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Study a graduate program in Manchester

Population: 503,000

City overview

Manchester is known as the UK’s true cultural capital. Home to the musical explosion of the mid-90s that gave birth to the term Madchester, studying a graduate program in Manchester is the perfect way to get both a top quality education and party hard.

Manchester is notable for its clubbing, music scene and major sports teams. With its international airport, excellent transport links and proximity to the English countryside, it’s not surprising that Manchester is one of the most popular destinations for international students in the UK. As a cultural hub of the UK, it has excellent postgraduate courses in the performing arts and digital media.

Education profile

Based in the North West of the UK, the city is home to two major universities where you can study a graduate program in Manchester: There are also a number of further education colleges based in Manchester, including: Research and taught courses are both offered as  graduate programs in Manchester, with hundreds of postgraduate courses on offer at both universities. Both types of Masters normally take 1-2 years to complete, with PhD programs taking 3-4 years full time or six years part-time.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in the UK providing they fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in the UK for its duration
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. They will need to demonstrate the following:
  • Proof of funding to cover a postgraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Life in Manchester

Living in Manchester gives postgraduate students a blend of big city living coupled with access to stunning countryside. This is also a city with excellent nightlife – possibly the best outside of London. Postgraduates looking for bars and clubs can head to the trendy Northern Quarter or the more studenty Printworks, while suburbs like Chorlton and Didsbury have their own social scene.

If arts and culture is more your thing, then Manchester has plenty to offer too. There are plenty of cinemas (including the much loved Cornerhouse) and Manchester Art Gallery recently housed an exhibition by Anish Kapoor.

Manchester is one of the friendlier cities in the UK, so expect to be engaged in plenty of conversation with locals. The city is also extremely multicultural, so international students should feel at home easily.

Working in Manchester

International students wanting to stay on to work in Manchester after their studies will need to apply for a work visa. You can find out more about the various visa options through the UK Border Agency.

Manchester’s major industries are service based, with life sciences, creative, cultural and media and communications all booming sectors. One of the largest employers in Manchester is the Co-operative Group, which provides legal, accounting, management consultancy and professional services in Manchester.

The city is also home to one of the world’s biggest retail areas, with high end developments at the Trafford Centre and the town centre.

Accommodation

As one of the UK’s major student cities, Manchester has plenty of student accommodation, with standards to suit any postgraduate. Students tend to live in the suburbs of Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury, but an increasing number are opting to take advantage of the surplus of flats and move into city centre living.

The University of Manchester offers postgraduate students dedicated halls of residence, while postgraduates at Manchester Metropolitan University are able to stay in undergraduate halls.

Private accommodation in Manchester is plentiful. Expect to pay around £300 a month for a room in a shared house.

Weather and climate

Manchester in notorious for its rainy climate, but in reality receives no more rain than anywhere else in the UK. It can even get pretty warm in the summer months of June, July and August.

Expect long cold winters and relatively mild summers, although the English climate is often unpredictable.

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