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The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester
cal LiveWebTutors cal 18 May, 2022

The "University of Manchester" is a public research university in Manchester, England.

The University of Manchester is regarded as a red-brick university, of the "Civic University Movement" of the late 19th century. The present University of Manchester was established in 2004 following the amalgamation of the University Of Manchester Institute Of Science and Technology (U.M.I.S.T.) and the Victoria University of Manchester. This followed about a century of the two institutions working in association with one another.

The University of Manchester finds the origins of the formation of the Mechanics' Institute (later U.M.I.S.T.) in 1824, and its normalcy is linked to Manchester's pride in being the world's 1st industrial city. Together with Manchester businessmen and industrialists, the English chemist John Dalton started the Mechanic's Institute to ensure that workers could comprehend the basic principles of science substantially.

The current University of Manchester officially commenced on 1st October 2004 when Queen Elizabeth II granted its royal charter. The University's leading site comprises most of its facilities and is often addressed as the campus; however, Manchester is not a campus university as the concept generally survives.

It constitutes two parts:

  • North campus or Sackville Street Campus, centered on Sackville Street
  • South campus or Oxford Road Campus, centered on Oxford Road.

Fallowfield Campus is the main residential campus in Fallowfield, a couple of kilometers south of the leading site.

Faculties, Schools & Online Courses:

The University of Manchester comprises of3 Faculties, each of which consists of a number of Schools with prominent reputations for teaching and research success.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health

  • Audiology
  • Biosciences
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing, midwifery, and social work
  • Optometry and ophthalmology
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Speech and language therapy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The School of Engineering

  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering

School of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Materials
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities comprises 4 academic Schools:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School
  • School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures
  • School of Environment, Education & Development
  • School of Social Sciences

Online/Distance Learning:


  • Flexible study – a virtual learning environment signifies that one can work where and when suitable for them.
  • The best of both worlds – blended courses extend some face-to-face learning, so one can relate to the Manchester experience in person.
  • Develop your career – all courses result in an acclaimed qualification (master's degrees, postgraduate certificates/diplomas, or professional certifications).
  • Convenient – tailor-made learning around one's lifestyle and commitments, like employment or looking after the family.
  • Cost-effective – one need not attend lectures on campus, so one will save money on accommodation and transport, continuing to work while one studies.
  • Global network – one will join a worldwide commune of learners and associate with professionals from across the world.

Various Online courses are as under:

  • Clinical Bioinformatics-PGCert
  • Clinical Pharmacy-MSc
  • Clinical Research-M.Clin. Res
  • Deaf Education-MSc/PGDip
  • Dental Public Health-MRes
  • Digital Technologies, Communication, and Education-MA
  • Educational Leadership in Practice-MA
  • Electrical Power Systems Engineering (Distance Learning)-MSc
  • Entrepreneurship-PGCert
  • Financial Crime and Compliance in Digital Societies (blended learning)-MSc
  • Financial Management-MSc
  • Global Executive- MBA
  • Global Health-MSc
  • Health and Social Care -MRes/PGDip/PGCert
  • Healthcare Ethics (Distance Learning)-PGCert
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)-LLM
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)-MA
  • Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)-PGDip
  • Healthcare Law (Distance Learning)-PGCert
  • Health Data Science-PGCert
  • Human Resource Management and Development (International Development) by Distance Learning-MSc
  • International Fashion Marketing (Blended Learning)-MSc
  • Leadership for Development-Master's
  • Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning)-MSc
  • Manchester Global- MBA
  • Manchester Global MBA (Finance)
  • Medical and Health Education-PGCert
  • Model-based Drug Development-MSc
  • Nuclear Science and Technology-MSc
  • Occupational Hygiene-MSc
  • Occupational Medicine-MSc
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT)-MSc
  • Primary Care (Web-based Learning)-MRes
  • Public Health (Web-based Learning)-MPH
  • Public Health (Web-based Learning)-MRes
  • Real Estate Distance Learning-MSc
  • Reliability Engineering and Asset Management-MSc
  • Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine-MSc
  • Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine-PGCert
  • The Kelley-Manchester Global MBA
  • Analytical Chemistry and Measurement Science-MSc
  • Transformative Oncology-MSc

Grades & Grading System:

The University of Manchester Customary Marking System for Undergraduate Evaluation: -

Degree Performance

Table 1:

  • 70 to 100 - First Class
  • 60 to 69 - Second Class (Upper Second) or 2:1
  • 50 to 59 - Second Class (Lower Division) or 2:2
  • 40 to 49 - Third Class
  • 0 to 39 - Fail

Type A: Numerically contingent-on work, work with smaller questions (all points on a 1 to 100 scale). Where evaluation is based on numerical work, or where there is a large number of questions in an exam with small numbers of marks for each question, the university can use all of the points from 1 to 100. This is typical of assessments and examinations in science, some language work, some economics enumerations, and also in parts of the Business School.

Type B: Other assessment (16-point marking scale)

Where an appraisal is a single piece of work or a small number of long examination answers, work is usually enumerated on the following scale.

Unit Marking Scheme with grade descriptors (Type B Assessment)

Table 2:

A* A-1 A-2 A-3 Excellent First High First Mid First First Class Outstanding work of supreme quality, exhibiting excellent knowledge and understanding, analysis, organization, accuracy, relevance, presentation, and appropriate skills. At the final year level: work may be bagged, or be close to a publishable standard.
B-1 B-2 B-3 High Upper Second Mid Upper Second Low Upper Second Distinguished quality work, reflecting good knowledge and understanding, analysis, organization, accuracy, relevance, presentation, and appropriate skills.
C-1 C-2 C-3 High Upper Second Mid Upper Second Lower Upper Second High-quality work, indicating good knowledge and understanding, analysis, organization, accuracy, relevance, presentation, and appropriate skills.
D-1 D-2 D-3 High Third Mid Third Low Third Work of limited quality, indicating some relevant knowledge and comprehension
F-1 F-2 Compensatable Fail (can re-sit) Fail (can undertake reassessment following UG regulations, not compensatable) Poor execution, well below the standard required for this stage of an honors degree. There may be reflections of some basic understanding of relevant concepts and techniques. Very poor execution, well below the standard required for this stage of an honors degree.
F-3 Zero (no reassessment, not compensatable) Unacceptable Execution, work of no merit. Penalty in some misconduct cases.

(Note: Only F1 Can Be Compensated)

(Note: Table Surmisesthemarking in Grades. This Will Have to Be Taken Into Consideration with Campus Solutions and Marking Practice Generally)

Conversion table for calculating unit results, GPA, and allocating grades to Type Assessments

Table 3

“FIRST” Excellent First High First Mid First First Class A* A-1 A-2 A-3 96.0 89.0 81.0 74.0 93 to 100 85 to 92 78 to 84 70 to 77
UPPER SECOND (2:1) High Upper Second Mid Upper Second Low Upper Second B-1 B-2 B-3 68.0 65.0 62.0 67 to 69 64 to 66 60 to 63
LOWER SECOND (2:2) Higher Lower Second Mid Lower Second Low Lower Second C-1 C-2 C-3 58.0 55.0 52.0 57 to 59 54 to 56 50 to 53
THIRD High Third Mid Third Low Third D-1 D-2 D-3 48.0 45.0 42.0 47 to 49 44 to 46 40 to 43
FAIL Compensatable Fail (can re-sit) Fail (can undertake reassessment in accordance with UG regulations, not compensatable) F-1 F-2 38.0 25 35 to 39 1 to 34
FAIL Zero (no reassessment, not compensatable) F-3 0 0

 Note: One can see that the marks for all work, whether marked using every point on the 0 to 100 scale (numerically based work or similar) or on the 16.0 points scale (essays, dissertations, etc.), fall into the same categories.

Fees & Other Expenses:

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
B.E. / B.Tech.(22 Courses) (4 to 5 years) £27.56 K - 30.40 K
B.Sc. (27 Courses) (4 to 5 years) £22 K - 28.98 K
BBA (28 Courses) (4 years) £20.93 K - 22 K
M.A. (6 Courses) (1 year) £25.10 K
M.Arch. (4 Courses) (1 year to 2 years) £24 K - 25.10 K
MBA/PGDM (1 Course) (12 months) £35.90 K
M.B.B.S. (1 Course) (6 years) £32.10 K
M.S. (53 Courses) (1 year-21 month) £21.90 K - 35.90 K
MIM (18 Courses) (12 months-1 years) £23 K - 31.38 K

Living Expenses:

Living expenses can vary considerably from student to student, however, below is an average weekly break-up of a typical student’s expenditure in Manchester for both catered and self-catered accommodation.

Estimated living costs for Undergraduate students

Costs Undergraduate year (41 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered) * £5,785**
Meals (excluding meals out) £1,641
Clothes £410
Transport (includes local transport and traveling home/visiting friends) £465

Other (eg books, equipment, mobile phone bill, socializing, laundry, photocopying, and printing) £2,055

*For catered accommodation (breakfast and an evening meal on weekdays) add approximately £751 to the annual total – the ‘meals’ total will be less if the student opts for catered accommodation.

** The University of Manchester’s self-catered accommodation can range in price from £4,461 to £6,896 a year. 

Estimated living costs for Postgraduate students

Cost 52 weeks
Accommodation (self-catered) £7,610
Meals (excluding meals out) £2,085
Clothes £530
Local transport (excludes traveling home/visiting friends) £536
Other (eg. mobile phone bill, socializing, laundry, photocopying, and printing) £2,610

These costs are presented as a guide only & all figures are approximate.

It’s important to keep the concept clear that all figures are for a single student. Some courses may demand to pay additionally for specific items, materials, or activities not included in the tuition fees, such as field courses. In such cases, the University works to keep these additional costs as low as possible.

Ranking Rankings :

The ranks at a glance clearly signify that the University is doing better every after year as far as "Global University Rankings" are concerned.

The Complete University Guide, which is region-specific to the UK, has positioned the University at #17 for the year 2021 from #25 in 2018. In the same manner, The Guardian, which is also UK idiosyncratic, has ranked the University at #25 in 2021 from the earlier #31 in 2017. The Complete University guide considers Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, and Research Intensity as part of their ranking specifications. The Guardian takes into account Entry Standards, Student-Staff Ratio, Value-Added Services, and Career Prospects as primary ranking parameters. Global ranking agencies QS and THE have ranked the University at #27 and #51, respectively.

While QS puts a prime focus on Academic Reputation (40.0%) followed by Faculty/Student Ratio and Citations per Faculty at 20.0% each, Times Higher Education (THE) dedicates evenly proportioned significance to Teaching, Research, and Citations at 30% each. The US News and World Report, which is idiosyncratic to the US, has positioned the University at #64 for the second year in a row, 2020-2021.

Shanghai ARWU Ranking does not put emphasis on the institution's reputation among academics or employers, favoring instead to rank universities by taking into account the level of academic research they produce and the number of Nobel Prizes achieved by their staff has ranked the University at #36 for the year 2020.

Ranked By 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings  #35 #38 #34 #33 #36 NA
QS - World University Ranking  NA #29 #34 #29 #27 27
THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking  NA #55 #54 #57 #55 #51
The Complete University Guide - University Ranking (UK)  NA #25 #22 #18 #15 #17
The Guardian - University Rankings  NA #31 #28 #34 #40 #25
US News & World Report - Global Universities  NA NA #58 #64 #64 #64

The University of Manchester Subject-wise ranking:

Program/Subject QS Ranking 2021 US News Ranking 2021
Nursing 8 -
Development Studies 9 -
Pharmacy & Pharmacology 10 47
Chemistry 23 30
Mechanical Engineering 27 -
Material Sciences 28 69
Business and Management Studies 30 47
Physics and Astronomy 37 70
Social Sciences and Management 37 52
Arts and Humanities 39 33
Medicine & Life Sciences 41 58
Psychology 42 61
Natural Sciences 49 -
Biology 51 to 100 60


The range of university halls and categories of rooms they offer is extensive: from modern self-catering flats to traditional college-style catered halls of residence. Every student is assured of one's privacy as all rooms are single occupancy.

They aim to ensure that all the catered residents have options available to meet the most common dietary requirements based on their cultural, medical, philosophical, or religious needs.

City-Campus City Campus

  • Denmark Road
  • George Kenyon Hall
  • Horniman House
  • Weston Hall
  • Whitworth Park

Fallowfield-areaFallowfield area

  • Ashburne Hall
  • Oak House
  • Richmond Park
  • Sheavyn House
  • Unsworth Park
  • Uttley House
  • Woolton Hall

Victoria-Park-Campus Victoria Park Campus

  • Brook Hall
  • Burkhardt House
  • Canterbury Court
  • Dalton-Ellis Hall
  • Hulme Hall
  • Rusholme Place
  • St Anselm Hall
  • Wilms low Park

Admissions & Selections:

The University of Manchester International Admissions

Students from different academic groundings apply for admission at the University of Manchester, in various U.G. and P.G. programs. The application procedure and guidelines are steadfast for international and domestic students. However, international students need to present a few additional admission documents.

Application Portal: University Portal | U.C.A.S.

Application Fee: £20 to £60

Basic Admission Requirement:  All documents furnished during the application procedure need to be original drafts and in English or translated into English. Students should also get their documents evaluated by trusted credential verifiers.

For U.G. aspirants, the following documents are mandatory:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Language proficiency scores
  • Letters of recommendation (LORs)
  • Supplement essays
  • Additional appendages such as interview forms or portfolios, as per course requisites.
  • Financial documentation.
  • Fee waiver form (if any)

For PG students:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Language proficiency scores
  • G.R.E./G.M.A.T. score report
  • Resume/CV
  • Essays or S.O.P., as per course requisite.
  • 2 to 3 LORs
  • Additional appendages such as video essays or portfolios, as per course requirement
  • Financial documentation.
  • Fee waiver form (if any)

English Language Requirements

Program Minimum Overall I.E.L.T.S. score Minimum I.E.L.T.S. component score
B.Sc. Actuarial Sciences 6.00  5.50
B.Sc. Biochemistry 6.50 6.50
M.Sc. Financial Economics 7.00 Writing: 7.00;
Others: 6.50
M.Eng. Electronic Engineering 6.50 6.00
M.Sc. Nanomaterials 6.50 Listening & Writing: 6.0;
Reading & Speaking: 5.50

Any one of the following English proficiency test scores is accepted:

  • I.E.L.T.S.
  • T.O.E.F.L.
  • P.T.E. Academic
  • C.A.E./C.P.E.

Note: Some courses may have varied academic and language requisites or may also require an interview. Refer to the respective school/course website for more details.

Selection Criteria

Applications are evaluated against academic and non-academic selection criteria related to the course of study for which an application has been made. It is advisable for the applicants to refer to all the course-specific entry requirements which are published on the university website.

All applicants for a course are evaluated against the uniform entry criteria. Where places are limited, the University offers places to those eligible applicants who dominantly meet their selection criteria and whom the admissions panel of expert judges have the most potential to benefit from their chosen course and to contribute to the academic School or Division and the University.

Methods of assessing applications may be different for courses but may include: prior and envisioned academic achievement, references, personal or supporting statements, interviews, aptitude tests, and research proposals.

The applicants' University of Manchester arrives from diverse educational, professional, and personal backgrounds. They recognize that at times a course's standard operating procedure for evaluating applications may not deliver the admissions staff a precise understanding of an applicant's expediency. In such cases, they may ask applicants to furnish alternative evidence to support their applications or adjust the standard admissions requirements. The admissions staff from the school will directly contact the applicants directly; additional information is required.

Placements & Employability:

Recruiters target Manchester because the graduates are highly employable. It is among the best universities globally for the employability of its students – #42 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2022).

In the UK, the University of Manchester is the 2nd most focused University by the nation's top graduate employers.

As a student, and for 2 years after graduation, one will have full access to the university's proactive and comprehensive Careers Service.

Other career services include:

  • guidance on CVs and interview techniques;
  • advise on career options
  • skills-development workshops and courses;
  • work placement and internship opportunities;
  • career grooming by industry professionals;
  • job vacancies via email;

The University of Manchester ranked #33 in the world. It’s positioned#20 for the Employer Reputation category, its prominent score, and is a member of the esteemed Russell Group. According to 2016 data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 94.0% of Manchester’s graduates go straight into employment or further study.

Top Recruiting Companies are:

  • AIRBUS GERMANY          
  • Gucci
  • Hewitt
  • JLL         
  • Nestle  
  • Ernst & Young   
  • HSBC    
  • IBM       
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Nissan   
  • Microsoft 
  • Honda Two Wheelers
  • Tata Steel
  • Jaguar
  • Shell
  • KPMG
  • Apple
  • Citi
  • Standard Chartered
  • Google
  • Tesco
  • Boeing
  • Siemens
  • Cisco Systems
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Marks and Spencer
  • SONY
  • Procter Gamble
  • American Express
  • Johnson& Johnson
  • Shell
  • Bank of America
  • Samsung
  • Vodafone
  • Shoppers Stop
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland)

Scholarships :

Undergraduate Scholarships at the University of Manchester

Scholarship Name  Faculty Benefits Eligibility
“Manchester Law- Scholars Award” Faculty of Humanities Up to 25.00% of tuition fees International students starting the U.G. program in the Department of Law
“India Excellence – Scholarships” Faculty of Science and Engineering £5000 or GBP £10,000 per year Indian student; Above 80.0% in class 12th
“BP Stem – Scholarships” Faculty of Science and Engineering £3000 per year New U.G. students enrolled in Chemical Eng. Chemistry, Electronic Eng. Computer Science, Physics, Environmental Eng. Material Sciences or other related fields
“School of Biological Sciences Excellence -Scholarship” Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health £2000 per year International students with admission are offered to any UG program in biological sciences or related areas.
“International Excellence Undergraduate -Scholarships” Faculty of Science and Engineering £2000 per year Starting any UG program at awarding Manchester faculty

Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Manchester

Scholarship Name  Benefits Eligibility
“Alliance Manchester Business School master’s scholarship” £7,500 Indian student with above 65.0% in UG; beginning PG coursework program at business school
“School of Social Sciences Scholarship” £5,000 Indian student with 60.0% or higher in UG; Starting coursework program in social science or related field
“School of Medical Scholarships” £5,000 Beginning coursework program in clinical immunology, clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, or cancer biology and radiotherapy physics
“Faculty of Science and Engineering scholarships” £5,000 Indian applicants with at least 60.0% in relevant UG programs; Starting any PG coursework program at the offering faculty

Nearby Cities & Airports:

  • Salford, United Kingdom
  • Droylsden, United Kingdom
  • Middleton, United Kingdom
  • Prestwich, United Kingdom
  • Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
  • Whitefield, United Kingdom
  • Eccles, United Kingdom
  • Stretford, United Kingdom
  • Oldham, United Kingdom
  • Denton, United Kingdom
  • Heywood, United Kingdom
  • Radcliffe, United Kingdom
  • Royton, United Kingdom
  • Stalybridge, United Kingdom


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  • 45 miles - Leeds Bradford International Airport
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