A city of innovation

Manchester has long been a notable city for scientific developments and innovative inventions.

Alan Turing helped to design the world’s first electronic stored programme computer in Manchester. Two Manchester-based scientists, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, also won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 for isolating the properties of graphene – a material which could revolutionise electronics, energy consumption and biomedical science. Great things really do happen in Manchester!

It’s home to many successful bands and musicians

If you ask Mancunians what their city is famous for, you can bet that they will say it’s the music scene. The city is the birthplace of many successful bands such as Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and New Order.

When you study in Manchester, you will have plenty of opportunities to see live music (COVID-19-permitting). You can see the next generation of artists refining their talents at the city's rock clubs, jazz bars, and concert venues. If dance music is more appealing to you, you can watch international DJs at the annual Warehouse Project.

A vibrant, multicultural atmosphere

Manchester is a truly diverse city. It has the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, a large Eastern European community, and a famous strip of South Asian restaurants called the "Curry Mile". Every year, the city also hosts a Caribbean carnival.

Introducing Manchester Metropolitan University

Ranking in the world's top 200 universities under 50 years old, Manchester Met is a respected UK university. It’s home to a triple accredited business school, the eighth-best architecture course in the world (according to QS World University Rankings 2020) and a brand-new School of Digital Arts (SODA), which is opening in 2021.

The University provides students with a supportive learning environment where they can fulfil their potential. Manchester Metropolitan holds the Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), recognising high-quality teaching and learning outcomes for students.

As a masters student at Manchester Met, you will also have access to extensive careers and employability support – including networking opportunities, careers fairs and guest lectures. Plus, all graduates receive lifelong access to a digital careers service, which lists jobs, internships, and career advice resources.

Manchester Met benefits from fantastic industry links with global employers, including Microsoft, Nike, Volkswagen, and Walt Disney. Depending on which course you choose, you might also have the opportunity to undertake placements or internships to help you gain valuable experience within a business.

The University recently launched Rise at Manchester Met, an initiative designed to support and enhance skills development and employability among students. There are a number of ways to get involved with the programme, including completing online courses, attending events or taking part in exciting projects. Rise at Manchester Met also allows students to earn credits towards their course.

If you choose Manchester Met for your studies, not only will you be based on its campus in the centre of the city, you will also be coming to the UK’s most liveable city. The Economist's 'Global Liveability Index' named Manchester as Britain's best city for the sixth consecutive year.

Manchester was also named the fifth most affordable city in the UK for students in the NatWest Student Living Index 2019. The city scored highly for affordability across travel, housing and entertainment.

To support you with your independent study at Manchester Met, you will have access to excellent IT and learning facilities, including a library that is open 24 hours (during term time).

Did you know that Manchester Met has over 3,000 international students from more than 130 countries? Making friends and settling in a huge part of your international study experience. The University has over 150 sports clubs and societies, where you can meet students from all around the world. Manchester Met has also designed a flexible programme of activities for Welcome Week. With so many opportunities to socialise and meet new people, you will soon feel at home in Manchester.

The University also understands that moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, particularly in the middle of a global pandemic. That's why the University has implemented several initiatives to help students feel safe and welcome, and they will continue to update their procedures in line with the latest government advice.

Speech and Language Therapy student, Lilly, moved from her home in the USA to study at Manchester Met. Talking about her experience of starting university abroad in the middle of COVID-19, Lilly said: "I'm surprised about how I've adjusted to studying online. I have enjoyed the flexibility. I can complete pre-recorded lectures in my own time, and I can go back and access them after. I'm currently studying for an exam, so it's been really helpful. Manchester Met have done a fantastic job going virtual. Virtual workshops are available for many different topics and there are extra workshops for writing papers, academic referencing, and personal well-being. It's made my transition so much smoother and allowed me to become the best student I can be."

Marketing Management student, David, from the UAE, also had a very positive experience. He said: “Manchester Metropolitan offers so much help for their international students. They are here to support you and your journey, whether it be in regards to your education or emotional health."

If you’re interested in studying at Manchester Met, go to their page here and fill out their registration form to receive regular news and updates, including invites to online events to help you decide which masters course is the right one for you. The page also features student videos, blogs and lots of useful information to help you start your journey to Manchester Met.

Article written in association with Manchester Metropolitan University