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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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International students

We have a long tradition of welcoming international students to Manchester to study all aspects of physics in a busy, cosmopolitan and student-oriented city.

Here you join a thriving international community of physicists, in a department placed 2nd in England and 16th globally for 2020 in the widely-respected Shanghai Ranking of Universities, with a proud history of Nobel prize-winning scientific discovery. This track record stretches from Rutherford’s pioneering work in nuclear physics to the discovery of graphene in 2004 by current Nobel Laureates, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov.

English language courses

The University Language Centre offers language courses to suit all levels. The Centre’s pre-sessional courses are designed to help international students develop the academic skills needed to progress to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

The University Language Centre also provides a range of English language support services for registered students whose first language is not English.

Fees, funding and scholarships

To review current course fee information, please use the tuition fee search tool, which can be accessed online.

Funding information for international students can be seen on our central funding webpage.

Arrival and orientation

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a large international student community, and each year we welcome students from almost 50 countries around the world. We will help to make your transition to Manchester as smooth as possible.

Students from outside the UK will be given guidance to Manchester and the University campus. The University offers a comprehensive programme of Orientation events to help international students settle in following their arrival in Manchester. 

Postgraduate and international societies

The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester. The society has over 3,000 members from over 150 different countries.

It provides a warm and welcoming place to meet friends and make contacts during your stay. Its members, many of whom have themselves experienced living away from their native country, aim to ensure students have a rewarding experience in the UK.

The society arranges weekend trips around the UK, offers over 40 different classes each week and organises more than 100 different social events throughout the year, helping you to make the most of your time in the UK.

For full details of forthcoming events and to find out more about the society, visit the International Society website.