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International entry requirements

Find out what qualifications international students need to apply for any of our undergraduate biological or biomedical courses.

We require all international applicants to have obtained a suitable English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each component.

In addition to this you will also need to have the appropriate qualification for your country. See the list below for more details.

If you can’t see your qualification or country listed, or for any other query, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Please note: Applications to Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Medical Biochemistry need to include Chemistry as one of the sciences.

Africa

Kenya

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education of grade B or above would normally be considered for entry on our Foundation Programme.

Libya

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an overall average of 80% in the Secondary Education Certificate in the Scientific Branch would normally be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Nigeria

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with five high passes at Grade B3 or above in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination would normally be considered for our Foundation Programme.

South Africa

  • Applicants studying the South African National Senior Certificate would normally be considered for our undergraduate courses. They need 6 passes including grades 7,7,7,7,7 and 6 with two sciences subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. Life Orientation would not be considered.

Syria

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants studying the Thanawiyah Scientific Stream with 85% overall would normally be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Uganda

  • Applicants studying the East African Advanced Certificate of Education or Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education would normally be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses. They would normally need a minimum of grade 2 in two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Asia

Bangladesh

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants studying the HSC would normally need 80% to be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Brunei

  • For entry onto our undergraduate courses, applicants would normally need ABB - AAA in Brunei/Cambridge GCE A-levels including two sciences from Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths. One science must be a grade A.

China (mainland)

  • For entry onto our undergraduate courses, applicants would normally need to have successfully completed an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent. We would also consider applicants who have completed the first year of a relevant bachelor’s degree in a recognised Chinese university.
  • Applicants with a Senior High/ Middle School Graduation Diploma (Science Stream) with an average of 85% in the final year would normally be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programme.

Hong Kong

  • For entry onto our undergraduate courses, applicants with a Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education would normally need 555-554 with two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

India

  • For entry onto our undergraduate courses, applicants are normally expected to achieve 80-85% overall in central board examinations (CBE or CISCE) with a minimum of 80% in two sciences from Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics.
  • For entry onto our Foundation Programme applicants would normally need 70% overall in central board examinations (CBS or CISCE).

Indonesia

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a Secondary Leaving School Certificate (SMA) with grades of 7 in all subjects will be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Iran

  • Applicants with 85% or 17/20 in the Iranian Pre-University Certificate in Experimental Science, Maths or Physics will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants with a cumulative grade point average of 16/20 in the High School diploma will be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programme.

Iraq

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with 80% in the Sixth Form Baccalaureate will be considered for our Foundation programme.

Japan

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) with 5 subjects at Grade 4 or above will be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programme.

Kuwait

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants studying the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al Aama will need to attain 85% overall and 85% in science subjects to be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programme.

Malaysia

  • Applicants will need an STPM with a Grade Point Average of 3.2 including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths to be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Pakistan

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • To be considered for our foundation year programme applicants will need a HSC/Intermediate with an average of 75% in one of the following streams: Science, Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, and Medical Technology.

Philippines

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a High School Diploma or High School Leaving certificate will need to achieve an average of 90% to be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Saudi Arabia

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants studying the Thanawiyah will be considered for our Foundation Programme. Applicants will need to achieve 85% overall with 85% in science subjects.

Singapore

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a polytechnic diploma may be considered for second year entry of our undergraduate courses, please contact ug.biologicalsciences@manchester.ac.uk.

South Korea

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an average of 80% in their High School Diploma will be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Sri Lanka

  • Applicants studying the Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (A-level) will need ABB-AAA with two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths with an A in one of the sciences.

Taiwan

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with 80% in the Senior High School Leaving Certificate will be considered for our Foundation programme.

Thailand

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a Certificate of Secondary Education (Maw 6) overall score of 75% will be considered for our Foundation Programme.

United Arab Emirates

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with 85% in the Science Stream of the Thanawiyah will be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Vietnam

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate will need an overall average of 7.5, including two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths to be considered for our Foundation Programme.

Europe

Austria

  • Applicants are required to achieve 2 overall in the Reifeprufung/Matura with no less than 1 in Sciences for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Bulgaria

  • Applicants with a Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie will need to attain 5.5 overall and 5.5 in Sciences for entry onto our undergraduate courses. State exams should include at least 1 science.

France

  • Applicants studying the French Baccalaureate will need 13-16 overall with a minimum of 14 in Science subjects for entry onto our undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants will need a score of 13 in English or an English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each component.

Germany

  • Applicants studying the Abitur will need less than 1.8 average and at between 12 and 13 in science subjects for entry onto our undergraduate courses. For more information please contact ug.biologicalsciences@manchester.ac.uk.
  • Applicants will need a 12 in English for the Abitur or an English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each component.

Greece

For most courses:

  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion will be considered for entry to the Foundation Year course.
  • Applicants with an Award of Apolytirion of Lykeio including Pan-Hellenic National Level Examinations with an overall score of 19 and 19 in 3 subjects, two of which must be in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses. 
  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion without Pan-Hellenic National level examinations plus 2 science A levels  at grades AB or higher will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

For Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Medical Biochemistry:

  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion will be considered for entry to our Foundation Year courses.
  • Applicants with an Award of Apolytirion of Lykeio including Pan-Hellenic National Level Examinations with an overall score of 19 and 19 in 3 subjects, two of which must be in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses. 
  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion without Pan-Hellenic National level examinations plus 2 science A levels  at grades AB or higher will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

For Optometry:

  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion will be considered for entry to the Foundation Year course.
  • Applicants with an Award of Apolytirion of Lykeio including Pan-Hellenic National Level Examinations with an overall score of 19 and 19 in 3 subjects, two of which must be in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses. 
  • Applicants with 19/20 in the Apolytirion without Pan-Hellenic National level examinations plus 2 science A levels  at grades AB or higher will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Ireland

  • Applicants with an Irish Leaving Certificate will need A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 to A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 with grades AA in Biology and Chemistry for entry onto most of our undergraduate programmes.
  • For Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Medical Biochemistry, applicants with an Irish Leaving Certificate will need A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 to A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 with A in Chemistry and A in one other science subject.
  • For Optometry, applicants with an Irish Leaving Certificate will need A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 to A1, A2, B2, B2, B2 with grades AAB in Biology, Maths and Chemistry.

Italy

  • Applicants will need 90 overall in the Diploma di Essame di Stato with 9 in sciences for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Netherlands

  • Applicants with the VWO with 7.5 overall and 8 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Norway

  • Applicants are required to pass the VVO with 4.5 overall with two sciences at level 5 for entry onto our undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants will need a score of 4 in English Language in VVO or a English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each component.

Poland

  • Applicants with a Matura will need to attain 85% overall including three subjects at Extended level, two of which must be in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Portugal

  • Applicants with a Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios with a score of 17 overall and 17 in science subjects will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Romania

  • For applicants studying the Romania Diploma de Baccalaureate we require an 8 overall with an 8.5 in Science for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Russia

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants studying the Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii with an average of 4.5 will be considered for our Foundation Year.

Spain

  • Applicants with a Titulo de bachiller will need 8.5 overall and 8.5 in two of Biology, Chemistry Maths or Physics to be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Switzerland

  • Applicants studying the federally recognised Cantonal Maturity Certificate will need to achieve a 5 overall with two science subjects at level 5 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Turkey

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with a Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi may be considered for entry onto our undergraduate courses. For more information please contact ug.biologicalsciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Ukraine

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an average of 4.5 out of 5 or 9 out of 12 in the Attestat will be considered for entry onto our Foundation Programme.

North America

Canada

  • We require applicants from Canada to achieve a minimum of 80-85% in their High School Diploma or Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Due to the differences between provinces we advise you to contact ug.biologicalsciences@manchester.ac.uk.

Mexico

  • Applicants would need to have taken an acceptable qualification such as A-levels or International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate courses. Otherwise they would be expected to complete our Foundation programme or an acceptable UK equivalent.
  • Applicants with an overall score of 8 or 80% in the Bachillerato will be considered for our Foundation Programme.

United States of America

  • Applicants will need 3 AP subjects at grades 544 including 2 sciences or SATII in three subjects including 2 sciences with 650 in each for entry onto our undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants holding a High School Diploma with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or 85% will be considered for entry into our Foundation Programme.

Oceania

Australia

  • Applicants with a state school leaving certificate will need to attain ATAR of 90 including two science subjects in Year 12 for entry onto our graduate courses.
  • Applicants from Queensland will need two science subjects in Year 12 OP of Band 4 or higher for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

New Zealand

  • Applicants will need an NCEA Level 3 with 80 credits overall, including at least two Excellent grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics for entry onto our undergraduate courses.