University of Manchester

Public university in Manchester, England

The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late-19th century.

The main campus is south of Manchester city center on Oxford Road. In 2015/16, the university had 39,700 students and 10,400 staff, making it the second largest university in the UK (out of 166 including the Open University), and the largest single-site university. The university had a consolidated income of £987.2 million in 2015–16, of which £273.5 million was from research grants and contracts. It has the third largest endowment of any university in England, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. It is a member of the worldwide Universities Research Association, the Russell Group of British research universities and the N8 Group.

In 2016-17, the University of Manchester was ranked 55th in the world and 8th in the UK by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 34th in the world and 7th in the UK by QS World University Rankings, 35th in the world and 5th in the UK by Academic Ranking of World Universities and 59th in the world by U.S. News and World Report. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, Manchester was named as the 17th best research institution in the United Kingdom.

The university owns and operates major cultural assets such as:

Majority cultural assets own and operated by University of Manchester:

  • The Manchester Museum
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • John Rylands Library
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory’s Grade I listed Lovell Telescope.

The University of Manchester has 25 Nobel laureates among its past and present students and staff, the fourth-highest number of any single university in the United Kingdom. Four Nobel laureates are currently among its staff – more than any other British university.

Chancellor: Lemn Sissay MBE

Vission: Cognition, Sapientia, Humanitas (“Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity”, Latin)

Students enrolled: 41,500 (2017)

Staff employed: 10,400 staff

Undergraduate tuition and fees: Domestic tuition: 9,250 GBP (2017), International tuition: 21,000 GBP (2017)

Areas of expertise
At the UK’s largest single-site university, we possess a fantastic breadth and depth of knowledge, we break down barriers to undertake multidisciplinary research and we collaborate with partners worldwide to tackle some of the society’s most pressing problems.

Our ultimate aim is to be a force for positive change, and we are proud that Manchester is at the forefront of global innovation in many areas.

Here is just a selection of our fields of expertise.

  • Neuroscience and mental health:The modern study of neuroscience and mental health requires experts from a wide range of disciplines to work together to push the limits of what is understood about the brain and the nervous system.

    Our state-of-the-art facilities and academic experts with a combined interest in solving the same problem enable us to tackle some of the greatest challenges in health and medicine.

    Neuroscience and mental health at Manchester is one of our broadest capabilities, covering a wide range of specialist areas. The following topics highlight a number of areas of particular research strength within neuroscience and mental health at Manchester.

From genetic expertise and social care in dementia to stroke interventions, we work to reduce the impact of neurodegenerative conditions.

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for research into psychosis treatment, management and prevention.

Biological clocks
With the largest group of circadian biologists in Europe, we study the biological clock and its effect on health, wellbeing and productivity.

With world-class facilities, revolutionary analysis techniques and strong methods development, we understand and interpret brain function.

Manchester has invested great efforts in nuclear energy research, building on our nuclear heritage with a firm focus on the future. Central to this has been the establishment of our Dalton Nuclear Institute in 2005.

We acknowledge our social responsibility and engage with government, industry, academia and the general public. We are a member of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Council, leading the workstream on the public understanding of nuclear energy, and have increased our outreach activities with schools and the general public to promote wider understanding of the role of nuclear energy in a low-carbon future.

We advise the government as part of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, providing independent expert opinion and helping to shape the UK’s nuclear research strategy.

We are committed to the UK nuclear research, education and skills agenda, and have strong links, both in the UK and overseas, with industry, academia, national laboratories and the nuclear regulator.

Energy generation – reactors and fuels:
From new technologies and manufacturing to advising on continued plant operation.

Waste management and decommissioning:
Meeting the demands of industry and regulators for sustainable nuclear energy.

Shaping the nuclear future:
Fostering the next generation of nuclear scientists, and collaborating with industry.

Dalton Nuclear Institute:
The most advanced and collaborative academic nuclear research capability in the UK.


The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester.

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