The University of Manchester

2014 League Table Ranking 25
2014 Overall Score 768
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Entry Standards 453 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.82 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,199 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.98 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 468 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 72.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 72.0 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 30.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University of Manchester was created in 2004 through a merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.
  • UMIST can trace its roots back to 1824 and the formation of the Manchester Mechanics' Institute, whilst the Victoria University of Manchester was founded as Owens College in 1851.

Location and transport

  • A compact city campus, within walking distance of the city centre on Oxford Road.
  • Both the city and the university are served by excellent bus, tram and train networks, with Manchester International Airport 14.5 km (9 miles) away.

Entry standards

  • The universtity does not use the UCAS tariff system, but makes offers based on A-level grades or equivalent.
  • Full details of the entry requirements for each of the university's courses are available through the Course Profiles.

Course flexibility

  • Many study opportunities for students, including study abroad and industrial placements.
  • Full details of the flexibility of each of the University of Manchester's courses are available through the Course Profiles.

Teaching standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has awarded 32 of the university's subject with an 'excellent' rating.
  • There is a multi-million pound centre for excellence for Enquiry Based learning on campus, pioneered by the School of Medicine.

Research standards

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Manchester was rated third in the UK only to Oxford and Cambridge in terms of 'research power'.

Academic strengths

  • One of the world's top centres for biomedical research, leading the search for new treatments for life-threatening diseases.
  • By 2015, the university aims to hold a world-class leading research profile and be among the top 25 universities in the world.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The John Rylands University Library has over 4 million books and printed materials and is one of the largest single site university libraries in the UK.
  • In 2009, £1.8 million was invested in a refurbishment of the ground floor reception area.
  • There are over 3,000 computers on campus, in libraries, public clusters and academic schools.
  • The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons boasts more than 1000 flexible study spaces and an inspiring range of equipment and furnishings for individual and group study.
  • The world-class Learning Commons opened in October 2012 and has 400 PCs, laptop charging lockers, 30 bookable group study rooms, Skype area and media suites for presentation and group work.

Disability services

  • For information on disability services at Manchester, email or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • There are over 100 clubs and societies run for students by students, ranging from subject related societies, sporting and those that are just for fun.
  • Student Direct newspaper and Fuse fm radio station are also run for students by students from within UMSU.


  • The Athletic Union has 46 different sports clubs, varying from the traditional (football) to the unconventional (speleology).
  • The university is currently ranked 8th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
  • Students are encouraged to get involved in the local community through the Sports Volunteer Scheme.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The university is investing over £650 million in the campus.
  • Visit the website for further details of the programme.

Availability of part-time work

  • There are a wide range of opportunities for part-time work in Manchester.
  • The careers service runs a part-time jobs fair every October to help students find flexible employment in Manchester.
  • For more information on part-time work and careers please visit University of Manchester's careers service website.

Notable alumni

The University has the UK’s largest alumni community for a campus-based University and is in contact with more than 240,000 of its former students spread across 200 countries. Many of our graduates hold positions of seniority in business, academia, politics, industry and the media.

  • Tom Bloxham – Chairman, Urban Splash
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Composer and Conductor
  • Louis de Bernières Author
  • Andrew P. Cosslett Chief Executive, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Dr Mark Kermode Film Critic
  • Ben Elton Writer and Comedian
  • Anna Ford Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Sir Norman FosterArchitect and Designer
  • Teo Chee HeanDeputy Prime Minster and Minister for Defence (Singapore)
  • Sir Terry LeahyChief Executive, Tesco
  • Ian P Livingston –  Chief Executive, British Telecommunications
  • Benedict Cumberbatch –  Actor
  • Rik MayallActor and Comedian
  • HE George Maxwell Richards President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nemone Metaxas BBC Radio DJ
  • Meera Syal Writer and Actor
  • Dr Alan J. WoodChairman, Siemens
  • Ian King –  Business and City Editor of The Times
  • Sophie Raworth –  Broadcaster/Journalist
  • Lord Terrence Burns –  Chairman, Santander
  • Winnie Cheung –  Chief Executive, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Sir Philip Craven –  President, International Paralympic Society
  • Chuka Ummuna –  Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation
  • John von Spreckelsen –  Chairman, Thorntons plc
  • Frank MartinChief Executive, Hornby Hobbies
  • Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong –  Television comedy writers (Peep Show, Freshmeat)

For further information

  • +44 (0) 161 275 2077
  • The University of Manchester,
    Oxford Road,
    M13 9PL
UCAS Code M20

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