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The University of Manchester

Manchester | North West England

Diverse local nightlife Varied union activities Political City

Ucas code: M20

As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.
Source:The University of Manchester Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 1326 comments (348 students)
    • Academic Experience

      Each week starts with a PBL session, where we receive a new case and discuss the points in the case we need to learn about and...

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      2013, 1st year, Clinical Medicine

      Academic Experience

      Each week starts with a PBL session, where we receive a new case and discuss the points in the case we need to learn about and read in to. We then have 3 one-hour lectures on Tuesday afternoon, and another 3 on Wednesday morning. These lectures are usually related to the case and aim to show us the areas we should be reading around and the level of detail we should be going in to. On Friday we have another PBL session, where we discuss what we have learnt. Each week we also have a 2 3/4 hour anatomy session where we use cadavers to improve our understanding of the human anatomy. There are also communication sessions every few weeks where we learn how to talk to and examine patients. We also have three clinical visits each semester, where we visit GP surgeries or hospital wards in pairs and sit in on consultations and talk to patients. I can't imagine a course more interesting than mine and this gives me the motivation to work hard. The course is fairly demanding but if you learn to manage your time you will easily fit in all your work and have time to indulge in other activities.

      2013, 1st year, Clinical Medicine

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    • The upside

      I did well on the exams and better than i expected. The exam focused on memorising and applying facts so that was good for me.

      2016, 1st year, Linguistics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Nightlife

      Although I don't really go out to clubs, I know there are several good pubs around the university and in the city centre - for...

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      2016, 2nd year, Archaeology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Nightlife

      Although I don't really go out to clubs, I know there are several good pubs around the university and in the city centre - for live rock/metal music, Grand Central on Oxford Road is a good one to go to. In general drink prices and entrance prices (as far as I know) are decent.

      2016, 2nd year, Archaeology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Everyday expenses

      Personally I brought to university my own food and drink that I had prepared from home as it was much cheaper as the prices can...

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      2012, 1st year, Accounting

      Everyday expenses

      Personally I brought to university my own food and drink that I had prepared from home as it was much cheaper as the prices can be a bit pricey, especially in university place. I find that to get the same sized cup of hot chocolate is much more expensive in university place than The Arthur Lewis Building which I think is a bit weird. As I am from Manchester, I already had a job however I believe that it is still difficult to get a job in Manchester, experience or no experience. The cost of transport is minimal as all that is needed is a yearly unirider which costs around 200 for the year but for a term about less than 90. In terms of additional course costs, there aren't many.

      2012, 1st year, Accounting

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    • Accommodation

      early but should have looked around moremake sure your living with people who have good life skills, some people i live with...

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      2016, 2nd year, Chemical Engineering

      Accommodation

      early but should have looked around moremake sure your living with people who have good life skills, some people i live with dont understand what clean is

      2016, 2nd year, Chemical Engineering

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    • Academic Experience

      Each week consists of roughly 27 hours of teaching through in a variety of group sizes. The course is structured so each...

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      2013, 1st year, Electronic & Electrical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      Each week consists of roughly 27 hours of teaching through in a variety of group sizes. The course is structured so each semester compromises units with different skill sets required, generally each semester will feature 2 units a student will find 'easy', 2 they find 'manageable' & 2 which stretch students where getting the pass mark is difficult. Weekly lab reports are required along with 1 or two written examinations per unit (12 units & 14 exams in total) Feedback is very poor, lab scripts should be returned within 2 weeks although it takes up to 5 weeks. No other feedback is offered, very much on your own. Lecture theatres are very poor, in desperate need of upgrades. Lab space is of a good quality with suitable equipment for the experiments.

      2013, 1st year, Electronic & Electrical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Political

74%

HIGH

Varied union activities

77%

HIGH

Sporty

67%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

85%

HIGH

Creative

61%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £21.6k HIGH
Student score 78% MED

Overall student satisfaction

85%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

39,700

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

70%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

9%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

53%

of students are female

Young / Mature

11%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

33%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

75%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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