South Korea / Entry requirements

Entry requirements for South Korean students

The University of Manchester welcomes a large volume of applications from South Korean students each year. General minimum entry requirements for South Korean 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*AA – ABB
  • IB: 34-38 points, with 7, 6, 6 – 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level (HL) subjects 

Subject specific requirements may apply.

Inmungye/South Korean High School Diploma

Inmungye/South Korean High School Diploma

Due to differences in the South Korean and UK education systems, applicants who have taken the Inmungye High School Diploma 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 an overall grade of 70% or higher with at least 75% in Mathematics and Physics can apply for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme.

Applicants with the Inmungye High School Diploma 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 70% 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.

Associate Degree/Junior College Diploma

If you hold an Associate Degree or Junior College Diploma from South Korea, you may be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate (bachelors) course.

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)
Inmungye/South Korean High School Diploma

70% or higher with at least 75% in Mathematics and Physics

Applications to Biosciences considered on case by case basis.

INTO Manchester Foundation Programmes
(Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology)
Inmungye/South Korean High School Diploma Minimum 70% 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 Haksa (Korean bachelors) degree with the below will be considered for postgraduate taught study:

  • minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.5; or
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3.

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

MBA

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.

PhD

Students who have completed a minimum of a Haksa (Korean bachelors) degree and a Suksa (Korean master’s) degree with the below will be considered for PhDs: 

  • minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.5; or
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3.

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.