University of Manchester named 27th best in the world

UoM maintained its highest ever position in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.

The Manc The Manc - 9th June 2021

The University of Manchester (UoM) has been named the 27th best in the world.

UoM maintained its highest ever position in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings – which lists the top universities based on performance – for a third consecutive year.

The study analysed over 1,673 universities worldwide, with the final 1,300 being ranked.

The Massachusetts Industry of Technology (MIT) ranked first overall, followed by Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge and Harvard.

The California Institute of Technology came sixth, with Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, UCL and University of Chicago rounding off the top ten.


Manchester also retained its place as the 6th best institution in the UK.

UoM called the news “the latest in a series of global successes for the University in what has been an extraordinary yet challenging year for staff and students.”


Manchester was named the world’s number one university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings in April, whilst The Alliance Manchester Business School saw its MBA ranked 30th in the world, 10th in Europe and 4th in the UK in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021.

The university has however has found itself at loggerheads with students over multiple issues during the pandemic – admitting it has “not got everything right”.

Students tore down “prison” security fences at Fallowfield campus back in November, and President-Vice Chancellor Nancy Rothwell was also forced to make a public apology following a racial profiling incident at university halls.


Earlier this year, students held a referendum that resulted in a vote of ‘no confidence‘ against Rothwell, but the university confirmed it would stick by its leadership team.

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