University of Manchester Courses

Students typically take 3-5 courses for 60 Manchester credits or 15 U.S. credits per semester. Academic Year students will take 6-8 courses for 120 Manchester credits or 30 U.S. credits.

  • 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

Some subjects are only available to Spring semester or Academic Year students, due to the examination schedule. Subjects include:

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

Please note, some subjects have restrictions. Information about the subject area restrictions at University of Manchester can be found by expanding the "subject areas with restrictions" heading on the “Course units” page accessible via the link above.

Get in touch with your Program Adviser if you have any questions about what is available at the University of Manchester.

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 Semester 1 & 2" can only be taken for the academic year.
  • Last number in code indicates the semester:
    • 1 = fall
    • 2 = spring
    • 0 = year-long


The University of Manchester offer some exciting pathways to allow study abroad students to make the most of their semester or year abroad. All three pathways help you engage with a community in Manchester, whether that be the Law Society or a local school. The pathways are:

Pre-Law Pathway - a program specifically aimed at U.S-based students who wish to study law at one of the best law schools in the UK.

Leadership and Service Pathway - volunteer within the local community and engage in British life and get more than academic credit whilst in Manchester.

Sustainability - find out how the human race can solve climate change with this pathway. Whilst tapping into several resources across the university and conservation volunteering opportunities, you may find a spark that could save the world.

Please speak with your Program Manager if you would like to pursue a pathway.

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.

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.