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Manchester Metropolitan University

United Kingdom


One of the largest universities in the UK, Manchester Metropolitan University is a historic and internationally-recognised institution. With history dating back to 1824, it now houses a diverse campus with over 34,000 students from more than 130 different countries.

Manchester Metropolitan is known for its quality of teaching, receiving a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, and its outstanding research, 85 per cent of which is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014-2021).

Its School of Architecture is amongst the best in the world, ranked 8th by the QS World University Rankings 2020, and its Business School is triple accredited, placing it among the very best business schools in the world.

The university has a GBP 400 million investment planned to develop facilities, buildings and public spaces. The institution also offers a range of scholarships for international students of up to GBP 3,000, plus prestigious Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor scholarships for specific courses.

Manchester Metropolitan students are also able to benefit from plenty of employment support, such as careers advice for international students, CV checks, interview preparation and lifelong access to a digital careers service. The university also has industry links with global companies allowing students on specific courses to attend year-long placements with prestigious employers. 93 per cent of Manchester Metropolitan students go into employment or further study within six months of graduation thanks to this support (16/17 DHLE).

Manchester Metropolitan offers students a memorable experience, being voted both the UK's best city to live in, (Global Liveability Survey 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit), and one of the world's top fifteen most exciting cities (Time Out City Life Index 2019).

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What's new

What's new

New School of Digital Arts launching in 2021

Opening in 2021 at Manchester Metropolitan University, the School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a GBP 35 million investment that will help to develop the next generation of creative talent and support the growing demand for skilled workers in the region's creative, digital and tech sectors.

It will house more than 1,000 students annually with subjects that span film, animation, UX design, immersive technologies, photography, games design, AI and more, often working on live projects with industry partners. The state-of-the-art new building will feature a digital innovation lab, green screens, editing suites, screening space, a media gallery, sound and music studios and production studios.

Manchester Metropolitan ranked in the top 60 UK universities

Manchester Metropolitan has been ranked 54th in the Complete University Guide 2021 table. The result places Manchester Metropolitan 4th among the North West region's universities.

Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport

Opening in January 2022, the Institute of Sport will bring world-leading researchers from across the university together. The new facilities will complement existing specialist sports and coaching provision at Platt Lane Sports Complex in Fallowfield, South Manchester. It will provide space for teaching, research, offices and learning spaces. It will also offer specialist hi-tech research labs including an imaging suite with an MRI scanner, a suite for bone density analysis, an altitude and heat chamber to simulate climate conditions, and a muscle function lab.

New Science and Engineering building

The new Science and Engineering building will provide new and improved study areas and catering facilities, as well as enhanced teaching spaces for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The development site forms part of our existing campus and is due for completion in 2024.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Manchester Metropolitan provides students with high-quality teaching in a friendly and supportive environment. Its excellent teaching quality has been recognised with a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award.

The TEF Panel judged that Manchester Metropolitan delivers high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Manchester Metropolitan's academic staff have strong links with industry partners across all subject areas, contributing their knowledge and experience to the design of courses and also giving specialist lectures and seminars to students.

The University has links with professional bodies and associations, including AACSB and ACCA, to ensure the content of its courses is up-to-date and relevant to industry.

The Research Excellence Framework measures the quality of research in UK universities. In the 2014 assessment, valid until 2021, the University saw a rise in 12 places in the quality rankings as a result (REF 2017-2021).

Manchester Met academics develop research that directly influences degree programmes whilst helping solve major issues at local, national and international levels. Students are taught by experts in their subjects who, alongside teaching, could also be delivering business solutions or advising on major policy changes for governments.

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Study options

Study options

Manchester Metropolitan offers a wide-range of foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses. All programmes are enriched by Manchester Metropolitan's extensive research activities and many have been developed in close partnership with businesses and industry professionals.

Manchester Metropolitan has five diverse faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care

Other study options

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a range of courses to students at various levels.

Foundation courses are available to prepare students for university study, and to provide the level of knowledge needed to secure a place at Manchester Metropolitan University. There are several routes available to students who don't have the entry requirements for direct entry on to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

There is more than one Foundation Year route and the opportunity to take preparation courses that lead on to the second year of undergraduate and to postgraduate programmes.

Pre-sessional English courses and free English language support is available for international students still needing to meet the English language requirements of their chosen degree course. The five, ten and 20, 30 and 40-week intensive English programmes focus on improving language skills and preparing students for study in the UK, available at various start dates throughout the year.

The University has academic partnerships around the world. These include collaborative teaching partnerships where Manchester Metropolitan University degrees are delivered with local partners and student exchange agreements with over 150 partners all over the world and research collaborations.

Study abroad and exchange opportunities are available in Europe, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and the U.S.

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How to apply

How to apply

Undergraduate application (foundation year and undergraduate study)

UCAS is the online application system that students must use to apply for undergraduate study. Manchester Metropolitan University's institution code is ‘M40'. Students should ensure that this code is entered clearly on their application form, together with the code for the course they wish to apply for. Students should follow the below steps:

  • Complete the application form
  • Receive and accept their offer
  • Apply for accommodation
  • Pay a deposit amount that will be confirmed with the offer letter from the University and will be deducted from the student's total tuition fees
  • Complete the CAS Request Form
  • Apply for a visa

Postgraduate application

Students can apply online for most postgraduate taught courses. If the course students are applying for does not have an online application option, they will need to complete the Postgraduate Application Form and submit it by email. Standard supporting documents include:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and graduation certificates
  • Two references, one of which must be an academic reference
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence of English language proficiency

Some courses will have additional application requirements. There is no deadline for applications to postgraduate programmes, however, students are advised to apply as early as possible to allow for the processing of an application and visa.

Via an education adviser or partner

The University's in-country advisers and partners have a lot of experience guiding students through their application to Manchester Metropolitan. Students should be sure to check country-specific information and requirements for full guidance.

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The University is undergoing a GBP 400 million major investment programme to develop its facilities, buildings and public spaces, and is ranked as one of the UK's greenest universities (People and Planet University League 2019).

Manchester Metropolitan University is located amongst world-renowned music, arts, shopping and sports venues and the second largest Chinatown in the UK. Manchester is considered the UK's best city to live in (Global Liveability Survey 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit) and one of the world's top 15 most exciting cities (Time Out Index 2019). Some of Manchester Metropolitan's facilities include:

  • The University library, open 24 hours a day during term time, has study zones with over one million books, journals and e-resources.
  • A full-sized mock courtroom, providing students with essential practical skills for a career in law.
  • A Fashion Studio that is used for the production of garments from design through to development and manufacturing. The studio is equipped with CAD software, specialised sewing and joining machines and laser cutting equipment.
  • A multimedia studio that has high definition vision mixing, HD cameras, full audio, video recording facilities and a computer usability lab which captures and analyses human behaviour. There is also an animation suite, dedicated green screen room, lighting rigs and motion capture equipment.
  • Social areas including the Students' Union Cafe and Shop, Brooks Building Cafe, Strength and Conditioning Gym, Business School Atrium, Brooks Building Atrium, and many more.

Manchester Metropolitan offers guaranteed accommodation for international students for their first year of study. The accommodation application is required before August deadline, and terms and conditions apply. All rooms are based in the city centre, close to where students study and near to local facilities.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

There are over 300,000 graduates that form the Manchester Metropolitan global alumni community in more than 170 countries.

Manchester Metropolitan's professionally-relevant qualifications have a firm focus on industry experience and future employability, in subject areas directly related to what employers really need. The University programmes have been developed in close partnership with business, industry and the professions, as well as many courses including work placements. For example, the University has excellent industry links with numerous global companies and organisations.

It also provides students with regular employability events including advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. Students will benefit from lifelong access to a digital careers service.

Its Employability Hub offers students career development resources and details of a range of job opportunities. The space is also used for job search workshops.

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International students

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