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Applying

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 need a Tier 4 Student Visa to study here.

Subject-specific information

Unless otherwise stated below, our Master's programmes require an upper second-class undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. 

Below are the additional requirements of each of our Master's programmes (in alphabetical order). For any subject, we reserve the right to request additional material if the evidence provided does not clearly demonstrate an applicant's suitability for the programme.

MA Archaeology

  • For those applicants whose academic background is not directly related to studies in archaeology, and/or for whom English is not the mother tongue, you must supply an academic-standard writing sample (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies

  • Relevant academic backgrounds include Art History, Archaeology, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Anthropology, Classics, English.
  • You must provide a statement of purpose outlining any work experience (including voluntary work) you have in a museum, gallery, or other related institution.

MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice

  • You must provide a statement of purpose outlining any work experience you have in an arts management and/or cultural policy related context, for example in arts venues and organisations, cultural services, voluntary organisations.

MA Classics and Ancient History

  • Applicants intending to follow the Rome Pathway should submit a 500-word statement outlining their reasons for wanting to study at the British School in Rome, and the project they intend to research while staying in Rome.

MA Conference Interpreting

  • You must provide evidence that you have met the School's English language requirement at the point of application. You will also be expected, as a condition of any offer made, to successfully complete an interpreting aptitude test prior to being permitted to be admitted to the programme.

MA Creative Writing

  • Please submit either a 2,000 - 3,000 word sample of original prose from your portfolio, or 7/8 poems. You can submit a combination of the two if it suits you best.

MA English and American Studies

  • For those applicants whose academic background is not directly related to studies in English and American literature, and/or for those applicants for whom English is not their mother tongue, we require an academic-standard essay (in English) no more than 4,000 words long.
  • Please also see the requirements for the MA Modern and Contemporary Literature below.

MA Film Studies

  • Please provide us with a personal statement outlining your interest in this area of study, what you can bring to the MA and what you hope the MA will provide you.

MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture

  • Please include a brief statement about why you are interested in studying gender and sexuality - indicating, perhaps, any previous academic work you’ve done on the topic.

PG Cert Global Health

  • A personal statement of up to 350 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Within your statement, you should include any details of any prior learning undertaken in a professional context.

MA History

  • For those applicants whose academic background is not directly related to the study of History, and/or for whom English is not the mother tongue, you must supply an academic-standard essay (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

  • A personal statement of no less than 500 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Within your statement, you should include any details of any prior learning undertaken in a professional context.

MA Intercultural Communication

  • Applicants who meet the basic prerequisites will be contacted directly by the programme leader to further discuss the application.

MSc International Disaster Management

  • A personal statement of no less than 500 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Within your statement, you should include any details of any prior learning undertaken in a professional context.

MA Linguistics

  • You must send a personal statement that demonstrates understanding of the course and its requirements, your background and reasons for applying.  
  • A writing sample (i.e. a representative piece of academic writing such as a final year undergraduate essay).

MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

  • A personal statment that demonstrates a good understanding of the subject area and proposed focus of study. 
  • For those applicants with little or no academic experience of studying the medieval or early modern period and/or for whom English is not the mother tongue, you must supply an academic-standard essay (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MA Modern and Contemporary Literature

  • For those applicants whose academic background is not directly related to studies in English and American literature, and/or for whom English is not their mother tongue, we require an academic-standard essay (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MusM Composition: Instrumental and Vocal

  • You will need to submit scores (as hard copy or PDF files) of two or three recent compositions, if possible for a variety of forces or dealing with a variety of musical contexts, and, if available, recordings of performances of your works. These should be sent directly to the course director: Philip.Grange@manchester.ac.uk.

MusM Composition: Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media

  • You will need to submit two contrasting conpositions (eg. fixed media, interactive music, audiovisual) and, if appropriate, a brief statment or project description that includes reference to e.g. programming languages experience as applied to musical outcomes or experience with analogue and modular synthersizers. Your materials should be sent via WeTransfer, Dropbox or a similar service to the course director: Ricardo.Climent@manchester.ac.uk.

MusM Musicology and Ethnomusicology

  • Applicants for the Musicology and Ethnomusicology pathways should provide a 500-word personal statement, outlining their reasons for applying and their preliminary ideas about a potential area of research to be undertaken for the dissertation. 

MA Peace and Conflict Studies

  • A personal statement of up to 500 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Within your statement, you should include any details of any prior learning undertaken in a professional context.

MA Religions and Theology

  • For those applicants whose academic background is not directly related to studies in religions and theology, and/or for whom English is not the mother tongue, you must supply an academic-standard writing sample (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MA Screenwriting

There are 12 places on this highly competitive programme each year. The closing date for applications is 11 August 2017. You must upload the following with your application:

  1. Three original ideas for film(s) or TV Drama Series (each 1 or 2 pages long). Applicants should include the title of film and a logline describing it for the poster; where the film is set; when the film is set (e.g. contemporary/period); what genre the film is. (eg Drama/Comedy/Sci-Fi) and what it is about thematically.
  2. One A4 page on why you want to do the MA including references to films and TV series that have influenced and interested you.
  3. A separate writing sample (no less than 10 pages of screenplay format) to demonstrate that you can write dramatic scenes and dialogue. This writing sample could be a screenplay draft of one of the ideas you are applying with, or of another screenplay, theatre play, TV/radio drama, short film. It should demonstrate your potential and your ability to create characters, lively dialogue and tell a story dramatically.
  4. CV / biography.

MA Translation and Interpreting Studies

  • You must provide evidence that you have met the School's English language requirement at the point of application. If any documents are in a language other than English, you will need to provide official translations.

Language Test Certificate

  • If English is not your first language, you must send us evidence of a language test score. Our School requires an equivalent to a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 7.0 unless otherwise stated.

Please note: due to the high volume of applicants for the English/Chinese route in the Translation and Interpreting and Conference Interpreting MA's, we require that you already fulfil the minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 7.0 by the time you apply for the programme.  

How applications are considered

Once the University has received your application, your details are recorded and you will be sent an acknowledgement. Your application is then passed to us here in the School for consideration.

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 MA course for which you are applying.

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.

Closing dates

Unless otherwise stated, the closing date for all applications is 15 September, 2017. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible. 

Please note that applications received during August and September 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 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. Therefore, it is especially important for you to apply as early as possible.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Enquiries

For Postgraduate Taught (MA) enquiries please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
School of Arts, Languages & Cultures
Room CG5, Ellen Wilkinson Building
The University of Manchester
Manchester
M13 9PL

Email: masalc@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 1259 or +44 (0)161 275 0322