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Study at the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a Russell Group University. With almost 40,000 students, it boasts the largest student community in the UK. With all its higher education institutions combined, the city of Manchester has the largest student population in Europe, which makes for a lively and welcoming atmosphere for its student body, that comes from all over the world. Teaching at the university is divided into four faculties, each housing individual schools. These are the faculties of Life Sciences, Humanities, Medical and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The university’s library holds more than four million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 e-books. It is also one of just five National Research Libraries. The John Ryland’s Library, located in town, is a grade-I listed neo-Gothic building that houses 250,00 printed volumes and more than a million in its archives.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 2004
  • Students: 40,250 (2018/2019)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 41%
  • Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
  • Campus: Two (North campus or Sackville Street Campus, South campus or Oxford Road Campus )
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 8th in the UK (51-60 in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The University of Manchester covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at the University of Manchester.

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience
  • Actuarial Science and MathematicsBSc
  • Adult Nursing
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering with an Integrated Foundation
  • Archaeology and History
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Children’s Nursing
  • Chinese and English Language
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Dentistry (first-year entry)
  • Developmental Biology
  • Drama and English Literature
  • Economics and Finance
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Film Studies and Archaeology
  • Finance
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Global Health (intercalated)
  • History
  • Information Technology Management for Business
  • International Business, Finance and Economics
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management (Accounting & Finance) with Industrial/Professional Experience
  • Master of Planning with Real Estate
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Modern History and Politics
  • Modern History with Economics
  • Music and Drama
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Oral Health ScienceBSc
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics
  • Zoology

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, the University of Manchester is ranking 56th in the world.

  • Overall: 70.9
  • Teaching: 57.1
  • Research: 66.5
  • Citations: 85.6
  • Industry Income: 49.2
  • International Outlook: 91.7


University Campuses

The university’s main site contains most of its facilities and is often referred to as the campus, however Manchester is not a campus university as the concept is commonly understood. It is centrally located in the city and its buildings are integrated into the fabric of Manchester, with non-university buildings and major roads between.

The campus occupies an area shaped roughly like a boot: the foot of which is aligned roughly south-west to north-east and is joined to the broader southern part of the boot by an area of overlap between former UMIST and former VUM buildings it comprises two parts. The university campus, situated on Oxford Road, is the largest estate in UK higher education, spanning 270 hectares with 245 buildings, 24 of which are listed. It is within walking distance from the city centre and closes to Curry Mile, a road famous for its curry houses and Middle Eastern supermarkets.

  • North campus or Sackville Street Campus Sackville Street, Manchester city centre, England
  • South campus or Oxford Road Campus Wilmslow Road, Manchester, England