Sri Lanka / Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sri Lankan students

The University of Manchester welcomes a large volume of applications from Sri Lankan students each year. General minimum entry requirements for Sri Lankan 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.

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)
Sri Lankan Advanced Levels

A*AA – ABB (subject specific requirements may apply)

Postgraduate taught/research 

PG master’s courses (MSc, MA, MRes)

Students who have completed a minimum of a four year Special Bachelor and Engineering Degree at a reputable university are considered for postgraduate study. The three year Bachelor degree may be considered suitable at very high. The minimum requirement typically ranges from 60-70% overall, depending on the quality of the university of prior study and grading scale.

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 three or four year degree and who have obtained a master’s degree from a strong institution may be considered for PhD entry.

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 Tier 4 visa/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 (eg IELTS, TOEFL iBT). In addition, we may be able to accept English from Indian Standard XII exams, depending on the Board and overall score achieved. For further guidance about evidencing English language proficiency, please contact the International Office or the relevant admissions team. Alternatively, consult our English language requirement web pages

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