A-Level: Grade AAA

  • A mixture of science or maths and humanities or arts subjects is preferred, but not essential.
  • Art or Fine Art A-levels are particularly welcomed; however, please note that applicants with three arts-based subjects (for example, Art, Graphics and 3D Design, or Art, Photography and Design and Technology), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements.
  • We do not require a pass in the Science Practical Assessment.


AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.


  • Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. 
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.


International Baccalaureate

  • 36 points overall. 6, 6, 6 in higher-level subjects
  • IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.
  • Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

English Language Requirement

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 , or;
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-section below 6.0, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Personal Statement

You will be asked to write a statement of no more than 450 words, which includes:

  • your reasons for wanting to study at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA);
  • your own review of a recent exhibition or building that you have visited;
  • a statement about your favourite architect or building;
  • a work of architecture that you would like to experience in person.

Portfolio Requirements

As BA Architecture is a design-oriented course, most candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio. You will need to provide 10-12 images of your own artwork. This might include examples of fine art/painting, sketches, measured drawings, graphic design, or photographs of artefacts that you have created. To demonstrate you have the skills required you will need to, where possible, include images that show:

  • proficiency in drawing;
  • creativity;
  • your ability to use a diverse range of media;
  • the creative process from the initial concept to the final design - for example, you might include preparatory sketches as well as the final piece.