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Applying

Before applying, you should read all the information available about your chosen course.

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 courses require an Upper Second-class undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. 

Below are the additional requirements of each of our master's courses in alphabetical order. For any subject, we reserve the right to request additional material if the evidence provided does not clearly demonstrate your suitability for the course.

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

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

MA Conference Interpreting

  • You must provide evidence that you have met our 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 join the course.
  • The course operates a quota system regarding language combinations. We usually reach full capacity of Mandarin-language students by March each year.

MA Creative Writing

  • Please submit either a 2,000 to 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 Literature and American Studies

  • If your academic background is not directly related to studies in English and American literature, and/or if English is not your 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 with.

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.

PGCert Global Health

  • You must have a second-class undergraduate degree.
  • We require 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 Heritage Studies

  • Relevant academic backgrounds include Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Classics, English, Art History, Photography, Natural Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, Business Studies, and International Studies.
  • You must provide a statement of purpose outlining any work experience - including voluntary work - that you have in a heritage-related organisation (this includes museums and galleries).

MA History

  • If your academic background is not directly related to the study of History, and/or if English is not your 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

  • You must have a second-class undergraduate degree.
  • We require 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

  • You must provide evidence that you have met our 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.
  • This course aims to teach a diverse range of students, so we urge international applicants to apply early.

MSc International Disaster Management

  • You must have a second-class undergraduate degree.
  • We require 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 your understanding of the course and its requirements, as well as your background and reasons for applying.  
  • We also require a writing sample (ie a representative piece of academic writing such as a final year undergraduate essay).

MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

  • We require a personal statement that demonstrates a good understanding of the subject area and your proposed focus for study. 
  • If you have little or no academic experience of studying the medieval or early modern period and/or if English is not your 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

  • If your academic background is not directly related to studies in English and American literature, and/or if English is not your mother tongue, we require an academic-standard essay (in English) relevant to the subject no more than 4,000 words long.

MA Modern Languages and Cultures

  • You should submit a personal statement that provides a steer on which language(s) and culture(s) you are interested in, and an outline of your research topic.

MusM Composition: Instrumental and Vocal

  • You will need to submit scores (as hard copy or PDF files) of two or three recent compositions, for a variety of forces or dealing with a variety of musical contexts if possible, and, if available, recordings of performances of your works. These should be sent directly to the course director, Dr Richard Whalley (Richard.Whalley@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 statement or project description that includes reference to, for example, programming languages experience as applied to musical outcomes, or experience with analogue and modular synthesizers. Your materials should be sent via WeTransfer, Dropbox or a similar service to the course director: Ricardo.Climent@manchester.ac.uk.

MusM Music: Musicology and Ethnomusicology

  • If you are applying for the Musicology or Ethnomusicology pathways, you should provide a 500-word personal statement, outlining your reasons for applying and your preliminary ideas about a potential area of research for your dissertation. 

MA Religions and Theology

  • If your academic background is not directly related to studies in religions and theology, and/or if English is not your 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 course each year. The closing date for applications is 10 August 2018 or when all places are taken. Any successful applicants after this date may be offered deferred entry. You must upload the following with your application:

  1. Three original ideas for film(s) or TV drama series (1 or 2 pages long each). Applicants should include the title of film and a logline describing it for the poster, where and when the film is set (eg contemporary/period), the genre (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. Your CV/biography.

MA Translation and Interpreting Studies

  • You must provide evidence that you have met our 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. We require an equivalent to a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 7.0, unless otherwise stated. If you have obtained a different qualification, please consult the English language requirements page to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

Please note: due to the high volume of applicants for the English/Mandarin route in the Translation and Interpreting and Conference Interpreting MA courses, 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 course.  

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 the School for consideration.

You are advised that decisions on admission will often 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 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 17 September, 2018. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible. 

Please note that certain popular courses will close admissions once all places have been taken. This will be disclosed on the course's webpage.

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. 

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