Teaching and learning

We’re proud of our teaching and learning at Manchester – every course has its own unique blend of activities, to offer you a great learning experience with choice and flexibility.

Find out more about how you'll learn during your time with us, and how we'll support your studies.

How will you learn?

Your studies will be predominantly in-person activities on campus (such as lectures, seminars and labs), supplemented with new recorded video content and other materials from your lecturers.

Some of your activity will be 'synchronous', where you learn live with your lecturer/peers and can interact and discuss the topics covered. At other times it will be 'asynchronous', where you access materials in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

This blended approach will help you study in a way that works for you, and allow the University to respond as quickly as possible to the planned government roadmap stages and any changes in restrictions over the coming months.

Professor Steve Pettifer explains the differences are between blended and online learning.

The exact mix of activities will depend on what works for each subject area  you should already have received further information about what your course will look like next year from your local programme team.

Support for your learning

You’ll benefit from individual learning support to help you take control and develop your confidence. 

  • Our Library offers a variety of training and skills resources to support your studies and research – from academic writing and other academic skills to referencing, copyright and research skills. 
  • Your Academic adviser is someone assigned to all undergraduates by your School at the start of the year. They can give advice about any academic issues you experience during your course and help you tackle practical issues such as course unit registration, exam preparation and time management.
  • Peer support gives you the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge through discussion with fellow students, in an informal and supportive environment, where you can compare notes, analyse, criticise, ask questions and talk through ideas.
  • The Disability Advisory and Support Service can provide additional support if you have needs arising from a medical condition, a physical or sensory disability, a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a mental health condition that affects your study.
  • Our Counselling Service can provide professional and confidential counselling if personal problems are affecting your studies or other areas of your life.

Accessing online study resources

To supplement your in-person learning on campus, your lecturers will provide online video content and other study resources to access in your own time. These may be delivered through a variety of online platforms, including My Manchester, Blackboard and Microsoft Teams.

If you need further guidance on how to access materials then our student support – accessing online study resources can help with Blackboard and other online platforms your lecturers may use.

Developing your digital skills

Throughout your time at university, we'll support you to develop the digital skills and confidence needed for your studies and career.

Our introductory video will introduce some of the ways we can help support your digital skills development.


The My Learning Essentials resource has lots of information to help you understand your digital capabilities, including access to the Discovery tool, a supportive online tool from Jisc, that will provide you with a confidential, personalised report about your capabilities. You’ll also find resources to support your further development. 

You can revisit these as often as is helpful throughout your studies and we'll continue to add resources to support your digital journey.