The University of Manchester rankings

Rankings for The University of Manchester

Welcome to a top 5 UK university

Awarded 'University of the Year' twice, The University of Manchester is the number 1 targeted university by graduate employers (The Graduate Market 2016, Highflyers Research).

It has been rated as the 41st best university in the world, the 8th best in Europe and the 5th best in the UK by the 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The QS World University Rankings 2016-2017 rated the University 7th in the UK and 29th in the world, and the World University Rankings 2017 rated it 5th.

It is also 5th in the UK for research power, with 83% of The University of Manchester’s research was ranked as ‘world leading’ or 'internationally excellent' (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).

Complete University Guide 2017 rankings

The University is ranked in the UK top 15 for 20 subject areas:

  • 2nd - Dentistry
  • 3rd - Music
  • 4th - Ophthalmics
  • 5th - Building
  • 6th - Chemical Engineering
  • 6th - Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  • 6th - Physics & Astronomy
  • 8th - Aural & Oral Studies
  • 8th - East & South Asian Studies
  • 8th - Nursing
  • 9th - Computer Science
  • 9th - Drama, Dance & Cinematics
  • 10th - Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • 10th - Marketing
  • 10th - Middle Eastern & African Studies
  • 12th - Anthropology
  • 12th - Archaeology
  • 13th - Materials Technology
  • 15th - Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • 15th - History of Art, Architecture and Design

The University also scored 4 out of 5 or higher for student satisfaction in 30 subject areas.

'Graduate prospects' measures the percentage of graduates in professional jobs or postgraduate study six months after leaving.

For 2017, The University of Manchester scored 80% or higher for graduate prospects in 31 subject areas, including:

  • 100% - Medicine
  • 99% - Dentistry
  • 98% - Ophthalmic
  • 97% - Nursing

Guardian League Table 2017 rankings

The University of Manchester scored 80% for higher teaching satisfaction in 18 subject areas, including:

  • 96.7% - Anthropology
  • 96.2% - Dentistry
  • 96.2% - Forensic Science & Archaeology
  • 96.0% - Music
  • 95.8% - Classes & Ancient History

The University is ranked in the UK top 15 for 18 subject areas:

  • 2nd - Electrical & Electronic Engineering, including 88% career after 6 months
  • 2nd - Music
  • 4th - Anatomy & Physiology, including 11.9 student to staff ratio
  • 6th - Pharmacy & Pharmacology, including 93% career after 6 months
  • 7th - Building and Town & Country Planning, including 81% career after 6 months
  • 8th - Drama & Dance
  • 8th - Anthropology
  • 8th - Computer Science & Information Systems, including 90% career after 6 months
  • 8th - Materials & Mineral Engineering
  • 10th - Dentistry, including 100% career after 6 months
  • 11th - Sociology, including a 10.3 student to staff ratio
  • 12th - American Studies
  • 12th - Biosciences, including 12.9 student to staff ratio
  • 12th - Forensic Science & Archaeology, including 12.0 student to staff ratio
  • 13th - Accounting & Finance
  • 14th - Earth & Marine Science, including 9.7 student to staff ratio
  • 14th - Physics, including 82% career after 6 months

There is a 10.0 student to staff ratio in Religious Studies & Theology, 9.1 in Modern Languages & Linguistics, 8.6 in Medicine, and 8.6 in Dentistry.

'Career after 6 months' measures the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are studying further, within six months of graduation.

The University of Manchester scored 100% for career after 6 months in Medicine, 97% in Nursing & Midwifery, 96% in Civil Engineering, and 92% in Health Professions.

INTO The University of Manchester Muhamad Ahmad Waris from Pakistan

Muhamad
from Pakistan

"The UK has some of the top universities in the world and Manchester is one of them."

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Meet Muhammad Ahmad Waris from Pakistan, who studied the International Foundation in Engineering and Science with INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester and progressed to study Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

A UK degree is a great boost on the CV and is highly recognised and appreciated by employers all around the world. The UK has a multi cultural society which meant that I had a chance to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

What do you think you’ve gained from studying abroad?

I have gained a lot from studying in the UK. First and foremost, I have gained a Masters of Engineering degree with one year’s industrial experience. The learning experience has been fantastic. I have been exposed to different cultures and therefore have made friends from all over the world. I have gained lots of skills such as team work, communication, leadership, problem solving and networking skills which will make me highly sought after by employers.

Was there a difference between you and your peers who had not studied the Foundation year before university?

Yes, there was definitely a difference between myself and my peers when I joined university. Studying a foundation year ensured that I had the necessary research skills at hand and this was because I used EBSCO database during while writing my dissertation and knew how to look for different journals and articles and extract the right information from them. I was well aware of the city of Manchester and its culture whereas it took four to six months for some of my peers to settle into the city.

What made you choose The University of Manchester as your place to study?

The University Of Manchester is one of the top universities in the UK and is ranked in the top 50 universities of the world. It has great educational heritage. Being taught by global research leaders made me choose The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester has one of the largest and most resourceful libraries in the country.

What made you Chemical Engineering at the University Of Manchester?

Manchester is the birthplace of Chemical Engineering. The school of Chemical Engineering at Manchester lies in the top 5 Chemical Engineering schools of the country. The reason why I chose Manchester is because, I wanted to gain some industrial experience as part of my Chemical Engineering degree and Manchester offered the Master’s course with industrial experience for four years whereas the same course offered by some other UK universities is for five years.

Where did you work for your placement year?

I worked for ExxonMobil Corporation for my 13 month industrial placement. I worked at their Fawley oil refinery which is situated in Southampton. Working for the world’s largest publicly owned company meant that I had an excellent opportunity to network with other people and make useful contacts which I could use in my future career. I gained exposure to some of its international offices and had a chance to work with international teams. I worked with the European sulphur supply team which was based in Brussels on a weekly basis. I also worked with UK and international based third party contractors and companies during the year. Throughout this time I made very useful contacts.

Were you given any help from the University to get placed in an industry placement?

The Careers Service at The University of Manchester is one of the best in the UK. They helped me with my CV and covering letter. I also arranged a practice interview with one of the Careers Consultants at the Careers Service which greatly enhanced my interview skills and provided me with confidence.

How do you think this work experience is useful to your future and career?

I always wanted to work in the oil and gas industry after graduation. This work experience has provided me with the right foundation to start my career in the industry. The industrial placement has also made me stand out from the crowd because not many students graduate with a year’s industrial experience on their CV. It’s a great advantage as employers these days not only look at the grades but they also highly value any placements or experience gained during the degree.

Would you recommend this INTO Manchester and this University to other students?

I would definitely recommend INTO Manchester and the University of Manchester to students who are looking to study in the UK. INTO Manchester prepares you very well to be a successful student at The University of Manchester.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

The University of Manchester scored more than 90% total in 23 subject areas, and is in the UK top 15 in 19 subject areas:

  • 3rd - East and South Asian Studies
  • 3rd - Music
  • 4th - Criminology
  • 6th - Dentistry
  • 7th - Physics & Astronomy
  • 8th - Pharmacology and Pharmacy
  • 10th - Computer Science
  • 10th - Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • 10th - Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
  • 10th - Materials Technology
  • 10th - Middle Eastern and African Studies
  • 10th - Subjects Allied to Medicine
  • 11th - Geology
  • 11th - Sociology
  • 12th - Education
  • 12th - History of Art
  • 14th - Linguistics
  • 14th - Mechanical Engineering
  • 14th - Social Work

QS World Subject 2016 rankings

The University of Manchester is ranked in the world top 15 for 5 subject areas:

  • 7th - Development Studies
  • 8th - Nursing
  • 10th - Architecture and Built Environment
  • 11th - Geography
  • 14th - Pharmacy & Pharmacology

CWTS Leiden 2016 rankings

The CWTS Leiden Ranking offers key insights into the scientific performance over 800 major universities worldwide.

  • 13.7% of Physical Sciences and Engineering research articles were considered to be within the top 10% of their field.
  • 13.8% of Biomedical and Health Sciences research articles were considered to be within the top 10% of their field.
  • 15.0% of Life and Earth Sciences research articles were considered to be within the top 10% of their field.
  • 10.5% of Mathematics and Computer Science research articles were considered to be within the top 10% of their field.
  • 10.2% of Social Sciences and Humanities research articles were considered to be within the top 10% of their field.
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