University of Manchester Courses

Students typically take 3-5 courses for 15 U.S. credits per semester.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Course Restrictions

Only available to Spring semester or Academic Year students, due to the examination schedule:

  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Astronomy

Information about the subject area restrictions at University of Manchester can be found by clicking on "subject areas with restrictions."

Choosing Your Courses

University of Manchester courses available to study abroad students:

  • Click on "Course unit subject list" found on the left.
  • Click on your desired department/subject and you will be taken to a list of classes. Information will include: credit value, semester offered, and course code. Click on course title to view a brief course description.
  • "Year-long spanning S1 & 2" can only be taken for the academic year.
  • Each department/subject lists courses in a different format.
  • Last number in code indicates the semester:
    • 1 = fall
    • 2 = spring
    • 0 = year-long

Credits in the U.K. (including SCQF and SCOTCAT) are divided by 4 to equal the U.S. credit value. They go from U.K. to ECTS to U.S. credits.

UK Credits ECTS Credits U.S. Credits













Course Levels

  • First year (class codes starting with a '1') - Introductory,
  • Second year (class codes starting with a '2') - Sophomore and Junior level. Some background, plus pre-requisites.
  • Third/Final year (class codes starting with a '3') - Senior, Advanced. At least 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus pre-requisites.
  • Fourth year - Graduate level; you cannot take these.


To determine your required full academic course load, keep the following in mind:

  • Academic Year = 120 Manchester credits = 30 semester hour credits
  • Fall Semester = 60 Manchester credits = 15 semester hour credits
  • Spring Semester = 60 Manchester credits = 15 semester hour credits

Enrollment Process

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. 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.

Grade Scale for the United Kingdom - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class  A
60 – 69% Second Class Upper B+
50 – 59% Second Class Lower B
40 – 49% Third Class/Pass C
0 – 39% Fail F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.