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Applying to University for full-time courses

How do I apply?

If you are applying to MMU for a full-time degree, Foundation Year or Foundation degree, you will need to apply online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)*. The UCAS website provides excellent resources if you experience any difficulties during your application. UCAS is the official applications service for the UK and will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

*The exception is the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. You need to apply for this course directly using the Foundation Diploma Art and Design Application Form‌.

Do I need to pay to apply?

There is a standard UCAS administrative charge when applying to university at:

  • £12* if you make just one course choice
  • £23* if you make two or more course choices up to a maximum of 5 course choices.

Manchester Metropolitan University does not make any further charge for handling your application (with the exception of BA (Hons) Acting for which there is a £45 audition fee payable directly to the University if you are selected for audition).

* for 2015 entry

What is a buzzword and do I need one? How will my school or college help me?

  • If you are currently studying at a school or college and applying to university, your tutor or careers adviser will explain the system for applying through UCAS.
  • To register with UCAS you will need a ‘buzzword’ from your school or college.
  • When you register with UCAS they will also give you a password and username so that you can access your application whenever you like.
  • You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement, and your school or college will add the reference and send the application on to UCAS. Your school may give you an internal deadline date that is earlier than the official UCAS deadline – this is to ensure that have time to complete all of the references and process the forms before the deadline.
  • You need to take responsibility for entering the correct institution code and course code for each choice on your application.

What if I’m not in a school or college? Or I’m a mature student?

  • If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant.  When you register with UCAS they will give you a password and username so that you can access your application whenever you like.
  • You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement, and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
  • It’s very important that you enter the correct institution code and course code for each choice
  • Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website
  • Our Mature Entry sessions help applicants who are not in school or college. The sessions introduce the UCAS application process and provide advice on personal statements. Book a place on a Mature Entry session now
  • You can contact Course Enquiries for further information on applying for a degree at MMU 

What is the 15th January UCAS deadline?

  • If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application between September 2014 and 15 January 2015 in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration.
  • We guarantee to consider your application if we receive it by 15 January 2015, with the exception of the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: you should submit applications for this course directly to the University by 12th December for September 2015 entry.

Can I apply after the 15th January deadline?

  • If we receive your application after the 15 January deadline and up until 30 June, we will still consider it if there are places available on the course, but some of the most popular courses may already be full.
  • It is always best to send your application as soon as possible before the 15th January deadline date. Applications made after 30 June will have to go through Clearing.

What is Clearing and how can I apply?

  • If you first apply through UCAS after 1 July 2015, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
  • Clearingis a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
    • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
    • you have declined your offers
    • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
  • Between 1 July and mid-September we strongly advise all potential applicants to contact us directly by ringing our Clearing helpline first on 0161 247 3000.

    Our helpline staff will be able to help with course vacancy information and put you in touch with the relevant admissions staff.

Do I need to complete all of my online application at once?

Most applicants want to spend time thinking about their application. You can log in at different times and enter more information each time you log on.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, but you need to be aware of the deadlines.

How do I apply if I’m an International student?

  • If you are applying to university from outside the EU, you can apply at any time between September 2014 and 30th June 2015.
  • Applications for places on popular courses cannot be guaranteed consideration after 15 January, and so you should therefore try to apply as early as possible.
  • You can find full details about applying to university at our International website.

Can I apply through UCAS more than once?

  • You can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle i.e. for 2015 entry*. You have up to 5 course choices within each UCAS application. If you send a second application, UCAS will cancel it and you will not receive a refund.
  • If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

    You can also choose additional courses in July and August through the UCAS system if you have not yet been successful in obtaining a place.

* 2016 entry would count as a separate application cycle.

When will I hear back from my application?

  • If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2015. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 6th May 2015.
  • If you applied after the January deadline other reply dates will apply – see the UCAS website.

How many places can I accept?

  • You can accept two courses – one must be your firm choice and the other will be your insurance choice.
  • If you meet the requirements of your firm choice you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
  • If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
  • If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into clearing and CANNOT go to your insurance choice. Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more details and see our Clearing website for more information about courses and who to contact at MMU.

How do I know what’s happening with my application?

  • Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.
  • At Manchester Metropolitan University we will also write to you with news of your application. For some courses, we make offers based entirely on the content of the UCAS form, while for others we may invite you to attend an audition, or interview or to submit a portfolio as part of the selection process.

When will my place be confirmed?

  • If you have already met all of the entry requirements for the course, e.g. you completed examinations last year, we can make you an Unconditional Offer. As soon as you accept this it becomes a firm agreement and your place is guaranteed.
  • Most applicants will need to wait until they have the results of examinations they are due to take before they will meet all of our entry requirements, so it is more usual for us to make a Conditional Offer, i.e. with final confirmation of your place being sent in August after results are published.

    A-level results day is 13th August 2015.

  • If you meet the requirements of your firm choice you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
  • If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place
  • If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into clearing and CANNOT go to your insurance choice automatically. Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more details and see our Clearing website for more information about courses and who to contact at MMU.

International applications

International applications may be different from UK/EU applications, so visit our international website for more information.

Part-time courses

It couldn’t be easier to apply.

After completing the form please e-mail it to direct@mmu.ac.uk or post it to:

Direct Admissions Team
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School and Student Hub Building
Manchester
M15 6BH

When can I apply
for a part-time course?

You can apply for your chosen course at any time throughout the year before the start of the course.