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Sotheby’s Institute in London is an affiliated institution of The University of Manchester, the first and most eminent of the English civic universities and part of the esteemed Russell Group. All postgraduate, semester and four-week summer programs in London are validated by The University of Manchester.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London has been proudly delivering programs developed with, approved by and leading to an award from The University of Manchester for over 21 years.

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About the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester’s collective achievements have shaped the modern world. It was the birthplace of nuclear physics, and now has more Nobel laureates on its staff than any other UK university. Its current staff include Brian Cox, star of the BBC’s science programming, author Jeanette Winterson, and TV presenter Michael Wood, the new Professor of Public History. In 2015 the University’s art museum, the Whitworth, won the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year award. According to the 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University ranks 41st university in the world, the eighth in Europe and fifth in the UK.

Sotheby’s Institute and the University of Manchester

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London has been working with the University of Manchester for over twenty years, and during this period the Institute’s academic programs have grown and developed enormously. Since 1995 the University has recognized the excellence of Sotheby’s Institute’s distinctive offerings and now validates all of the Institute’s MA, Semester and four-week Summer Study programs. The Institute has benefitted greatly from the continued support, advice and development opportunities that could only be provided by a major university of global status, which is at the very forefront of higher education and advanced research in the UK.

Within this close and enduring collaboration, the Institute has developed robust and up to date teaching practices and systems which support students and enhance their learning, drawing on the University of Manchester’s own outstanding academic infrastructure. Our students appreciate the assurance which comes from being part of this large and highly regarded academic context. The fact that their degrees and credits are validated by a prestigious Russell Group university such as the University of Manchester is often a significant factor in their decision to study here.
The Institute is delighted to acknowledge its gratitude to the University and to celebrate this fruitful association.


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