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The University of Manchester offers over 1,000 degree programmes across the humanities, business, science, and engineering subject areas. These programmes include foundation courses, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, PhDs and MBAs. 

Ranked seventh in the world according to the QS World University Rankings® 2018, the University of Manchester is a prestigious red brick university and is also a member of the Russell Group: a select network of leading research-intensive universities in the UK. The University is investing £1 billion over 10 years into its campus and facilities, helping to sustain its incredible history of innovation, with 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former students and staff. The University helped with the development of the world's first modern computer in 1948, and was where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom in 1917. 

Today, The University of Manchester is at the forefront of cutting edge research in science and engineering, particularly into new treatments for life-threatening diseases. In 2015/2016 alone, the University of Manchester attracted over £342 million in external research funding.

Recruiters target University of Manchester graduates because they’re highly employable. Ranked 35th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017, it boasts a 94% employability rate.

Making up 25% of the student population, The University of Manchester has the highest percentage of international students in the UK; as many as 180 nationalities are represented on campus. The university offers a number of postgraduate scholarships to international students - find out about any opportunity you may be eligible for here.

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The University of Manchester is home to one of only fiveNational Research libraries in the UK, holding over four million printed booksand manuscripts, as well as more than 41,000 electronic journals and 500,00electronic books, making it one of the best resourced libraries in the UK.

The Library also runs My Learning Essentials, an awardwinning skills programme that helps students with academic and personaldevelopment through online resources and workshops.

The cultural assets at the University of Manchesterprovide inspiration and creativity across the arts and sciences. These centresinclude the Whitworth Art Gallery, The John Rylands Library, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, (home to the Lovell telescope) and the Manchester Museum.

Manchester is part of the N8 Shared Equipment InventorySystem, an equipment portal shared by 8 universities in England. It is asearchable online database that can be used to request research equipment andfacilities across the N8 University partnership.

The sports and well-being facilities are extensive, includingthe Armitage Sports Centre in Fallowfield with outdoor pitches, indoor hallsand fitness suite, the Manchester Aquatics Centre and Sugden Sports Centre inthe city, and the Wellbeing Rooms on campus. 

Beyond academics, The University of Manchester offers plentyof extracurricular activities and opportunities for development. The Students' Union is the largest in the UK, with more than 480 different clubs andsocieties. There is also a specific International Society, where you can makefriends from all over the world, go on trips around the UK and learn aboutdifferent cultures.

The University provides a great support network for students,with counselling services, free sports and well-being activities, and workshopsfor academic and personal skills such as time management, essay writing orreferencing. Social responsibility is very important at the University ofManchester, and there are many volunteering opportunities across the city, aswell as the Ethical Grand Challenge, where students work together to tackleproblems facing the world today.

The city of Manchester is perfect for students; it is notonly ranked as one of the best cities to live in the UK, but it is also veryaffordable in comparison. The centre of Manchester is vibrant and lively, witha diverse food and drink scene, thriving nightlife and inspiring culturalcentres. There is also a wide range of shops; from your favourite high streetbrands surrounding Piccadilly Gardens, to independent vintage stores andmarkets in the Northern Quarter.

There is plenty of choice for accommodation in Manchester;the university offers plenty of different halls in either the city, VictoriaPark or Fallowfield. These three areas vary in distance from the university,and each has their own distinctive atmosphere. It makes it easy to choose thebest place to suit you. Manchester also offers both catered and self-cateredaccommodation, private or shared bathrooms, and there is always the choice ofrenting privately – which the university can help with, using their websiteManchester Student Homes, which keeps a list of accredited and trustworthylandlords. 

Finally, the city has great travel links. The 147 OxfordRoad Link bus is free for students and will take you to each end of theuniversity campus. Alternatively, you can invest in a semester or yearlong buspass which will let you travel on unlimited buses throughout the whole city. Thereare three major train stations in the city centre, which will take you anywherein the UK, including London in just two hours. Manchester is also home to thebiggest airport in the UK outside of London, with low cost flights to anywhere inEurope as well as connections all around the rest of the world. 

Manchester’s entry requirements rely on strong grades and test scores, as the University provides high quality education to students ofoutstanding achievements. However, The University of Manchester also considersother information to identify students with potential from all educationalbackgrounds.

To apply to the University of Manchester as an undergrad student you must go through UCAS – the UK’s organisation designated to process applications to Britishuniversities. All admissions decisions at the University of Manchester are madewithin academic schools and are assessed through prior and predicted grades,evidence of knowledge and commitment in a personal statement, and academic references. Some courses may also interview, give aptitude tests or considerportfolios. Exceptional circumstances or personal barriers are also taken intoaccount; contextual data helps admissions officers to gain a full andwell-rounded view of each student before making a decision. 

The University of Manchester is the mosttargeted university by the UK’s top graduate employers, (High Fliers Research, 2018) and 93% ofgraduate students are in work or study just six months after graduating. (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017) 

The University of Manchester’s Careers Service is anexcellent resource for students at any undergraduate or graduate level, to helpthem decide and get to where they want to go in the future. The serviceincludes consultations and advice, a bank of listed internships, graduateschemes and part time jobs, and skills based learning such as practicepsychometric testing or CV development.

You can follow our careers service at @ManUniCareers on Twitterand @yourcareersservice on Facebook for more information. 

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

School of Environment, Education and Development

School of Social Sciences

University Highlights

Total students - 37,577


International students - 14,519


Total faculty staff - 4,891


Total students - 37,577


International students - 14,519


Total faculty staff - 4,891


Undergraduate Program

10,000 - 12,000
20,000 - 22,000

Postgraduate Program

4,000 - 6,000
18,000 - 20,000
The fees above are an indicative annual course fee in US dollars. Please note that course fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.
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