USA / Entry requirements

Your journey to Manchester starts with your university application – here you’ll find everything you need to know about how to apply, undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, and helpful resources to guide your next steps.  

Studying in the UK vs USA

There are key differences between the UK and the USA education systems. Benefits you’ll enjoy by choosing to study overseas include:

  • Shorter degree courses – a standard UK bachelor's degree (undergraduate) lasts three years, and most master's courses (postgraduate) are just one year long. This means you can get your qualification faster, and pay fewer years of tuition fees, compared to other countries.
  • Specialise from Year 1 – we don’t teach any general education classes, so you can make your passion your priority from the start of your studies with a single major undergraduate degree.
  • Earn while you learn – spend a paid year working in industry with an industrial placement  (part of selected four-year undergraduate courses).
  • Secure your master’s place – you can apply for postgraduate study before you finish your undergraduate qualification.

Learn more about the different types of degree and reasons to study in the UK.

Helpful resources

Find your ideal course/programme:

The British Council USA also provide a wealth of information for prospective students from the USA.