Academic dress of the University of Manchester describes the gowns, hoods and headwear which are prescribed by the university for its graduates. The University of Manchester was created out of the merger between UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004. Rather than adapt the academic dress of its predecessor institutions, the university appointed Ede & Ravenscroft to create a new set of regulations upon its foundation.
At a University of Manchester graduation ceremony the graduands wear the academic dress appropriate to the qualification they are about to be awarded. Mortarboards or tudor bonnets are worn at the finish of the ceremony and in procession, but held in the hand otherwise. Officers of the university wear their headgear throughout, except when doffing their hats to the presiding officer.
- Bachelors - A robe of black silk or stuff of the shape special to the University. The gown is of the traditional masters' shape with the boot of the sleeve cut into the shape of an 'M', designated [m18] under the Groves classification system.
- Masters - A robe of black silk or stuff of the shape special to the University, as for bachelors.
- Higher Doctorates - A robe of scarlet cloth in the Oxford Doctors pattern. The robe has sleeves and facings of purple, edged for one inch with gold ribbon
- Other Doctorates - A robe of maroon cloth in the Oxford Doctors pattern. The robe has sleeves and facings of purple, edged for one inch with gold ribbon
Most hoods are of the Cambridge Full [f1] shape in the Groves classification system with the exception of the Certificates and Diplomas hood, which is of a modified Aberdeen [a7] shape. All have purple neckbands with a centrally-placed band of gold ribbon.
Certificates and Diplomas 
- Diplomas and Certificates - self-lined and of black corded material, with a narrow band of purple within the cowl;
- Bachelors (five or more years of study) - a full lining of purple, trimmed within the cowl with two ribbons, the outer of gold and the inner of red
- All other Bachelors - a broad facing of purple within the cowl, trimmed with a single band of gold ribbon;
- Undergraduate Masters - a full lining of purple trimmed with two bands of gold ribbon within the cowl;
- Master of Philosophy - a full lining of purple trimmed with a broad band of gold ribbon within the cowl and a maroon edging on the cape
- All other Post-Graduate Masters - a full lining of purple carried over as an edging on the cape;
- Higher Doctorates - scarlet fully lined with purple, the cape edged in gold;
- Other Doctorates - maroon fully lined with purple carried over as an edging on the cape;
- Bachelors and Masters - a standard black cloth mortarboard.
- Doctors -a black velvet Tudor bonnet with a cord and tassel of gold.
Officers of the university wear special academic dress on ceremonial occasions.
The robe of the Chancellor is of purple silk damask with flap collar and closed, square ended sleeves [d4], edged with silver lace throughout and trimmed with silver frogs on the sleeves, and with the university arms, crest and motto embroidered on each of the revers at chest height. The cap is a black velvet tudor bonnet with silver tassel.
- The University of Manchester - General Regulations including Academic Dress.
- Philip Lowe Manchester Academic Dress: the origins and development of academical dress at the Victoria University of Manchester from 1880 to the present day. Manchester: University, 2002.
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