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Department of Computer Science

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International students

Manchester is a diverse, multicultural city, and the University takes great pride in welcoming students from across the world.

Gokulanathan Murthy

My degree was very flexible and I really enjoyed it. In terms of my career, the most helpful module was Interactive Systems Design; it helped me to learn a lot about working in a team and the lecturer was outstanding.

Gokulanathan Murthy / MSc Advanced Computer Science and IT Management

Our Department is one of the oldest computer science education facilities in the UK with a history of major innovations by globally renowned academic staff.

There are plenty of funding options available to international students, regardless of your level of programme. Provided you can meet our English language and visa requirements, you could be the next to study at our prestigious Department.

If you're coming to Manchester to study from overseas, there are a few things to consider before you apply.

Find out more about the University’s funding options, language information and Manchester in general, below.

English language requirements

Applicants for all undergraduate degree programmes require an approved English language qualification. For September 2024 entry, approved English language qualifications include:

  • A-Level English Language grade C.
  • AS Level English or English Language and Literature grade B.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade B or 191 overall, with a minimum of 185 in speaking and listening, and 176 writing and reading. 
  • Cambridge English: Proficient (CPE) grade C or 191 overall, with a minimum of 185 in speaking and listening, and 176 writing and reading.
  • GCE O-Level English Language grade B.
  • GCSE English Language grade B/6.
  • IGCSE English Language (1st or 2nd Language) grade B/6 with grade 1 in oral exam where specified.
  • Academic IELTS with an overall average of 7.5 including 7.0 in speaking and listening and no other sub-test below 6.5.
  • TOEFL - Internet Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 109 including 25 in speaking and listening, and no sub-test below 22 - we do not accept 'my best score' and applicants must achieve the TOEFL requirements in one sitting. Please note we do not accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition for 2024 entry.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with 78 or above overall, including 76 in speaking and listening and 70 in writing and reading.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL C1 (SELT version) with an overall score of 132 (High Pass) including 33 (High Pass) in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

English language test validity: Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

There are alternative acceptable English language qualifications. Please contact for further guidance.

Fees, funding and scholarships

There are a range of funding options open to international students, depending on the nature of your programme.

Explore our fees and funding pages to discover more about these.

Foundation programmes

Would you like to study computer science at Manchester but don't have the right entry qualifications? A Foundation Year course could be the solution for you.

The Integrated Foundation Year is 'year zero' of a four or five year course that leads to a degree from one of the schools of science or engineering at The University of Manchester.

Additionally, you can find out more about foundation courses for international students on the main University website.

Visa requirements

To study at The University of Manchester, international students require a student visa.

Please read the University’s guidance on visas before you start working on your application.