The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester one of the UK’s 24 elite research-intensive universities that make up the prestigious Russell Group. With an outstanding global reputation recognised across the world, it’s a top choice for international students.

  • 6th in the UK and 27th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Number one targeted university by top employers in the UK (High Fliers Research 2020).
  • 25 Nobel prize winners have studied or worked at The University of Manchester .
  • University of the Year – awarded twice (The Times and The Sunday Times Higher Education Supplement).
  • Top 10 most exciting city in the world (Time Out City Life Index 2018).

Quick facts

Why This University


International Foundation

Leads to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

  • International Foundation in Biosciences
  • International Foundation in Engineering and Science
  • International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Foundation in Pharmacy
  • International Foundation in Psychology

English Language Courses

Academic English
An intensive course offering students rapid progress in preparation for academic study.

  • Academic English

Top subjects

Key rankings

Student success

  • 10th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 20th in the world for Sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 21st in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 22nd in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • =23rd in the world for Chemistry (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 28th in the world for Materials Science (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 30th in the world for Business and Management (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • 31st in the world for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Take a look at our student progression results in all subjects/programmes for 2017-18.

Passed: 88% of those who completed their pathway

Eligible: 67% eligible to progress to The University of Manchester of those who passed

Campus and location

1. The University of Manchester campus

The University of Manchester’s sprawling city-centre campus is based along the student-friendly Oxford Road area. A mixture of classic and modern architecture, the main campus includes the Main Library, student services and the Oxford Road Students’ Union. This large and bustling campus also includes the Manchester Museum and nearby Whitworth Gallery, as well as Sugden Sports Centre. Recent developments include the impressive Alliance Manchester Business School and the cutting-edge Manchester Engineering Campus Development.


For students applying for direct entry to university accommodation information can be found on the university website.

Mill Point

  • 12 minutes from the INTO Centre and a 5-10 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station.
  • Free Wi-Fi access.
  • 24/7 security.
  • On-site maintenance and housekeeping.
  • Laundry facilities.

University facilities

To create the best learning environment for students, the University has completed the biggest investment in buildings and facilities ever seen at a British university.

Facilities include one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, home to flexible learning spaces and student-centred services open 24/7 during term time.

Tuition fees


Admission Requirements & Deadline

Age requirement: 16

Academic requirements: Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Additional information: If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


September 2020 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 14 September 2020 – Fri 18 December 2020
Mon 11 January 2021 – Thu 1 April 2021
Mon 19 April 2021 – Fri 18 June 2021
January 2021 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 11 January 2021 – Thu 1 April 2021
Mon 12 April 2021 – Fri 28 May 2021
Tue 1 June 2021 – Fri 27 August 2021

English Requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent. • …For info on alternative accepted tests if starting online, please see:


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