The University of Manchester

United Kingdom

The University of Manchester is a large research university situated in the city of Manchester, England.

Manchester University - as it is commonly known - is a public university formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (est. 1824) and the Victoria University of Manchester (est. 1851). Manchester is a member of the worldwide Universities Research Association group, the Russell Group of British research universities and the N8 Group. The University of Manchester has been a "red brick university" since 1880 when Victoria University gained its royal charter.

The University of Manchester is a truly global institution, with a reputation for education and innovation that resonates across the world.

International businesses, charities, governments and universities turn to Manchester for our expertise. Whether it’s leading the European renaissance in industrial biotechnology or helping to train midwives in developing countries, we provide the spark for positive change.

Our research engages with the world’s biggest questions – that’s why we bring together the best people in these fields to help us to find the answers. We’ve a history of attracting world-leading minds to work with us, from Niels Bohr and Arthur Lewis to our latest Nobel laureates Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, whose pioneering work with the one-atom thick wonder material graphene has established Manchester not just as the centre of research into its application.

More international students study with us than at any other UK university, with 160 nationalities coming together on campus. We work closely with overseas agents and foundation course providers, and tour the world to meet prospective students face to face. Offering outstanding English language support and orientation programmes, as well as courses and careers advice designed with employability in mind, we’re a springboard for tomorrow’s leaders. And our teaching goes beyond our campus – our range of postgraduate distance-learning courses and MOOCs enable a global audience to benefit from a Manchester education.

Living in Manchester

We’re at the heart of Manchester, a world-class city that shares our pioneering, boundless spirit – indeed, Manchester is the current European City of Science, and hosted the EuroScience Open Forum in summer 2016.
Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage is mirrored by the achievements of some of the University’s most celebrated names: Rutherford, Turing and Burgess to name but a few. Today, we’re making the largest investment in facilities ever seen at a UK university, with £750 million spent so far and a further £1 billion to follow by 2022.

Working at the University of Manchester

Get a job at The University of Manchester and join a welcoming community of more than 11,000 employees that embraces everyone – from local talent (we are one of the North West’s top employers) to global experts looking to make things happen in their field of expertise.

We're wholeheartedly committed to staff well-being, career and personal development, and equality and diversity. We're pleased to report consistently high levels of staff satisfaction – in our latest staff survey, 94% of respondents said that the University is a good place to work, and 92% said they're proud to work here. We also have a responsive management structure that regularly reviews and improves the working conditions and benefits package enjoyed by our staff.


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According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 35th best university in the world, the seventh best in Europe and the fifth best in the UK.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) an impressive 83% of our research activity was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming Manchester as one of the UK's top research institutions.