How to apply for MAP

Applications for MAP 2019 have now closed. Applications for MAP 2020 will open in November 2019.

The timeline

The application process for MAP starts in November and ends in March.

October MAP talks are delivered in schools and colleges and on-campus
November  Applications open
December  Applications close
Early February  Students are informed whether they have been invited to Selection and Introduction Days 
February  Selection and Introduction Days
Late March  Students are informed whether they have been successful in gaining a place on MAP.

MAP talks in schools and colleges

We'll be visiting schools and colleges to talk about MAP again from October 2018. Speak to the member of staff in your school or college responsible for MAP for more information.

MAP information webinar

We’re also hosting a live webinar at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 28 November, when a member of the MAP team will be talking about the benefits of the programme, what it entails and how to apply. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any MAP-related questions you may have, which will be answered in real-time by a member of the team. You can register for the webinar here.

Can I apply for MAP in year 13?

No. To complete MAP students are required to attend a number of events and workshops and complete a demanding academic assignment. We do not take students on to MAP in year 13 as the intensive programme of activities and academic work may interfere with your A-level studies. 

If you're not eligible for MAP, Access Manchester allows you to view all the different access schemes on offer at The University of Manchester and check eligibility.

Can I apply for MAP if I re-sit year 12?

MAP is a highly competitive scheme and there is no guarantee that you would be successful in gaining a place next year therefore we would not recommend that you re-sit year 12 solely for the  purposes of applying to MAP. 

If you are considering re-sitting year 12 for other reasons, we would advise that you contact the admissions office for any courses that you are planning to apply for, for guidance on how they will view this decision, as some courses may make higher offers to students who have repeated year 12 and some may not consider you at all. 

You can find contact details for all admissions offices at the University of Manchester through the course profiles on our website:

I have alternative or foreign qualifications. Can I still apply to MAP?

Students with appropriate equivalent qualifications to GCSEs are encouraged to make an application and these qualifications will be considered during the assessment of their application.