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 to study at The University of Manchester

Our work makes an impact on real lives. Studying at Manchester gives you the chance to make a difference, both during your studies and in your future career. We work closely with organisations ranging from government bodies to global businesses, from local health services to registered charities. From these links spring unique opportunities: we're able to deliver courses informed by the latest expertise and research programmes that have greater, more immediate effect.

  • We make things happen. We turn enthusiasm into achievement and ground-breaking theory into cutting-edge practice. Thats why were at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the worlds most pressing problems. Weve been accomplishing feats of global significance for more than 180 years, from inventing the modern computer to splitting the atom, from founding present-day economics to giving the world graphene the two-dimensional wonder material that is one atom thick yet 200 times stronger than steel.
  • We know where we're going. Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, we enjoy an international reputation for our pioneering research and innovation. We're on the way to achieving our target of becoming one of the worlds top 25 universities, and our plans are backed by the biggest investment programme ever seen in UK higher education - we've already invested more than £750 million in buildings and facilities since 2004, and now we're putting £1 billion into further teaching and student facilities.
  • We've got the people to do it. We have more Nobel laureates on our staff than any other UK university. Youll be taught by experts who are recognised internationally as being at the forefront of their subject and who incorporate the very latest thinking and discoveries directly into your course.
  • We give you excellent prospects. Whether you're a committed researcher wanting to further the human quest for knowledge, a career-focused professional seeking a specialist qualification, or an enquiring mind with a burning enthusiasm for higher learning and understanding, a postgraduate degree at The University of Manchester will help you to realise your ambitions. Our problem-based approach to learning will inspire you to think critically and creatively, cultivating your independence and making you more attractive to recruiters. Our graduates are consistently among the most targeted in the UK by leading employers.
  • We offer much more than a degree. At Manchester you'll find the broadest range of options outside of your studies for developing your interests and broadening your experience, including outstanding sports facilities, skills development programmes and mentoring opportunities. You could make a difference by volunteering through our Students' Union and dedicated community engagement team.

Join our postgraduate community and start making your impact on the world.


Manchester was the world’s first modern industrial city. The history of the University is entwined with the history of our city and region.

The University of Manchester, in its present form, was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). We are now largest single-site university in the UK, respected across the globe as a centre of educational excellence. According to the 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 41st best university in the world, the eighth best in Europe and the fifth best in the UK.

Our campus occupies a large area close to the city centre. It is dominated by grand Victorian and more modern buildings, but also has quiet corners, landscaped gardens, cafes and common rooms where you can relax and spend time with friends. We have places of worship for the majority of faiths.

We have around 40,000 students from 154 countries, creating a mini metropolis where a multicultural community comes together to study and relax.


Our friendly campus offers everything you need to get the most from both your studies and your leisure time.

We give you online learning tools to complement our high-quality, face-to-face teaching through innovative and interactive exercises, simulations and problem-based activities. You'll be able to use technology-rich learning spaces across the campus, including access to the widest range of digital resources of any UK university.

What's more, many of our taught courses are built with the needs of industry and business in mind, ensuring you acquire the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to flourish within your chosen career. And many courses allow you to broaden your horizons by taking course units from disciplines outside of your degree.

Alongside studying for your degree, well help you to make a difference to society. Our Manchester Leadership Programme and the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning will enable you to think beyond academia and towards your impact as world citizens.

And you can help the local community by getting involved with Student Action, a volunteering organisation led by students for students.

We've completed the biggest investment in buildings and facilities ever seen at a British university, to create the best learning environment for you. Our iconic Victorian buildings are now joined by contemporary lecture theatres, laboratories, studios, computer labs and a host of student support services. But things dont stand still at Manchester; were investing a further £1 billion in our campus by 2022.

When you're not studying, theres still plenty to do. If sport's your thing, our clubs, fitness programmes and classes offer you the perfect chance to compete in your favourite sport or try something new.

We offer you:

  • fantastic facilities, with discounted rates for students, including three fitness suites, two 50-metre swimming pools, and loads of indoor courts and outdoor pitches;
  • more than 40 Athletic Union sports clubs to join;
  • the widest range of activities for beginners;
  • scholarships for performance athletes up to the value of £3,500;
  • a whole city of sport, including Sportcity, home to the National Cycling Centre, a regional tennis centre, a national squash centre and a regional athletics centre.

But there's plenty on offer besides sport. With more than 300 societies offering everything from knitting to scuba diving, you're sure to find the right society for you. If there isn't, you'll get help to create your own. Manchesters student media outlets are some of the best in the country and include the long-standing Mancunion newspaper, Fuse FM radio station and Fuse TV channel. There are numerous volunteering opportunities through the Student Action programme, including mentoring young people and working with homeless people and the elderly.

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.

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