Singapore / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Singapore-Cambridge GCE A Levels, the Singapore Integrated Programme (A Levels, IB and NUS High School) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) at good grades are considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes. See individual programmes for specific information.

The Singapore-Cambridge GCE O level is acceptable at grades A1 - C6 in lieu of GCSE grades A, B and C on a subject-for-subject basis, including English. If you have completed a diploma from one of the polytechnics in Singapore, you may be considered for admission directly to the second year of some undergraduate programmes.

As a general rule, you would need to obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or better in your Polytechnic Diploma in order to be accepted into Year 1, although grades differ for different subject areas. Entry to Year 2 can be considered for certain subjects, predominantly in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Biology, Medicine and Health, and relevant subjects must have been covered in the diploma.

If you are unsure whether your particular diploma is accepted, please contact the International Office or the admissions staff for the course you wish to apply for. The University of Manchester is on the Singaporean Government approved list for programmes in Medicine and Engineering 

If you do not meet the conditions for direct entry you will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course. Students who have achieved overall grades of BBC (in relevant subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) in the Singapore-Cambridge A –levels or a CGPA of 2.8 in the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme. Students who have achieved ABB in the Singapore-Cambridge A –levels in non- relevant subjects would also 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 Singapore Polytechnic Diploma/Singapore-Cambridge A-levels on a case by case basis.

The following minimum requirements would not to be fulfilled in order for applicants to 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:

  • Good grades in a minimum of 4 Singapore-Cambridge O Levels or IP Grade 4 AND one year of schooling at AS level or equivalent, or
  • Completion of University Year 1
  • Completion of Polytechnic Diploma Year 1 with minimum grade B / GPA 3.0 

Subject specific requirements may also apply.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Students with a bachelor's degree (usually the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average minimum of 3.0) can be considered for entry to postgraduate study 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 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.