Entry requirements

Applications are now open for courses starting from October 2020 onwards.

We require you to demonstrate a minimum level of English Proficiency to study on our English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional course. The minimum requirements for each term are as follows:

Term Term Dates 2020/21Minimum Entry Requirements
Term 1 Monday 26 October - Friday 11 December 2020

IELTS 4.5 overall, with no less than 4.5 in any sub-skill

Term 2 Monday 11 January - Friday 19 March 2021

IELTS 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in any sub-skill

Term 3 Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

IELTS 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in any sub-skill

Term 4 Monday 5 July - Friday 10 September 2021

See our summer Pre-sessional entry requirements

This course is not suitable for advanced students (C1/C2 on the CEFR or IELTS 7.0 overall or in a subskill).

Use the table  below for a guide to the length of course you may need to meet your required scores to study at the University of Manchester:

 Required IELTS Score
Length of Study 
IELTS 7.0                                                            
IELTS 6.5
40 weeks Minimum 5.0 overall with no less than 4.5 in each skill

Minimum 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in each other skill.

30 weeks Minimum 5.5 overall with no less than 5.0 in each skill

Minimum 5.0 overall with 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in each skill

20 weeks Minimum 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill

Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in each skill

10 weeks See the summer Pre-sessional entry criteria information