Mexico / 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 Mexico and UK education systems, applicants who have completed the Prepa or Bachillerato are required to complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course:

Students who have achieved an overall Prepa or Bachillerato grade of 8 or higher with at least 8 in both Maths 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 Prepa or Bachillerato on a case by case basis.

Students who have achieved an overall high school grade of 7.5 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.

If you have completed a full International Baccalaureate Diploma, you can be considered for direct entry to undergraduate courses. Some Schools stipulate specific grades and subjects at Higher Level, as well as a minimum number of overall points, in their IB entry requirements. Standard level 5 of the IB Diploma satisfies the University's minimum English language requirement.

If you have completed a US High School Diploma in combination with Advanced Placement subjects and/or a combination of SAT I and II exams, you can also be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes.

All students are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English language.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Specific requirements vary by discipline/School of study. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, by academic selectors for each School. The following comments on entry requirements are intended for guidance only.

If you aim to apply for a scholarship from CONACYT or another sponsor, you are likely to be expected to have a promedio of at least 8.5 as these awards are very competitive.

If you are applying for a postgraduate course at The University of Manchester from a Mexican university you are normally expected to have a promedio (GPA) in the range of 8.0 - 8.5 or above in your Licenciatura.

This applies to the various types both of masters and doctoral degrees offered by The University of Manchester (MA; M.Res; MBA; MSc; MSc by research and M.Phil; PhD and New Route PhD).

If you are interested in studying for a PhD but have not previously completed a masters degree, you may be offered an 'M.Phil leading to PhD' course. This involves taking a qualifying exam at the end of the first year of your studies.

If you have completed a maestria in Mexico, you can be considered for a 'direct entry' PhD, and would be expected to have a promedio of not less than 8.0 in your maestria from Mexico.

Students with first degrees from Mexico also need to demonstrate proficiency in English language prior to commencing a postgraduate course of study.

If you have any doubts or specific questions about Mexican qualifications, please contact Fiona Brown for further guidance.


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.

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.