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Academic heritage

The University of Manchester’s academic heritage tells a story of world firsts and brilliant discoveries. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied here.

Manchester is the birthplace of nuclear physics, where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The world’s first stored-program computer was developed here, and Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence during his time at the University.

Our observatory at Jodrell Bank is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope – the biggest telescope of its type in the world when it was built. Fittingly, Jodrell Bank will be the central control hub for the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.

The economist William Arthur Lewis published his most influential works while at Manchester. And Christabel Pankhurst, a Manchester law graduate unable to enter the profession on account of her sex, became one of the suffragette movement’s most committed campaigners.

With a postgraduate degree from The University of Manchester you'll become part of this distinguished club, whose collective achievements have shaped the history of the modern world.

"Manchester is the place where people do things. It is good to talk about doing things, but better still to do them."

Edward Abbott Parry