Standard 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 they can be admitted onto their chosen course. See below for the tests accepted. If you are studying or have completed a degree in an English-speaking country then you do not need to take the language proficiency test.

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 (19 September 2022).

Test Required Score
IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and no other element below 6.0
IELTS for 6 week Pre-sessional English Language Course 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and no other element below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 90 overall, with 22 or more in writing and no other element below 20
Pearson PTE Academic UKVI 59 overall, with 59 in writing and no other element below 59
Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE) C1 – Grade C or 176-184 overall
Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE) C1 – Grade C or 176-184 overall

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.

IELTS

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.

TOEFL

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.

Pearson

Send your scores to The University of Manchester electronically by logging on to your Pearson Account. Alternatively, provide us with the test reference number and we will retrieve your result from the TOEFL website.