INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester

More about The University of Manchester

Global recognition as a university of choice

The University of Manchester is home to more than 12,000 international students from over 150 countries. This popularity is due to the global recognition of its high-quality education and research.

As a member of the Russell Group of universities – made up of 24 of the UK's leading research universities – the University employs 5,900 academic and research staff, many of who are leaders in their field.

With such a high calibre of real-world learning, it's no wonder that 25 Nobel Prize winners have studied or worked at the University.

View more information for international students at The University of Manchester.

More about rankings for The University of Manchester

“University of the Year”

As you'd expect from the largest international student recruiter in the UK, The University of Manchester offers unrivalled investment in cutting-edge facilities for research and learning.

£750 million has been invested since 2004, which has helped The University of Manchester be named 'University of the Year' twice in the last ten years (Sunday Times and the Times Higher Education Supplement).

Looking forward, the University is investing a further £1 billion by 2022. There'll be a new engineering campus, new centres for law and business, a major refurbishment of the library, an extension to the Students' Union building, a new medical school, and major improvements to the area around campus.

There really has never been a better time for you to study at The University of Manchester!

View a map of the University campus.

One of the UK's top research institutions

From the birth of the modern computer and the first splitting of the atom, to pioneering work with the new 'wonder material' Graphene, innovative research is at the very heart of The University of Manchester's ethos.

Research will underpin your degree learning, and you'll be taught by staff at the forefront of their subject. Many undergraduate programmes offer you the chance to contribute to research within your school of study. This will help develop essential transferable skills that can be carried forward into your workplace or postgraduate studies.

The University is one of the UK's top research institutions – with the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rating 83% of research activity as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. It’s also:

  • the 41st best university in the world, the eighth best in Europe, and the fifth best in the UK (2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities)
  • 2nd in the UK for 'research power' in Business and Management Studies (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • in the top 10% for 'research power' in biological sciences (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • annually attracts more than £247 million in funding for external research
INTO The University of Manchester Alejandro Naranjo from Columbia


"I thought it would be brilliant to study where Engineering was born, so I decided to come to Manchester.

Read more Read less

Meet Alejandro from Columbia who:

  • completed International Foundation in Sciences and Engineering with INTO
  • graduated with a MEng Mechanical Engineering from The University of Manchester
  • is now working at Turner & Townsend PLC as a Project Manager

What are the facilities like at the university?

There is a library for each school, so we engineers have our own library. There’s also a main library which is really big - there’s lots of computer clusters, books, places to sit down and study. There are also a lot of sports facilities, societies and clubs. You can sign up as an amateur, or if you’re really good you can go to professional level. You can also go to the Student Union, have a coffee with your friends. They have food, drinks, a shop with university merchandise, pool tables, table football, and a piano. People sometimes sit down and play the piano!

Describe your tutors and lecturers?

They’re all really approachable and you can always ask them questions though. Your personal tutor guides you the most. In my school there are just five students to every personal tutor, so they get to know you really well.

What kind of work have you had to produce this year?

I’ve had to build a car that is propelled with a weight coming down and design the gears and the gear box. Some other students designed a boat and planes. For every lab we do, we have to do a lab report. We do one coursework per week, and every other week a lab report. I had to sit exams in both semesters; five exams in the first and six in the second. Exams are worth 70-80% of your final module mark while the course work is worth 20-30%.

Do you think studying at INTO Manchester has helped you in your first year at university?

Yes, I think it has. When I was home, I wasn’t used to exams being so important. You can do your coursework, but if you don’t pass your exams you won’t progress to university. It’s the same at university, if you don’t pass the exams you won’t get to second year. It was a good building-block for university - it was an extra year of practice.