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Our reputation is just one reason why Manchester is the best place for you to study for your master’s. We offer you far more than just a qualification.
Manchester is the birthplace of nuclear physics, where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The world’s first stored-program computer was developed here, and Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence during his time at the University. The economist Arthur Lewis became the first black professor at a British university when he joined us, and published his most influential works while at Manchester. And Christabel Pankhurst, a Manchester law graduate unable to enter the profession on account of her sex, became one of the suffragette movement’s most committed campaigners. Isolating the properties of graphene won our scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Lightweight, super-strong and highly conductive, this new wonder-material will transform technologies in every walk of life – from solar power and fuel cells to flat-screen devices and disease detection.
Our pioneering taught courses draw upon our world-leading research and our strong links to global industry. You’ll quickly develop skills and gain exposure to experiences that will set you apart in the jobs market.
With a breadth of research activity that’s unrivalled in the UK, we work across disciplines and beyond the University, connecting the brightest minds to find innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. This research feeds directly into our taught courses, giving you the power to achieve your ambitions.
We also encourage you to become the best you can be by participating in Stellify – a journey through Manchester’s most transformational experiences, giving you a unique opportunity to experience true personal and professional growth during your time with us.
Connect with Manchester and the world will connect with you.
We offer over 300 taught master's courses in over 90 subject areas, on a world-class campus that's currently undergoing a £1 billion redevelopment. Projects already underway include the development of a new engineering campus, new centres for the School of Law and Alliance Manchester Business School, and a major refurbishment of the University Library.
Tuition fees and funding sources available vary depending on the subject you want to study, your country of nationality, and other factors. When applying for a master's course, it's important to consider as early as possible how you will finance your study. Further advice is available on our website.
We manage approximately 7,900 rooms for student accommodation, almost all of which are based within two miles (three kilometres) of our campus. We reserve some residences exclusively for postgraduates; in others we house graduate students together. Find out more here.
We’re proud to be close to the centre of Manchester, the UK’s most popular student city. Originally shaped by its success during the industrial revolution of the 19th century, Manchester’s strong, pioneering character endures today – only now its achievements also include shaking up the music scene, nurturing artistic creativity and hosting international sporting events.
Never content to live on past glories, Manchester is a city that looks to the future with a passion for progress, and warmly invites you to share in its vision and vitality.
And this warmth is one of Manchester's trademarks: voted the top UK city to live in for 2018 (based on The Economist's Global Liveability Index) and one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides readers, there's not a moment to lose to go out and explore this busy, buzzing and modern metropolis.
You'll need to complete and submit our online application form to apply for a master's course at The University of Manchester. Further information is available on our website.
Alliance Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK, offering an impressive range of programmes and services to both students and businesses.
By choosing to study here, you will be joining a dynamic, world-class business school acknowledged as one of the top 15 business and management schools in Europe and one of the top 50 in the world.
We have around 2,000 students on campus and a teaching staff of 190. We also support more than 3,500 students worldwide through distance learning and external programmes and benefit from excellent links with both business and the public sector.
The broader-based Manchester Business School combines the collective research and teaching strengths of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester to provide world-class business and management education to undergraduates, postgraduates, highly experienced practitioners and people wishing to pursue academic careers.
Our masters programmes focus on the key management challenges of the 21st century, and offer you the chance to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas, shaping your career in the direction of your choice. Our portfolio of masters programmes covers finance and economics; accounting and finance; finance; quantitative finance; marketing; international business and management; information systems; global business analysis; corporate communications and reputation management; operations management; analytics: operational research and risk analysis; innovation management and entrepreneurship ; human resource management and industrial relations; organisational psychology; managerial psychology and healthcare management..
As part of The University of Manchester, we are the largest single site university in the UK and in the latest RAE rating (the government’s quality assessment of university research) Manchester Business School is positioned as the UK's leading centre for business research. We are also accredited by AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS – one of only a small number of business schools worldwide to receive accreditation from all three international business school and MBA accrediting bodies.
We compete on a global scale for the best students and staff, and will continue to generate ground-breaking research that is recognised by peers and practitioners across the globe. Our students have the opportunity to learn in a forward-thinking, research-led environment, working with academics at the cutting edge of their fields.
In an increasingly competitive environment we stand out as an international and progressive school, ambitious enough to lead business thinking and open-minded enough to learn from the contemporary commercial environment.
Study resources and facilities
Our staff will be the most important resource to you in your time at Manchester. Not only will you benefit from being taught by people who are internationally recognised leaders in their field, but you will also have an identified personal tutor for the whole period of your study with us, who will be able to provide pastoral and work-related advice and guidance. In addition to your tutor, there are a range of support staff who can provide advice and guidance in dealing with the everyday challenges of university life.
There are also outstanding Library and IT facilities at Manchester. John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. For students of Management, Accounting and Finance, and Business this is complemented by the Business School’s own specialist libraries. There is also an increasing provision of information via various web-based services. Much of the reading material, for example, that even a year ago you had to visit the library to collect, is available through e-journals. These e-journals, and other standard computing services – eg access to the worldwide web, word processing – are available through the clusters of computers that will be found in school buildings, libraries and some halls of residence all over the campus. More and more buildings in and around the campus are being set up for wireless computer connection. Increasingly electronic library information services are also accessible remotely.
Throughout your time at Manchester you will also have access to the University of Manchester Careers Service, considered to be one of the finest in the UK. Workshops on careers skills will be offered, in addition to career counselling and guidance.
A leader in enterprise education Based within the Alliance Manchester Business School, we are recognised as a leader in enterprise education and aim to inspire, educate and develop enterprising individuals and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations. Through enterprise teaching, learning and business start-up support, our students can capitalise on these research outcomes - transferring knowledge from the classrooms and laboratories to market opportunities. Enterprise at Manchester can be the driving force to improve the world in which we live – we have the knowledge and we need to apply it for economic and social gain. Enterprise is vital in the current the economic climate and is a driver of growth through the setting up of successful new ventures and development of existing organisations. There is growing demand for graduates who can solve problems, innovate, see opportunity, manage risk and apply their subject knowledge and skills. The University has a rich history of graduate entrepreneurial success and this will carry forward in future years with continued high quality research output and an increasing focus on enterprise.
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is the largest grouping of arts, languages and humanities scholars in the UK. It is home to some 6500 students, of which about 1000 are postgraduates, and around 350 academic staff working at the forefront of 20 disciplines.
Please visit www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate-taught-courses/ to view a list of all available postgraduate taught courses at the School of Arts, Languages and Culture
Academic expertise spans the fields of the creative arts, human cultures, beliefs, institutions and languages. Our research embraces the material, visual, linguistic, textual, social and performative dimensions of human society past and present, in a rich interdisciplinary culture led by world renowned scholars.
The University of Manchester's place as one of the UK's top research universities was confirmed in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The university has one of the broadest submissions of any university in the UK, with research evaluated in 35 discipline areas. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework judged that:
• 80% of the School’s research was ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)
• 72% of our research outputs (books/articles) were 4* or 3*
• 91% of the impact documented in our case studies was 4* or 3*
• 97% of our research environment was 4*or 3* Six units of assessment from within the School had more than 70% of research outputs rated at 4*/3* while Modern Languages and Linguistics was ranked a highly impressive 3rd overall. In the 2015 Times Higher World University Rankings, measuring the quality of universities around the globe, Manchester placed 28th for Arts and Humanities. This commitment to research enriches the teaching environment, by bringing renowned international speakers and sustaining a culture of research seminars, workshops and conferences. It also ensures that the university curriculum is continually refreshed.
Find out more about our relationship with REF: www.manchester.ac.uk/research/ref-2014/
The University and the city offer superb facilities for almost any academic, culture and recreational interests a student might wish to pursue. High profile festivals are a major part of Manchester’s everyday life, and the School is involved in many of these, including the Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Histories Festival and Manchester International Festival.
Research and teaching in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is supported by rich resources within the University. These include the John Rylands University Library, with its unique Special Collections housed in the refurbished Deansgate building; the University Language Centre, with its own language multi-media resource library; the Race Relations Archive; the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Other cultural assets at the University of Manchester include the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. The School has a strong interdisciplinary orientation and houses the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL).
Our network of partners in research training includes the following major institutions:
Manchester Art Gallery - www.manchestergalleries.org
Manchester Museum - museum.man.ac.uk
Whitworth Art Gallery - www.manchestergalleries.org
Race Relation Research Centre - www.racearchive.org.uk
Chetham Library - www.chethams.org.uk
Jewish Museum - www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com
North West Film Archive - www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk
North West Sound Archive - www.ribblevalley.gov.uk
Imperial War Museum in the North - www.iwm.org.uk/north
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester - www.msim.org.uk
Gallery of Costume & Platt Hall - www.manchestergalleries.org
Peoples History Museum - www.peopleshistorymuseum.org.uk
Police Museum and Archive - www.gmp.police.uk
Working Class Movement Library - www.wcml.org.uk
Lancashire Record Office - www.lancashire.gov.uk/education
Cheshire Record Office - www.cheshire.gov.uk/recoff/home.htm
Manchester Archives and Local Studies - www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries
Greater Manchester County Record Office - www.gmcro.co.uk
Portico Library - www.theportico.org.uk
Lowry Museum and Gallery - www.thelowry.com
Salford Diocesan Archives - www.churches-online.org.uk/salfordarchives
Contact Theatre - www.contact-theatre.org
Manchester Cathedral - manchestercathedral.org
Postgraduate Education and Skills Training: Learning in Manchester
The University of Manchester is a wonderful place to learn. Students find Masters programmes both challenging and rewarding, and good foundations for further study and future employment. The student experience combines the advantages of belonging to a specific subject community alongside the extended choice that a large and diverse School encompasses. Educational programmes are constantly updated so that they’re at the cutting edge in both content and in the teaching methods used.
Studying for a Masters within the School offers opportunities for personal, career and professional development. In addition to the integration of work-related skills and experience within degree programmes, our dedicated, physical Graduate School offers a comprehensive range of skills training workshops, placements and residential schemes targeted at postgraduate students. Our award-winning Careers Service will work in partnership with you throughout your degree to improve your employability and prepare for the competitive jobs market. Furthermore, we have a strong commitment to social responsibility and public engagement. We want our graduates not only to be highly sought after by employers but also ready to play a constructive role as citizen scholars in wider society. Through our research we seek to create and develop knowledge that makes a difference in the world; through our teaching we want to inspire our students to achieve their full human potential.
Find out more about funding for masters courses here www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/
The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science has unrivalled facilities including the pilot-scale Morton Laboratory, state-of the-art analytical equipment and high-class forensic and analytical laboratories.
Academic staff are at the forefront of their research fields and their enthusiasm for their subject areas has given us a reputation for excellence in teaching and research throughout the world.
The School is at the cutting-edge of innovation and enterprise and produces graduates who are always in demand from the world's top employers.
The School shares the vision of the University of Manchester - to be one of the finest Universities in the world and the preferred destination for the best students, teachers, researchers and scholars.
Masters Programmes include traditional full-time Programmes studied in attendance at the University as well as flexible modular Programmes, distance learning and short courses for professional development. All Masters Programmes are enhanced by having teaching materials available in e-learning format - providing students with the opportunity to study at their own pace.
Manchester University was one of the forerunners in the development of computing, with the first stored program machine being built here in 1948 by Professors Tom Kilburn, Freddie Williams and Geoff Tootill.
Since that time, there has always been high quality innovative research in computing at Manchester. The School developed out of these activities and was one of the earliest Computer Science Departments to be founded.
The School of Computer Science offers a range of flexible, stimulating and exciting undergraduate programmes, all supported by world class staff and facilities. We provide a learning environment that supports students with no previous computing experience, whilst at the same time challenging those who are already familiar with the subject.
Manchester is also renowned for its innovative approach to MSc teaching. Our size and research strength enable us to offer a combination of breadth, depth and flexibility that is difficult to find elsewhere. Students are free to shape their own programmes by choosing from a wide spectrum of computer science and interdisciplinary topics. Students opting for the Advanced Computer Science programme can either opt to follow the standard programme or to flavour their MSc by choosing a particular pathway. Pathways enable students to graduate from the long established and highly respected ACS programme together with a recognition of their specialisation.
Computer Science Research at Manchester brings together an understanding of foundations, technologies and applications.
We have research groups operating across the spectrum, from fundamental theory and innovative technology, through novel hardware and software systems design, to leading-edge applications. Few universities in the world are able to offer the same breadth of expertise.
Our student to PC ratio is better than 5:1 and you'll find a wide range of PC laboratories across campus and PC clusters in and around Halls of Residence. Rooms in Halls are networked and free internet provided in most.
The School also has its own dedicated teaching laboratories. We currently host the largest Supercomputing Centre in Europe with many massively parallel machines and a super massive storage facility.
The School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences has an international reputation as one of the leading Earth Science teaching and research institutions in Britain. The large complement of academic staff, representing a wide range of experience and expertise, means that the School is well placed to offer a spectrum of postgraduate degree programmes, and to provide authoritative teaching across the breadth of the subject. The continued top-rating for its research activities (RAE Grade 5) means that the School’s academic staff are at the forefront of research in their respective fields, and can promote the links between current research and teaching.
Aims of our Manchester Programmes
Our primary aim is to provide a learning experience which will maximise your employability in a competitive job market and, subsequently, accelerate your career progression. In addition, a significant number of our Masters graduates find these programmes an excellent preparation for PhD study.
Masters programmes offered
• Petroleum Geoscience MSc
• Petroleum Business Studies MSc
• MSc in Earth & Environmental Sciences: Research Technologies MSc
• Pollution and Environmental Control MSc
• Master of Enterprise in Environmental Innovation
• MSc by Research
• MSc in Atmospheric Sciences
All programmes are normally one year and may only be taken on a full-time basis. There are seven months of taught modules (normally September to April) which requires attendance on intensive taught units which are assessed through continuous assessment project work. This is followed by a research project lasting five months (normally May to September). The research project provides an opportunity for students to specialise and gain hands-on experience in designing, implementing and presenting a substantial piece of original research. Wherever possible we encourage students to involve outside organisations in the planning and implementation of their research projects.
We are one of the largest schools of this discipline in the UK, and as such we are home to a full range of activities within the spectrum of electrical and electronic engineering.
The great breadth and depth of the research interests of our academic staff ensures a very high standard of lecture courses and provides excellent opportunities for challenging and stimulating projects.
We have a student population that is in excess
of 500 undergraduates and more than 270
postgraduates. We have over 60 members
of academic staff distributed into six
• Microwave and Communication Systems
• Control Systems
• Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing
• Microelectronics and Nanostructures
• Electrical Energy and Power Systems
• Power Conversion
In 2016 our taught MSc courses were approved by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). In addition the Advances Control and Systems Engineering course is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control (Inst.MC). For more information visit the School website:
The School of Environment and Development (SED) was created in 2004 as part of the new University of Manchester, combining the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) with the disciplines of Architecture, Geography, and Planning & Landscape.
SED is a major centre for postgraduate education. The School has a complement of 500 taught masters students and over 100 research students. Our postgraduates come from all over the world and are funded from a variety of sources, including School Studentships, teaching assistantships, Commonwealth Scholarships, Chevening Scholarships, ESRC Studentships and Overseas Student Scholarships.
The School offers over twenty taught masters programmes and MPhil/PhD degrees in areas spanning human geography, physical geography, urban and regional planning, development policy and management, and development studies, and in particular in topics such as Urban and Regional Development, Globalisation, Environmental Impact Management, International Development, and Human Resource Management/Development.
Whatever the subject area all our Masters Programmes are aimed at developing a ‘learning to learn’ capacity and independent, critical thinking skills combined with academic rigour and access to leading-edge thinking and research.
A variety of learner-centred teaching methods and study facilities are combined to give students a rich and varied learning experience and the opportunity to excel in their chosen areas of study. The School has long experience of promoting learning with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds and recognises this as a valuable resource.
Our students go on to a variety of careers, including public service, NGO/charitable sector work and the private sector.
SED is a school of substantial size and diversity with over 80 academic staff and a student population of 1300, of which 500 are postgraduates, and offering 11 undergraduate programmes (BA & BSc), 23 Masters programmes (MA & MSc) and three doctoral programmes. Teaching is underpinned by excellent resources and support staff including three discipline based libraries, four analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops and several computer clusters including GIS facilities.
SED aims to develop from its existing strengths in order to become an internationally recognized interdisciplinary centre of excellence for research and teaching for those seeking to understand, theorize and tackle the problems created by the uneven relationships between society, economy and the environment. The School is unique in its capacity to move between academic rigour and applied approaches to society-economy-environment interactions, giving its activities great contemporary relevance for decision makers in government, NGO and multilateral spheres.
All research, academic and professional training programmes, and research, consultancy and advisory projects in SED are assisted by a team of skilled and experienced administrative and technical support staff who are committed to the work of the School, and who seek to provide an efficient administrative service to support the School's diverse portfolio of activities, and who are available to offer help and advice.
The School of Law at the University of Manchester provides excellent teaching and is committed to research of international standing. In the latest research assessment exercise the School was awarded a grade 5A, thus confirming the School as one of the United Kingdom’s top law schools for excellence in research. In the last British government teaching assessment exercise the School of Law was awarded a rating of excellent and we regularly achieve top ratings in national rankings of university law schools including the prestigious “Times” ranking. The School provides a friendly and stimulating environment for all its students and does its utmost to facilitate and enhance the student learning experience.
Our postgraduate programme includes a number of taught Masters degrees and the two research-based degrees of M.Phil. and Ph.D. The school is also in the process of formulating professional doctorate programmes There are currently around 200 postgraduate students including approximately 80 research students. Research students study a wide range of topics, and the School is keen to recruit many more researchers. Students come from all over the world to join the Law School’s postgraduate programmes and these programmes are greatly enriched by the intellectual quality and commitment as well as the international diversity of the student cohort. The Law School also facilitates student access to electronic learning sources, including Web-based materials. Availability extends to the leading legal databases including Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis and an internet tutorial for lawyers. There are Law specialists among the library staff to help students with their queries. Moreover, each first year research student has a desk in the Law School with excellent access to computer terminals and photocopying
Legal education has been provided at Manchester since 1872. We are one of the oldest law schools in the United Kingdom and the tradition of legal studies at Manchester has developed over time. We still aim to provide a rigorous grounding in the law and its techniques; but we increasingly emphasise a sound appreciation of its theoretical and policy implications, and the links between law and society. Whatever your background, as a student in the Manchester School of Law, you will be exposed to a breadth of scholarship, which is reflected in the wide range of courses on offer. This diversity will encourage you to develop independent thinking about the role and functions of law and about the critical perspectives that appeal to you most.
Many serving judges are Manchester graduates or former academics: one being a Law Lord, a judge of the highest of all English courts. We are held in high esteem by the legal profession both nationally and internationally and many leading law firms provide us with sponsorship. This includes the funding of our Legal Advice Centre, which was opened in 2000 to provide students with experience in doing pro bono legal work. The School also fosters strong links with overseas institutions.
Manchester School of Law is a pre-eminent research-led teaching centre that is at the forefront of innovative teaching and scholarship. The School of Law has a full-time staff of over 50 academics. Their areas of interest encompass diverse subjects and approaches, including private law, public law, Business and Commercial law, European and international law, criminal law and justice, law and economics, environmental law, legal theory, human rights, and health care law and philosophy. From 2004, the School incorporates a group of eminent academic criminologists who have formed the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies. The Criminology centre complements an internationally-renowned group of bio-ethicists that joined the School some years earlier to form the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP).
The quality of the student learning experience at Manchester is enhanced by the John Rylands University Library, where there is a very substantial collection of books and periodicals. The John Rylands University Library of Manchester is one of the finest of its kind and one of the four big academic libraries in the country. Founded in 1851, it includes the world famous John Rylands Library in Deansgate. It contains over three million books, and some eight thousand periodical titles are received. Manuscript volumes number over seventeen thousand, and archival items exceed two million. In addition, more than six hundred thousand titles are held in microform. The Library includes a substantial Law collection to which additions are constantly being made. There are excellent holdings in English and International Law, and the Library also houses an extensive collection of documents published by the British Government, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and other governments and international organisations. The Library is an official depository for documents published by the European Union, and the City of Manchester Central Reference Library, which is about a mile away, is an official depository for the United Nations documents.
Materials are at the heart of the modern world and, as the largest single materials focus in Europe, we are at the forefront of developing the science behind them.
At the School, we encompass a unique and exceptional breadth of research and training in materials – from polymers, textiles, metals and composites, to nuclear science, aerospace technology and cutting-edge fashion and design management – and these activities are built on our global reputation for excellence and award-winning research.
We are supported by leading research councils and organisations worldwide, and many fund specialist centres in the School to focus on ground-breaking research topics.
Current specialist research centres include the Materials Performance Centre, the Northwest Composites Centre, and the William Lee Innovation Centre.
Our academics are world-leaders in their field of research, and many of our research areas are consistently awarded the highest possible rating of 5* in the UK Research and Assessment Exercise. Our substantial research income supports more than 150 research students and 60 postdoctoral research assistants – in turn generating exciting and innovative research opportunities spanning the breadth of materials.
In parallel with the University plans to become a leading centre of research, we will be further strengthening our position as a diverse scientific and cultural community, engaged in cutting-edge research, and working side-by-side with leading companies to transform tomorrow’s world.
As a postgraduate student, you have the opportunities to study at all postgraduate levels; from Certificate, Diploma and Masters through to PhD. Development of our programmes has been driven by industry, ensuring a sought-after qualification with transferable skills to prepare you for your chosen career.
Our alumni enjoy challenging careers in industry and academia, and many are invited to work alongside the School in its strategic development, ensuring that we retain our international standing as a centre of excellence and innovation in the materials sector.
To underpin the research and teaching activities, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.
To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.
The Manchester Experience
“The advanced research facilities, the vast amount of literature available in hard-copy and electronic format in the libraries, and the guidance and advice of the academic staff are key factors which prepare students for future challenges”
Abdulmotaleb Suleiman, PhD and MSc, Corrosion Engineering and Control
We have excellent teaching facilities which offer flexible study options for all students. Our PhD programmes are offered both full-time and part-time; and many components of our Masters level programmes are offered via full-time, part-time and on-line distance-learning study.
The resources vital to your learning experience - dedicated design studios, CAD laboratories, and specialist computer clusters – are available, and are backed-up by electronics, mechanical engineering and analytical imaging services within the School with workshops providing custom-made solutions for teaching activities and research projects.
Not only will you have access to excellent facilities within the School and University campus, you will also benefit from off-campus facilities across the UK and Europe, through our collaborative research programmes with universities and industries worldwide.
We have developed the largest materials focus of any European university and at an exciting time in the materials and engineering world, with our graduates in high demand, and with an extensive range of postgraduate research and taught programmes available, the opportunities for you are endless.
The School of Mathematics is the largest in the UK with an outstanding research reputation and facilities.
Many research seminars are held in the School on a weekly basis and allow staff and research students to stay in touch with the latest developments in their fields. The School is one of the lead partners in the MAGIC project and research students can attend any of the postgraduate courses offered by the MAGIC consortium
There are many opportunities both for research PhD and MPhil programmes and for taught MSc and Diploma programmes. We currently have nearly 200 postgraduate students working in a wide variety of different fields. The School currently disburses more than a million pounds per annum towards the funding of postgraduate students, including more than half a million pounds of EPSRC funding, and substantial funding from other institutions including the European Commission and UK government ORS awards
The School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a rich engineering heritage and a tradition of excellence in research, teaching and links with industry. We have over 100 members of academic staff in the School supported by dedicated professional and technical support staff. The School has over 800 taught postgraduate students and over 250 postgraduate research students.
The School performed very well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) with our impact case submissions being ranked 3rd in the UK in grade point average (GPA) for both Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Civil & Construction Engineering. This is an excellent achievement that highlights the practical nature of our research, our success with industry and our ability to influence government policy.
We have a range of accredited postgraduate taught MSc courses, which are designed to support both research activities and industrial needs. The range of research topics studied by our students cover all areas of engineering, and includes theoretical and computational research, experimental studies, systems, design and management. Our work is applicable to diverse industry sectors and interests, for example: aerospace, manufacturing, civil, structural, process industries, medical, nano-engineering, energy, environment, transport and nuclear. We have an extensive range of interests within which cross-disciplinary work can flourish.
Studying with us is an investment in your future – our graduates are targeted by employers from across the globe. We offer an unrivalled opportunity to progress within your chosen discipline and become well equipped for a career in engineering and related fields.
We are proud of Manchester's outstanding historical record of achievements in science and engineering. First among these is probably our discovery of the atomic nucleus by Ernest Rutherford, who was Professor of Physics here. During his time at Manchester, Rutherford also performed the first "artificial" nuclear reaction, which marked the beginning of nuclear physics.
Today, we remain a leading centre for research in nuclear and elementary particle physics. For example, Manchester physicists are helping to run experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which have recently discovered a Higgs particle, thought to be responsible for the origin of mass, and which will go on to solve some of the mysteries of anti-matter.
Astronomy also has an illustrious heritage and vibrant current research programme here. There world-famous Jodrell Bank telescope is part of our School and has been used to discover the first gravitational lens, the first celestial maser and more pulsars than any other telescope.
Our condensed matter physicists lead the world in studying the properties of graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms - production of this material and characterisation of its unusual properties led to the 2010 award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Sir Andre Geim and Sir Kostya Novoselov.
Being a large school with over 150 academic and research staff, our research covers a very rich portfolio over most sub-fields of physics, ranging from fundamental areas to interdisciplinary projects that reach beyond the subject and more applied research programmes. We have internationally leading research programmes that include atomic, nuclear, particle and accelerator physics; condensed matter and soft matter physics; laser and photon physics, low temperature physics; biological physics; complexity and non-linear physics; and astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. Experimental and theoretical physicist work together on many of these research activities.
The University of Manchester has recently opened the National Graphene Institute. The £61m, 7,600 square metre building houses state-of-the-art facilities, including two ‘cleanrooms’ – one which takesup the whole of the lower ground floor – where scientists can carry out experiments and research without contamination.
The £60 million pound Alan Turing building has been built immediately adjacent to the refurbished Schuster building. The design for features multi-functional high-tech, open plan laboratories and central meeting areas to promote interaction, openness and co-operation between the disciplines.
The main Physics building, the Schuster Building, will be having an extension built starting in September 2015 and will provide more space for students and staff and "ideas mill".
Throughout the School students are able to access a wide array of sophisticated equipment and benefit from the most up to date facilities.
The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Sociology and Census and Survey Research. The breadth of expertise in these areas fosters the groundbreaking research that staff are involved in, and an unparalleled range of degrees and programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels.