The minimum standard entry requirements for postgraduate courses are set out below, but each course entry also gives details of the typical entry requirements, so it’s important to read that as well to determine whether you meet the entry requirements for the course.

This is particularly important when courses lead to an award from a professional body as they may have specific entry requirements for the course.

In some cases work experience or success in other fields can be accepted as equivalent to formal qualifications.

Satisfying the entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place. In more popular areas of study, you may be required to achieve grades higher than the minimum requirements and in many cases, you will have to go through an audition, interview or present your portfolio as part of the selection process.

Taught Master’s Programmes (MA, MSc)

You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes (PGDip)

You should have a degree or other qualification at an equivalent level. A lower level qualification together with appropriate experience (from which you have developed the skills, aptitude and knowledge to succeed on a course), or exceptionally, substantial appropriate experience alone, may be acceptable.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

You should have a lower second class undergraduate honours degree (an upper second class undergraduate honours degree for Primary PGCE and some Secondary PGCE subjects) or an equivalent higher education qualification, together with GCSE passes, or their equivalent, in English, Mathematics (and Science for Primary PGCE). Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable.

Master of Research (MRes), Master’s degree (MA, MSc or LLM) by Research and MPhil

You should have a first or second class honours degree (usually a 2.1) or an equivalent qualification. Other applicants will be considered on their merits. Ability and background knowledge in relation to the proposed research, together with professional experience, publications, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment will be taken into consideration.

Opportunities exist to transfer from Master’s by Research to MPhil, and all students registered for MPhil have the opportunity to transfer to PhD after completion of about 12 months of full-time study (or 24 months part-time), providing progress on the work demonstrates that development to this level can be achieved.


To apply for a PhD, you should, as a minimum, hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK University (or equivalent from an overseas institution) or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent to an honours degree such as professional qualifications.This should normally be in a discipline that is appropriate to the proposed research. If you do not meet these criteria but have had appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment, this will be taken into consideration.

The University also offers PhD by Published Work as an alternative route for candidates who have acquired substantial experience in a working research environment, as a result of which a number of publications have been produced. Only published work that is available and accessible in the public domain will be eligible for consideration. Further information is available in the Guidelines to PhD by publication.

Professional Doctorate

Admission to a professional doctorate programme would normally require a good honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters degree in a relevant subject area (usually within a five-year period prior to entry) or evidence of having written at that standard, and a minimum of four years working in a professional role.

English language requirements

International students will be required to demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability. In order to enter most postgraduate courses the English requirements are: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, TOEFL computer-based 230. Please note some programmes may have higher English language requirements.

Applicants who don't meet the English language entry requirements may be able to join an English language course at Manchester Met before starting their postgraduate programme. Our Centre for Academic English offers a range of courses in General and Academic English and it also offers pre-sessional English courses. Courses vary in length from eight to 30 weeks, depending on students' current level of English.

Postgraduate Study