USA / Entry requirements

The application and selection process when applying to UK universities is different to that in the US. Please click on the relevant tab below for more information.

Undergraduate/Bachelor’s

Applying from High School

An undergraduate degree in England is only three years – rather than four – in duration. We do not teach any general education classes, meaning that you only study the subject area of your choice from the start. Entry requirements are transparent, and based on standardised test scores.

Exact entry requirements vary by programme; we generally require a minimum of all of the following to be achieved by the end of Senior Year:

  • 1290 SAT OR 27 ACT
  • 4,4,4 in three AP test scores. SAT Subject Test scores of 650 or above are considered as an alternative to AP test scores for entry to many of our programmes.

When submitting your UCAS application it is essential that you detail target / predicted scores for tests you are due to take in Senior Year, as well as achieved scores for tests you have already completed.

Applying from Community College

Students will need to provide high-school grades and standardised tests as though applying directly from high school. You should also provide details of credits taken at Community College or Four-Year College.

Transferring from a Four-Year institution

A minimum GPA of 3.0, preferably 3.3 or above is required for most courses.

Students interested in gaining advanced standing* (beginning the course in Year 2), must demonstrate that studies undertaken to date match what has been covered here in Manchester.

*Year 2 is the highest advanced standing we offer.

Submitting your application

The only way to apply to The University of Manchester for an undergraduate / bachelor’s degree is via UCAS – the UK’s centralised application portal. UCAS allows you to make a maximum of five applications to UK universities or courses.  You can find out more by visiting The University of Manchester guide to applying, or by visiting UCAS.com

Once submitted, we aim to respond to your application within two weeks.

The UK operates a system of 'conditional' and 'unconditional' offers. If we want to make you an offer, but you have not yet taken your AP tests, then we would usually issue you a conditional offer subject to you achieving certain test scores. You can submit your test scores after you have made your application, and this is usual practice in the UK. It is for this reason that you must detail tests which you are due to take on your UCAS application.

A conditional offer is a guaranteed place at the University providing you achieve the conditions set.

The Designated Institution Code for The University of Manchester is 3737.

ACT has assigned college code number 7026 to The University of Manchester.

Postgraduate / Grad School

A postgraduate degree in the UK is only one year – rather than two – in duration. Exact entry requirements vary by programme, but we generally require:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0, preferably 3.3 or above
  • For some postgraduate programmes, the major or content of you undergraduate courses may be taken into consideration

Submitting your application

We accept direct applications, submitted online, for entry to postgraduate degree programmes – the majority of which have no application fee. Find out more about applying for postgraduate programmes.

Once submitted, we aim to respond to your application within two weeks.

The UK operates a system of 'conditional' and 'unconditional' offers. If we want to make you an offer, but you have not yet graduated, then we would usually make you a conditional offer subject to you achieving a certain GPA. You can submit your GPA after you have made your application, and this is usual practice in the UK.

A conditional offer is a guaranteed place at the University providing you achieve the conditions set. 

If you have any questions relating to the application or admissions process, please contact the International Officers for North America prior to submitting your application. 

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.