Help when you need it most
Would you like to speak to a current student from your home country before making your decision? Get in touch with one of our Ambassadors.
Ambassadors and Buddies - find out more.
Student life - what's it like?
See: Life as a student for information on Manchester, accommodation and students' personal accounts.
What our students say...
“I really like the PhD programme; designing experiments and reading literature in particular. Seeing the work of other students who are in another year of the programme is really motivating to hear and to see them showing a lot of results, after many hours of work, is motivating and challenging”
“Manchester has museums, galleries, theatres and shopping centres to rival any city in Europe. The people here are friendly and helpful. There is a large international community in Manchester, which gives you the opportunity to experience different cuisines and cultures from all over the world”
The Faculty has a large number of international students and we aim to make your transition to Manchester as smooth as possible. We have a number of schemes now in place to support international students within the Faculty. Our aim is to support international students before you arrive in Manchester and throughout your PhD.
What we do for our students…
- Ensure each student has a supervisory team that will provide the highest quality research expertise
- Assign each student with a Postgraduate Tutor, who will monitor progression and provide pastoral support
- Provide a vast range of training opportunities, to build your skills in and out of the lab
- Provide a bespoke system for monitoring your own progression and training (eProg)
- Manage a dedicated Offer Holders website (password protected), containing essential pre-arrival information (registration, induction week)
- Using our Ambassador and Buddies Schemes, provide support during the application process, pre-arrival and throughout your studies
The University operates an Orientation programme, which runs for 4 days in the week ahead of registration. Check the Orientation pages to make sure you are aware of dates so that you can plan your arrival.
We meet with all new international students during the Faculty Induction week, and hold a special event to welcome you, hosted by our dedicated International Postgraduate Tutor.
Postgraduate and International Societies
We have an established and supportive Postgraduate Society within the Faculty, who organise social and academic events throughout the year.
The Society makes sure that events are suitable for our international students, and have a dedicated International Representative serving on the Postgraduate Committee.
The University has a wide range of activities organised by the International Society, which has over 3,000 members from over 150 countries worldwide.
The University Language Centre offers a wide range of courses to suit all levels, including pre- and in-sessional English courses.
Profiles of PhD students
Nathan Truelove is from the United States and is studying for a PhD in environmental biology. He receives funding from the Faculty of Life Sciences Overseas Research Scholarship and the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) at The University of Manchester. Nathan’s multidisciplinary research focuses on improving the sustainability of marine protected areas.
Mohammad Rahman from Bangladesh is studying his PhD in Sustainable Consumption and is also funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI). He was previously funded by the European Union for his MSc from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and Bangor University, Wales. Mohammad commented,
Warren Flood is a dual national, Norwegian-American, from Norway. Warren originally decided to come to study Medical Biochemisty in Manchester...