Established in the 1970's as the Manchester Polytechnic, the Manchester Metropolitan University (also known as MMU or Man Met) now has the fifth largest student population in the United Kingdom and receives the second highest volume of applications in the country. The University headquarters and central campus is located off the city center in Manchester; while additional facilities are available at the Cheshire campus.
Recent teaching quality inspections by the Quality Assurance Agency have placed MMU as one of "the highest in the country". It has also received the fourth highest funding from the Higher Education Funding Council as support for its various research projects. MMU is also the recipient of the European universities’ award for Excellent Student IT in 2014.
The University currently offers over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, spanning various subject areas such as:
- Health, Psychology and Social Care
- Business and Law
- Humanities, Languages and Social Science
- Science and Engineering
While MMU is more famous for the Manchester School of Theatre and the Manchester School of Art, its research institutes in education, art and design, social sciences, business and health was rated "world-leading and internationally excellent".
To complement its excellent academic standards, MMU offers world class facilities for its students. The library is open 24 hours, the entire academic year. Thanks to a recent renovation, the library now offer works spaces for groups, silent study areas and a fully equipped IT zone.
MMU's Student Union is considered as one of the largest student-led organizations in the whole of the UK. Over 100 clubs and societies covering a wide range of interests are open for all students.
MMU also offers a number of sporting activities, with over 1,000 students competing against other universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.