Applications for Degree Courses

Entry requirements

Applicants straight from university will be required to have at least a 2:2 degree in a relevant discipline. For applicants with some years’ industrial experience, a lesser qualification may be acceptable. However each application will be considered individually, the main criterion being the judgment of the registering institution that the potential student has a good chance of completing the programme successfully. Entry requirements for the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate are the same. Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved one of the following levels of proficiency:

IELTS – 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any sub-test

TOEFL scores of at least 100 overall with no less than 25 in reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Pre-sessional English:

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to complete a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester prior to the start of the course.

To be considered for a pre-sessional English language course for this programme we require the following minimum IELTS (Academic) scores:

• 6 Week – Minimum 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0 

• 10 Week – Minimum 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing and no more than one subskill of 5.5.

For September 2025, the requirements are:

• 6 Week – IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking, and 6.0 in listening and reading OR IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing or speaking, and 6.0 in the other elements 

• 10 Week – IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0

If you have not yet completed your current academic study and are interested in studying a pre-sessional course, you must hold an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test certificate.

Entry requirements for the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate are the same.

Part time UK students only – we will accept a lower qualification of HNC as long as you have at least 7 years work experience within the Nuclear Industry.

For those wishing to determine the levels of mathematics and physics required for this programme, visit the Refresher Course page.

We encourage applications from Aerospace, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

UKVI Full-time Students

From 2023-24 – University of Manchester UKVI full time international students, will have to attend the student hub on campus twice a week to confirm their attendance on campus. You will not have to do this during weeks when you are attending a course unit. Overseas students need to add all 15 course units to their ATAS application. If applying to the University of Sheffield, students will need an ATAS certificate for both Sheffield and Manchester.

Eligibility Requirements

For the eligibility requirements for funding opportunities, please visit the University of Manchester funding web page.

Application process

Not all members of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium will register students for the purposes of awarding qualifications. Prospective students may seek to register at one of the following Consortium members:

The University of Manchester For queries regarding your application/offer please email

The University of Sheffield For queries, please contact Louise C Mason

Click on the name of the relevant university to apply. Please note you can only apply to one university, in the event your application is successful, you will be subject to the policies, procedures and regulations of the university that you register with. For more information about this please contact the admin team at the university you are applying to.

Part-Time Students

When applying for the Distance Learning Programme, please select “Part-Time Option” online then type “Distance Learning” in the box provided.

The closing date for applications for Part Time Study is 31st August.