South Africa / Entry requirements

General entry requirements 

We operate a devolved admissions system and all admissions decisions are made within academic Schools. Admissions staff for individual courses reserve the right to judge the relevance and acceptability of any qualification or subject.

Our admissions staff assess each application holistically and judge whether the content and demands of the qualifications presented have sufficiently prepared you to progress on to the course you are applying for. Entry requirements will vary from one course to another and compulsory subject requirements may apply. Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

General entry requirements for undergraduate courses

Students studying the South African National Senior Certificate with high grades will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate degrees.  Please refer to the information below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements:

A Level grades A*A*A A*AA AAA AAB ABB
NSC grades 77777 77776 77766 77666 76666

Where we require A Level grades in specific subjects we would look for the following equivalents in the South African National Senior Certificate:

A level gradeNSC grade
A* 7
A 7
B 6

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

For admission onto our master’s programmes we typically require a Bachelor (Honours) degree with Second Class Division 1 Honours or 70%.

South African master’s degrees from recognised universities (classified as Merit or above, or equivalent) 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.

Visit our English language requirements page for further information about our English language admissions policy, including a list of the most common English language qualifications we accept.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while other departments 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 academic 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.