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The University of Manchester is one of Britain's most famous and forward-thinking universities, with a rich heritage stretching 180 years and an exciting agenda for the future. Many major advances of the 20th century began here, including the birth of the computer, the splitting of the atom and the founding principles of modern economics. Today, research remains at the heart of the University and the quality, breadth and volume of research activity is unparalleled in the UK, with strong collaborative links with industry and public services.

The University of Manchester is Britain's largest single-site university. We have a long history of hosting visiting scholars and students from China. Manchester has a large Chinese community and, to many students, it is a 'home away from home'.

World-leading research

We are one of the highest ranked universities in the UK in terms of research power, with 83% of research activity judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

In the 2016 Shanghai Jiao Tong league table we were ranked 35th in the world, seventh in Europe and fifth in the UK.

Student profiles

Watch this film to hear from one of our Chinese students as she describes her experiences of Manchester’s city centre and its breadth of shopping options.


View more profiles of students from China on our international student profiles page.

Scholarship information

Students from China may apply for a Chevening Scholarship for taught masters courses or for China Scholarship Council for PhD programmes.

The University is also pleased to announce a Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study with the China Scholarship Council (PDF document, 337KB), with up to 30 scholarships being supported per academic year. Please note the deadline for your PhD application to The University of Manchester and to be considered for the Joint Scholarship Programme is 30 January 2017.

Furthermore, each year the University attracts more than £250 million of research funding from external sources and we invest a further £96 million of our own funds into research. We are among the top three universities for grant funding from the main UK engineering, science and bioscience research councils. We offer a range of funding opportunities for PhD applicants, including:


Confucius Institute

The University of Manchester is the proud home of the second Confucius Institute in the UK, a partnership between the University of Manchester, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Beijing Normal University. The Institute received its approval from Hanban in July 2005 and was formally launched in October 2006.

In addition to providing Mandarin language teaching and teacher training the Confucius Institute also delivers a rich programme of events to promote the understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary China.

Other miscellaneous information


To find out the kinds of jobs our careers our students from China pursue after graduating please see our alumni profiles.

The University offers a dedicated careers fair for our Chinese students looking for work in China at the end of their studies in Manchester. In addition there is also a dedicated China careers portal within our Careers Service website.

Our award-winning careers service provides information and advice for all international students on:

  • finding a graduate job;
  • getting a part-time job or relevant work experience;
  • preparing effective job applications;
  • specific careers for international students.

For international students, our careers service also provides online careers information and a programme of networking events and workshops. At Manchester we pride ourselves in offering you many exciting opportunities to enhance your postgraduate CV.