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School of Arts, Histories and Cultures

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Humanities (4)
Social Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Business & Management (2)
Journalism & Media (1)



With around 3,500 students and 250 full-time academic and administrative staff, the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures is one of the largest in the Faculty, and indeed in the University. It houses eight discipline areas - Archaeology, Art History and Visual Studies, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English and American Studies, History, Music, and Religions and Theology.


Study for a degree from The University of Manchester and gain a passport to a successful life and career.

Our pioneering taught courses draw upon our world-leading research and our strong links to global industry. You’ll quickly develop skills, knowledge and experience that will make employers sit up and listen.

With a breadth of research activity that's unrivalled in the UK, we work across disciplines and beyond the University, connecting the brightest minds to find innovative solutions to the world's greatest challenges.

You couldn’t find a better place in which to begin your life's work.

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Taught master's courses
  • Postgraduate research areas


The University of Manchester’s research has real-world impact beyond academia. We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, seeking to be a global force for positive change.

From tackling cancer and poverty to finding the energy solutions of the future, our research is making a real difference to the quality of people’s lives across the globe.


We are the Careers Service for students and recent graduates of The University of Manchester.

Our aim is to improve the employability of our clients by providing them with key skills and knowledge. To help them formulate and implement well-informed choices about their careers we deliver and manage numerous services, projects, courses and events. We work in partnership with colleagues across The University of Manchester and with organisations in the UK and across the world.


Student services

The International Team offers support and guidance for international students, sponsors and other organisations over a range of University matters.

The team is subdivided into the International Office and the International Relations department.

The International Office:
  • implements marketing plans for countries;
  • leads on overseas recruitment activities and the conversion of international students;
  • liaises with overseas agents;
  • provides guidance on international qualifications.

Housing services

Living in University accommodation gives our international students security and their family back home peace of mind. What's more, we offer guaranteed accommodation to international students who meet certain criteria.

As an international student coming to Manchester for the first time, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to live and study alongside British students, in a safe and welcoming environment.

With over 8,000 rooms, we offer a variety of types, costs and locations. Much of our accommodation is very near to the main University buildings and all of it is within two miles (three kilometres) of our campus.

Library services

Self-service machines are located on Blue Ground floor and within the High Demand collection at the Main Library.

There are also machines at Joule, Precinct and Stopford site libraries.

You will need your Library card and PIN.

Instructions for using the self-issue machines are displayed on the touch screens but please do ask a member of Library staff for help if you need it.

ICT services

We provide free WiFi for all staff, students and visitors at The University of Manchester:

  • eduroam - Automatically connects once you've set up your device
  • Captive portal (University of Manchester WiFi) Log in using your University credentials
  • The Cloud - A WiFi network for University visitors and delegates
  • Guest access - Provide visiting academics with WiFi access

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Manchester is large, yet compact enough to give the best of both worlds: a city life and a campus community.

Our campus occupies a large area close to the city centre. It is dominated by grand Victorian and more modern buildings, but also has quiet corners, landscaped gardens, cafes and common rooms where you can relax and spend time with friends. We have places of worship for the majority of faiths.

Sports facilities

Armitage Sports Centre

  • Recently refurbished double indoor sports hall
  • Air-conditioned fitness suite with free-weights area
  • Outdoor multi-use courts
  • Four squash courts
  • Four floodlit 3G five-a-side football pitches
  • Two full-sized floodlit artificial turf pitches
  • Six grass pitches

Sugden Sports Centre

  • Large air-conditioned fitness suite and free-weights area
  • Six squash courts
  • Two double-sized sports halls
  • Outdoor 3G five-a-side pitch; multi-activity room

Manchester Aquatics Centre

  • Two 50-metre swimming pools
  • Diving pool
  • Fun pool
  • Fitness suite
  • Sauna
  • Steam room and spa

Wythenshawe Sports Ground

  • 26 full-sized football pitches

Student clubs

The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union is run by students, for students. The biggest students’ union in the UK, it will provide you with the space, resources and support to make the most of your time at University.


  • AACSB International
  • AMBA


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