University of Manchester

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


The University of Manchester is one of Britain’s most famous civic universities, with a rich heritage of cutting-edge innovation and enterprise stretching back more than 180 years. Many major advances of the 20th century began at the University, such as splitting the atom and the development of the world’s first modern computer. Notable graduates include actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV physicist Brian Cox.

Alliance Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business school in the UK. Ranked 2nd in the UK for research power, the School is influential in all areas of business and management. MBS has the “Triple Crown” accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.

Manchester is a big city with a compact and friendly centre. It has been named one of the world’s top 10 travel destinations, and the UK’s most liveable city.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January/February–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September–January

Students wishing to study for a full-year must commence their exchange in UQ Semester 2.

Students studying at Manchester in UQ's Semester 2 (September–January) will have their provisional (interim) transcripts emailed to Global Experiences the following March. Official transcripts will be posted to Global Experiences in August for credit transfer purposes. It should be noted that if you go on exchange to Manchester in your final year, it will delay your UQ graduation.

View the University of Manchester's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

60 credits at Manchester is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 to study at the University of Manchester.

Business students will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5 to study at the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Find courses

Search the Manchester course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Business students can search for suitable courses in the Alliance Manchester Business School course catalogue.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
English literature
Environmental studies
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Political science
Regional and town planning
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Students coming for one semester only are not guaranteed a Manchester accommodation room, but under normal circumstances are usually allocated one.

Cost of living

Compared with other cities, particularly those in the south of the UK, Manchester is an affordable place to live and very popular with students on a budget. The university provides an estimated cost of living for students in Manchester.

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at the University of Manchester can apply for a scholarship through BUTEX. BUTEX offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying on exchange at member institutions.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Manchester has guidance information for suitable health care for international students. Students whose courses last at least six months are entitled to free health care under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Manchester provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.