- 5th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers.
- Notable alumni, Steve Coogan, actor; David Potts, CEO – Morrisons; and Lord Bradley, MP.
- Top 20 in the UK for teaching quality (CUG, 2016).
Manchester Metropolitan University (often referred to as ‘MMU’, ‘Man Met’ or ‘Manchester Met’) is a British public university located in North West England. It was established in 1970 as Manchester Polytechnic and gained university status in 1992. Its headquarters and central campus are in the city of Manchester, and there are additional facilities in Cheshire. The university has its roots in the Manchester Mechanics’ Institution (1824) and the Manchester School of Design (1838). It is the fifth largest university in the United Kingdom in terms of student numbers.
Teaching quality inspections place the university within the top 20 in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide. Teaching standards have also been described as ‘among the highest in the country’ by the Quality Assurance Agency. The university receives approximately 52,000 applications every year, making it the second most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants. The university is ranked fourth of the new universities in attracting research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The university is an accredited member of the Association of MBAs, a member of the University Alliance, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the North West Universities Association, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the European University Association.The university is home to the Manchester School of Art, the Manchester School of Theatre and, in conjunction with the University of Manchester, the Manchester School of Architecture.
Schools and Departments
The University is organised into eight faculties:
- Manchester School of Art
- Health, Psychology and Social Care
- Humanities, Languages and Social Science
- Science and Engineering
- Business and Law
- Cheshire Campus
- Faculty of Education
- Hollings Faculty
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The university was previously located on seven sites, five in Manchester (All Saints, Aytoun, Didsbury, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Hollings) and two in Cheshire (Alsager and Crewe), and has rationalised its estate, reducing the number of sites to two. The university has moved the work of the Alsager campus to Crewe. The Aytoun campus closed in 2012 when a new Business School opened on the All Saints Campus. Since 2011, the university has been engaged in a £350 million investment programme involving the largest physical change to its estate since its foundation. In 2014 the Elizabeth Gaskell, Hollings and Didsbury campuses were closed and the faculties moved to All Saints and the new Birley campus.
Room rents range from £94 per week to £143 per week in Manchester, and 85 per week to £95 per week in Cheshire. In total, 66% of rooms are en-suite. All are self-catered. The majority of halls are reserved for first-year students.
The campus is in the middle of the city and close to the Metro. There are easy links to London and Edinburgh, as well as a ferry port and an international airport.
Living in Manchester
Originally shaped by its success during the industrial revolution of the 19th century, Manchester’s strong, pioneering character endures today – only now its achievements also include shaking up the music scene, nurturing artistic creativity and hosting international sporting events. Never content to live on past glories, Manchester is a city that looks to the future with a passion for progress – and invites you to share in its vision and vitality.
Manchester boasts one of the liveliest music and nightlife scenes in the UK, with live music and club nights taking place across the city every day. Manchester produces and attracts some of the world’s biggest bands and DJs, as well as plenty of up-and-coming talent. Manchester’s thriving nightlife covers a dazzling variety of clubs, bars and other nighttime venues.
Manchester takes sport seriously, whether it’s competing in football’s Premier League or training for the next Olympics at the National Cycling Centre. While studying in Manchester you can take the opportunity to watch top-flight sport, or even get involved in some of the many sporting events on offer. Manchester has long been synonymous with football thanks to Manchester United and Manchester City – but there’s much more to discover here.
You’ll never be short of food and drink options in Manchester. The city is a multicultural medley of gastronomic delights, with cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget, from high-class dining to cheap eats. Try the biggest Chinatown in the UK outside London, or the famous ‘Curry Mile’, for starters. You’ll get a taste of everything during the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival – put the dates in your diary for when you arrive in town.
There’s so much to choose from, you’ll still be discovering great new places to eat when you graduate.