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University of Manchester 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
Study Abroad Expert

With a world ranking of #27 and UK ranking of #6, University of Manchester is one of the top choices, for admissions, for international students planning to study abroad. For the past five years, 40,000+ students enroll annually in various University of Manchester programs, of which, 10,000+ students belong to 160 different nationalities

The University of Manchester accepts applications for admission in September forthe semesters beginning in the Fall and Spring. International admission applications are accepted through UCAS (UG programs) and Manchester PG application (PG programs). The University of Manchester admissions 2020 is currently open for both undergraduate and graduate programs, at all its 3 faculties and 1000+ programs. The admission office ensures that the admission applications will be reviewed as per the norms and will not be decisions will not be affected due to the COVID19 outbreak.

  • The University of Manchester acceptance rate in 2019 was approximately 59%.
  • Work experience is mandatory for a few postgraduate programs like Manchester Alliance MBA.
  • The International admission application fee is mandatory and varies for UG and PG programs.
  • International UG applicants must satisfy Manchester's country-specific requirements.
  • International PG applicants should have secured above 65% in their UG programs.

The University of Manchester graduates are highly sought after by top recruiters across the world, reason why 96% of students successfully settle in their desired career paths within six months of graduation.


Application SystemUG: UCAS
PG: University PG applications
Application FeeUG: GBP 20;
PG: GBP 60
Acceptance Rate~59%
Intake SeasonFall and Spring
Number of International students admitted in 201911,545
Test Scores RequiredIELTS, TOEFL, GRE,GMAT
Work ExperienceRequired for few PG courses

University of Manchester Admission Deadlines

University’s undergraduate admission applications are submitted via UCAS. Applications begin from early September for the semester beginning in the following September. the University of Manchester international admission deadline is June 30. While international applications are accepted till the deadline mentioned above, international students are advised to apply by January 15, the deadline for UK/EU students. Reason being that their chances of admission will increase as some of the University of Manchester courses fill up quickly. 

For majority ofgraduate taught and research programs, the university does not have any specific deadlines. Applications are accepted till one month prior to the commencement of chosen program. The graduate programs with deadlines, applicants must check the program page and submit their admission application before the given date. Nonetheless, international students seeking admission at University of Manchester are recommended to apply at the earliest opportunity. 

University of Manchester International Admissions

Every year, students from different academic backgrounds and nationalities apply for admission at University of Manchester, in various undergraduate and graduate programs. To ensure that international students face no issue during their admissions, the university has kept its UG and PG application system uniform for both domestic and international students. 

However, being a non-UK/EU student, applicants from countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, etc are required to submit a few additional admission documents. These include

  • Academic transcripts along with their certified English translations, if required
  • Exams taken to study in the UK such as IELTS, GMAT, GRE
  • Valid passport and available finances
  • Personal essays/SOP
  • References/LORs
  • An updated CV

International students must note that these documents are highly significant as admission decisions are made after the evaluation of all documents only. 

University of Manchester English Language Requirements

As you must be aware, the language of instruction and communication at the University of Manchester is English. Due to this, the university only considers students who satisfy the minimum level of Proficiency in English.

The university accepts IELTS, TOEFL, PTE scores as a demonstration of English language proficiency. The minimum score requirements vary for different programs. To give students an idea, the ELP requirements of a few undergraduate and graduate programs are mentioned in the table below:

Program NameMinimum Overall IELTS scoreMinimum IELTS component score
BSc Actuarial Sciences6.0 5.5
BSc Biochemistry6.56.5
MSc Financial Economics7

Writing: 7;
Others: 6.5

MEng Electronic Engineering6.56
MSc Nanomaterials6.5

Listening & Writing: 6;
Reading & Speaking: 5.5

As mentioned, the university accepts TOEFL and PTE scores as well. To know the TOEFL and PTE equivalent scores of the given IELTS score, students must check the University of Manchester English language proficiency score range. 

University of Manchester Visa Requirements

Before applying for the visa to study in the UK and the University of Manchester, international students are required to obtain CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). For those who don’t know, CAS is a unique reference number which confirms that the chosen UK university will sponsor the Tier 4 UK student visa

International students can begin visa process maximum three months prior to program commencement. While applying online for the visa, students must provide the following documents:

  • CAS number
  • Current passport
  • Financial statement 
  • Tuberculosis Test results
  • Proof of proficiency in English, minimum B level

The UK visa application fee is GBP 348, mandatory for all international students. Visa decisions are declared within 3 weeks of application.

University of Manchester Undergraduate Admissions

With undergraduate programs in 55+ academic areas, the University of Manchester admissions offer a plethora of course choices to international students. Students can apply for a single UG program or multiple courses, based on their interest. 

How to Apply: UCAS; university’s code for UCAS is M20 MANU. 

Application Fee: GBP 20 for single course; GBP 25 for multiple courses

Admission Process: 

Academic Requirements: Country-specific academic requirements for undergraduate programs are tabulated below:

CountryUG ProgramsUG Science and Engineering with Integrated Foundation Program
India80% in class XII; 85% for management programsOverall 70% (Maths and Physics 75%; English 65%)
Bangladesh*80% in high school80% or above (at least 80% in Maths and Physics)
China80% from Chinese senior high school year 3Overall 80% with 80% in Maths and Physics
PakistanGrade A (around 70% -79%)Grade A; minimum grade A in Maths and Physics

*Due to the differences in UK and Bangladesh education systems, students are required to complete a university-recognized foundation program.

Documents Required: UCAS application process requires applicants to submit the following student supporting documents

  • Statement of purpose in English (between 1000-4000 characters)
  • Recommendations
  • Visa and passport details
  • Employment details, if any
  • Portfolio, if required

University of Manchester Graduate Admissions

Majority of the postgraduate students already have a career goal in mind, based on which they choose a suitable University of Manchester masters and doctoral program. For the academic session 2020-2021, the university is offering more than 600 graduate-level programs in full-time, part-time, and distance mode.

Apply via: University of Manchester PG application 

Application fee: GBP 60

While the Manchester graduate application process is similar for all PG-level programs, the entry requirements vary. The admission requirements for a few University of Manchester graduate programs are mentioned in the following table:

RequirementsMBAMRes PsychologyMSc Mechanical EngineeringMSc BiochemistryMSc Accounting & Finance
GRE/GMATPreferred GMAT score 600+ or GRE equivalent---Preferred GMAT score 500+ or GRE equivalent
ResumeRequiredNot RequiredRecommendedRequiredRequired
LOR(s)2 LORs (academic/professional)2 academic references2 references2 academic references2 references (at least 1 at time of admission)
SOP/EssaysRequiredNot Required-RequiredRequired
Experience3+ yearsNot RequiredRecommendedRecommendedRecommended
IELTS/TOEFL6.5(6.0)/90(20)6.5(6.5)/100(22)6.5/906.5(6.5)/90(22)Not Available
Additional RequirementsVideo assessmentResearch proposal-Interview-

All the students enrolled at the University of Manchester have access to more than 600 recruiters who visit the campus throughout an academic year. To increase their chances of recruitment and even admission to Manchester, students (both domestic and international) are encouraged to utilize their skills by volunteering and other public engagements.

University of Manchester Admission FAQS

Ques 1. Can I apply to University of Manchester without English language Test?

Ans. Yes, a student can apply for admission at University of Manchester without an English language test. However, you will only receive a conditional offer from the university. 

Ques 2. Will my admission decision be affected due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

Ans. The admission office is evaluating all admission applications as per the usual standards. However, there may be some delay in admission decisions due to everyone working remotely.

Ques 3. Is the university offering any extension to international applicants in the upcoming September admission cycle?

Ans. No, the University of Manchester admissions will be conducted in the usual manner. Eligible students can apply for their chosen programs through UCAS or university’s PG application portal. 

Ques 4. Given the COVID19 outbreak, Can a student defer his/her offer to 2021 entry?

Ans. The option of deferring enrollment varies from program to program. Students are therefore suggested to contact their respective departments for the details.

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