BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2023

How to apply

Please apply in the usual way via UCAS .  Applications are now closed to international applicants for September 2023 entry.

Advice to applicants

Factors contributing to a successful application include:

  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

Further guidance on how to apply can be found on our How to Apply webpage .

Where you have mitigating circumstances these should be reported to your education provider and relevant exam board, we cannot make further allowances.

We would normally only consider applicants who can offer recent relevant study. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

You should not usually apply for more than one of the Mathematics degree courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

Due to the competition for places, we may give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of the UCAS form. Strong examination results are the main factor in admitting students to our courses. We consider other information to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This is assessed within a structured framework and includes prior and predicted grades. Your referee should give realistic grade predictions for all qualifications that you are currently studying at the top of their reference. If you attend a non-UK school or college that does not provide predicted grades your referee should explain this policy within their reference.

Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on the UCAS website.

Interview requirements

We will not be holding interviews for September 2023 entry. If you receive an offer you will be invited to attend a virtual visit day so that you can find out more about the Department and life as a student in Manchester.  Normally this will include a talk by an admissions tutor, along with a short Maths talk and information about student support.  You will also get to hear from some of our current students.  In addition, we will be hosting on campus events from February which will give students the chance to see our amazing facilities and meet staff and students face-to-face.  Offer holders will be given further information in due course.

Aptitude test requirement

Students who have met the appropriate entry requirements but whose qualifications are more than 2 years old may be asked to sit a Mathematics test.


Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation.

Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and two years at the maximum in exceptional circumstances. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change, subject to availability of places.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in more than one sitting, provided they are taken over the standard two-year period.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through Clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.


Transfers between departments and other universities are not normally accepted.