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The University of Manchester

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    433
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    13.4
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.16
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,513
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.05
  • Facilities Spend 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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    591
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    78.4
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    93.0
  • Good Honours 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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    76.2

History

  • 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' Institution.
  • 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 Kostya Novoselov (2010).
  • Many of the university’s achievements and discoveries have shaped the history of the modern world – from the splitting of the atom to the first stored-program computer.

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 close 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 Requirements

  • 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.
  • Applications will be assessed against academic and non-academic selection criteria specific to the course of study for which an application has been made. Applicants are advised to check information on course-specific entry requirements that are published on our website.

For many courses, these will exceed the general minimum institutional requirements, which are:

  • Applicants for all courses must normally demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, equivalent to at least grade C GCSE in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Applicants for taught postgraduate courses must normally possess or expect a relevant undergraduate degree at a minimum level of 2.2 (Lower Second class) Honours, or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience.
  • Applicants for research degrees must normally possess or expect a relevant undergraduate degree at a minimum level of 2.1 (Upper second class) Honours, or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience.

Student Mix

The 38,590 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Domicile

  • UK 68%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 26%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Course Flexibility

  • We provide a range of study opportunities for our students, including study abroad and industrial placements.
  • The University College of Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL) 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 expressed confidence in the soundness of the university’s management of both the academic standards of its awards and the quality of the learning opportunities available to its students.
  • The University of Manchester has three Nobel Laureates on its staff.
  • Many programmes run by the University of Manchester (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are accredited by professional and regulatory or statutory bodies. You can find out which programmes this applies to by reading our course profiles on our website.

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), an impressive 83% 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

  • The University of Manchester’s vision is to be one of the leading universities in the world by 2020.
  • The university had one of the broadest submissions to REF of any university in the UK, with research evaluated in 35 discipline areas.
  • Our research beacons are advanced materials, cancer, addressing global inequalities, energy and industrial biotechnology. The researchers in these fields are at the forefront of the search for innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries, with more than 4.2 million printed books and manuscripts, 40,000 electronic journals and 430,000 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 sciences, is supplemented by several specialist libraries offering subject specific and tailored services.
  • There are more than 3,000 computers on campus – in libraries, public clusters, academic schools and halls of residence. IT support is available 24/7 via a helpline.
  • The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers a 24/7 environment for study, combining ultra-modern décor with flexible study spaces and the very latest in learning technologies.
  • Many opportunities exist within and outside of studies for developing new and existing interests, and boosting career prospects. These include supported community volunteering, skills development programmes, prestigious university awards, mentoring and much more.

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 disability such as dyslexia, or a mental health difficulty.
  • For more information email dass@manchester.ac.uk or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • The University of Manchester is home to the UK’s biggest students’ union, offering an independent advice service, shops, a cafe and a bar offering student-friendly prices.
  • There are more than 450 clubs and societies run for students by students, ranging from subject related societies, sporting and those that are just for fun.
  • The Students Union also has some of the UK’s best student media, including an award-winning newspaper (Student Direct), a radio station (Fuse FM) and a TV channel.

Availability of Part-Time Work

There is a wide range of opportunities for part-time work in Manchester. Our Careers Service offers students:

  • Help securing part-time jobs and volunteering work to develop professional skills.
  • An online vacancies and events database used by thousands of employers.

Careers Guidance

  • At Manchester we encourage our students to incorporate career development activities into their student life and degree from day one.
  • The university is the most targeted institution by the UK’s top graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2016).

The university's Careers Service offers:

  • Practical skills-development courses and workshops to boost capabilities and commercial awareness.
  • Support securing internships and placements.
  • Professional career guidance consultants providing tailored advice via face-to-face appointments, phone and email.
  • One-to-one career mentoring with experienced professionals from all sectors.
  • Regular career fairs, presentations and workshops where students can meet, learn from and network with potential employers.
  • News, information and events via our comprehensive careers website and social media channels.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is investing £1b over ten years to create a world-class campus.
  • The first phase of the plan is due to be completed by 2019 and includes a new engineering campus, new facilities for Alliance Manchester Business School and a student village.
  • Recently completed projects include the National Graphene Institute, the Manchester Cancer Research Centre building and the award-winning Whitworth gallery.

Notable Alumni

The university has one of the UK’s largest alumni community for a campus-based university and is in contact with more than 300,000 of its former students spread across more than 190 countries. Many of our graduates hold positions of seniority in business, academia, politics, industry and the media.

  • Dame Sally Davies – Chief Medical Officer for England
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – composer and conductor
  • Louis de Bernières – author
  • Andrew P Cosslett – England Rugby Chairman (Former Chief Executive, Fitness First and InterContinental Hotels Group)
  • Dr Mark Kermode – film critic
  • Ben Elton – writer and comedian
  • Anna Ford – former journalist, television presenter and newsreader
  • Sir Norman Foster – architect and designer
  • Teo Chee Hean – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service (Singapore)
  • Sir Terry Leahy – former Chief Executive, Tesco
  • Ian P Livingston – former Chief Executive, British Telecommunications
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – actor
  • Toby Jones – actor
  • HE George Maxwell Richards – former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2003–13)
  • Nemone Metaxas – BBC radio DJ
  • Meera Syal – writer and actor
  • Ian King – Business and City Editor of The Times
  • Sophie Raworth – broadcaster/journalist
  • Lord Terence Burns – Chairman, Channel Four Television Corporation
  • Winnie Cheung – former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Sir Philip Craven – President, International Paralympic Society
  • Chuka Umunna – Labour MP and former Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation
  • John von Spreckelsen – non-Executive Chairman, Opcapita
  • Frank Martin – former Chief Executive, Hornby Hobbies
  • Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – television comedy writers (Peep Show, Fresh Meat)

Further Details

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Oxford Road,
Manchester
M13 9PL
UCAS Code M20
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