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Applying for a Master's degree

A step-by-step guide to the application process.

If you're considering applying for a Master's degree, you will need to check that you meet the Master's degree requirements. Applications for September entry open in October and you don't need to wait until you finish your studies to apply.

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The application process for a Master's Degree

Applications for September 2021 entry are processed from October 2020 onwards. You can apply before you complete your studies – make sure you include your latest transcripts with your supporting documents.

Follow the steps below to ensure the application process goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Check the academic and English language requirements >>

2. Prepare your supporting documents >>

3. Check if you need to pay an application fee >>

4. Apply online >>

The final decision on your application is made by the Alliance MBS Master's Admissions Office and a member of the team will contact you directly.

If you are made an offer, find out how to accept your place >>

Staged admissions process

As there is a high demand for our courses we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

Please note that MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting & Finance, MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis, MSc Finance, MSc Marketing and MSc Quantitative Finance are now closed to applications for September 2021 entry.

If the course requires an application fee this must be paid by the application deadline. Please wait to receive your ID or Application number before you make the payment or we will not be able to link your payment to your application. It may take up to three working days to receive your ID number.

Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.


Application Received By

Decision by


15 January 2021

15 February 2021


31 March 2021

7 May 2021


1 May 2021

4 June 2021


30 June 2021

30 July 2021


21 August 2021

31 August 2021

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, this may not always be possible. In some instances, it may be necessary for us to roll your application forward to the next deadline date due to the competition for places. If you have not heard from us on your deadline date, please contact us within a week of the deadline to request that your application is rolled forward to the next round. If we do not hear from you within this timeframe, your application may be withdrawn.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.

(For those interested in starting their studies in September 2022, the admissions cycle will begin from October 2021 onwards.)

Apply before finishing your undergraduate degree

We can accept your application before you complete your studies. You need to submit your latest transcripts with your online application, together with the other supporting documents.

If you are applying for a finance-related course you will also need to include a list of your final year units.

Application fee

Please wait until you receive an ID or Application number before making your payment, or we may be unable to link this to your application. It may take up to 3 working days to receive your ID number, please take this into account when submitting your application prior to the deadline.

Your application will be withdrawn if the payment is not received within 4 weeks of submitting your application.

Once you have received your ID or Application number, please pay the application fee as soon as possible. Your application will not be processed until this is received and it is your responsibility to ensure this is paid on time. Due to the increasing volume of applications we receive, we will not contact you to request this payment.

If the programme you are applying for is not listed below, an application fee is not required.

  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc International Business and Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Management

Pay your application fee >>

If you have applied for a British Chevening Scholarship or Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship or are eligible for the Manchester Master's Bursary Scheme, you do not need to pay the application fee, although you must submit evidence with your application. No other application fee waivers are considered. 

Read more about Master's degree bursaries >>