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The University of Manchester


International excellence

Awarded 'University of the Year' twice in the last ten years (by the Sunday Times and the Times Higher Education Supplement), the University has a reputation for research power and innovation. It scores highly in world university rankings, and produces highly successful students who are targetted by Britain's top graduate employers.

Based in one of the most popular student cities in the world, The University of Manchester offers a world-class learning experience rooted in a rich educational heritage. The University is ranked 41st in the world and 5th in the UK (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and with a further investment of £1 billion facilitating new flagship buildings, high-tech labs and lecture theatres, this really is an exciting time to be a student at Manchester.

It is the only programme in the UK that incorporates international business, finance and economics.

Daniel Arturo Zea Vallejo - International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences

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The University of Manchester is the largest international student recruiter in the UK:

  • A community of over 39,000 students from over 150 countries.
  • 5,900 academic and research staff, many leaders in their field with international reputations.
  • Internationally recognised degrees with an unparalleled range of study options.
  • 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at the University.
  • Annually attracts more than £247 million in funding for external research.
  • Hosted the largest Graduate Recruitment Fair in the UK, in June 2012.
  • The John Rylands university library is one of the largest in the UK, with more than four million books.
  • Multiple award-winning careers service, voted for by employers.
  • Ranked in the top 10 in 20 suject areas (The Good University Guide 2014).

The University has a history of more than 200 years of leadership in teaching and research, and has ambitious plans for the future. Our International Foundation and pathway programmes offers you a chance to be part of this future.



Pathway Programmes

International Foundation
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences
International Foundation in Life Sciences
International Foundation in Pharmacy
International Foundation in Psychology

International Diploma
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Direct Entry Programmes

Direct Entry

You can apply for direct entry if you meet the entry requirements. Check the pathway programmes if you slightly fall short of the entry requirements.


For Direct Entry Undergraduate Programmes visit  http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2015/



For Direct Entry Post Graduate Taught programmes visit  http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/



For Direct Entry Post Graduate Research Programmes visit http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/











Entry Requirements

Foundation Courses

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.


English requirements:

3-term programme (including Headstart: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

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Dates and Prices


Start date Term dates Fees
June 2015 start (4 terms) Term 1: Wed 24 Jun 2015 - Fri 04 Sep 2015
Term 2: Mon 07 Sep 2015 - Fri 11 Dec 2015
Term 3: Mon 04 Jan 2016 - Fri 18 Mar 2016
Term 4: Mon 04 Apr 2016 - Fri 17 Jun 2016
August 2015 start (3 terms) - Headstart Foundation Term 1: Mon 24 Aug 2015 - Fri 11 Dec 2015
Term 2: Mon 04 Jan 2016 - Fri 18 Mar 2016
Term 3: Mon 04 Apr 2016 - Fri 17 Jun 2016
September 2015 start (3 terms)  Term 1: Mon 07 Sep 2015 - Fri 11 Dec 2015
Term 2: Mon 04 Jan 2016 - Fri 18 Mar 2016
Term 3: Mon 04 Apr 2016 - Fri 17 Jun 2016 

What's the difference between the 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting 4 terms, the Extended International Diploma incorporates an additional term of intensive English tuition on the same visa, and typically has a lower English language entry requirement.

If you need to study more than one term of English in order to reach the level necessary for academic study you should aply for the English for University Study course.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • Enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation).
  • Text books: an additional charge in the region of £210 per 3-term or Headstart academic course, or £280 per 4-term academic course.
  • lab fee: an additional £400 per year for science-based courses to cover the use of laboratory facilities.


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