The University of Manchester is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and one of the biggest in the UK. The city of Manchester has the largest student population in Europe, which means its diverse student body enjoys a lively, welcoming atmosphere and endless amenities.

Key Facts


  • #18 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #15 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #40 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #55 in the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 28,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 12,500

Year founded

  • 1824

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 83% of Manchester’s research activity was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming the University as one of the UK's top research institutions. 
  • Manchester counts 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students.
  • The university is currently undertaking its biggest campus development programme, having spent £750m already on improvements, with £1bn more to come by 2022. Current projects include the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), which will be one of the single largest construction projects undertaken by a UK university. 
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Manchester in the Top 100 for Life Sciences, Arts/Humanities, Clinical/Pre-clinical and Health, Engineering/Technology, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Business/Economics globally.

Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Manchester is ranked in the Top 10 for the following subjects: Music (#1), American studies (#2), Nursing (#3), East and South Asian Studies (#4), Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (#5), Linguistics (#5), Materials Technology (#6), Dentistry (#7), History of Art, Architecture and Design (#8), Pharmacology and Pharmacy (#8), Anthropology (#10) and Physics & Astronomy (#10).

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