The University of Manchester’s current rankings place us among the world’s best universities.

World rankings

League tableWorldEuropeUK
Academic Ranking of World Universities (2020) 36 8 5
QS (2021) 27 8 6
Reuters Top 100: Europe's most innovative universities (2019) - 8 4
Times Higher Education (2021)  =51  16  8
Times Higher Education ‘most international university’ rankings (2021)  23  -  -

National rankings

League tableRanking
Complete University Guide (2021) =17
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020) 18
Guardian (2021) 25

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In the 2014 REF an impressive 83% of our research activity was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming Manchester as one of the UK's top research institutions.


For the second year running the University is listed in the top ten European universities for teaching excellence in the 2019 Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings. This ranking makes us one of the best in the country as well as the continent for student engagement and post-study outcomes.


The University was ranked fifth best UK institution for employability in the 2019 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking.

Social responsibility

Our societal impact has been ranked the best in the world by Times Higher Education based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals framework. The prestigious ranking comes in the 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. We competed against more than 500 universities from around the world.

An international university

We're the 23rd most international university in the world, according to Times Higher Education (2021).

An award-winning city

Manchester has been voted the top UK city to live in based on the 2019 The Economist's Global Liveability Index. The city has also been voted one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides (2014) readers.

Awards and accreditations