The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the largest single-site universities in the UK, with 40,000 students. As one of the UK's top research institutions, the quality of research feeds into its taught courses, with many designed to meet the needs of industry. An integral part of the city, nothing is out of reach – from shops, theatres, bars and restaurants to the airport and national rail links.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: M20

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 27%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The University of Manchester library is one of only five National Research Libraries. Eleven site libraries house over 4.2 million printed books and manuscripts; and the Alan Gilbert Learning Common is open 24/7.
  • The library's entire catalogue of books and journals can be searched via its website, providing access to over 40,000 e-journals and 430,000 e-books as well as printed books and journals.
  • A wide range of support and services are available to students, researchers, and academics. Please refer to the university library website for details.

Student jobs

  • There are many opportunities to find part-time work in Manchester, both in the city and on campus.
  • The university offers students help in securing part-time work and volunteering roles.
  • An online vacancies database exclusive to Manchester students advertises thousands of job opportunities all year round.

Careers advice

  • Students are encouraged to incorporate career development activities into their student life and degree from day one. The university is one of the most targeted institution by the UK's top graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2016).
  • The Careers Service offers professional tailored support, helping students find work experience and jobs, providing one-to-one guidance appointments, and support with CVs and job applications.
  • The service provides support with internships and placements; students can gain bursaries to help with work experience opportunities.
  • Careers fairs, skills workshops and mentoring helps students to meet, learn from, and network with potential employers.

Health services

  • All students are encouraged to register with a local GP; there are over 15 GP surgeries within easy walking distance of the campus and main areas of student residencies.

Counselling services

  • The university's specialist Counselling Service can help with personal issues, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, mental health, and general well-being.
  • They offer free, confidential individual appointments, as well as running workshops and providing a range of online self-help resources for students at the university. 

Disability support

  • If students have additional needs arising from a medical condition, physical or sensory disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia, or a mental health difficulty that affects their study, the Disability Advisory and Support Service can help access the support required at university. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • 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 more.

Students' Union

  • The University of Manchester is home to the UK’s biggest Students' Union, offering an independent advice service, shops, a café 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 (The Mancunion), a radio station (Fuse FM) and a TV channel.


  • 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); and 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • Social responsibility is a core goal for the University of Manchester: past students who have had an impact on the life of the world include Dame Christabel Pankhurst, suffragette.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Professor Brian Cox OBE – physicist and science communicator.
  • Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director of Oxfam International.
  • Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain – writers of television comedies Peep Show and Fresh Meat.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch CBE – actor.
  • Chuka Umunna MP – former Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • Gareth Williams and Bonamy Grimes MBE – Skyscanner co-founders.
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE – UK government's Chief Medical Officer for England.
  • Teo Chee Hean – Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • Parineeti Chopra – actor.
  • Frances O'Grady – first female General Secretary of the TUC.


The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL