How to apply
Before applying, you should read all the information regarding your proposed programme of study. When completing the application form, you must read carefully the associated guidance notes and follow the instructions provided. Two references, photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study, and evidence of English language ability (if appropriate) must be enclosed. If any documents are in a language other than English, you need to provide official translations. Students applying for research degrees should also include a research proposal. Please note, if your application is successful, you will be asked to provide original copies of documentation on arrival at the University.
Postgraduate applications may be made using the online application form (You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine to view the document). Alternatively, you may request a printed form. All applications should be submitted to:
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Humanities Lime Grove
How applications are considered
Once the University has received your application, your details are recorded and you will be sent an acknowledgment. Your form is then passed to us here in the School for consideration. All applications are considered by the relevant Programme Director. You are advised that often decisions on admission will not be made until a complete application is received so failure to enclose all the necessary supporting documentation will result in delays in processing your application. To help us make a decision as quickly as possible please make sure you clearly state the exact title of the programme for which you are applying or the specific research area in which you are interested (research degree students). The School aims to ensure that decisions are made within four weeks of a completed application being received. If your application is successful, you will be made either:
- A conditional offer of a place (for example, if you have not already completed your current programme of study or have yet to satisfy the English language requirements).
- An unconditional offer
On receipt of an offer, you should inform us as to whether you wish to accept the place. If there are conditions attached to the offer, you need to let us know as soon as they have been satisfied and provide the necessary documentation.
For the majority of taught programmes or research degrees there is no official closing date for applications, although you are advised to apply as early as possible. Where there is a closing date, it will be stated in the individual programme entries. Please note that applications received after 30th August may take longer to process due to the administrative pressures associated with the start of the academic year.
Students intending to apply for funding need to be aware of the funding bodies closing dates. It is usually a condition of such bodies that you hold at least a provisional offer of a place to study at the University before you apply for a studentship, scholarship or award. In these cases, it is especially important for you to apply as early as possible.