The University of Manchester was created in October 2004 through the merging of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.
It’s the largest single-site university in the UK and is recognised for producing world-class caliber graduates and attracting world-renowned researchers and teachers. It boasts no fewer than 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students and has more on its current staff than any other UK university.
Of the 39,000-plus students registered at the university, over 28,000 are undergraduates, and more than 11,000 are postgraduates and with a population of 8,000 international students representing 180 countries the university offers a highly skilled contribution to the city region’s workforce through offering high quality teaching over a wide range of subjects. The university is a major global research university, ranked third in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in terms of ‘research power’ behind only Oxford and Cambridge.
The University of Manchester is one of the most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters; over 90% of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating (HEFCE 2009/2010). Its graduates are encouraged to remain in Manchester through the university’s own Manchester Graduate Internship Programme which helps new graduates into paid internships in the city.
Manchester University has 20 academic schools and over 400 different degree programmes. Its faculty of Computer Science is one of the longest established and largest departments in the UK and is ranked 3rd nationally and 49th internationally by the Centre for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
Manchester Business School further contributes to the excellent pool of skilled graduates in the city region through top-rated teaching and research in all areas of business and management. It is the largest campus-based school in the UK, with around 2,000 students and over 200 teaching staff. A further 3,500 students are supported worldwide through centres in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Singapore and the USA. The 2012 Financial Times survey ranked the MBA programme 5th in the UK, 11th in Europe and 31st in the world.