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Guide To Postgraduate Study In Manchester


Manchester is such a great city you’ll want to stay forever 

Manchester Postgraduate StudyCommonly known as England's second city, Manchester is a thriving place with a population of 545,500 people. It is also part of a larger urban area known as Greater Manchester and that has a population of 2.8 million people.

Good Connections

Located in the North of England, Manchester has easy and efficient train and road links with London and the rest of the UK.Transportation within the city is straightforward with Transport for Greater Manchester coordinating the trams, buses and trains. Manchester also boasts an international airport with great links to mainland Europe and beyond.

Industrial Revolution

Manchester expanded rapidly during the industrial revolution and as a result has many large civic buildings and public universities of architectural interest, which are a testament to this success.

Vibrant Cultural Scene

Manchester has a vibrant cultural scene with the BBC's northern headquarters located here as well as having a famous music legacy from the 1990s. There is always plenty going on in Manchester, making it the ideal place to be a PG student.

Find out more about living and studying in Manchester with the recent webinar from Postgrad Insights and Manchester Metroplitan University.



Manchester Northern Quarter5 reasons why you definitely don’t want to be a student in Manchester... or maybe these are the reasons why it's the perfect choice!

1,279 bars and clubs, you’ll never have time to experience them all. 

1,415 postgrad courses – how will you make your decision? 

24,540 postgrad students – you’ll have too many friends to choose from! 

800 shops in Manchester – keeping to your budget might be tough…

3rd busiest airport in the UK means your family coming to visit has never been easier. 

Manchester Postgraduate StudentsStudents In Manchester – Facts & Figures 

Manchester has one of the largest student populations in Europe and it is home to a diverse group of students, including many international students. Current figures reveal that ther are almost 100,000 students living and studying in Manchester – and about a quarter of these are postgraduate students.

The total number of students in Manchester is 99,920, and this can be broken down into 75,380 undergraduates and 24,540 postgraduate students.

Out of these students, 18,386 (almost 20%) are international students – and these comprise of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Student living in Manchester 

Manchester Student GuideWith so many students in Manchester, you'll find that they tend to live all over the place, but like most other student cities, there are some areas where the students are more concentrated. If you're looking for private accommodation, then there is plenty in the popular student areas of Fallowfield and Withington.

Most universities in Manchester have specific student accommodation for postgraduate students, like at Manchester Metropolitan University where they have accommodation available for 51 weeks of the year at their Cavendish Place site for those students who have longer postgraduate courses. 

Postgraduate student in ManchesterStudent Case Study 

Moyin Kwok completed an MA in Arts Management at the University of Manchester. From Hong Kong, she chose Manchester because it is a 'vibrant, affordable city' and she had friends who studied in London who felt that it took time to get used to living in such a busy city, whereas Manchester is more manageable. 

What Can You Do In Manchester When You’re Not Studying? 

Manchester Town HallManchester has an excellent nightlife – boasting a great music scene with gigs on throughout the city, plus there are plenty of exciting venues to dance the night away.

If you're looking for something away from the books during the day, then you can head to the shops for a bit of retail therapy, as Manchester is a major shopping destination. Alternatively, there is a great range of museums and galleries to choose from too, including the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and the world’s biggest football museum (National Football Museum).

Speaking of football, the city is home to two premier league football clubs so if this is your passion you’ll be able to support a local team with a great track record!

And if you really want to get away from it all, there is over 500 square miles of countryside just a hop, skip and a jump north of the city, featuring waterways and picturesque towns villages – not to mention cute countryside pubs when you need a quick refuelling break.

University of Manchester 

University of ManchesterThe University of Manchester has a postgraduate student population of 12,590, this is broken down into 9,317 full-time students and 3,273 part-time students. 

There are currently 511 postgrad courses on offer at the University of Manchester.  

University of Manchester

Tuition fees & costs

It currently costs between £4,327 and £11,000 for UK and EU students to study a postgraduate program at the University of Manchester, and between £18,000 and £30,500 in tuition fees for international students

Facilities & specialisms 

The University of Manchester has well known and highly respected departments in Medicine, Business and Management Studies, Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences, Materials Technology, and Education. 

Student life

The campus is in the centre of Manchester and allows students to get the community feel of a university campus and easy access to everything Manchester has to offer. The University of Manchester's Students Union takes the competition University Challenge seriously and has won it several times. 

Famous alumni

Marie Stopes, Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Dalton and Ernest Rutherford. 

5 Fascinating Facts About The University Of Manchester 

It was established in 1824 as the Manchester Mechanics' Institute 
40,490 students study here 
Counts 25 Nobel Prize winners among former students and staff 
The first electronic stored-program computer – known as the Small-Scale Experimental Machine – was built here in 1948. 
The Students' Union does not have a president but is instead run by an executive team of eight 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Met UniversityManchester Met University currently has 317 postgraduate courses available to study.

Its total number of postgraduate students is 6,235, with 2,993 being full time and the remaining 3,242 students opting to study part time. 

Manchester Met University

Tuition fees & costs 

The current costs of the tuition fees of postgraduate programs at Manchester Met University is from £8,500 to £9,250 for UK and EU students, and from £15,500 to £16,500 for international students. 

Facilities & specialisms

Social Work, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Education, and Business and Management Studies are the largest departments at Manchester Met University. 

Student life

The main campus is situated near to the city centre and within easy walking distance to the revitalised Millennium Quarter in Manchester, giving students easy access to this fabulous new part of Manchester. 

Famous alumni

LS Lowry, John Bishop, Steve Coogan, Jenny Eclair and Mick Hucknall. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Manchester Metropolitan University 

It was established in 1843 as Manchester School of Design
It gained university status in 1992 
It's the choice of study for 33,010 students 
It's the 6th largest university in the UK 
Sir Alex Ferguson holds an honourary Doctorate in Business Administration

University of Salford Manchester

University of Salford ManchesterThe postgrad student cohort at the University of Salfiord Manchester comprises of a total of 4,520 students – 2,395 full-time and 2,125 part-time PG students.

There are currently 437 postgraduate programs on offer here.  

University of Salford Manchester

Tuition fees & costs

The current tuition fees for PG courses at the University of Salford Manchester are £6,390 to £8,550 for UK and EU students, and £12,600 to £13,860 for international students. 

Facilities & specialisms

Nursing, Social Work, Marketing, Building, Business and Management Studies, and Psychology are all excellent choices at the University of Salford Manchester. 

Student life

Located in Greater Manchester, the campus of the University of Salford Manchester has plenty of societies and clubs to join along with excellent sporting facilities. It also has good links into the city centre for those wishing to head into the hustle and bustle of Manchester.

Famous alumni

Funny men Peter Kay and Jason Manford. 

5 Fascinating Facts About The University of Salford Manchester  

It was established in 1850 as the Pendleton Mechanics Institute 
It's the choice of 19,995 students 
University of Salford Manchester gained university status in 1967 
Its MediaCityUK campus is also where the BBC's northern headquarters are located 
Prince Philip and Sarah the Duchess of York were both Chancellors here

University of Bolton

University of BoltonThe University of Bolton has a postgraduate student cohort totaling 1,195 students, of which 454 are full time and 741 are part time.

There are currently 143 postgraduate courses on offer at the University of Bolton.

University of Bolton

Tuition fees & costs

Postgraduate tution fees at the University of Bolton are from £5,400 to £9,000 for UK and EU students, and £11,250 for international students. 

Facilities & specialisms

Head to the University of Bolton if you want to specialise in Accounting and Finance, Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Business and Management Studies. 

Student life 

Bolton is a town right next to Manchester and the campus is close to Bolton town centre, this means that students are ideally ocated to choose between popping out locally or alternatively heading into the big city. The University of Bolton campus is also only a short walk from nearby countryside, which is great for thos who like to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Famous alumni

Peter Shelley, Sam Allardyce and Stuart Maconie. 

5 Fascinating Facts About The University of Bolton 

It was established in 1825 as the Bolton Mechanics' Institute 
It gained university status in 2004 
There are 6,425 students studying here 
It boasts an academic centre in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 
70% of the students come from the local area

BPP Manchester

BPPThe postgrad student cohort at BPP University across the UK is 16,000 students in total.

There are seven postgraduate courses on offer. 

Tuition fees & costs

Postgraduate programs at BPP cost between £7,500 and £15,680 for all students. 

Facilities & specialisms

BPP specialises in Accountancy and Law. 

Student life

The study centre is close to Manchester Oxford Road train station, this is a very convenient location for getting around Manchester.

5 Fascinating Facts About BPP Manchester

BPP Manchester is a private university 
It was established in 1992 
BPP Manchester is one of eight BPP locations around the UK 
This study centre features mock courtrooms 
There is a Pro Bono Centre in BPP Manchester 


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