What is Manchester Masters?

Manchester Masters is an initiative designed to keep the best creative talent in Greater Manchester. The programme offers 10 graduates from any UK university the opportunity to take part in four marketing placements throughout the year, working in a variety of PR, advertising, marketing, digital and other creative roles within a wide range of leading Manchester agencies and marketing departments of Manchester businesses.

The students also work towards a masters degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, meaning each student will finish the programme having gained invaluable industry experience as well as achieving further educational excellence. What’s more, they receive free public transport across Greater Manchester and mentor support from some of the most-respected professionals within the creative industry.

Who is eligible for the programme?

Students who graduated, or are due to graduate, from any UK university in either 2015 or 2016 are able to apply. The programme is open to applicants from any degree course – both undergraduate and postgraduate. In the past we’ve had religion and theology, economics, international management with American business studies and mathematics graduates, to name just a few.

Manchester Masters is only open to UK or EU nationals.

Do I need to live in Manchester?

Students are not required to live in Greater Manchester at the time of their application however, candidates that make it on to the 2015/16 scheme are required to live in Greater Manchester (and have a Greater Manchester postal address) for the duration of the programme.

Which businesses are taking part in the programme?

In the first two years of the programme, students were placed with some of the city’s leading creative agencies, as well as within marketing departments in leading companies across the region. These include Max Spielmann, MediaCityUK, Million-2-1, Pets at Home, Amaze, MediaCom North, theEword, dabs.com, ACDOPRO, Manchester Confidential, Marketing Manchester, and Tangerine PR.

What is the application process?

From the applications received, 50 candidates, as selected by the programme’s board, will be invited to attend a two day assessment centre on 12th and 13th September 2015. The assessment centre includes a series of group workshops and one to one interviews. Following this rigorous process, the final ten are chosen.

What about those who don’t make the programme?

For candidates who make the final 50 shortlist, but not the final ten, Manchester Masters holds a ‘matchmaking’ session where students will have the chance to get in front of top employers in the region. Further details of this event will be given to candidates during the assessment process.

How much does it cost?

There’s no cost for students to take part in the programme. Businesses that wish to apply to take a Manchester Masters student are required to invest just £2,150 (plus VAT) per student, per placement.

How many students does each business have?

Normally, due to the overwhelming level of interest in Manchester Masters, each company only has one student per year, but sometimes (due to the projects on offer or student requirements) multiple students can be allocated to a company over the course of the year, should they wish.

How long are the students in each business?

All placements are 11 weeks in length.

How do students apply for the programme?

Students can request an application pack by entering details below. The programme is open for entries until Monday 5th September 2015.

How do businesses express an interest in the programme?

Business can express an interest in becoming a placement company by filling in the form

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You will then be contacted by a member of the Manchester Masters project team.