The University of Manchester is well known throughout the world for its professional expertise and its high level of research and teaching. At Manchester, the atom was split for the first time, and you can say that the atomic age started in Manchester. Manchester actually boasts 25 Nobel Prize winners among past and present students and staff. With around 40,000 students, the University of Manchester is also one of the largest universities in the UK.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is divided into four faculties, each of which contains several different subject areas. The four faculties are humanities, engineering and natural sciences, life sciences and medicine and health sciences. All the faculties are known for high academic quality, and they all work towards achieving the goals of the university.

At the University of Manchester, you will be trained to take responsibility for your own learning. You will be encouraged to take part in and take responsibility for the community in which you live, to think independently and critically, and to analyse problems. You will be better able to make ethically correct choices and to take social responsibility.

The degrees are career-oriented, often with elements of trade and business, which equips students with skills and knowledge that will be useful later in working life. Employers in the UK (and internationally) are aware that graduate students from the University of Manchester are among the very best, and there are great chances of getting a job after completing a study at the university. The university also has an excellent career centre and career guidance service, which for several years in a row has been named the best in the UK.

One-fifth of Manchester's students are international, from more than 180 different countries, leading to a dynamic, international and exciting campus atmosphere. Did you know that the University of Manchester offers the widest range of courses across the UK? They have more than 400 courses, and all subjects are highly ranked, both for the quality of teaching and research.

The university also offers a number of opportunities for students who want to get involved in different club and societies. The Students' Union is one of the UK's most active, with around 175 different societies, with everything from a Nordic society, ice hockey supporters, drama society, to a society for the promotion of fair world trade. There are also sports teams within 40 popular sports, such as handball, football, sailing and rock climbing.

Specialist areas

The University of Manchester is high on the lists of the best universities in the world, Europe and the United Kingdom. Manchester is world-renowned for their degrees in economics, and Manchester Business School is one of the UK's best and most renowned. "Original Thinking Applied" is the school's major slogan, and this is reflected in their balance between theory and practice, which makes the courses relevant to today's market. Another specialty is medicine and Manchester Medical School is recognised worldwide for its striking research results.

Manchester is also a great place to study engineering, offering engineering degrees at bachelor's and master's level in chemistry, electrical engineering, petroleum, biology, construction and physics.

Student Accommodation

The University of Manchester has a wide range of accommodation for students coming to Manchester for the first time. The residences are safe, affordable and practical. The university guarantees housing for all international students, as long as you apply within the deadline. The University of Manchester offers everything from self-catering apartments to rooms where all food is served. You can also choose rooms that are close to the campus itself or a little further away. Guests visiting the university can stay at the Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, the university's own AA-rated three-star hotel.

The city of Manchester

Manchester is an industrial city located in the northwest of England, and is the second largest city in the UK after London, with 2.5 million inhabitants in Greater Manchester. An advantage of living in Manchester is that the cost of living is much lower than in London.

Manchester is located on the River Mersey and is a cultural city with many students and a lively social scene. Manchester's top football team has been among the world's most popular for years, and in the last couple of decades, rock bands such as Oasis, The Smiths and Happy Mondays have also helped put the city on the map. The city also has the largest television production in the UK after London. The BBC has its northwestern headquarters in the city and plans to move, among other things, sports production there.

Manchester was one of the leading cities during the 19th century industrial revolution, and a leading city in production. The city's economy today is largely based on services, and the city has previously been ranked as the best, or second best, place to do business in the UK, and the eighth best in Europe. Manchester is also known as a friendly and welcoming city. The city is multicultural with a good selection of international food such as Thai and Indian. There are people from all sorts of religions, and there are religious clubs affiliated with the university that you can sign up for through the student association.

It abounds in cultural offerings, cinemas, exhibitions, clubs and bars and there is something for everyone. Manchester's galleries and museums are also known for being world class and most offer free admission or have great student discounts when arranging special exhibitions and other events. When it comes to sports, the city houses two of Britain's biggest football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. Both teams play in the Premier League, and form a basis for intense football matches and lively atmosphere in the city. Manchester United's famous Old Trafford is close to the city centre. Manchester also houses other world-class sports facilities, such as the City of Manchester Stadium, the National Squash Center, and the Manchester Velodrome. All of these venues were venues in use during the Commonwealth Games in 2002. In addition, there are many great facilities on the university campus that offer students discounts for e.g. Manchester Aquatics Center (built especially for the Commonwealth Games), which is a very nice swimming pool and a large fitness centre.

The city is centrally located in England, and can be easily reached by train, bus, car and plane. It takes about 2-2.5 hours by train to London, and approx. 1 hour to Liverpool. Manchester Airport is one of the largest and busiest in the world. In Dumplington, eight kilometers outside Manchester city centre, is the "Intu Trafford Center", which is the second largest shopping centre in the UK in terms of number of shops. The center is known for its architectural style, which is inspired by the Rococo and Baroque styles, and you will find Europe's largest "Food Court" here.

There are several amusement parks near Manchester. One hour northeast of Manchester you will find the coastal town of Blackpool, where you can, among other things, frolic in the amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Pepsi Max Big One is one of Europe's tallest roller coasters. There is also a pier in the city, and the Blackpool Tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, is one of the city's sights. Do you like to be able to get away from the big city now and then, it is a short way to parks and green areas from the center. For example, the beautiful Lake District or Saddleworth Circuit is less than an hour away by car from the city center.


The University of Manchester we know today was formed in 2004, following a merger between The Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. The university's roots thus date back to 1824. Inspired by German universities, the University of Manchester began to see early on the importance of teaching through research. In their eyes, this was the key ingredient of a university, as it increases knowledge and is a potential source of societal benefit.

The oldest building at the university was completed in 1973, but the university has modern facilities and innovative teaching methods. The John Rylands Library is the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom. There are more than 10,000 PCs on campus. In addition, the university boasts renowned professors and research.



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Student population: ca. 40 000 from more than 170 different countries
International students: ca. 15 000
Location: Manchester
City population: ca. 450 000 in the city ca. 2,5 millions in Greater Manchester
Closest airport: Manchester Airport
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