How to apply for MAP

MAP 2020 applications are now closed. Applications for MAP 2021 will open in November 2020.

You can sign up for our mailing list to receive information and updates about MAP 2021 (including when the application form opens). 

The timeline

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

October/November MAP talks are delivered in schools and colleges and/or online
Early 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

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we're currently reviewing the process of delivering recruitment talks in schools. If we're unable to deliver talks face-to-face, we'll deliver talks to schools via an online webinar throughout October, November and December. We'll take bookings from September 2021, so please contact for more information.

For students: Speak to the member of staff in your school or college responsible for MAP for more information.

MAP information webinar

Our 2020 MAP information webinar explains what MAP is, who is eligible and the benefits of the programme. You can also hear from current undergraduate students who completed MAP in college, who can give a true insight into the programme. This information is based on the MAP 2020 entry, which is subject to change for MAP 2021 entry. We will deliver another information webinar in November 2020. Sign up to our mailing list to to receive email notificiations about this webinar, and other updates about MAP 2021.


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.