Pre-sessional Courses

If you have made an application to The University of Manchester, but do not have the English language requirements for your degree programme, a Pre-sessional course may be appropriate in helping you achieve the level you need. 

Our Pre-sessional courses are intensive and academically challenging. They have been designed to help you develop the language and academic skills you need to progress onto your course at The University of Manchester.

Students on these courses must have access to a laptop, computer or tablet to access materials and undertake assessments during the course.

We offer 10, 6 and 4 week courses. The length of the course you study on will depend on your current English language level, and the level required for the degree programme you are applying to.

Course dates

On campus course dates      
Online course dates  
Welcome days (optional)  


  27th 4th  11th 18th 25th 1st  8th  15th 22nd 29th 5th 
  June July August Sept.
10-week (on campus)                      
10-week (online)                      
6-week (on campus)                      
6-week (online)                      



Even if you passed the language exams, you can still participate in Pre-sessional courses. It is a good place for you to make new friends and will of course help you take a further step in your English skills.

Junjie Wang from China / studying on the online 10-week Pre-sessional course in 2020.

Each course starts with optional Welcome Days, designed to prepare you for studying with us. During your course, you will have tutor-led sessions, individual and group tutorial meetings with your tutor and interactive tasks to be completed individually and collaboratively in your study group. 

All University of Manchester courses are taught by enthusiastic, qualified and experienced tutors. Our courses are accredited by The British Council and BALEAP and we are proud to be recognised as the number one University Language Centre in the UK*

*according to the EL Gazette University Language Centre ranking 2019, 2020 & 2021.