Studying for a Postgraduate qualification

at Manchester Metropolitan University

We have more than 6,000 students who choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Metropolitan University. With a campus in central Manchester, a wide range of affordable courses and study modes, it is a great place to study for further qualifications.

For many of our postgraduate students, an advanced qualification represents the next step on their professional ladder, or an opportunity to advance or change their career; for others it is the passion for a subject or discipline that follows a path of lifelong learning; some wish to become more expert in a niche area, whilst others want to update their knowledge and skills.

Whatever the reasons, we can offer a friendly, supportive environment for your postgraduate studies. Studying for a postgraduate qualification is an important commitment, and represents a highly worthwhile investment in your future, whatever you choose to study. Find out more about our postgraduate qualifications and the benefits of studying at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wide choice of courses

Within the North-West we have one of the widest range of postgraduate study options; from part-time to full-time, short courses to CPD, Masters of Arts/Science and longer term Research and PhD opportunities across many subject areas.

In total, we offer more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and dozens of postgraduate research areas.

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World-class campus buildings

At the heart of our commitment to you is a £350 million investment completed in 2014, which has created a world-class learning environment at our city-centre campus. You will be taught in state-of-the-art specialist teaching facilities in environmentally sustainable buildings that are amongst the best of any university in the UK.

The Brooks Building houses the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care – a stunning new building for more than 6,000 students located adjacent to the Princess Parkway near the centre of Manchester. The Benzie Building which is home to the Manchester School of Art reached the final for the Stirling Prize in 2014 – the UK’s highest architectural award; and our new Students’ Union was shortlisted for a RIBA national award in 2015.

A further £226 million is being invested over the next seven years in additional outstanding facilities, buildings and public spaces, developing our student-centred, sustainable campuses to ensure that you get the very best from your studies and time with us.

Multiple study modes – affordability and flexibility

More than 6,000 students are currently studying a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Metropolitan University. Our overall pricing is attractive and we can provide flexible options for paying for your study.


Being on a full-time programme is a stronger time commitment than part-time studies, but it does enable you to focus wholly on your study and get the maximum out of the University and your studies. More than 2,500 students choose full-time postgraduate study, mainly in professional subject areas, such as teaching, health professions and business studies. We do have a significant cohort of international students, coming from more than 100 countries which adds to the overall cosmopolitan feeling on campus.


Many of our students are studying part-time for postgraduate qualifications which are designed to fit around their commitments. Enrolling on one of our part-time courses allows you to study at your own pace, gradually accumulating credits which count towards your final qualification.

Most of our full-time courses feature a part-time study option, generally through evening study or day release.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We offer a wide range of CPD courses – many of which are short, highly practical updates of professional knowledge in specialist areas. Most of our CPD provision is linked to one of over 70 professional bodies and associations, so that your study will count towards your ongoing development with your relevant career.

Many of those studying CPD courses with us are accessing specialist, up-to-date knowledge and experience to help in their jobs; CPD courses are delivered via a range of flexible learning methods including seminars and workshops outside of normal office hours, and via e-learning so that you can fit the course around your existing commitments.


The fees are shown against each course and tend to vary according to the subject, duration and use of facilities. Living costs in Manchester are generally lower than London or the South East, with accommodation a good deal more affordable. Our course portfolio is very broad and this enables us to offer relatively affordable postgraduate studies. For UK and EU students of our MA/MSc programmes are in the range of £6,000 to £8,000 - do check each separate course listing to confirm the costs.

Exceptional teaching facilities and equipment for postgraduate study

Our spacious lecture theatres and seminar rooms are equipped with the latest teaching and learning facilities. You will find numerous study spaces, connected group work areas and social spaces.

We are renowned for our postgraduate courses in art and design, education, sport science, and the health and social work professions, and we support your studies with world-class facilities including new media suites, two professional theatres with rehearsal and performance studios, clinical practice suites, sport science testing laboratories, in-house 3D printers, language centre and interactive learning technology.

We are also one of the UK’s largest providers of science, technology and engineering courses; our high specification laboratories and research facilities include the latest industry-standard equipment and technology. Our £75 million Business School is one of the UK’s largest and most modern with a dedicated 7th-floor postgraduate suite of seminar rooms and break-out spaces overlooking the city.

  • Library services

    This is a key part of your postgraduate and professional academic experience, and our Manchester library has over 900,000 books and e-books. You will also have online access to a huge digital library of journals and research papers to support your postgraduate study.

    The Manchester library has recently benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment, with a new helpdesk, electronic book returns, chat zone and access to café facilities; and has been winning awards for customer service excellence since 2008. The library is open 24–7 in term-time, with hundreds of PCs and multiple study zones spread across the five floors including dedicated group working zones.

  • Industry-standard technology

    Our technical suites are of the highest standard and you’ll have access to equipment and technology that is industry-standard. Every year we invest millions of pounds in new student PCs, IT facilities and software, and regularly update our learning and teaching equipment to ensure you have access to the very best technology and support for your studies. Free WiFi is available across the University as well as computer drop-in centres and IT support. We also loan items such as netbooks, laptops, camcorders, audiovisual equipment and projectors, free of charge.

  • Personalised online learning

    Our virtual learning environment, Moodle, is sector-leading and provides you with a range of tools to support your postgraduate studies in an online environment, bringing everything together in one place. This includes your student email, your personalised timetable, coursework, teaching materials, assessment deadline reminders, exams schedule, study materials, online articles, audio and video clips.

    Moodle is synchronised with your postgraduate programme to give you personalised reading lists, assessment hand-in reminders, past papers, preliminary marks and feedback on your work from your tutors. It also provides a channel for keeping in touch with your tutors and fellow postgraduate students outside of class and you can use it to find updates on your fees and finance, the library, and career development resources.

Research informed teaching – tackling global issues

In a postgraduate and professional study environment, it is important that the programmes that you study are underpinned by a combination of industry experience and impactful research, which is contributing to exploring and tackling major issues at local, national and international levels.

Experienced professionals

Our postgraduate teaching staff are hugely experienced in their specialist fields; the majority are experienced industry professionals as well as academic experts. This powerful combination ensures that what you are learning and taught will be quickly applicable in your professional environment.

Research with impact

Our research, undertaken by more than 1,100 research staff, across 13 research centres and more than 50 research groups, helps us power the knowledge economy. They are proactively involved in developing world-class research which informs and shapes our taught programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research in the UK is assessed every 5 years through the Government’s Research Excellence Framework, which measures impact at national and international standards. In the 2014 assessment, more than 85% of our research impact was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, placing the University 53rd overall in the impact league tables as published by Times Higher Education. This confirmed the quality of our research outputs and also served as a powerful reminder of the reach and significance of our impact on wider society and the economy. 


At Manchester Metropolitan University, we offer a choice of professionally relevant postgraduate courses in subject areas which are directly related to the needs of employers.

  • More than 70 professional bodies and associations work in partnership with the University to provide the right kind of courses for the private and public sectors.

  • We regularly review our postgraduate courses to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant to employers.

  • We’re well placed to take advantage of our location in the thriving North West, Europe’s 12th largest regional economy at £120 billion. Home to well over a quarter of a million businesses, it’s the second largest media hub in the country, and the largest financial and professional services centre outside London.

Careers Services & Development

We have a dedicated Careers and Employability Service, with a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills and your employment options on completing your postgraduate qualification. Our services include:

  • A range of career development workshops, designed to equip you with essential skills such as CV writing and effective networking to help you advance your career.

  • Access to extensive online resources including an online vacancy service, employability skills programme and careers advice by email, all of which can be accessed at a time and place to suit you.

  • Opportunities to network with employers on campus and at recruitment fairs, where you’ll get the latest information on available job opportunities and top tips on how to apply.

  • Strong independent advice and guidance from our professionally trained Careers and Employability Advisors.

  • You’ll be able to use our careers and employability resources and advice for up to three years after you finish your postgraduate studies.

  • We also have a highly innovative Intern Scheme for our own graduates and postgraduates, with up to 100 paid placements each year within the University, to give you valuable, experience working on projects within a range of departments and faculties.

Student Living

One of the UK’s most popular student destinations, Manchester is a great university city with a thriving and lively student community.

Just a few minutes’ walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre, our Manchester campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city. The city has one of the liveliest and largest campus communities in the UK and Manchester truly puts student life at the heart of the city.

  • Well connected

    Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London only a two-hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European destinations and further afield.

  • Students’ Union

    Our brand new £10m Union building, located in the heart of the Manchester campus, provides you with outstanding spaces for student events, meeting friends, catching up on your studies, or joining a student club or society.

  • Music

    From niche and intimate venues to one of the largest arenas in Europe – Manchester is a city steeped in music. With a rich musical heritage, Manchester offers an eclectic variety of acts, often in quirky or unusual settings, not to mention a calendar packed with all-day events and festivals.

  • Arts and culture

    Manchester offers a thriving and idiosyncratic arts scene, with established galleries hosting permanent collections, critically acclaimed exhibitions and world-famous artists. With a variety of contemporary arts, a fantastic independent cinema, literary festivals and more, the city offers an exhilarating hub of creativity.

  • Outdoor pursuits

    For those who want to explore beyond the confines of the city, there is a wealth of stunning landscapes just a train ride away, in the surrounding national parks. The Peak District offers unrivalled natural beauty alongside a range of outdoor sports, such as rock-climbing, mountain biking, hiking and more.

  • Eating out

    From high-end dining experiences to secret pop-up restaurants, the city is fast developing a reputation for its cuisine. Sample the bohemian café culture of the Northern Quarter and the stylish surroundings of Deansgate.

  • Sporting

    The city is at the heart of one of the best sports regions in the UK with regional centres of excellence for cycling, aquatics, squash, tennis, hockey, gymnastics as well as well-known teams and facilities for football, rugby league, rugby union and many more. Manchester is famous for not one, but two internationally recognised football teams, regularly playing at the equally renowned Old Trafford and Etihad stadiums. With a museum dedicated to football and smaller local teams, Manchester is a football lover’s utopia.

Steps to Postgraduate Study

The official, independent guide for anyone considering a taught postgraduate course from HEFCE.

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Postgraduate Study