UCAS Code: M40
Location: Manchester, north-west England Show on Map
Site: Central campus, others across city and in Cheshire; partner colleges
|Mature on Entry:||23%|
|State school entry:||95%|
1203 full-time, 1053 part-time
Art & design; architecture; business; clothing & food technology; education; health, psychology & social care; hotel, catering & tourism management; humanities; law, social science; science & engineering; sport science.
|Admission Information:||Offers made using UCAS tariff, by specifying grades, or by a combination of the two methods. AS-levels may be accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent.|
|Points on Entry (Mean):||271|
|Drop Out Rate:||11%|
|Accommodation:||Most first years housed|
|Founded:||1970 as Manchester Poly, incorporating various colleges of art, technology, commerce and education. University status in 1992.|
|Site:||Main site, All Saints Campus, close to city centre; also Didsbury site (6 miles away), Hollings (3 miles), Elizabeth Gaskell (2 miles) and a campus at MMU Cheshire (40 miles south).|
|How to get there:||Manchester well-connected by coach and rail (to Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria stations; 2 hrs 40 mins from London), by road (M6/M56, M61, M62, M67), and by air to Manchester International Airport (10 miles south of city centre). Regular bus service to Didsbury, Hollings and Elizabeth Gaskell sites. Good rail service between Crewe and Manchester.|
|Student advice & services:||Counsellors; learning development advisers (for disabled and dyslexic students); student support officers in faculties (one-to-one study skills support and workshops); chaplains; campus medical facilities; accommodation for disabled students. Also SU advice centre helps on a wide range of issues, eg funding, housing, academic issues.|
|Amenities:||Horniman Theatre, art galleries and studios. SU building including bar, restaurant, shop and games room.|
|Sporting facilities:||Sports halls, swimming pools, squash courts, outdoor five-a-side pitches and tennis courts. Grass pitches and artificial-turf pitch in Cheshire. A number of fitness gyms and exercise classes. Outdoor facilities used across Manchester, eg Belle Vue for hockey, Sports City for athletics & cycling, Hough End for football, tennis and lacrosse in Didsbury. Cumberland Arena for athletics and football in Cheshire.|
|Accommodation:||In Manchester, approx 3400 places in owned or leased halls, most for first years. Most self-catering (but 140 catered in term time): rents £98.50 per week catered, £80–£93.50 pw self-catering (£93.50–£112 ensuite), contracts for term-time or academic year. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years, rents £50–£150 pw plus bills (self-catering). In Cheshire, 1100 places in owned or leased halls (sufficient for all first years and many returning students), some self-catering, some traditional catered halls: rents £84 pw for ensuite self-catering rooms (42-week contracts), £93 pw in catered halls (34-week contracts). Some students in private accommodation (large supply of flats and houses to share in Crewe, sufficient in Alsager); rents from £50 pw plus bills (mostly 40-week contracts, sometimes 52 weeks).|
|Library & information services:||6 libraries, 678,000 volumes, 14,000 periodicals; 2500 study places. Information provision, £76 pa spent for each student (FTE). Extensive computing facilities. Specialist collections include book design, children's collection, local collection, artists' books, north-west film archive.|
|Other learning resources:||Well-equipped laboratories, art & design studios.|
|Study abroad:||200 pa students spend a period abroad. Exchange links with universities in many European countries (Erasmus), USA, Canada, Hong Kong.|
|Careers:||Careers & employability service offers information, advice and guidance in person and online; career development workshops, careers guides, psychometric testing, e-mentoring, careers fairs and recruitment for graduate, part-time work, placement and volunteering opportunities.|
|Living expenses budget:||Minimum budget of £7800 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.|
|Financial help:||Bursaries of £3000 in Year 1 (£1000 pa thereafter) for students whose family income is up to £25k pa; bursary may be paid as discounted fees, accommodation or other chargeable university services. Also £718,181 government funds (average award £1125).|
|University tuition fees:||Home students pay £8000-£9000 pa for first degrees, depending on the course (most courses £8000 pa; others £8500-£9000 eg health, art & design, some science and engineering). International students pa £10,000 (classroom-based), £11,000 (lab/studio) but more for architecture and physiotherapy (£15,500 and £11,640 pa).|
Manchester Metropolitan University
BA, BEd, BSc, BEng, LLB, FdA, FdEng, FdSc
3 years; 4 years (sandwich); up to 7 years (part-time); 2 years (FdA/Eng/Sc).
Jamie Dickinson, Publications Officer/Editor of PULP (Graduate, Film & Media)
What's it like as a place to live? Manchester is a fantastic place to live. It's a vibrant and dynamic place with a variety of things to do; it has a big city feel, but because of the large student population it isn't nearly as intimidating as you might think.
How's the student accommodation? Again, because of the large student population, there is a wide variety to choose from both private and uni owned. Most of it is very reasonable and there is always places close to your campus. If you have the bucks to spend there are some very plush private halls and city centre flats; and if you are renting after your first year there are plenty of houses and flats in the south Manchester area. Some places in large student areas like Fallowfield can be quite grotty, but nothing's too expensive.
What's the student population like? Because Manchester is home to Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University, it has one of the biggest student populations in the country; as such it's hugely diverse with a great mix of students from the local community and surrounding cities to international and students from the other end of the country. It's very, very mixed.
How do students and locals get on? As with any large city, there are certain areas which are considered 'no-go', however most of this is down to rumours and hearsay rather than fact. Generally speaking areas are very student friendly and have decent amenities and facilities, especially areas like Fallowfield, Burnage, Withington and Didsbury, which have large student populations.
What's it like as a place to study? This year the students' union has a big focus on student services and faculties at MMU and has succeeded in improving these services with Student Information Points and extended library hours. Personally I had a mix of studying options which suited me, and I'm led to believe this is the case for most students. The university and students' union is also looking at the methods of assessment and establishing new means of assessment.
What are the teaching staff like? MMU is very proud of its teaching staff and its reputation as being an institute of very high standards, to which I would agree. Some well-known and established lecturers and academics have taught me during my time at MMU and I know that others agree, especially within the Business School and on our Hollings and Didsbury campuses where a large majority of students are placed on industry placements with reputable companies and organisations.
What are student societies like? MMU SU has over 100 different sports and societies and is increasingly becoming a mainstay on the top of the BUCS leagues as the level of sport at MMU is increasingly rising. There is a huge and diverse selection for everyone, whatever your experience or skill level, everyone's encouraged to get involved, from Rugby League to Ultimate Frisbee and Cheerleading. On the societies front, there's Beer and Real Ale society, LGBT, religious and political groups and a variety of dance societies. And if there isn't something you want to do, you are free to set up your own sport or society.
What's a typical night out? In Manchester there is no typical night out. You never get bored of the variety. There's student nights on every corner, alternative and mainstream clubs and venues, live music from megastars to local unsigned and everything in between.
And how much does it cost? Dependent really, but usually between 20 and 30 quid.
How can you get home safely? Night buses run all night, which almost every one uses, which are reasonably safe - as are taxis which are never hard to find. As long as you use common sense, both of these options are safe.
Is it an expensive place to live? For a city, Manchester is fairly reasonably and your money goes some way, especially compared to cities like London, Birmingham and Bristol.
Average price of a pint? Most student nights do pints for a pound, other than that it's usually £2.50 to £2.80; in city centre it goes up to about £3.
And the price of a takeaway? £3ish.
What's the part-time work situation? The university is increasingly aware that a lot of students need to work part-time and have other commitment, so accept this as part of the student life and try to help out. There is no shortage of part-time work in Manchester, from venue work, retail and bars; most people can find something to suit them. I've found, in my own jobs, that it is usually slightly over minimum wage, however venue work can be higher.
What's the best feature about the place? Diversity and variety.
And the worst? Rain and possibly the scallies, the little scrots that inhabit the city centre on the weekend asking for a fag.
And to sum it all up?Plenty to do and even more people to meet.
L S Lowry (painter), Ossie Clark (fashion designer), Julie Walters (actress), Bryan Robson (footballer), Mick Hucknall (lead singer of Simply Red), Steve Coogan (comedian).
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