Why Manchester?

With the same level of teaching and support as our campus students, The University of Manchester is a first-choice institution for online and blended learners from all over the world.

The University of Manchester is a world leader in both teaching and research, ranked 36th in the world, eighth in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Research Excellence Framework rated 83% of our research as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in 2014, and we aim to bring this expertise into our online and blended learning courses, providing you with an outstanding education informed by cutting-edge research.

Why choose Manchester for online and blended learning?

Our online and blended learning model is particularly popular with working professionals who wish to develop their careers and prefer the flexibility to full-time education.

Throughout your studies, you will often find yourself working within small online groups to discuss key subjects and reflect on workplace experiences. Many of our online and blended learners find this an invaluable opportunity to network with other professionals in their field.

After you have completed your studies you will be very welcome to come to Manchester for your graduation ceremony – a great opportunity to meet all the staff and students you have spent so much time with online.

You will also become part of the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK. Manchester alumni help you maintain a lifelong connection with us and each other, and whenever possible, we involve past students in the teaching of future online learners, sharing their experiences of the course, offering practical advice and showing how online education has enriched their lives and benefited their careers.

International centres 

Our four international centres offer students from across the globe the opportunity to learn face-to-face with The University of Manchester.

  • Dubai: established in 2006, our Dubai centre brings a number of programmes to students in the Middle East
  • Singapore: the Alliance Manchester Business School has offered MBA programmes in Singapore since 1992
  • Hong Kong: located in the heart of the business quarter, the Hong Kong centre was Alliance Manchester Business School’s first overseas centre
  • Shanghai: Alliance Manchester Business School was the first UK business school to open a dedicated executive centre in the world’s most populous city