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Learning through research

At Manchester our teaching is informed by outstanding research at all levels. Our learning environment allows students to develop and use core research skills, enabling them to have an impact beyond their academic study.

That's why, on many of our undergraduate courses, you'll be given the chance to get involved in research activities as part of a structured and supported learning process. Opportunities include:

  • making the most of material found in the extensive collections of the University’s museum and art gallery as well as the vast holdings of the historic John Rylands Library;
  • engaging with the latest scientific and technological advances;
  • analysing large official data sets;
  • performing literature reviews to uncover new perspectives.

Engaging with these opportunities can equip you with the skills to help you take the next step – whether that's into your new career or as a continuing student.

Summer internships

As well as undertaking research as part of your course, you may be able to undertake a Learning through Research Internship during your summer vacation. The internship, which is fully paid, allows students to gain invaluable experience in research and an insight into academic careers. The scheme is part of our Careers Service's Student Experience Internship programme and offers places in a wide range of disciplines. The opportunities are mainly available at the end of your second year.

Examples of learning through research projects

Manchester student Farhana Choudhury won an international Undergraduate Award in 2017 thanks to her undergraduate research project on education in Afghanistan and Nepal – read Farhana’s story.

Watch the videos below to hear from lecturers, collections managers and students about some of the projects to which Manchester's undergraduates have contributed.