The University of Manchester

Why Study Here?

  • A learning experienced rooted in a rich educational heritage (associated with 25 Nobel Laureates) and boosted by cutting edge research and innovation (85% world-leading or internationally excellent, 2014 REF).
  • An ambitious agenda for the future with the aim of being one of the top universities in the world by 2020 (ranked 5th in the UK and 41st in the world in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities).

An ongoing £1 billion investment into ensuring world-class research, teaching and study facilities, including access to:

  • The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons – an ultra-modern study space, open 24/7.
  • The University of Manchester Library – one of only five National Research Libraries in the country and one the UK’s best resourced academic libraries.
  • World-class IT facilities including more than 3,000 PCs and widespread free WiFi around campus.

A truly international student experience with around 10,000 of our overall population of almost 39,000 being from outside of the EU

  • A strong focus on employability with extensive industrial links and access to more than 6,000 UK and global employers – and we're the most targeted university by major graduate recruiters (the Graduate Market, High Fliers Research).
  • The Best Careers Support for International Students (UKCISA/NUS 2015).
  • Student life in the heart of a vibrant, dynamic and multicultural city 'offering the best quality of life for young graduates' (Global Liveability Survey 2015).
  • Home to the UK’s biggest students’ union, with hundreds of student societies, an independent advice service, shops and a cafe and bar offering student-friendly prices.

Internationally renowned courses at undergraduate, master’s and PhD level in:

  •  Most fields of engineering, computer science, physics, maths and chemistry.
  •  Management and business, law, architecture and planning, international development and social sciences;
  •  Many areas of biology.
  •  Medicine, pharmacy, psychology and nursing.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • Evidence of English language proficiency is required for all courses at the university and requirements vary depending on the programme of study. Please take a look at the details within each course profile on the website for further information, or contact
  • Registered students of the university are able to attend support classes in academic English free of charge.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £15,500 £15,500
Mixed £20,000 £20,000
Laboratory £20,000 £20,000
Clinical £35,000 £35,000

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The University of Manchester offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to international students.
  • Some are university-wide and others are offered by the academic Schools.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Studying at Manchester may be an international student’s first experience of the UK. So, to help them prepare for their arrival, we send them a step-by-step guide offering detailed advice. University staff also deliver pre-departure briefings, either in applicants' countries or via a webinar presentation, providing further guidance and allowing students to ask specific questions or raise any concerns they may have.
  • At the beginning of the academic year, in September, we run a free coach shuttle service between Manchester Airport and all university accommodation sites.
  • To help international students settle in during their first few days in Manchester, the university offers a comprehensive Orientation programme to provide valuable information on the practicalities of living and studying in Manchester, as well as giving an opportunity to meet other students. This programme runs alongside the main Welcome events at the university to ensure that our international students receive plenty of support to integrate and make friends with the UK student population.
  • All international students have their own dedicated academic and personal advisers, They can access the full range of support offered by our Student Services Centre, including a team of designated advisers authorised by the UK government to provide assistance on student immigration matters.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students are guaranteed a place in university-owned accommodation for the duration of their studies, providing they are coming to university alone, and have submitted an application for accommodation by 31 August of the year of entry.
  • The university has a range of self-catered or catered, en suite or shared facilities, with mixed or single-sex halls available. Free Internet access is provided.
  • We allocate students (as far as possible) a place within one of the choices of halls indicated on an application. Where this isn't possible, alternatives will be suggested.
  • There are more than 8,000 accommodation places available, almost all of which are within two or three miles from the university campus. There are three locations for accommodation: City, with all facilities such as the libraries and Students’ Union on the doorstep; Victoria Park, situated between the city and Fallowfield, meaning halls here are ideally placed for both academic and social activities; and Fallowfield, which is two miles south of the city centre. With a vibrant and diverse local community, Fallowfield is a popular suburb.
  • Most halls are situated on the main bus route to the University and city centre, with frequent services to each.
  • Students do not have to move out (or move their belongings) during vacations – the undergraduate rooms that are let on a 40-week basis (from September through to June) are not used during the Christmas and Easter vacations.
  • Costs vary depending on whether halls are catered or self-catered, standard or en suite.
  • For further information, please visit the accommodation website at
  • If students prefer not to live in a university hall, there is a large supply of private accommodation for rent in and around the city of Manchester. Manchester Student Homes is an agency that can help students locate a property or a room in a shared house either before or upon arrival.

Organisations for International Students

  • There are many societies representing individual countries or regions, and religions, not to mention hundreds of other societies run via the University of Manchester Students’ Union and covering all areas of interest, including cultural, political, academic, arts, media, performance and sports.
  •  Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet both UK and international students with similar interests and share new experiences with them.

Additionally, the International Society, located on Oxford Road, is a busy centre for both international students and those interested in international networking based in the Manchester area.

  • The society arranges weekend trips around the UK, offers over 40 different classes each week and organises over 100 different social events throughout the year, helping our students to make the most of their time in the UK.
  • With over 3,000 members from over 150 different countries, it’s a great place to make friends.

Overseas Campus

  • We do not have a campus overseas, but instead have numerous partnerships with some of the best universities across the world.