Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements


UK PBS for Immigration
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
  • MSc/Diploma

    We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent in Mathematics or related discipline. You must also be able to demonstrate that you have consistently achieved a high standard throughout your degrees.

    Many of our courses have specific academic entry requirements relating to the subjects that you have studied. Please review the pages of the courses you are interested in for further guidance or contact us: pgt-maths@manchester.ac.uk 

  • PhD/MPhil

    Applicants would usually be expected to have a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject. We normally require students to have a 1st class BSc and Distinction at MSC, or a 1st class MMath. In some research areas a background in physics, engineering or computer science is also acceptable.

  • UK Points-Based System for Immigration

    For more information about the UK Points-Based System (PBS) for immigration, please visit the University PBS web pages for guidance and advice about applying for entry clearance to study in the UK.

  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

    Guidance for ATAS application can be found on the University ATAS pages.

Language requirements

All applicants for postgraduate study should have a very good command of written and spoken English. Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other component or equivalent. For the MSc in Mathematical Finance students must have a score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in each other component or equivalent.

Documentary evidence of previous studies, and where appropriate, proof of adequate command of English are required. Students should normally have a minimum of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent prior to application.

As part of our commitment to enhancing students experience and assisting them in gaining the most from their studies with us we may invite students to participate in an English language diagnostic test during their induction week with the aim of identifying students who may benefit from extra support during their studies.

This support will take the form of weekly classes through the first semester run by the University Language Centre and designed especially for MSc students on mathematical programmes.  The aim, for those students recommended to attend, will be to further enhance their knowledge and ability in English so enabling them to enjoy a greater engagement in both the taught and dissertation components of their programme.

For further information on English Diagnostic Testing please contact pgt-maths@manchester.ac.uk


ATAS Clearance

Having an ATAS clearance certificate will be a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students who need an Entry Clearance to study in the UK.

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