University of Manchester



Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 7th ranked in the UK and 33rd in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group with Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Manchester counts 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students.
  • Ranked as the 8th, 14th and 50th most reputable university in the UK, Europe and the world respectively (World Reputation Ranking 2015).

With almost 40,000 students, the University of Manchester boasts the largest student community in the UK. With all its higher education institutions combined, the city of Manchester has the largest student population in Europe, which makes for a lively and welcoming atmosphere for its student body, that come from all over the world.

Teaching at the university is divided into four faculties, each housing individual schools. These are the faculties of Life Sciences, Humanities, Medical and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Physical Sciences. The university campus, situated on Oxford Road, is the largest estate in UK higher education, spanning 270 hectares with 245 buildings, 24 of which are listed. It is within walking distance from the city centre and close to Curry Mile, a road famous for its curry houses and Middle Eastern supermarkets.

The university’s library holds more than four million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 e-books. It is also one of just five National Research Libraries. The John Ryland’s Library, located in town, is a grade-I listed neo-Gothic building that houses 250,00 printed volumes and more than a million in its archives.

Other notable buildings owned by the university are the Whitworth art gallery, which has benefited from a recent £15 million renovation, the Manchester Museum, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. Manchester claims to having the largest alumni network of any campus-based university in the UK, comprising more than 300,000 people from over 190 countries. Among them are the actor Benedict Cumberbatch and the physicist Brian Cox.

Manchester and Canada
Manchester is home to a large and friendly community of Canadian students. Many students come to study at the prestigious Manchester Law School, Aerospace Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Business and Management are also popular courses. Manchester is popular for both UG and Grad studies.

Manchester agreements for student exchange with some of the country’s leading universities including McGill, University of Toronto, Queen’s University and UBC in Vancouver and the faculty are actively involved in research collaboration with colleagues across Canada.

Additionally, the over 1,300 Canadian alumni are active and meet regularly.

Colleges and Schools
The academic structure is based on 4 Faculties: Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Life Sciences. Each faculty is sub-divided into schools offering 1138 courses in total.

For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

The University of Manchester offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 40,000 students and 11,000 staff.

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At Manchester students can choose from a wide range of University and private accommodation options, which are all on, or a short walk from, the city-centre campus.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries, with more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books. The University’s Main Library, which holds the principal collections for teaching and research in the humanities, education, law, medicine, science and the social science, is supplemented by several specialist libraries offering subject specific and tailored services.

There are nearly 4,000 computers on campus, in libraries, public clusters, academic schools and halls of residence. If you have any problems, you can call the 24-hour IT Support helpline. The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a 24/7 environment for study, combining ultra-modern décor with flexible study spaces and the very latest in learning technologies.

With a major international airport on the doorstep and excellent road and rail links, Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the country. We offer a free shuttle service to University halls of residences from Manchester Airport for students who are arriving on their own and staying in University accommodation. This service is available from 15-20 September

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.