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Masters Entry Requirements

Check if you meet the entry requirements for our Masters courses

Entry to our courses is competitive and we look to admit highly talented students with great potential.

Do I meet the entry requirements?

Many of our courses are open to applications from students from any subject backgrounds - not just business-related. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

A First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent is normally required. You must also be able to demonstrate that you have consistently achieved a high standard throughout your undergraduate degree.

Some courses have specific academic entry requirements relating to the subjects that you have studied previously. Before submitting your application, check the information for the course you are applying for.

International requirements

If you are applying from overseas, take a look at the international entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to take an English language test to prove your level of ability. Meeting the minimum English language test requirements does not guarantee admission and we reserve the right to make the final decision on your English language ability based on your test scores, interview assessment and any other relevant information.

Please note: all students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us must send in a valid and up-to-date English language qualification before an offer can be made. See below for the tests accepted or if you are studying or have completed a degree in an English-speaking country.

Minimum requirements

We accept the following tests and minimum scores. We prefer you to take the IELTS test where possible. We don’t accept English test scores that are more than two years old at the start of the course (17 September 2018).

TestRequired score


7.0 overall with speaking and writing 6.5 and no other element below 6.0

Pre-sessional English language course:
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Pre-sessional factsheet

Minimum 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0

TOEFL Internet-based >>

100 overall with a minimum score of 22 in writing and speaking, and 21 in reading and listening.

Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE) >>

Minimum grade C. Note that the Cambridge First Certificate is not accepted.

Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE) >>

Minimum grade B. Note that the Cambridge First Certificate is not accepted.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Minimum grade A with B in writing and speaking and C in other elements.

PTE Academic >>

Overall score of 66-73, with minimum 59-65 in writing and speaking and minimum 51-58 in reading and listening.

How to submit your score

We accept scanned copies of score reports which are then verified by the Admissions team. You should also include your scores and the date of your test on your application form.


The official score report should be sent to us directly by the examination centre. Alternatively, provide us with your TR number and we will retrieve your result from the IELTS website.


The official score report should be sent to us directly by the examination centre. The University designated institution code is 0757. Alternatively, provide us with your reference number and we will retrieve your result from the TOEFL website.


Send your scores to The University of Manchester electronically by logging on to your Pearson Account.

Frequently asked questions

If you have completed a minimum of three years within the UK at undergraduate level, you are not required to submit an English Language test, except at the discretion of the Admissions Manager.

If you have completed one to two years in the UK you will need to submit an English Language Test score as part of the application process.

If you are studying or have completed a degree in an English Speaking Country, check if you need to submit an English Language Test score >>

If you submit your application without an English language test score, we will be able to process the application, but won't be able to make an offer until we see evidence of your English language ability. If you have a date set to take a test please note it on your application.

If your score is only slightly below the minimum requirement (for example IELTS 6.5 - with no elements below 6.0), we can still consider your application. If you have a strong application we may decide to offer you a place subject to attending an academic pre-sessional English course at The University of Manchester.

If your English language ability is slightly below our requirements, you may be eligible for a pre-sessional English language course in order to progress to the Masters degree.

You must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0 for entry to a pre-sessional course.

View Pre-sessional courses >>

If you have already met our academic requirements and English language requirements, a single visa may be issued covering both the pre-sessional course and the Masters degree. If, however, you obtain a conditional offer for the Master degree and your academic results are pending you may still enrol in a pre-sessional course on a separate visa.

If a separate visa is required, only UKVI-IELTS taken at UKVI approved IELTS centres globally will be accepted for entry on to a Pre-sessional English course.

When applying for an Alliance MBS Masters course you have the following options:

  1. If you haven’t completed your current academic study and are interested in studying a Pre-sessional English course prior to a Masters degree, we strongly recommended that you take the UKVI IELTS test to ensure you are eligible for a separate visa for the language course.
  2. If you have completed your academic study and are interested in studying a Pre-sessional English programme, either the UKVI approved IELTS test or a Standard IELTS test are accepted as long as you achieve our minimum IELTS pre-sessional requirements.

Other qualifications equivalent to IELTS (such as TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, Cambridge English Advanced/Proficiency, and Trinity College London ISE) may also be acceptable.

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