University of Manchester

Manchester
United Kingdom

Language of instruction

English

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

The University of Manchester is available for single-semester exchange only.

Students studying at Manchester in UQ's Semester 2 (September–January) will have their provisional (interim) transcripts emailed to UQ Abroad the following March. Official transcripts will be posted to UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 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. 

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.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Finance
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Aerospace engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Software engineering
Nursing and midwifery
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Classical languages
Criminology
Development
Drama
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Law
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Psychology
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Regional and town planning
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Courses within the following programs are not available to exchange students:

  • Dentistry
  • Electrical engineering
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmacy

Courses in the following programs are in high demand and fill quickly:

  • Economics
  • English Literature and English Language
  • Drama (Exchange students can usually select Level 1 courses only. One Level 2 Drama Study and one Level 2 Drama Practice course may be avaialble)
  • History
  • Politics

Level 3 courses in the UK are intended primarily for students who have specialised in the subject area for at least 2 years.

  • Psychology Level 3 courses are only open to students majoring in Psychology in the 3rd year of their undergraduate degree with a GPA of 5.8 or above.
  • Most Level 3 courses in Law and Modern History are heavily oversubscribed. If you want to go on exchange in UQ's Semester 1 (January - June), you are encouraged to apply to UQ Abroad by October deadline a year before your exchange.

Course requirements or restrictions for students who wish to study business at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) are as follows:

  • Students should have a good level of Business/Management knowledge.
  • Students must complete a compulsory online course on Health & Safety Induction (with no credit) on arrival.
  • Students must choose their subjects from the AMBS course catalogue and take at least 50 credits whilst on exchange.

Additional academic information

The University of Manchester has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

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.

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.

Insurance

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.