4-week Pre-sessional - course content

The Pre-sessional courses are intensive and you must study full-time, online.

Although the 4-week course will be taught entirely online, you do have the opportunity to be in Manchester during the course to take advantage of the facilities on our world-class campus.  

You must choose one of two options:

Option A: study online from your home country

Option B: study online, but travel to the UK and live in Manchester during your course*.

As your location will affect the timing of classes and the need to provide visas, etc, we will be asking you to confirm your choice by 25 June 2021.  After this date you will not be able to change your choice.

*If you choose option B, please be aware that you will need take a COVID-19 test and book a quarantine location (either in a hotel or in your chosen accommodation, if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government's 'red' or 'amber' list.).  You will also need to book and pay for two additional COVID-19 tests, 

Sample timetable

Sample timetable:

The sample timetable for the 4-week coure will be updated shortly.

What can I do on campus?

Although all the taught elements of your course are online, you will have the opportunity to use some of our facilities on campus, including study spaces in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Main Library.

Check out what's happening at The University of Manchester Students' Union and the events and trips offered by the International Society

Investigate our sports and wellbeing facilities and get involved.

Experience all that our city and campus has to offer!

Technical requirements

Technical requirements

Online tutor-led sessions will be on Zoom, and online tasks and materials will be on Blackboard (our VLE – virtual learning environment).  There will be help accessing these, as well as technical support during the course.

To access these aspects of the course you must have:

  • access to a laptop or desktop computer - mobile phones are not appropriate;
  • a webcam;
  • a microphone;
  • speakers or headphones;
  • a browser such as Google Chrome/Firefox/360 Secure Browser;
  • a fast reliable internet connection (we recommend a broadband speed of 5mb/s; and a minimum speed of 2mb/s).

The most fascinating point was collaborating with international peers who were of the same ability (or above me) with English skills and enhancing together. Even after the course, it is possible to connect with them while studying at the university, which is quite beneficial in terms of wellbeing.

Kenichiro Sato from Japan / studying on the online 6-week Pre-sessional course in 2020.