How to Apply

Undergraduate Courses 2020/21

Applying to University for full-time courses - 2020/21

How and when do I apply?

If you are applying to Manchester Met for a full-time degree, Foundation Year or Foundation degree, you will need to apply online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)*. 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 UCAS website provides excellent resources if you experience any difficulties during 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.

For 2020 entry, it costs £20 for one choice, or £25 for multiple choices.

Manchester Metropolitan University does not make any further charge for handling your application (with the exception of BA (Hons) Acting. For the 2019/20 academic year the audition fee (payable directly to the University if you are selected for audition) was £45. The fee is to be confirmed for the 2020/21 academic year.

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 they 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.
  • You can contact Course Enquiries for further information on applying for a course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

What is the 15 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 and 15 January in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration.
  • We guarantee to consider your application if we receive it by 15 January 2020.

Can I apply after the 15 January deadline?

  • You can still apply through UCAS after the 15 January deadline. If we receive your application after the 15 January and up until 30th 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 submit your application through UCAS as soon as possible and before the 15 January deadline. Applications made after 30 June will have to go through Clearing.

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 an international student from outside the UK or EU, you can apply at any time between September and 30th June.
  • You can find full details about applying to university on our international web pages.

Can I apply through UCAS more than once?

  • You can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle.
  • If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, from 25 February 2020 you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.
  • You can apply for a maximum of five courses on your UCAS application. This can either be courses at five different universities, or you may choose to apply to more than one course at the same university.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?

  • If you submit your UCAS application before the 15 January deadline, you should receive decisions from each of the university choices by 6 May 2020.
  • If you have received all your university decisions by 31 March 2020, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020. 
  • If you applied after the 15 January deadline, or haven’t received all your university decisions by 31 March 2020 then 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.
  • Once you are accepted (made unconditional) by your firm choice, your insurance choice ceases to be valid. If you decide you would prefer to go to your insurance choice rather than your firm choice university, it is important that you contact the universities to discuss your options as soon as possible and they will advise you of the next steps.

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.
  • We will email you with news of your application or to request further information if needed. 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 2020.
  • 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. 
  • Once you are accepted (made unconditional) by your firm choice, your insurance choice ceases to be valid. If you decide you would prefer to go to your insurance choice rather than your firm choice university, it is important that you contact the universities to discuss your options as soon as possible and they will advise you of the next steps.

What is Clearing and how can I apply?

  • If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2020, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
  • Clearing is 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 6 July and mid-September we strongly advise all potential applicants to contact us directly by ringing our Clearing helpline first on 0161 247 3000.
  • Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more details.

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

Can I apply to transfer to Manchester Met from another university?

  • If you have completed a full year of study at another UK university and would like to transfer to a Manchester Met course, you can apply through our standard undergraduate admissions process.
  • If you have completed credits at another UK university, you can apply to Manchester Met through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme.
  • Find out more about transferring to Manchester Met.

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
6 Great Marlborough Street
Manchester
M1 5AL

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.

Undergraduate Study