With academic roots stretching back to 1824, The University of Manchester is one of the most respected universities worldwide. 

We have a long history of welcoming students from Malaysia and there are approximately 630 students from Malaysia studying here.

The University’s reputation as a world-class teaching and research university is confirmed through our current world ranking of 27 in the influential QS ranking. The University is consistently one of the most targeted universities by the UK’s leading employers.

On these pages, you will find key information for Malaysian students, including entry requirements, exhibitions and visits.


The single-site campus is at the heart of the city of Manchester. Manchester is UK’s most popular student city – a buzzing and modern metropolis and an incredibly vibrant, cosmopolitan, friendly place to live and study. Manchester has one of the most diverse populations in the UK with more than 200 languages spoken.

It is budget-friendly for international students as rent tends to be more reasonable than in many other locations. The many amenities are within walking distance of the campus with most of the shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants a short walk away.


The University was named the Times and Sunday Times top University for employability in 2020. We're also the most targeted university by the UK's top graduate employers (The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research). 

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.

World rankings

Using different methodologies, international rankings typically compare universities from across the globe for their research performance and academic reputation.

League tableWorldEuropeUK
QS (2024) 32 8 6
Academic Ranking of World Universities (2023) 41 10 6
Times Higher Education (2024) 51 17 8
Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings (2023)  2 1 1
Times Higher Education ‘Most International University’ rankings (2023)  23 18 10
QS World University Sustainability Rankings 3 1 1