The University of Manchester

Motto: Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas - "Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity"

Manchester, United Kingdom

No. Students: 39,732 (8,344 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,714
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to The University of Manchester

With 20 academic schools and more than 50 specialist research centres The University of Manchester offers an extensive choice of subjects and postgraduate qualifications. Pioneering multidisciplinary teaching and research is being undertaken in across subjects in Engineering and Physical Sciences, Medical, Human and Life Sciences and Humanities.

For the majority of students at The University of Manchester, studying for a postgraduate qualification is done on a full-time basis, however some courses are offered on a part-time or distance-learning basis (if available these will be will be stated in the course information on our website).
Outside the classroom or laboratory we understand that in todays competitive job market you need more than academic success. You need to build your skill set and demonstrate your employment potential and at Manchester we pride ourselves in offering you many exciting opportunities to enhance your postgraduate CV.

Whether you want a career in academia, business, industry, public services, or want to keep as many options open as possible, postgraduate study at The University of Manchester offers you:

  • Access to thousands of potential employers; the University is one of the most targeted UK Universities by Graduate recruiters.
  • Personal support from specialist postgraduate careers professionals
  • Practical skills development courses and workshops.


The University of Manchester researches in a wider range of academic areas than any other UK university, and our commitment to research excellence is reflected in the outstanding results received in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Manchester is ranked third behind only Oxford and Cambridge in terms of research power' with 65% of research activity - amounting to 1,193 full-time equivalent staff - judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). This puts us among only a handful of universities with an internationally significant research profile over a wide range of subject areas.

The results highlighted particularly exceptional results across a wide range of disciplines, including Cancer Studies, Dentistry, Biology, Music, Engineering, Sociology, Development Studies, Nursing and Drama.

Further information about Manchester's performance in the 2008 RAE can be found on our website.

Each year, the University attracts more than £250 million of research funding from external sources and we invest a further £96 million of our own funds into research. We are amongst the top three universities for grant funding from the main UK engineering, science and bioscience research councils.

As a postgraduate student at The University of Manchester, you will make a major contribution to our research excellence, adding to the flourishing research culture of our schools, research groups and institutes. You will also benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars. Whether you are studying for a taught postgraduate award or a research degree, you will be directly involved with cutting-edge research at the highest level.


The University is committed to providing first-class facilities for its students and its researchers. As a postgraduate student you will have access to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK and one of the largest and most advanced academic IT services in Europe.

The University is currently investing more than £650 million in the largest and most ambitious capital building programme ever seen in British higher education, including eight new buildings and dozens of major refurbishment projects. As part of this investment we are committed to creating contemporary technology-rich teaching, learning and research spaces that put our students at the heart of the learning experience.
Opening on campus in September 2012, The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a flexible, ultra-modern and stimulating space dedicated to our students in which you will be free to relax and learn. Uniquely designed to support the learning needs of the 21st-century student, it will include cutting-edge IT facilities, a host of student-centred activities and various learning support services, all available on a 24/7 basis for your convenience.

Student life

As a student at The University of Manchester, you will become part of a community of students drawn from every corner of the world and every walk of life. It is home to a cosmopolitan group of 39,000 students from around 180 countries. The University goes to great lengths to ensure that a warm welcome is extended to all its students.

The University of Manchester Students' Union (UMSU) is the largest Students' Union in Europe, able to offer a wealth of services to the University's students. The Students Union building is the social hub on campus, with spaces to relax, eat, drink and engage in many activities and events.

The University of Manchester is at the heart of one of Europe's most exciting cities and the campus is just a short walk from the city centre and all its attractions. Manchester is a lovely vibrant metropolis with events, amenities and cultural attractions to appeal to every lifestyle. Indeed, the campus itself boasts a museum, an art gallery and a theatre.

Master's Programmes at The University of Manchester

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

School of Environment and Development

Faculty of Life Sciences

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