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International partnerships

Partner with a UK university that has an international reputation for excellence in biological, medical and health sciences.

International partnerships

Increase your global influence

Working in partnership with other international institutions enables us to have a greater impact on global challenges.

The Faculty works with a small number of handpicked institutions to collaborate and achieve shared goals. We aim to make the most of each partner’s unique strengths in order to create impact.

Discover how working with our Faculty can enhance your research and teaching.

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Research partnerships

The University of Manchester is a global leader in discovery science and translating this into healthcare for the benefit of society.

We work with elite biological, medical and healthcare institutions across the globe that share our research interests, approach and commitment.

In return, our partners benefit from collaboration and access to our world-leading research facilities and expertise.

Our strategic partner universities are: 

Peking University Health Science Center

Peking university crest logo‌A double-first class university ranked 22nd in the world (QS World University Ranking). We are a partner in their National Centre for International Research in Translational and Clinical Research.

We collaborate in the areas of genomics, health informatics, pharmacy, biomarker discovery and cancer, primary care, neuroscience and mental health.

Peking University Health Science Center Webstite

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Shanghai university‌A leading institution in China, both in terms of number of projects and the amount of money awarded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

We collaborate in the areas of cancer (radiotherapy), neuroscience, rheumatology, human development and antimicrobial resistance.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Website

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne‌The university is home to Australia’s largest biomedical research faculty. The University of Manchester shares a joint fund with Melbourne to deepen and extend collaborative research links between the universities by allowing staff to undertake short-term visits in both directions. 

We collaborate in the areas of cancer, infection and immunology, neuroscience, ageing, nursing and mental health.

The University of Melbourne Website

University of Toronto

University of Toronto‌A university ranked 29th in the world (QS World University Ranking), Toronto attracts funding worth £420 million each year for its basic biology and healthcare research. The University of Manchester shares a joint fund with Toronto to deepen and extend collaborative research links between the universities by allowing staff to undertake short-term visits in both directions.

We collaborate in the areas of cancer, nursing, health informatics and infectious diseases.

University of Toronto Website


International PhD students

Our research partnerships extend to include PhD programmes. Providing coordinated and collaborative activity ensures that our next generation of academics receive the best training.

We offer a number of flagship PhD programmes that are open to international research students. We also offer funding through country-specific schemes such as the China Scholarship Scheme, Conacyt, Conicyt, Colciencias, Pronabec and Commonwealth PhD Scholarships.


Find out more: International PhD students


Teaching partnerships

The University is home to students from 160 different countries. A third of our students come from outside the UK.

Our vision is to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders, educators, innovators and researchers within basic biology and healthcare.

We work with our international partners to develop their academic staff and provide their students with the opportunity to train internationally in our subject areas.

There are a number of ways you can work with us to improve your teaching offering:

  • Summer schools
  • Offer a joint degree
  • License our programmes
  • Academic and researcher development

Our teaching partners

We are proud to work with leading educational organisations across the world, including:

  • Alexandria University;
  • Beijing Normal University;
  • China Pharmaceutical University;
  • Jilin University;
  • Nanjing Medical University;
  • Shanghai Ocean University;
  • University of Hong Kong.

We also have a long-standing partnership with Mansoura University, Egypt, who deliver medicine and dentistry programmes that have been created from The University of Manchester's medical and dental programmes. These lead to awards from Mansoura University.


Summer schools

Give your undergraduate students a unique study experience and the chance to discover Manchester and what it’s like studying abroad.

They will spend four weeks studying biosciences, epidemiology, nursing, pharmacy or science communication. Each course is informed by elements of our research and uses the innovative, varied and successful teaching approaches from our undergraduate degrees.


Find out more: International summer schools


Offer a joint degree

Offer your students the opportunity to study in the UK and receive a dual award degree from The University of Manchester and your institution.

Our flexible programmes mean your students can study in Manchester for one or two years, following a period of study at your institution.

Students from international partner institutions can undertake shorter exchanges, studying for one semester or completing a short research project.


Find out more: Information for visiting students



License our programmes

Our professional qualifications are highly regarded worldwide.

We are able to license our undergraduate medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, optometry, pharmacy and speech and language therapy curriculum to your institution, as well as a number of postgraduate taught courses.

We have strong processes to translate our curriculum, blending our expertise with each partner’s local knowledge and needs.


Find out more: Medical education consultancy and partnerships


Academic and researcher development

Our academics benefit from training delivered by our sector-leading Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

We can provide this training to visiting academics from our partner institutions, helping them maximise the impact of their research and give students the best teaching and learning experience.

Alternatively, we can support you in the creation of a bespoke package of development training to meet your organisation’s specific needs.


Find out more: CARD website



Schedule of international visits

See when members of our team will be travelling to different regions and countries in 2020.

If you would like to meet with us while we are in your country, or to invite us to visit your institution, please get in touch. 


Belgium: October

Germany: November


Delhi: August

North America


Vancouver and Toronto: 29 September - 6 October


San Francisco and New York: October

St Louis and Baltimore: Mid-March

South East Asia


Macau: September

Shenzhen: 18-22 January

Beijing and Shanghai: Mid-March

South China: Mid-October

Hong Kong



18 - 22 January




Late September

Jakarta: Mid-October


Seoul, Jeju and Busan: Mid-March


Late September

Mid October



Late September


Sri Lanka

Colombo: Mid-January




United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Late February

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Meet the team

Find out more about our team members.

International partnerships - Keith Brennan

Professor Keith Brennan – Associate Dean for Internationalisation


Qing-Jun MengMD, PhD

Professor Qing-jun Meng– Director of Internationalisation, School of Biological Sciences

Holly Shiels

Dr Holly Shiels – Director of Internationalisation, School of Medical Sciences


Dr Mike Harte – Director of Internationalisation, School of Health Sciences


Dr Forbes Manson – Director for International Postgraduate Research

Get in touch

Contact us if you are interested in research partnerships, teaching partnerships or international visits and study.