The University of Manchester's transparency information

The University is required by the Office for Students (OfS) to provide transparency information for our undergraduate intake.

The information published below shows: 

  • the number of applications for admission onto recognised undergraduate higher education courses that we've received from UK domiciled applicants;
  • the number of offers we've made in relation to those applications;
  • the number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us;
  • the number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

You can also see these numbers by reference to:

  • the gender of the individuals to which they relate;
  • their ethnicity;
  • their socio-economic background.

It's important to note that the data presented haven't been contextualised. This means, for example, that you won't be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria.  It's also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Application, offer and acceptance data

The University undertakes an annual monitoring of its offer rates alongside the provider reports published by UCAS. Where we identify any differences in offer making between different groups of students, we have highlighted this in our Access and Participation Plan and committed to understanding the causes and then addressing these.

Access Manchester provides an overview of our schemes to help widen access to the University.

Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Key for table:

  • N/A – Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study
  • N – 24 or fewer students in this population
  • DP – Data suppressed for data protection reasons
Mode of studyCharacteristicCharacteristic splitNumber of applicationsPercentage of applications that received an offerPercentage of applications that accepted an offerPercentage of applications that led to a registration
Full-time Ethnicity BAME 14,500 50.8% 12% 11.2%
White 29,320 65.4% 13.6% 12.6%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 14,800 48% 11.5% 10.7%
3 to 5 25,870 67.1% 13.1% 12.4%
Gender Female 24,890 60.4% 13.1% 12.1%
Male 19,800 59.9% 12.8% 11.9%
Other N N N N
Part-time Ethnicity BAME N N N N
White 130 97% 97% 28%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 40 DP DP 30%
3 to 5 90 95% 95% 30%
Gender Female 120 DP DP 30%
Male 30 DP DP 35%
Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity BAME N/A N/A N/A N/A
White N/A N/A N/A N/A
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 to 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gender Female N/A N/A N/A N/A
Male N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A

Degree attainment data

As with the application data, the degree attainment data haven't been contextualised and therefore doesn't take account of the grades and qualifications students enter the University with.

The University recognises that some groups of students are more likely than others to be awarded a good degree (first or 2:1) and has committed to targets in its Access and Participation Plan (2020-21) to eliminate such gaps where these exist. This includes the gap between white and black students and white and Asian students, disabled and non-disabled students and between those from the most and least disadvantaged backgrounds. These targets support the OfS’ work to address these gaps which exist at sector level through their key performance measures.

Percentages of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers 

Key for table:

  • N/A – Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
  • N – 24 or fewer students in this population
  • DP – Data suppressed for data protection reasons
Ethnicity BAME 80.9%
White 89.6%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 82.0%
3 to 5 89.1%
Gender Female 88.8%
Male 84.3%
Other N

Additional notes regarding the data:

  • Course K100 data aren't included in the dataset as while many applications come through The University of Manchester, all registrations are dealt with by Manchester Metropolitan University, and so all the applications and registrations data has been combined and returned through Manchester Metropolitan University’s return.
  • The data are based on applications as opposed to applicants. In 2018/19, 2,354 applicants applied more than once to The University of Manchester  so their characteristics will appear more than once slightly inflating some of the figures.
  • The number of students studying on part-time undergraduate courses at the University is small, therefore these numbers have been suppressed as they don't meet the required threshold set by the OfS.