Entry requirements

Learn about our entry requirements for Pre-sessional courses.

Entry requirements (10-week and 6-week courses)

If you hold an English language qualification with scores slightly below the English language requirements for your chosen academic degree programme, you may be offered the option of taking a summer Pre-sessional course to meet the direct English language entry requirements. 

To be eligible for our summer Pre-sessional courses (10-week (July) and 6-week courses), you must hold an offer for a degree programme at The University of Manchester. 

If you are eligible, the Admissions Team which has issued you an offer for your academic degree programme, will also add an offer condition for you to take a Pre-sessional course. 

The length of the Pre-sessional course, will depend on your current English language scores and the direct English language requirements for your chosen degree programme. To be considered for a Pre-sessional course you will usually be required to meet the requirements listed in the table below. If your current English language scores are below the PS10 and PS6 entry requirements listed, you will need to retake a recognised English language test to meet the direct English language entry requirements to your chosen academic degree programme, or, the Pre-sessional entry requirements noted below. 

Not all academic degree programmes at The University of Manchester offer the option of taking a Pre-sessional course. Applicants to these programmes must meet their English language offer condition by submitting a recognised English language test score. See below for a list of entry requirements by academic school. 

If you meet the Pre-sessional entry requirements noted on this webpage, but do not see an offer condition on your student portal, or have any questions about entry onto these programmes, please contact the Admissions Team for your chosen degree programme. You can find their details on the University study pages

If you have an offer to study at The University of Manchester, you will usually be required to meet one of our English Language entry profiles. You can find the details of our entry profiles, along with level of english required to apply for a Pre-sessional course in the table below:

Profile Direct entry requirements PS10 entry requirementsPS6 entry requirements 
A IELTS 7.0 overall with no sub-skill below 7.0 IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in each sub-skill IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 6.5 in each skill
B IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing, and 6.5 in each other sub-skill IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in each sub-skill  IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no more than one sub-skill of 6.0
C

IELTS 7.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.5.

If you have an offer to study an MSc programme at AMBS, there are higher requirements, please refer to Profile H.

IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in 3 sub-skills and 5.5 in no more than 1 sub-skill IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each sub-skill
D IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-skill below 6.5 IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in each sub-skill
E

IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing, and 6.0 in each other sub-skill

IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill  IELTS 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing and 2 other sub-skills and no more than one sub-skill of 5.5
F IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-skill below 6.0 IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill  IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill
IELTS 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.0 IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each sub-skill
H

AMBS MSc programmes only - 

IELTS 7.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.5

IELTS 6.5 with no sub-skill below 6.0 IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking, and 6.0 in listening and reading OR IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing or speaking, and 6.0 in the other sub-skills

Entry requirements 4 week course 

Our 4 week Pre-sessional course is available to students who hold an offer for a degree programme at The University of Manchester and have already met their direct English language offer condition. You must also have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall, with no individual skill below 6.0. If you have already met your English language requirements, but would like to study for longer than 4 weeks, please contact presessional@manchester.ac.uk for advice.

Entry requirements by academic School

You can find details of the Pre-sessional entry requirement for each academic school in the University below. The entry requirements are based on IELTS test scores; however, we can accept a number of alternative tests.

 

 

Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School

Undergraduate programmes

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

Masters Degrees (not including PGR or MBA programmes)

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile H for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile H for entry requirements.

School of Arts Languages and Cultures

School of Arts Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes (PGR not included)

Course requirements (excluding HCRI programmes): 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other sub-skills

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile B for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile B for entry requirements.

 

HCRI Course Requirements: 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in each sub-skill

  • 10 Week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.

 

Applicants to the following programmes must meet their English Language offer condition by submitting an official English language test score. Pre-sessional results are not accepted:

  • MA English Literature and American Studies
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture
  • MA Linguistics

School of Environment, Education and Development

School of Environment, Education and Development

 

Undergraduate Programmes

Course Requirements: 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-skills

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.

 

Postgraduate Programmes (PGR not included)

Course Requirements: 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-skills

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile E for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile E for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • MSc Development Finance
  • MSc Digital Development
  • MSc Development Economics and Policy
  • MSc Human Resource Development (International Development)
  • MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)
  • MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management
  • MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects
  • MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
  • MSc Organisational Change and Development
  • MSc Real Estate Asset Management
  • MSc Real Estate Development

Course Requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

Applicants to the following programmes must meet their English Language offer condition by submitting an official test score. Pre-sessional results are not accepted:

  • MSc Global Development: Development Management
  • MSc Global Development: Environment Climate Change and Development
  • MSc Global Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry
  • MSc Global Development
  • MSc Global Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy
  • MSc Global Development: Poverty Conflict and Reconstruction
  • MSc Global Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development
  • Med Psychology of Education

 

School of Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences

 

Undergraduate Programmes

Course entry requirements vary depending on the programme that you have applied to. You should check your offer letter for confirmation of the level that you require.

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

Postgraduate Programmes (PGR not included)

Course requirements (excluding MSc Data Science programmes): 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other sub-skills

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile B for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile B for entry requirements.

 

MSc Data Science course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.  
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.  

 

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

School of Engineering

School of Engineering

 

Department of Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate programmes

Please contact the relevant admissions office for advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

Postgraduate programmes (not including PGR)

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile E for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile E for entry requirements.

 

Department of Computer Science

Undergraduate programmes

Please contact the relevant admissions office for advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

 

Postgraduate Programmes (not including PGR)

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate programmes

Please contact the relevant admissions office for advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

 

Postgraduate programmes

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Undergraduate programmes

Not eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

 

Postgraduate programmes

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • MSc Commercial Project Management
  • MSc Construction Project Management
  • MSc Engineering Project Management
  • MSc Management of Projects    
  • MSc Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management    
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering Design                                                                
  • MSc Structural Engineering                                                                                
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering                                                                               

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • MSc Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering          
  • MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

School of Natural Sciences

School of Natural Sciences

 

Department of Chemistry

Undergraduate programmes

For advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course, please contact the admissions office for advice.

 

Postgraduate Programmes

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10 Week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate programmes

For advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course, please contact the admissions office for advice.

 

Postgraduate Programmes

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

Department of Materials

Undergraduate programmes

For advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course, please contact the admissions office for advice.

 

Postgraduate Programmes (not including distance learning)

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10 Week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

Department of Mathematics

Undergraduate programmes

Not eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

 

Postgraduate Programmes

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • MSc Actuarial Science
  • MSc Applied Mathematics
  • MSc Pure Mathematics

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • MSc Mathematical Finance
  • MSc Statistics

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing with no other sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Not accepted.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile E for entry requirements.

 

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate programmes

Not eligible for a Pre-sessional course.

 

Masters Degrees (not including PGR)

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

• 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing and two other sub-skills, and no more than one sub-skill of 5.5 

• 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

 

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health:

For students within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health please check the individual course profile page or contact your School.

School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programmes

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.

School of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Undergraduate Programmes

For applicants to the following programme:

  • BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 7.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile A for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile A for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • BSc Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • BSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • Pharmacy Foundation
  • Public Health (on-campus only)

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.0

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile F for entry requirements.

 

For applicants to the following programmes please contact the Admissions Team for advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course:

  • BNurs (all pathways)
  • BSc Speech and Language Therapy

School of Medical Sciences

School of Medical Sciences

 

Undergraduate Programmes

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

 

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Density Foundation

 

Course requirements: 7.0 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

 

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile C for entry requirements.

 

 

 

For applicants to the following programmes:

 

  • Medicine Foundation
  • Dental Hygiene and Therapy

 

Course requirements: 6.5 overall, with no sub-skill below 6.5

 

  • 10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.
  • 6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Accepted. See profile D for entry requirements.

 

 

 

Postgraduate Programmes

For advice on whether you are eligible for a Pre-sessional course, please contact the admissions office for advice

Visa requirements

If you are studying our Pre-sessional course here in Manchester, you will usually require a Secure English Language test to be eligible for one of our Pre-sessional courses. We can accept:

  • IELTS Academic SELT UKVI
  • Pearson SELT UKVI

If you are studying fully online, we can accept non-SELT tests such as:

  • IELTS Academic
  • Pearson PTE
  • TOEFL iBT

Please note that LanguageCert International - non SELT test is not accepted.

If you have an English Language test not listed, please contact your admissions office for advice.

Please note if you have previously studied in the UK, you may not be eligible for a visa for our Pre-sessional course. Please email us before applying.