How to apply for a master's

You'll need to complete and submit our online application form to apply for a master's course at The University of Manchester.

2022 courses

Our 2022/23 admissions cycle is now open and we are accepting applications.

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Before you start your master’s application

You will be asked to set up an account that will enable you to save your application and come back to it at a later date if you wish.

If you need support, use our videos on how to create an account and how to submit an application.

Once you begin your application, use the left-hand navigation to move through the sections of the form, you can 'check your information' at each stage.

Clicking on this will either:

  • ask you to complete missing information or to correct formatting (such as dates);
  • mark the section of the form as 'complete';
  • ask you to upload supporting documents, if needed.

If you cannot upload supporting documents, there is often a field for you to give a reason why so you can still submit your application. We will then provide you with instructions on how to provide supporting documents via an online portal.

Required documents usually include:

  • evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts);
  • evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language (some English language test results are only valid for two years, make sure your test report is valid on the start date of your course);    
  • a research proposal, always check the department website for instructions and guidance as requirements vary;
  • check the department website for any additional application requirements (for example, some courses may ask for specific information in a personal statement);
  • you may need two references, they will be contacted and asked to submit a reference directly to us via our referee portal. You will be notified when they have done this. Please make sure your referees are aware in advance, as the references play a vital part in our assessment of your application.

Apply as early as possible as our courses are popular, check the academic department website for any closing dates.

Please do not email or post copies of your documents unless requested to do so by the admissions team dealing with your application.

How to apply

Follow the link below to begin the online application process, you'll find instructions and help throughout the form.

Please ensure that you use a personal email address when you register and not a University of Manchester address.

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Frequently asked questions

If you are having trouble with the application form, then have a look at some of our FAQs:

Video: how to submit an online application

Once you have created an account, you can start your online application.

Why do I need to create an account?

This enables you to save your application and return to it at a later date.

If you have multiple applications, they can all be accessed via the same account.

Do I need two references for my application?

Not all courses require references as part of the application.

You will only be asked for the names and contact details of referees if references are required for the course you are applying for. 

What do I do if I've lost my password to my application portal account?

If you have forgotten your password, you can request a temporary password to be emailed to you.

You will be asked to set a new password once you have logged in.

Why is my password not being accepted?

Password length should be at least ten characters.

It should contain at least one upper case, one lower case, one special character and one digit. Such as Testing123%

What are the security questions for?

If you forget your password and request a temporary password to be emailed to you, you will be asked your answers to the security questions you set when you created your account. 

Where is the University's Data Protection statement?

There is a Data Protection Statement at the top of the page which relates to the information you provide as part of your application to study at The University of Manchester.

There is also a link there to the wider University of Manchester Data Protection Statement relating to student data more broadly.

How do I add or change my address?

Click on the 'Update' button in the address section to add/change your address.

If you move house after you have applied, you can change your address directly with us using applicant self-service. You should also inform the admissions team dealing with your application.

Details of both of these routes will be provided to you once you’ve submitted your application.

What do I do if I don't have a postcode to add?

You need to click on the 'change country' link and select your country.

The address fields will then be formatted appropriately.

Why does it take me to 'check my information'?

If all the mandatory fields on the page have been completed, clicking on this button will enable the section to be marked as completed in the left-hand navigation.

It will also tell you if you have not answered any mandatory questions in the section.

The error messages don't make sense, what do I do?

Error messages usually occur if you have not completed mandatory information or if you haven’t used the format requested.

Please check your responses carefully.

If you can’t find the issue, please contact and include a screenshot of the page you are having difficulty with.

How do I fill in the signature section at the end of the form?

You need to type in your full name exactly as you typed it when you completed the account set-up process.

If you get an error message relating to the signature section, it may be that you mistyped your name when you set your account up.

You can resolve this by copying (Ctrl + C) and pasting (Ctrl + V) your name from the 'signed-in as' section on the top left of the screen, into the signature section.