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International and EU Students

The Disability Service

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University will work with disabled candidates to enable them to access programmes and overcome substantial disadvantage that they may suffer as a result of their disability.

All applications from disabled people will be considered against the same criteria as applied to other applicants in that a decision will be made that is based upon their academic merit and potential.  The judgement of an applicant’s academic entitlement to a place on a course will be considered separately to the practical considerations relating to accessibility.

Disabled people are encouraged before accepting a place to explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs as soon as possible by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or  All disabled applicants who receive an offer will also be contacted by the Disability Service to ensure that they receive full information about the support available to them.

The University cannot commit itself to unlimited physical or other adjustments to meet the needs of individual students and having explored all available options, it may not be possible to implement all necessary adjustments.

Funding your Support

Initially, you should contact your home government to find out whether any funding for any support you may require, is available.

We then strongly advise you to contact the Disability Service to make an appointment to see an Adviser, who will be able to discuss your support needs and explore any cost implications.

Medical Evidence

The Disability Service will require some medical evidence indicating the nature of your disability and how it affects you in relation to studying. If the original is not written in English, you should provide a certified English version, to avoid delays.

Types of support available at MMU:

  • Enlarged or braille exam papers
  • Equipment available for long term/ short-term loan e.g. Voice recorders, laptops
  • Text to speech software (Texthelp) on campus
  • Mind-mapping software (Inspiration) on university networked computers
  • Use of a reader or scribe in exams
  • Extra time in exams/ alternative exam arrangements
  • Extended library loans
  • Use of magnification software in the library
  • Study skills support from FSSOs (Faculty Student Support Officers)
  • Adapted accommodation
  • ELSIS - English Language Support for International Students

For more information see:

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

DSAs are available to UK students and some EU students, not International Students; but you may be able to apply to trusts or other organisations that could provide some financial support.

Click here for a list of funding bodies that you can approach

EU students

It may be possible for some EU students to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

For more information: