United Arab Emirates


With 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 confirmed in numerous rankings, including the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 which places the University as 27th in the world. 

Our world-class campus has benefited from a £1 billion investment in teaching and research facilities. These include the new £400 million engineering campus (due to open in 2022) and the completed £105 million Henry Royce Institute, which is the UK’s National Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation.

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

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

Our provision spans the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, sciences and social sciences, which are popular with students from the UAE as these reflect the strategic priorities set out in the UAE’s national vision.

With select students supported by well-known government bodies and other organisations such as ADNOC, the Abu Dhabi Police Attaché’s Office and the President’s Scholarship Office, we’re delighted to be a premier institution of choice for those students and their sponsors.   

Our long tradition of giving international students a warm welcome and helping them to make Manchester their ‘home from home’, complements the diverse, dynamic and cosmopolitan community we enjoy today as the University is home to students from approximately 180 countries.

On these pages, you'll find key information for students from the UAE, including an overview of entry requirements, exhibitions and visits.  


The single-site campus is at the heart of the city of Manchester. Manchester is one of the UK’s, and world’s, most popular student cities  a buzzing modern metropolis and a vibrant, cosmopolitan, friendly place to live and learn.

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


We are the most targeted university in the UK by the nation's top graduate employers (High Fliers, 2022) and among the leading institutions for global graduate employability (QS and Times Higher Education’s respective rankings).

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 (REF), 2021

The impact of that research makes a real difference, some examples include:

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 one of the world's leading universities for impact towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, 2022).

League tableWorldEuropeUK
Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings  9  2  2
Academic Ranking of World Universities (2022) 38 - 6
QS (2023) 28 9 6
Reuters Top 100: Europe's most innovative universities (2019) - 8 4
Times Higher Education (2023)  54 -  8
Times Higher Education ‘most international university’ rankings (2022)  27  -  -