Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) once again features in the top ten of the QS World Subject Rankings 2020. 

The MSA, an innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, is ranked 8th in the world, and 2nd in the UK. It climbs one place from last year and has retained in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive year.

The prestigious rankings highlight 200 of the world’s top-performing universities in each academic area and includes 42 different countries from across the globe.

Compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject, the rankings are based upon academic and employer education and research impact.

Joint Heads Profs. Ola Uduku and Stefan White said: “MSA is consistently ranked one of the top architecture schools in the world. We hold the highest academic and research standards in a vibrant art school environment and this underpins our student’s high employability levels. Our consistent success has meant that we welcome an increasingly talented and diverse international student population.

“Such a high ranking reflects the hard work and long-term commitment of academic colleagues dedicated to the success of the school. However, the ranking ultimately tells the story of our graduates. The staff’s excellence supports the impressive and cutting-edge work we see routinely created by a strong, inclusive and collegiate student body pursuing high standards for themselves and each other.”

The school has strong research led teaching with highly impactful work in; advanced digital practices and urban planning, engaged design practices for health; and infrastructure and heritage.

Students across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are highly engaged with stakeholders and communities across the city, region and world. The course results in exemptions from the Royal Institute for British Architects RIBA part I and part II Architects Registration Board and for the quality and achievements of their work.