University of Manchester Courses

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

University of Manchester courses available to study abroad students are located on the Manchester website:

  • This link will take you to a page titled "Course Units."
  • After reviewing how to choose your course units, click on "Course unit subject list" on the left side of the page for a list of all the departments at Manchester.
  • By choosing the subject in which you would like to take a course, you will be given a list of possible classes. Information will include: credits available, semester offered and a brief course description.
  • Please note that courses stating "Year-long spanning S1 & 2" can only be taken for the academic year.
  • Each faculty lists courses in a different format.

Please Pay Particular Attention To

    • Accounting and Finance
    • Archaeology
    • Art History and Visual Studies
    • Business and Management
    • Classics and Ancient Histor
    • Drama
    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • English and American Studies
    • Environmental Science
    • Geography
    • History
    • Law
    • Life Sciences
    • Linguistics
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • Modern Languages
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Planning
    • Politics/International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Religions and Theology
    • Service Learning
    • Social Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Textiles
  • Fall Term versus Fall Semester – Arcadia distinguishes between the fall "term" and the fall "semester" at the University of Manchester. Students who intend to study for the fall "term" are restricted to study in the following subject areas:
    • Fall Semester = Semester 1 = September through late January
    • Fall Term = Semester 1 = September through December
    • Spring Semester = Semester 2 = January through June
    • Academic Year = Semesters 1 and 2 = September through June
  • Duration – Information as to when a particular course is offered is included in the course description:
  • Course Levels
    • First year - Introductory, No background required.
    • Second year - Sophomore and Junior level. Will need some background, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites.
    • Third/final year - Senior, Advanced. Will need significant prior knowledge (at least 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites). You can only take final year courses if you have a very strong background in the subject.
    • Fourth year - Graduate level; you cannot take these.
  • Credits – Most students take three to five courses depending on the department and level of the course. Under each course description, Manchester credits are listed.
  • To determine your required full academic course load, keep the following in mind:
    • Academic Year = 120 Manchester credits = 30-32 semester hour credits
    • Fall Semester = 60 Manchester credits = 15-16 semester hour credits
    • Fall Term = 60 Manchester credits = 12 semester hour credits (certain subject areas only)
    • Spring Semester = 60 Manchester credits = 15-16 semester hour credits
  •    Credit translations are as follows:
    • Semester (Fall or Spring): 10 Manchester credits = 2.5 US credits | 20 Manchester credits = 5 US credits
    • Term (Fall): 10 Manchester credits = 2 US credits | 20 Manchester credits = 4 US

Making Sure Your Credits Will Transfer Back

Meet with your advisor to discuss course selections. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course. Keep in mind that your course selection form is used as part of your application and for the pre-approval process by the host university. Actual course registration does not take place until arrival at University of Manchester.

We suggest that you secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program's overall academic requirements.