Original Thinking Applied

'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of what we do.


We were one of the UK’s first two business schools, established in 1965.

Drawing on Manchester’s rich history, we aspire to deliver inventive business and management solutions through our world-class research and teaching.

We are inspired by Manchester, the world’s original modern city, with an ethos of enterprise, culture and innovation.

We have a unique global footprint through our six international centres.


We are second in the UK for research power, according to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.

Our research has significant reach: through the School, our international centres and our alumni network.

We are part of The University of Manchester, home of the first modern computer, the splitting of the atom by Rutherford, the first degree in nursing, the discovery of graphene, and the birth of modern economics and medical ethics – breakthroughs that have changed the world we live in.


We turn theory into practice across all our activity, through our programmes, consultancy and research.

Our academic staff provide insightful commentary on local, regional, national and global issues.

The Manchester Method focuses on applying theory, through group work, projects and practice-based learning.

This is brought to life across all our programmes, particularly our MBA.

We have three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB (only 1% of business schools have achieved this globally).