Universities in Manchester, England UK
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Manchester
3 out of 7
  • Universities in Manchester
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Manchester
  • (18 institution and 9 subject rankings)
27
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Manchester
  • Among TOP 200

Manchester is known to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and it’s a city with many charms. Being one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, international students from around the world choose to come and study here. It offers a multicultural environment where international students feel at home, which helps with the feelings many people have when living independently for the first time. The culture, the music, and the food are some of the most celebrated aspects of the city. Universities in Manchester are some of the most prolific employers in the city, giving their students a way to earn some income while they also work on earning their degree.

PROS

  • Compared to other cities in the UK, Manchester has a cheaper cost of living. Therefore students have an easier time finding quality accommodation.
  • Manchester is a multicultural city, and offers many experiences for students when it comes to enjoying an active social life, such as the city’s popular nightlife scene.

CONS

  • The weather is a negative for students as it’s often cloudy and rainy, however, the sun is revitalizing when it comes out.
  • The average salary in Manchester is lower, at around 28% less than in London, which is why some students prefer to go elsewhere after graduation.
  • The accent in Manchester is hard to understand, so in order to help international students feel more at home some universities recommend students to take their free English courses.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Manchester
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Includes 2 universities from Manchester.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: QS World University Rankings By Subject (Engineering - Petroleum) updated with The University of Manchester ranked highest among 35 listed universities in Manchester.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - World Ranking from 4icu. in position #80.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities from 4icu. in position #71.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Manchester

Criminology
#1 
The University of Manchester
Music
#2 
The University of Manchester
Sociology
#3 
The University of Manchester
Nursing
#3 
The University of Manchester
Engineering Materials & Mineral
#4 
The University of Manchester
Linguistics
#5 
The University of Manchester
Fashion & Textiles
#6 
Manchester Metropolitan University
Town & Country Planning and Landscape
#6 
The University of Manchester
Physics
#8 
The University of Manchester
Librarian & Information Management
#9 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Rankings of universities in Manchester, England UK 2021

  • #15 
  • #18 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #19 
  • #25 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #51 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #53 
  • #65 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #56 
  • #70 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #62 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (54 reviews)
  • #84 
  • #446 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#4

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (853 reviews)
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#5

Royal Northern College of Music

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (245 reviews)

#6

Manchester School of Art

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (303 reviews)
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Student Opinions About Studying in Manchester

“Studying in Manchester has been a great experience so far. There are so many things to do and so many places to visit that are worth your time. The cost of living is cheaper than in other major UK cities, but you still get that ‘large city’ experience.”

“I’ve been studying in Manchester for two years now, and it’s been a whole new experience for me. There’s plenty to do here, and the locals are sociable and welcoming towards non-locals in general. The accent can be challenging to understand, so as an international student, I’m glad I took extra English lessons in my first year.”

“Manchesteris one of the best places in the UK for live music, which is a tradition the city seems to have made a conscious effort to keep alive. It’s true that the weather can be a downer at times, but that’s what you sign up for in the UK. I’m glad I chose this city to pursue my career.”

Manchester Key Facts for International Students

Population: 396000

Time: GMT +0

District/province: England, Manchester

Living costs for students in Manchester:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 91* (9% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 70* (30% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 68* (32% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 3.11 £
  • Plug Type G
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz
Nobel prize laureates:
Andre Geim (University of Manchester, 2010)
 
Konstantin Novoselov (University of Manchester, 2010)
 
Patrick M.S. Blackett (Victoria University, 1948)
 
Lawrence Bragg (Victoria University, 1915)
 
Ernest Rutherford (Victoria University, 1908)

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FAQ

The University of Manchester ranks #1 in Manchester in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Manchester The University of Manchester is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 38 rankings where The University of Manchester is listed.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Law (Criminology). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Arts Visual & Performing (Music). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Social Studies & Humanities (Sociology). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Medicine & Health (Nursing). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Engineering (Engineering Materials & Mineral). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University is ranked best in Manchester for Design (Fashion & Textiles). See all rankings for the Manchester Metropolitan University.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Architecture, Building & Planning (Town & Country Planning and Landscape). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Natural Sciences (Physics). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University is ranked best in Manchester for Computer Science (Librarian & Information Management). See all rankings for the Manchester Metropolitan University.

The University of Manchester is ranked best in Manchester for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the The University of Manchester.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -University league tables:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide:
Entry standards
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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