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The University of Manchester

2015 League Table Ranking 28
2015 Overall Score 773
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Entry Standards 439 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.9 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 1,242 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 3.99 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 486 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 71.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.3 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 73.8 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 formed from the merger of Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST, in 2004, to create the largest single-site university in the UK.
  • Parts of the University can be traced back to 1824 with the formation of the Manchester Mechanics' Institute.
  • Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at The University of Manchester, including Ernst Rutherford (1908), Arthur Lewis (1979), and Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov (2010)
  • Many of the University’s achievements and discoveries have shaped the history of the modern world.

Location and Transport

  • Packed with excellent facilities, our friendly campus offers everything you need for learning and living, all within walking distance of the city centre.
  • The University of Manchester is an integral part of the city and is in close proximity to a diverse range of of shops, music venues, theatres, cinemas, restaurants and sports facilities.
  • 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.

Entry Standards

  • The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students achieving excellence in a wide range of UK and international qualifications.
  • The university does not use the UCAS tariff system, but makes offers based on A-level grades or equivalent qualifications.
  • Full details of the entry requirements for each of the university's courses are available on our website.

Student Mix

The 37,925 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Many study opportunities for students, including study abroad and industrial placements.
  • The University College of Interdisciplinary Learning offers many students the opportunity to broaden their educational horizons by offering them the opportunity to study course units outside of their main degree programme.
  • Full details of the flexibility of each of the University of Manchester's courses are available through our online Course Profiles.

Teaching Standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has awarded 32 of the university's subjects with an 'excellent' rating.
  • The University of Manchester has more Nobel laureates on their staff than any other UK University.
  • 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), an impressive 65% of the University’s research was rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.
  • Students are taught by staff who are recognised internationally to be at the forefront of their subject and many of our academic staff are professional researchers, as well as tutors and lecturers.
  • The University’s Research Strategy is to achieve research of the highest quality, to support and develop excellent people, and to have an impact beyond academia which yields economic, social and cultural benefits.

Academic Strengths

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

Student Facilities

  • 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, which opened in 2012, is a 24/7 environment for study, combining ultra-modern décor with flexible study spaces and the very latest in learning technologies. 

Disability Services

  • The university provides extra support for students that have additional needs arising from a medical condition, a physical or sensory disability, a specific learning difficulty or a mental health problem. For more information email dso@manchester.ac.uk 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 more than 40 different sports clubs including everything from football, basketball and swimming to equestrian, rowing and climbing.
  • The university consistently ranks in the top ten amongst other universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport League (BUCS).
  • Students are encouraged to get involved in the local community through the Sports Volunteer Scheme.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is investing £1 billion over the next ten years to create a world-class campus.
  • The first phase of the plan is due to be completed by 2018 and includes a new Manchester Engineering campus, new centres for the School of Law and Manchester Business School and a new Medical School.
  • Visit our 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

  • www.manchester.ac.uk
  • admissions@manchester.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 161 275 2077
  • The University of Manchester,
    Oxford Road,
    M13 9PL
UCAS Code M20

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