently doing a US Diploma at school, we would generally consider you for the international foundation course, and the minimum requirement will be a GPA of 3.0/4.0. SAT I and SAT II tests are not required but will be considered a bonus (provided you have the minimum GPA). Under certain circumstances, three Advanced Placements (AP) subjects with high grades on top of SAT I/II may be considered for direct entry into Year 1.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

For master’s programmes we consider a first degree from a recognised Lebanese university with a high percentage or GPA.

Lebanese master’s degrees from recognised universities 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.

The 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.

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.