Entry requirements

Entry requirements 6 and 10 week courses

To be eligible for our summer Pre-sessional courses, you must hold an offer for a degree programme at the University of Manchester. You should check your main course offer letter for details of the options available to you, or contact the Admissions Office for your degree programme. You can find their details on the University study pages.

You will usually require a Secure English Language test to be eligible for one of our Pre-sessional courses. We can accept:

  • IELTS Academic UKVI
  • Pearson UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator / C1 Expert UKVI

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. 

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 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  Not eligible  Not eligible

 You can find further details for your chosen degree programme below

 

Entry requirements 4 week course 

To study on our 4 week Pre-sessional course, you must hold an unconditional offer for a programme at the University of Manchester. You must also have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, 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, you are welcome to apply for the 6 or 10 week courses too. 

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. Please contact us for further information.

Faculty of Humanities:

Alliance Manchester Business School

Undergraduate degrees

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: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

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: 6.5 with no sub-skill below 6.0

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking, and 6.0 in listening and reading OR 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing or speaking, and 6.0 in the other sub-skills.

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: Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.0

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing, no more than one skill of 6.0 and no sub-skills below 6.0

 

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

10 Week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.0

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill of 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill of 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

Please note that the following programmes will only accept applicants who are eligible for a 6-week course:

  • MSc Development Finance
  • MSc Human Resource Development (International Development)
  • MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)
  • MSc ICTs for 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
  • 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 International Development: Development Management
  • MSc International Development: Environment Climate Change and Development
  • MSc International Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry
  • MSc International Development
  • MSc International Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy
  • MSc International Development: Poverty Conflict and Reconstruction
  • MSc International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development
  • Med Psychology of Education

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

 

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

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with at least 3 skills of 6.0 and no more than one skill of 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each skill

Postgraduate Programmes (PGR not included)

7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other sub-skills

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 6.0

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing, no more than one skill of 6.0 and no sub-skills below 6.0

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

School of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

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 PGR)

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

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5 

Department of Computer Science

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 PGR)

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

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with at least 3 skills of 6.0 and no more than one skill of 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each skill 

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Undergraduate programmes

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

Postgraduate programmes

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • Commercial Project Management
  • Construction Project Management
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Management of Projects

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

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill of 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

For applicants to the following programmes:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Reliability Engineering and Asset Management
  • Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Thermal Power & Fluid Engineering

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

10-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

Department of Mathematics

Undergraduate programmes

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

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5

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: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill of 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate programmes

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

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 at least 3 skills of 6.0 and no more than one skill of 5.5

6-week Pre-sessional entry requirements: Minimum 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each skill

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

For students within FBMH please check the individual course profile page or contact your School.