The Victoria University of Manchester, founded in 1851, was the first of England's great civic universities and has been regarded as one of the country's top institutions for both teaching and research. The University of Manchester, formed in 2004 from the merger of the Victoria University with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), now ranks as the largest single-site higher education institution in the country with over 35,500 students. It is also the UK's most popular university--receiving more applications for undergraduate study than any other British university.
Situated in the North West of England, almost equidistant between London and Edinburgh, Manchester lies at the center of an excellent air, road and rail network. The city combines the grandeur of its Victorian architectural and business heritage with the vigor and excitement of an international metropolis which has one of the largest student populations in Europe. Manchester is surrounded by national parks, with Snowdonia to the west, the Peak District to the south, the Lake District to the north and the Yorkshire Dales to the east. Quiet market towns and villages are within easy traveling distance. Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and offers tremendous opportunities for nightlife, the arts, and sporting events.
Students may choose courses from as many subject areas as they wish, with appropriate academic background and prerequisites. 60 credits (15 UMass) is a full-time load per semester, and 120 credits for the year. Course choices must be approved by the individual departments at Manchester, and certain subjects may be highly enrolled (e.g., Politics). Manchester Study Abroad/Exchange Guide
Subject areas with restrictions:
Accounting & Finance / Business - Study abroad/exchange students may take only courses that state in the red information box "This course is available to Study Abroad students and Exchange students admitted through the Study Abroad Unit at the University of Manchester." However, students may choose any business courses listed under Business/Marketing. Students wishing to have access to more business courses should consider the UMass exchange at Manchester Business School.
Architecture - A limited number of places are available, and students must have completed a minimum of 3 years undergraduate study of architecture to be eligible to apply for Architecture course units.
Psychology - Only Level 1 and 2 courses are open to study abroad/exchange students. Level 3 courses may be available, but students have to request to take them.
Drama - Study abroad/exchange students can usually select only Level 1 Drama course units. However, on an annual basis, two Level 2 Drama study courses and two Level 2 Drama practice courses will be available.
Geography - courses at levels 2 and 3 are only available to students studying for a full academic year.
Economics - there are space restrictions on Economics courses.
Electrical Engineering - these course units are not available to study abroad/exchange students.
Please note that, due to the requirement to complete clinical placements, courses in the following disciplines are not available to study abroad students: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Midwifery
The University Accommodation Office will allocate housing to students studying at Manchester for a full year, Semester 1 or Semester 2 from Halls featured in the Student Accommodation booklet. Students attending for one semester only will not be able to choose a specific Hall, but can indicate a preference for a self-catered or a catered Hall. The first semester contract terminates at the end of January (even for students leaving in December) and the second semester contract terminates mid-June.