Pakistan / Entry requirements

Entry requirements for students from Pakistan

The University of Manchester welcomes a large volume of applications from Pakistani students each year. General minimum entry requirements for Pakistani applicants are summarised below. Please carefully check the specific requirements for your chosen programme via our website prior to application.


A-levels/International Baccalaureate

If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can apply for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree.

Typical grade requirements:

  • A-levels: A*A*A* – ABB
  • IB: 34-41 points, with 7, 7, 7 – 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level (HL) subjects 

Subject specific requirements may apply.

Pakistan High School Certificate

Due to differences in the Pakistan and UK education systems, applicants who have taken the Intermediate Certificate, HSC or Hasaanvia Khasa (12 years of schooling) will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course.

Undergraduate courses with an integrated foundation year (science, engineering and biosciences only)

Students with grade A (70-79%), with a minimum grade A (70-79%) in Mathematics and Physics, can apply for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme.

Applicants with Intermediate Certificate, HSC or Hasaanvia Khasa are considered for the University’s Biosciences with a foundation year programme on a case-by-case basis.

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester

Students with an overall grade of 65% or higher would be considered for the foundation programmes run in partnership with the University by INTO Manchester. Pathways for Engineering and Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (including Management and Law), Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology are available. Subject-specific requirements may apply.

Undergraduate typical entry requirements

The entry requirements below are provided for guidance only. Requirements may vary by course and/or academic School. 

Undergraduate courses (direct entry) A-levels A*AA – ABB (subject specific requirements may apply)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 34 – 38 points, usually with HL scores between 7, 6, 6 – 6, 5, 5 (subject specific requirements may apply)
Undergraduate courses with Integrated Foundation Year
(Science, Engineering, Bioscience only)
Intermediate Certificate, HSC or Hasaanvia Khasa (12 years of schooling) Minimum grade A (70-79%) overall score, with minimum grade A (70-79%) in Mathematics and Physics
INTO Manchester Foundation Programmes
(Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology)
Intermediate Certificate, HSC or Hasaanvia Khasa (12 years of schooling) Minimum 65% overall score

Specific requirements for individual programmes may vary depending on subjects taken.

Postgraduate taught/Research 

PG master’s courses (MSc, MA, MRes)

Students who have completed a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a high ranked (HEC) university are considered for postgraduate study. The minimum requirement is typically 70% overall (some Schools and Departments may ask for higher).

Students holding a two-year bachelor's degree plus a two-year master's degree or a three-year bachelor's degree plus a one-year master's degree should contact the International Office for further advice. 

Pre-requisites and additional requirements are specified on the programme descriptions.


The Manchester MBA requires a minimum of three years’ professional work experience.

Please access the Alliance Manchester Business School pages for full MBA entry requirements.

The University of Manchester offers a range of one year master’s programmes that offer an attractive alternative to academically well-qualified students without suitable work experience.


Students who have completed a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree plus a two-year master’s degree, both from high ranked (HEC) universities and with a minimum overall GPA of 70%, are considered for PhDs.

PhDs/Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or academic school before submitting a formal application. A research proposal is required along with your formal application.

English language requirements

All international students coming to study in the UK on a Student Route visa are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. The minimum English language requirements for each programme are specified on the course description

We accept a range of global English tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL iBT). Confirmation that English was the mode of instruction at your university is not accepted as evidence that you meet the requirements.

For further guidance about evidencing English language proficiency, please contact the International Office or the relevant admissions team. Alternatively, consult our English language requirement webpages.

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