Student services and opportunities
There’s a host of services and opportunities available to you at Manchester, all to help you get the most from your postgraudate experience.
Our Careers Service provides support from day one of your university experience to up to two years after graduation.
Our expert team of careers specialists includes experienced recruiters and business professionals who really understand postgraduate students, regardless of whether you are a recent graduate or a mid to late-career professional.
Exclusive postgraduate resources
We understand that your career needs are different from undergraduate students, so you will have access to your own postgraduate careers resources, including support for aspiring academics. We also put a real focus on supporting our many international postgraduates with an international careers team who collaborate with alumni and employers across the world to help you plan your next step.
Access to top employers
The University is the UK’s most targeted university by top graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2018, 2019, 2020, High Fliers Research) and we run an extensive programme of careers fairs, employer talks, workshops, alumni panels and more give you access to big name employers, as well as smaller, specialist employers who might be the perfect fit for your future.
Our careers fairs cover not only the UK, but markets across the world. Our rapid move to online support this year meant our students and graduates quickly got access to hundreds of online careers events from the UK and beyond, and continued to benefit from individual careers support and guidance from our expert careers team.
Find out more about careers for postgraduates.
The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether student, staff or supporter. We want to help you succeed –in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience. You'll be able to find out more about our services, who is eligible for support, and how to access support. In addition, visit The University of Manchester’s Independent Disability Support Assessment Centre, who help eligible students get support from Disabled Students’ Allowances.
What is disability support at university?
How to register with the Disability Advisory and Support Service
When should I get in touch?
However you get in touch, we would encourage you to do this early in the application process, as this gives you the best chance of getting all support that you need in place before you start your course.
What should I do when applying?
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, the easiest way is to tick the disability box when completing your UCAS form.
Postgraduate students can declare their disability on their University application.
If you’d rather not do this, you can contact us directly.
What do you mean by disability?
We know that not everyone uses our services thinks of themselves as disabled. We use the term ‘disability’ as it’s used in Equality Law.
Within this legislation, a disability is defined as any condition which has a significant, adverse and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Can you give me some examples?
We see students with a range of difficulties including but not limited to:
- autism spectrum disorders or Asperger's syndrome;
- dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties;
- mental health difficulties;
- mobility impairments;
- sensory impairments;
- unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS and chronic fatigue.
Want to speak to us?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us (0) 161 275 7512, leave a message and we’ll call you back.
Details of the financial support available for UK students starting their studies in 2021 are due to be released later in the year. For the latest information, please visit our dedicated student finance section for master’s students or research/doctoral students, where you’ll find information on:
• postgraduate loans and repayments;
• how and when to apply for funding;
• support for living costs and an estimate of the cost of living as a student in Manchester.
For international students, further information is available on our international finance pages.
As a prospective Manchester student, you'll already be aware that the University has made exceptional and long-lasting contributions to the world. We are England’s original civic university, founded in the world’s first industrial city. Our pioneering figures broke the mould of higher education, bringing the world ground-breaking innovations such as flash photography, nuclear energy and the computer.
Learn about the Unversity's inspirational past from one of our history guides
IT Services look after much of the technology that powers The University of Manchester, and the support services that come with it. We have all the services you’d expect, such as Wi-Fi, email, printing and online learning, plus other services that you may not expect, such as our lecture podcast service and 24/7 telephone support.
Re-play your lectures
Most lectures are automatically recorded and will be available for you to view in your own personalised area of our video portal. It’s a service which is extremely popular with our students, and is a great help with revision.
Fast and secure Wi-Fi is available all across campus and in University owned halls of residence with the eduroam network, and there’s no extra charge for it.
24/7 tech support
You’ll benefit from free IT help and support for University services and your own tech, through our 24/7 telephone helpline, walk-up support desks and our online support portal.
We also have a team of representatives in halls of residence who can visit you to help get you online, whether you’re studying, browsing, downloading or gaming.
You’ll be able to download Microsoft Office on your own computer or mobile devices for free. Other software is also available for free or at a discount.
We’ve got thousands of computers and hundreds of printers all over the campus for students to use.
You’ll be able to easily access your study materials, news, timetables and many other systems online through your computer, phone or tablet, wherever you are.
We offer a range of bespoke support for postgraduate research students. To find out more about these services, download our presentation on Research IT at the University of Manchester (PowerPoint, 15.8MB).
Whatever your first language is, our Academic Success Programme aims to help you succeed in your studies. Our workshops, which are freely available to all registered students, will cover the academic English skills you need to help you reach your full academic potential.
Playing sport at Manchester is a great way to stay fit, make lifelong friends and enjoy life outside of your academic studies. There are a number of different sport and physical activity programmes at Manchester for you to get involved in, for all levels of ability; whether you are a beginner or our next aspiring Olympian or Paralympian.
The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union (SU) is run by students, for students and is the largest in the UK. It's place where you'll find the space, resources and support to make the most of your time at Manchester. You’re automatically a member of the SU when you register as a student so make sure you get involved during your time here.
Everything the Students’ Union does is for all students – you can join student societies, attend our events, get stuck into a volunteering project or help make a change by being a student rep for your course.
Representing postgraduate students
Each year, the SU has a postgraduate officer, a postgraduate student who has been elected to represent the voice of all postgraduate students at high levels in the University, ensuring postgraduates have a great student experience from their research or education to the activities outside of their study. Nana is this year’s representative and you can get in touch with him by email: email@example.com.
This year, more than ever, student voice is important as things change so quickly and having feedback right from our students is important to make sure we’re doing the right thing with the decisions we’re making.
The Library is here to support your learning throughout your University experience.
The library team work with your course leaders to provide the books and resources you need, many of which are available online. Our collection is one of the biggest in the UK, but if we don’t have the resource you need we’ll order it for you.
- Use our Library Search tool to explore our collection. Just type keywords into the purple bar.
- Explore current reading lists for courses you’re interested in.
We provide study skills support to help you adjust to university-level study.
- Explore our online resources, which cover topics including referencing, critical thinking and presentation skills.
We also offer spaces to study if you’re on campus.
Got a specific question? Talk to one of our friendly librarians using Library Chat on our website (just click the yellow button on the right side of the page to open a chat).
Hear from the team
Hear from some of the Library team about the services they provide for students.
Volunteering is a great way to enhance your University experience, a way you can share your passions, make new friends and become part of the local community here in Manchester. It’s also a brilliant way to develop new skills and experiences, which will look great on your CV when you start job hunting.
Volunteering is still taking place despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Volunteer Hub has lots of opportunities that you can undertake remotely, wherever in the world you may be. Just search on the filter ‘Volunteer from home’ to find those roles. We are also working with our community partners to ensure that they are keeping volunteers safe. Any face-to-face roles advertised have gone through additional checks to ensure appropriate procedures are in place.
Student volunteering week 2020
There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved in with charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Manchester community and a whole team of people at the University to help you find your perfect role. Maybe you have an organisation you are already involved in and want help to find the local branch? Or perhaps you have never volunteered before and fancy trying out one of our Volunteer Days to have a taster of what volunteering involves? The team will help you shape your volunteering experience to suit you. Further afield from Manchester we have an exciting programme of overseas opportunities for your summer holidays and lots of support to take part.