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How to apply for a postgraduate taught course within the School of Law.

You can apply for our Master's courses via the online application form on the main University website:

Application guidance

Before applying, you should read all the information available regarding your proposed choice of study. When completing the application form, you must read the associated guidance notes and follow the instructions provided.

The following must be enclosed:

  • Two academic references
  • Photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study
  • Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate)
  • A copy of your passport (if you will need a visa to study here)

It is imperative that evidence of all these are submitted with your application – we cannot process an application with incomplete documentation. In cases where a full academic transcript is not available, a document with your marks to date should be provided.


It is your responsibility to contact your referees and request a reference letter in support of your application. References must be typed on headed paper, signed by a referee and contain referee’s contact details. PDF copies of your references can be emailed to us at

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for a master's course is generally 15 June for International applicants who will require a visa to study, and 15 August for Home/EU applicants. However some courses do get full long before this date so early application is advised. It is also worth contacting us after this date to see if we have places available as late applications will be considered where possible.

All our courses begin in September of each year - we do not have intakes at other times of the year at master's level. 

Further information 

English language tests

An English language test is required for all overseas applications unless you have completed an academic qualification equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors Degree or higher from one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

A high standard and very good command of English is essential for all students studying postgraduate courses at the School of Law. If English is not your first language, you must provide recent acceptable evidence of your command of the English Language, both spoken and written, to the required level:

  • An overall score of 7 IELTS with 7 in writing and no lower that 6.5 in all other components;
  • An overall score of 100 in IBT-TOEFL, with 25 in writing and no lower that 22 in all other components (our institution code for TOEFL tests is 0757);
  • An overall score of 185 in Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) / Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE);
  • An overall score of 66 in Pearson English with 66 in writing and no lower than 59 in all other components.

You can submit your application prior taking an English language test. The English language proficiency requirement will form a condition of any offer that you will receive from us and will have to be met before the start of the course.

English language courses at Manchester

The University of Manchester offers English courses which are designed to help you improve your academic English skills and to prepare you for study on your degree programme. All our English courses include academic reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The entry requirements for these language courses are:

  • 5 week course (PS5) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories;
  • 10 week course (PS10) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories.

Booking deadlines apply. Please note that The School of Law does NOT refer or accept applicants for the 20 week course.

If you have already met our academic requirements and English language requirements, a single visa may be issued covering both the pre-sessional course and the Master degree. If, however, you obtain a conditional offer and your academic results are pending you may still enrol in a pre-sessional course on a separate visa. If a separate visa is required, only UKVI-IELTS taken at UKVI approved IELTS centres globally will be accepted for entry on to a Pre-sessional English course.

Please email if you have any further questions.

For the cost of pre-sessional courses please visit the University Language Centre website:

Study hours

On average you will be required to attend the University for around 15 hours a week if you study full-time and around 6 hours a week if you study part-time. Full-time course are completed in one year. Our Masters courses are therefore very intense and will require you to do a lot of individual studying at home or in the library in addition to the taught classes. All our courses run during the day time.

Studying part-time

in addition to our one year full-time courses, running from September to September, the following courses are also available on part-time basis:

  • MA Criminology
  • MRes Criminology
  • MA Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)
  • MA Healthcare Ethics and Law
  • LLM Public International Law
  • MA Security and International Law
  • LLM Security and International Law
  • LLM Transnational Dispute Resolution