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University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is the UK's largest student community, and having the highest number of international students in the UK, is open to ambition and talent from anywhere. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Manchester is one of the world’s top research universities, ranked fifth in the UK for ‘research power’, attracting world-leading minds - 25 Nobel laureates have worked or studied there, including two current members of staff. Furthermore, the multi-disciplined University of Manchester is the UK's largest student community, and having the highest number of international students in the UK, is open to ambition and talent from anywhere. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Manchester is one of the world’s top research universities, ranked fifth in the UK for ‘research power’, attracting world-leading minds - 25 Nobel laureates have worked or studied there, including two current members of staff. Furthermore, the multi-disciplined University is the most targeted by the UK's top 100 graduate employers, and is 35th in the world according to the QS 2019 survey in terms of employability. As well as the academics, it boasts the UK's biggest students’ union, offering an unrivalled range of exciting social and extra-curricular opportunities.
Manchester is Britain's most popular student city with everything on offer including large and intimate music venues; a plethora of museums and galleries, from art to history and culture; the Trafford Centre, the third largest shopping centre in the UK and the Northern Quarter, the city’s official indie zone, with unique shops, cafes, bars and a variety of creative and quirky enterprises; two world famous football clubs as well as Team GB’s National Cycling Centre, the National Squash Centre, some of Europe’s best rugby league clubs and the UK’s longest indoor ski slope; a home to the oldest symphony in the UK and the fourth oldest in the world; and plenty of buses, trains and trams to navigate your way around.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Shanghai Ranking (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
The University of Manchester was created in 2004 out of the merger of The Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). However, its history dates back much further than this. UMIST was created out of the city’s Mechanics’ Institute, which was built in 1824, to ensure workers could learn the basic principles of science and linked to Manchester’s emergence as the world’s first industrial city. Similarly, John Owens, a Manchester textile merchant left a bequest in 1845 for the purpose of founding a college for the education of males on non-sectarian lines. His trustees established Owens College, which was later renamed the Victoria University of Manchester becoming England’s first civic university.
Before the merger, the universities counted 23 Nobel Prizes between their former staff and students. This has now risen to 25. The university has traditionally been strong in the sciences, with the nuclear nature of the atom being discovered by Rutherford, and the world’s first stored-program computer housed at the institution.
The university is centrally located, with its buildings integrated into the fabric of Manchester, and separated by non-university buildings and major roads. However, it is common to refer to two main areas, Sackville Street area, formerly the UMIST Campus and Oxford Road area, formerly, the Victoria University Campus. Fallowfield Campus is the main residential campus of the university, and is located in Fallowfield, approximately 2 miles south of the main site.
Faculties & Schools
Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Medical Sciences
- School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
- School of Engineering
- Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
- School of Natural Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Earth & Environmental Science
- Department of Materials
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics & Astronomy
- School of Engineering
Faculty of Humanities
- Alliance Manchester Business School
- School of Arts, Languages & Culture
- School of Environment, Education & Development
- School of Social Sciences
In the 2014 REF 83% of the University's research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent and they were ranked in fifth place in terms of research power. The University is regarded as a British research powerhouse, is one of the five universities informally referred to as the ‘golden diamond’ of research-intensive UK institutions, and is one of a small number of UK universities with an internationally significant research profile over a very wide range of subjects.
Recent research includes the isolation of graphene by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov, which led to the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics.
International & Industrial Opportunities
Some degrees include a year abroad, while many other degrees allow students to opt to study abroad for one semester, usually in Year 2 (this option allows students to graduate within the usual three years). Within the University's partnerships are currently 120 Erasmus+ universities in Europe and more than 70 universities worldwide.
Industrial experience and work placement can boost your appeal in the job market. Manchester offers specific industrial placement programmes, which allow you to develop real-world expertise and earn a salary while completing the third year of your degree. The transferable skills you gain will help to shape your future career. The availability of the programmes will depend on the course you are studying. A degree with a placement lasts for four years; you'll go on placement in your third year.
Fees & Finance
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
Scholarships & Bursaries
The University is committed to supporting eligible UK students from low-income households.
The University’s Undergraduate Access Scholarships are available to students who have successfully completed the Manchester Access Programme and started an undergraduate course at the University. The award is £1,000 in the first year for students from households where the income is below £25,000 per year and they will receive the award for each year of their study, and for students under the age of 25 who have been in public care for a minimum of three months since the age of 11 and they will receive £1,000 a year throughout the duration of their undergraduate course.
The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an eligible undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. It is a cash bursary of £2000 and £1000 for students with a household income of £0 - £25000 and between £25,001 and £35,000, respectively.
The University of Manchester Library consists of the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, and several site libraries. The Main Library holds the principal collections for teaching and research in the humanities, education, law, medicine, science and the social sciences. It offers students 2,000 state-of-the-art study spaces, 328 PCs, a library lounge and other social spaces. Wireless networking is available throughout the Main Library.
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of the art study and learning centre in the heart of the Oxford Road campus boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with WiFi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building.
The John Rylands Library is UK’s third largest academic library. It houses one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts, and is also a visitor attraction, with exhibitions and events taking place throughout the year.
There is extensive WiFi available throughout the university that provides an advanced virtual learning environment called Blackboard giving students access to course materials, self-assessment exercises, online assignment submission facilities and interactive learning activities online, as well as providing the opportunity to have interactive discussions with teaching staff and other students.
Sporting facilities at Manchester include the Armitage Sports Centre, Sugden Sports Centre, Manchester Aquatics Centre and the Wythenshawe Sports Ground.
The Armitage Sports Centre has a fitness suite with free-weights area, outdoor multi-use courts, double sized indoor sports hall, four squash courts, four floodlit 3G five-a-side football pitches, two full-sized floodlit artificial turf pitches and six grass pitches.
The Sugden Sports Centre consists of a large fitness suite and free-weathers area, six squash courts, two double-sized sports halls, outdoor 3G five-a-side pitch and a multi-activity room.
The Manchester Aquatics Centre has two 50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool, fun pool, fitness suite, sauna, Steam room and spa.
The Wythenshawe sports ground consisting of 26 full-sized football pitches located about five miles from campus.
The University also has various opportunities for organised sports including the Athletic Union with more than 40 sport clubs catering for all levels, Campus Sport, whereby students are encouraged to play sport with their friends in a series of leagues and Hall Sport whereby students are encouraged to play sport with others living in university accommodation.
The city is also home to the Manchester Velodrome, regional tennis centre, national squash centre and regional athletics centre.
If you’re competing at a national level, you could be eligible for support and funding through the Sport Manchester Scholarship Scheme or the government-funded Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
Manchester’s student union is the largest in the UK. With 400 societies offering everything from knitting to scuba diving, you’re sure to find the right society for you. If there aren’t, you’ll get help to create your own.
There are a number of media opportunities within Manchester, including The Mancunion, the university newspaper, Fuse FM, the university radio station, and Fuse TV, the university TV station. There are numerous volunteering opportunities through the Student Action programme, including mentoring young people and working with homeless people and the elderly. If fundraising is your thing, you can get involved with Manchester RAG.
The Students’ Union Advice Service is on hand to help out with academic, financial, wellbeing and housing issues. This service is completely free, totally confidential and run by professional advisers who are independent of the University.
The university social scene is positively thriving, with events ranging from open mic nights to a drama festival, to ‘Pangaea’, Europe’s largest student-run music festival. Manchester Academy is one of the UK’s most iconic music venues and has welcomed acclaimed artists such as Kylie, Alt-J, Rita Ora and Foo Fighters.
You can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee in Biko’s cafe, grab a meal deal from the Union Store or relax over a pizza and a pitcher in the Union Bar. You can also make use of The Print Shop for all your print and binding needs.
Religion & Spirituality
As a university and cosmopolitan city, there are plenty of students from all cultures and beliefs, with many places of worship for most faiths and religions, including many on, or near, campus. Some areas on campus are reserved for quiet prayer and reflection, including dedicated Muslim prayer facilities available throughout the day. The University chaplains of different faiths can talk you through problems, explore issues of faith, or find information about local faith communities. There are also many societies for major religions.
Health & Wellbeing
The university suggests students register with a local GP.
The Student Services Centre will be your contact point for administrative questions throughout your student journey.
Peer support through the peer mentor schemes offer you the opportunity to gain advice and help from students who have been in the same position as you. Peer mentors are higher-year students on the same degree programme as you. If you’re living in University-managed accommodation, you’ll be allocated a ResLife Adviser, with whom you can talk about any personal or academic problems and issues. ResLife Advisers are either members of staff or postgraduate students, who are resident in the halls of residence. ResLife Advisers also support and organise events through the Manchester ResLife Programme for hall residents throughout the year.
The University counselling service provides both one to one and group based support to all students and can help with any personal problems that may affect their work or wellbeing.
The University’s Disability Support Office (DSO) treats every person as an individual and considers each person’s needs on that basis, with services including rooms in halls which have been adapted to meet your needs, extensive IT and other support facilities, specialist software for the blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students, provision for study skills and other support for students with specific learning difficulties.
Graduates from the University of Manchester are among the most employable, with the university often the most targeted by employers and having access to more than 13,000 employers.
Each student is allocated an academic adviser, who will be an academic member of staff based within their School. They offer advice and support on their career.
The University’s careers service hosts a dedicated team of advisers trained to offer advice on CVs and interview techniques, guide students through career options, help students develop the skills that will impress future employers and encourage students to achieve their ambitions. The university also runs a scheme whereby students are matched with mentors in a wide range of sectors, including engineering, the media, finance, education, marketing, retail and science. The Careers service also holds career fairs which attract more than 600 exhibitors, and more than 20,000 visitors every year, career events such as careers talks, workshops, and employer presentations covering diverse skills and one-to-one appointments from expert career professionals.
The Student Development and Community Engagement Team supports and encourages students to volunteer by advertising hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Manchester through the Volunteering Vacancy Service, provide one-to-one advice to help with volunteering queries, inform students about how they can get volunteering recognised, and keeping students up to date with the latest volunteering news and events.
There are online resources to help students find out what skills employers want, recognise and evaluate the skills they already have, build on their strongest skills and improve weaker ones, practice and develop their skills through interactive case studies and group exercises, and gain insight into graduate recruitment practices.
Catered and Self-catered
Catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
At Manchester you can choose between catered and self-catered accommodation. In catered halls, meals are served in communal dining halls for you to enjoy with fellow residents. The majority of catered halls also has a smaller kitchen facilities enabling you to prepare meals at weekends or during the day. Self-catered halls offer flexibility and independence; you determine the food budget, prepare the meals and decide when and what to eat.
All halls have single bedrooms with an internet connection, whilst in self-catered halls you share a kitchen and sometimes a living room, with other students. Some halls offer en-suite facilities while others have shared bathrooms. In addition to the standard fixtures and fittings, ensuite study bedrooms include an adjoining room containing a shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet.
The ResLife team ensures that you get all the support and guidance you need throughout your stay in the Halls of Residence. Each hall has their own ResLife Coordinator, as well as several ResLife Advisors. As well as being on call for any issues or incidents, your ResLife Advisors will hold regular meetings to ensure that everyone is happy and involved in the residential experience.
All halls have a Residents’ Association (RA) or Junior Common Room (JCR), supported centrally by the Students’ Union. As a hall resident, you are automatically a member of your RA or JCR; your membership fee is included in your rent. This fee goes into a fund that is used to run social events, trips and sporting activities for all residents, making University accommodation a more supportive and sociable place to live. A committee of students is elected every year to organise these activities and represent their fellow residents.
If you choose to live at home while you study at Manchester, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to get involved with student life. The Students’ Union services for students living off-campus include theStudents Living at Home Society; a transport buddy system; day trips and networking events; and the Mature Students’ Society.
English Language Requirements
English Language requirements vary by course and department, but are usually the equivalent of IELTS 6.0-7.5.
Some Schools at the University offer partial fee scholarships for their particular subject area. You can consult the relevant School website for further details.
Manchester is a truly multicultural university, There are approximately 40000 international students in Manchester University from 160 countries. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to obtain those luxuries from home and make friends in similar situations. The university can cater for dietary needs, and there are plenty of clubs and societies for the students.
The University’s Student Services Centre (SSC) provides a range of services including information relating to immigration, pre-departure, examinations, sources of funding and registration.
The University also provides orientation programmes as well as a free collection service from Manchester Airport.
The University Language Centre provides a range of in-sessional English language support services for students whose first language is not English, including courses in academic writing, academic speaking, pronunciation and grammar; workshop sessions in academic writing and other key areas; a tutorial service for students wishing to discuss and improve particular aspects of their academic writing; and online learning resources designed to support students in their academic work.