The university has six faculties:
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
- Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Technology and Environment
Ranking Profile and Achievements:
- According to the Independent Complete University Guide, it is placed 90th in 2008, 100th in 2009 and 104th in 2010.
- 99th out of 114 institutions in The Times Good University Guide 2010 (94th in 2009).
- 112th out of 117 institutions in the Guardian University Guide 2010 (89th in 2008 & 109th in 2009).
- 90th in Daily Telegraph University Ranking 2007.
-81st out of 132 institutions in the RAE 2008 rating (equal rank with U of Northumbria at Newcastle).
- 68th in the UK on the basis of the proportion of World-leading (4*) research. It is ranked in the Top 4 of post-92 Universities for the following disciplines:
- 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- 1st for Sports-Related Studies
- 1st for General Engineering
- joint 1st for Architecture and Built Environment
- 2nd for Physics
- 2nd for Anthropology
- 3rd for Biological sciences
- joint 4th for Computer Science and Informatics
- It is the only University sports department in the country to recieve a Teaching quality score of 24/24, a maximum rating for research (5**).
- Awarded the 2005 Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.
- 1st in the UK for sport, hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism (Times 2005).
- It is the No. 1 university in the northwest in terms of the impact of its research (TQA 2007).
- Scored "Excellent" in Teaching for the following areas: applied social work; building, land and property management; communications and media studies; the Business School; economics; hospitality, leisure, recreation, sport and tourism; organismal biosciences; pharmacy; molecular biosciences; health studies; physics and astronomy and politics.
* Suggested Reading: Top Research Universities in Britain