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Medicine (MBChB) (five years)

We are the UK’s largest medical school and the biggest provider of healthcare graduates to the NHS in north-west England.

Medicine Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2017

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Entry requirements


We require grades AAA (after successful interview). If you perform exceptionally well at interview and are subsequently made and accept our offer, but fail to meet these grades, you may also be accepted.

We require grades (or predicted grades) of AAA in the following subjects: Chemistry, plus one from Biology or Human Biology; Physics; Mathematics or Further Mathematics, plus one further rigorous subject (not Critical Thinking, Citizenship or General Studies). A combination of three sciences will be regarded as equally acceptable at A2-level (except Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths). Two AS-levels in place of one A2-level will not be accepted.

Achieved A level grades: If you are applying with known A level grades (AAA with grade A in Chemistry), you will be considered even though your GCSE grades do not reach the required standard. However, you must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade C at GCSE or AS.

Duration of A-level study

A level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study.

If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application.


We would normally expect at least four subjects at AS-Level excluding General Studies. We are aware that the curriculum for some programmes will only allow three AS subjects to be taken or that some may no longer enter candidates for AS Level qualifications. Students not offering any AS subjects or those only able to offer three, will not be disadvantaged if written confirmation of this policy is provided by the school.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

Subjects excluded from a standard offer are; Citizenship, Critical Thinking, General Studies and EPQ.

We do not accept Applied A-levels for either the 5-year or 6-year course.

Unit grade information

We welcome the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.


At least seven subjects are required at grade C or above; at least five must be at A or A*.

English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum grade B.

All applicants are expected to adhere to these GCSE requirements. If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the extenuating circumstances that prompted this. Physics and Biology are required either at AS or at GCSE at minimum grade C. (Chemistry is essential at A2). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB. In Grade A requirements, we do not currently accept Applied ICT, Applied Business, short courses or BTEC qualifications.

For 2017 entry due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England we will accept a mixture of GCSEs. Please see additional information for more details.

We do not accept Applied GCSE Maths courses, Applied ICT, Applied Business or short courses.

Key Skills qualification

We warmly welcome applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

Major subjects must include Chemistry, plus Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further academic subject. Any sciences not offered at Higher Level (HL) must be taken at Standard Level (SL) or at GCSE; or a referee's statement confirming proficiency at intermediate level in one unexamined science subject is accepted. 37 points are required overall to include core points with at least 766 at HL including Chemistry and minimum 555 at SL. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above. The English Language course taken/to be taken in the IB must be clarified with the Medicine Admissions Office prior to application.

English language

You must have one of the following qualifications in English language:
  • GCSE at grade B or above
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum average score of seven and with not less than seven in any one component taken at the same sitting. This must have been obtained within the last two years.
  • A score of 5 as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma
  • At interview, if we have any concerns about your English Language capability, regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English Language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.

    Please contact the Medicine Admissions Office for guidance on requirements, if you wish to offer a TOEFL qualification, European Baccalaureate or IGCSE English as a first language. Please note that we do not accept GCSE or IGCSE English as a second language.

    English language test validity

    Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

    Relevant work experience

    We require voluntary caring work experience that does not need to be in a clinical setting. Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for voluntary caring work experience

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    If you are offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, you may only apply to the Medicine 6 year Foundation MBChB course (A104). You must have achieved the required grades before application. Please contact us for further information.

    Scottish Highers

    We require grades AAAAB. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. English language and any science subject (Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology) not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level grade 2 or above).

    Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to Scottish Highers, so please check the entry requirements for those qualifications also.

    Scottish Advanced Highers

    Grades AAA are required in one of the following combinations:

    • Three Advanced Highers, including Chemistry; one other subject from Mathematics, Biology, or Physics; plus one other rigorous subject; or
    • Two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject (subjects as above); or
    • Two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher (subjects to include Chemistry at Advanced Higher, plus one other science at Advanced Higher, and a further rigorous subject).

    You will also need Scottish Highers in addition to Scottish Advanced Highers, so please check the entry requirements for those qualifications also.

    Welsh Baccalaureate

    You should pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma including two science A2 levels at AA grades. Chemistry A2 level is essential at minimum grade A.

    European Baccalaureate

    You must offer Maths ('five periods' or 'eight periods') plus one science subject and one science option. One of these must be Chemistry.

    We require an overall final result of 82% including 8.4 in Chemistry.

    Other international entry requirements

    Medicine at The University of Manchester has 28 international places available for entry in 2017. Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview. Interviews are usually held in Manchester, Singapore in January/February, and in Mauritius in March each year.

    Please contact the Admissions Office for further details prior to application.

    BTEC Extended Diploma

    We do not accept BTEC courses.

    OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units)

    We do not accept OCR National extended Diplomas.

    Access to HE Diploma

    We will only consider applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses in one year:

    • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry
    • The Manchester College: Access to Medicine
    • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine
    • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professionals)

    We do not accept the following:

    • Access to Medicine courses to top up A-Levels
    • Degree results that do not meet our normal requirements of a minimum 2.1. Applicants with a degree must have minimum BBB at first attempt A-Level
    • An Access to Medicine qualification with science A-Levels or with Biomedical Science related degrees
    • Access to Science
    • Access to Health

    For further details please contact the admissions team.

    Advanced Placement tests

    We do not accept AP Tests.

    Cambridge Pre-U

    Please contact for advice.

    Advanced/Progression Diploma

    The 14-19 specialist diplomas are currently not accepted in lieu of A levels.

    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

    We welcome the EPQ but it does not form part of our assessment.

    Non-standard educational routes

    If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

    Other entry requirements


    Applications from graduates are welcome for this course. Undergraduates should be in their final years. All should have achieved or be predicted at least a 2:1 degree and should have achieved minimum BBB at their first attempt at A2 to include grade B in Chemistry. We do not accept A2 re-sits from graduates. Graduate applicants must offer at A Level, Chemistry, a second science plus another academic subject.

    UKCAT, Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE and English Language requirements apply.

    Graduates and undergraduates must offer an academic reference on their UCAS form.

    We do not offer a fast track course for graduates but accept students on to year 3 of the five year course from:

    • St Andrews University, Scotland: Around 90 graduates annually from the 3 year Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours degree. Application is via St Andrews University.
    • International Medical University, Malaysia; a small number of graduates annually from their 2-year, 6 months phase 1 programme in medical sciences. Application is via IMU.

    Dental graduates

    Medicine at The University of Manchester offers a small number of places for dental graduates with FDS, MFDs or MDF who are planning a career in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and have full registration with the General Dental Council. If you wish to apply, you are required to have full MDF, MFDS, or FDS at the time of application. Application is via UCAS for A106 point of entry 3. UKCAT, Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE and English Language requirements apply.