Working in partnership with NHS organisations and independent healthcare providers, we are actively involved in preparing the future health and social care workforce to meet the needs of our growing and ageing population.

We offer a wide range of academic, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degree programmes, including apprenticeships, professional development, bespoke consultancy and workforce analysis. Our innovative professional degree programmes in Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Nutritional Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Science, Social Care and Social Work are highly regarded, evidenced based and research informed.

Through our work and close ties with Health Education England, the University is currently contributing to the skills development and creation of new, innovative roles within the healthcare workforce.


Out-of-hospital nurse education

The role of a nurse is wide ranging and has the potential to affect and improve the recovery of patients across all systems of care. Manchester Metropolitan has a wide range of experience in the post-registration nursing sector, offering courses, research and expertise in community health and public health nursing

Specialist community public health nursing

We offer a range of courses for qualified nursing professionals looking to develop their skills and knowledge to work in the health visiting or school nursing sectors. Our academic programmes prepare students to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse with a focus on development of the skills, knowledge and attributes required to undertake these specialist roles.

Community health

The role of the community nurse is fundamental in linking acute hospital services with more flexible patient-centred models of delivery. Our community health academic programmes are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offer registered nurses the opportunity to gain Specialist Practitioner qualifications in community or district nursing.

Education transformation and innovation

Nurse Associated: bridging the gap

An exciting new innovative pilot project with Health Education England sees the University as one of eleven sites chosen to deliver the first wave of Nursing Associate training in the Country. This new role will help to transform the nursing and care workforce by bridging the gap between health and care support workers - who have a care certificate - and graduate registered nurses, and will offer opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles. This employer driven partnership will account for the overall training of 10% of the UK’s Nurse Associates.


International medical school

Manchester Metropolitan, the University of Manchester and the University of Salford are working together to explore proposals to train health professionals, starting with a new independent, international medical school to train more doctors. The proposals will see the extension of medical training in the North West and draw on the breadth of experience across all three universities in educating and training healthcare professionals. The new school will have an international focus, and allow the most talented applicants from abroad to benefit from the breadth of skills and knowledge across all three institutions.

Posgraduate medical school

The current changes to healthcare education funding create an opportunity for the University to diversify its healthcare education portfolio and increase overseas presence and recruitment. The creation of a School of Postgraduate Medicine will allow Manchester Metropolitan University to display its strengths to the medical community in Greater Manchester and beyond. It will build a record of accomplishment in the delivery of postgraduate medicine as a precursor to our ambitions to provide undergraduate medicine. Our existing partnerships with external partners such as Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and Nuffield Health will be strengthened to support clinical delivery and impact.

Emergency Medicine

We offer an internationally recognised professional academic qualification for emergency medicine practitioners, which is recognised by the School of Emergency Medicine as an equivalent route to Consultant. The master’s programme has been designed entirely by emergency physicians and nurses who are experienced in all aspects of emergency care.

Allied Health Professions

Nutritional Sciences

Food and nutrition are some of the most important challenges facing the world today and so our mission is to educate the professionals who will successfully tackle these challenges. We have a long and rich history of teaching food and nutrition and strive to ensure that our cutting edge programmes meet the needs of students, society and industry. Accredited by the Association for Nutrition is clear evidence of the quality of our programmes.

Current research includes:

  • Food consumption patterns and nutritional status of different population groups
  • Diet and lifestyle in the over 75’s
  • Folic acid intake during pregnancy
  • Dietary intake of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Home to MetMunch, an international award-winning student led sustainability and outreach programme that won the International Green Gown Award 2015, and the Manchester Food Research Centre (MFRC), the University has over 25 years of experience teaching in this subject area.

Biomedical Science

First and only University to train Healthcare Scientists all the way from associate practitioners to consultant clinicians. Official NHS partner, the University is the only provider of an MSc Clinical Science as part of the Department of Health’s Scientist Training Programme.

Social Care and Social Work

Focusing on the training needs identified by health and social care practitioners to apply their knowledge across frontline service delivery, the University has developed a series of open
educational resources on the subject of working with substance use for health and social care students. The resources will:

  • Equip students with essential knowledge and skills to undertake their roles
  • Support HEIs and employers to embed working with substance use within their professional training programmes
  • Enable independent learning relating to substance use
  • Apply knowledge and skills to practice


Critical thinking for tomorrow’s leaders

The MBA is a flagship postgraduate course for our AACSB accredited Business School, with over 600 postgraduate students each year, this respected and accredited programme, established for over 25 years delivers exceptional career benefits including an integrated diploma with the Chartered
Management Institute and preferential membership to the Institute of Directors.


Public health: new ways of working

Responding to the national agenda, the University is contributing to the development of the public health workforce. With nationally recognised and respected areas of expertise in behaviour change, communication and development disabilities, rehabilitation, health and social work education, ageing and dementia, sustainable communities, substance misuse, cardiovascular mental health, digital technology, health economics, self-care and advocacy, we are well placed to drive and deliver an innovative and professionally accredited asset based approach to health and social care education. Our professionally regulated and accredited professional degree programmes develop clinical and professional health and social care practitioners better placed to inform, educate and build resilient individuals, families and communities who are able to care for themselves.

Innovative education

Building on our existing innovative education programmes, the University will develop new models of undergraduate and postgraduate education for health and social care professionals.
These programmes will equip graduates to work in a ‘people first’ place-based health and social care system and will also involve the establishment of a centre of excellence for teaching and learning in health and social care, with emphasis on advanced simulation, virtual reality and digital innovation.

Recognised as providing excellence in nurse education, our Pre-Reg Nursing programme has won the best programme award at the Student Nursing Times Awards twice and been a finalist in the last five years.

Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University is the UK’s longest established arts and health organisation.

In the latest Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) exercise, the Business School was awarded 23 out of 24 for the excellent quality of our teaching.