With its academic roots stretching back to 1824 and claims to 25 Nobel prizes, The University of Manchester is one of the world’s leading institutions.

This is substantiated in a number of rankings, including the QS World University Rankings 2021 – placing the University as 27th in the world and 6th in the UK for the third year in a row.

Our world-class campus has benefited from a £1 billion investment in teaching and research facilities. This includes the new £420 million engineering campus and the £105 million Henry Royce Institute – the UK’s National Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation.

It also comprises the completed £85 million refurbishment of the ‘triple-crowned’ (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) Alliance Manchester Business School.

Looking ahead, we expect our new £150 million Paterson Redevelopment Project to be completed in 2022, which will help us in our drive to be a top-five preclinical, translation and clinical cancer centre in the world. 

These facilities, together with our acclaimed teaching (once again top ten in Europe, Times Higher Education: Teaching Rankings), give our students opportunities to enjoy an engaging and enriching experience across our portfolio of courses.

Our offering spans the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, sciences and social sciences.

Explore the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 for our individual subjects.


The single-site campus is at the heart of the city of Manchester.

Manchester is one of the UK’s and the world’s most popular student cities as a vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly place to live and learn.

In September 2021, Timeout ranked Manchester as the third best city in the world.

The city has one of the most diverse populations in the UK with more than 200 languages spoken, restaurants and shops to cater to a wide range of taste and dietary requirements, as well as faith facilities to support those who follow the world’s major religions.

It is a budget-friendly location for international students as rent prices are more reasonable. Many amenities are within walking distance of the campus with most of the shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants just a short stroll away.


Consistently rated as one of the most targeted universities in the UK by the nation's top graduate employers we are, once again, ranked first in the UK (The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers Research) and among the leading institutions for global graduate employability (QS and Times Higher Education’s respective rankings).

The University was also named the Times and Sunday Times top University for employability in 2020. 

World-leading research

We are recognised as a global powerhouse of research, with 93% of the University’s research activity assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

The impact of our research makes a real difference. Some recent examples include: 

Did you know?

Dr Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, was a former lecturer at the University of Manchester?

World rankings

International rankings compare universities from across the globe for their research performance and academic reputation. We’re proud to be among the world’s top 50 universities and world number one in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for the social and environmental impact of our research to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

League table




Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings




Academic Ranking of World Universities (2021)




QS (2021)




Reuters Top 100: Europe's most innovative universities (2019)




Times Higher Education (2022)




Times Higher Education ‘most international university’ rankings (2021)