University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Manchester, England

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University of Manchester was created in October of 2004 as a result of a merger between the Victoria University of Manchester and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology - two of Great Britain's most distinguished institutions. Both universities have a tradition of excellence and are combining their strengths and reputations to become a driving academic force in the United Kingdom. Manchester is a bustling, student-friendly city, and hosts inhabitants from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Living and studying in this multicultural city is a wonderful opportunity for all students seeking to enrich their educational experience.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Manchester is one of fastest growing and most culturally exciting cities in the UK with a total student population in the region of 70,000. Greater Manchester is the third largest conurbation in the UK, after Birmingham and London, with some 2.25 million inhabitants.

Coming to Manchester gives the opportunity to live and study in a city which offers a balance between academic excellence, a thriving social scene and a place where you can meet interesting people from all over the world.

The big plus for Manchester, especially for those daunted by the size of London, is that despite it being a major city, it is surprisingly compact. The University of Manchester and much of its accommodation are close to the very heart of Manchester and all that it has to offer.

Manchester is easily accessible, whether you are travelling from another part of the UK or from overseas, meaning that you can travel throughout the UK with relative ease.

  • Manchester International Airport is just 20 minutes from the university
  • Over 25% of the UK's motorway network runs through the Manchester area
  • London is just over two hours by train

Travelling in and around Manchester is straightforward. The city is well served by a modern tram network and it has excellent bus and train links.

For those wanting to escape the bustle of the city for a while, 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. Exchange students often find time to visit historic towns such as York, Chester, Edinburgh and Oxford which are all accessible from Manchester. Quieter market towns and villages are also within easy travelling distance.

The city is steeped in history but which, at the same time, is impressively contemporary. Architecture is redbrick Victorian. Beyond this English heritage, the city has a range of cultural influences, reflected in the cuisines available for example Armenian, Argentinean, Italian, French and Greek to name a few. You will also come across the thriving China Town and the Curry Mile, the latter a buzzing concentration of Indian and Pakistani restaurants at the far end of the student corridor. In addition, the city is home to world famous orchestras such as The Halle and BBC Philharmonic, the famous Royal Exchange Theatre, the restored Palace Theatre, and many libraries, museums and art galleries. Manchester is also home to two top-class football (soccer) teams - Manchester United and Manchester City.

The University and Student Life

The University of Manchester has a distinguished heritage that started back in 1824. It is the largest university in the United Kingdom, and receives more applications than any other university in the country. The university currently has over 40,000 students and more than 10,500 staff and boasts no fewer than 23 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students.

Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK with 2000 on-site students and over 200 teaching staff. MBS provides world-class business and management education and is a progressive school, delivering cutting edge business thinking and teaching. The 2009 FT Global Business School rankings rate the MBS Doctoral Program as the best in the world. MBS is ranked 5TH in the UK, 12th in Europe and 32nd in the world. MBS is also one of a select number of business schools which has achieved the 'triple crown' of AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS accreditation.

As an international student, the university warmly welcome you and provide many opportunities for you to meet and socialize with other British and international students throughout the semester. The University of Manchester campus is situated just south of the city center, placing it within walking distance to many of the area's museums, galleries, and social hotspots. There are also many academic and recreational activities on campus to which you will have full access as an exchange student.

Term Dates

Fall: mid September - mid December
Spring: late January - mid June

Courses Available

Use our course equivalency database to see what courses taught at University of Manchester would apply to your UF degree!

Undergraduate exchange students should only choose from the MBS courses offered to exchange students.

The course listings are updated every year in April/May.

Academic prerequisites: All courses listed are available to students with a good level of Management knowledge. The home institution should approve the course choices and only recommend students capable of following the chosen subjects. You should be guided by indications of pre-requisites as shown on course outlines and should ensure that equivalent pre-requisites have been fulfilled.

Full-time workload: The full workload for the year is 120 MBS credits - 60 MBS credits per semester. Undergraduate exchange students should take six 10 credit courses per semester but are permitted to take a minimum of five 10 credit courses. A 10 credit course is equal to five ECTS credits. Undergraduate exchange students are not permitted to take less than five courses.

Semester one only students: Undergraduate students attending in semester one only are able to choose from a selection of semester one and full year courses. If students wish to leave in December and not return for the examination period in January, the home institution should complete the appropriate section on the course choice form supplied with the MBS acceptance pack. These students will be given special assessment arrangements in place of examinations for their chosen courses in the form of coursework/essays, group projects etc. Some extended January deadlines for submission of coursework may be given and students will be advised on the submission process on arrival.

Semester two and full year: Students are expected to be in attendance for all examinations. Full year students are not permitted to take special assessments in place of examinations.

Grade Conversion
Manchester grade from Manchester grade to UF
60 100 A
57 59 B+
50 56 B
47 49 C+
40 46 C
38 39 D+
35 37 D
0 34 E
Credit Conversion
Manchester credit ECTS credit UF credit
10 5 3
12 6 4
20 10 6
30 15 9

1 ECTS credit = .6 UF credit

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at MBS
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,400
Housing $2,620 $3,900
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $1,600
Books $540 $100
Transportation $270 $150
Visa --- $0
Total $9,765 $11,375


Students who choose to study at Manchester Business School may stay in university accommodations or private accommodations depending on availability and/or preference. Please see the MBS website for more details.


The currency is England is the Pound (GBP).

Travel Opportunities

Manchester is located in the geographical center of the UK and benefits from a modern and efficient transportation network. The city has two main rail stations which provide direct access to most major cities in Great Britain, including London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In addition, the Manchester Airport (just 15 minutes from campus) connects to 56 international destinations, making travel within Europe easy and convenient. When large city life gets overwhelming, students have access to some of the most dramatic, unspoiled and picturesque countryside in the United Kingdom. The Peak and Lake Districts, the North Wales hills and coast, and the Pennine Hills are all within easy reach for students to explore.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Manchester nightlife is second to none. The city has a staggering number of bars, pubs and clubs: Deansgate Locks, Canal Street, Castlefield and Oxford Road all offer their own unique night out. Outside of London, Manchester offers the best range of theatres in the UK. The variety of venues means that there is always a combination of big shows and smaller productions running. As far as cinemas are concerned there are plenty of multiplexes but also smaller screens showing the less mainstream movies. Music lovers are spoilt for choice and you can find live music in the city on any night of the week, whether its rock, jazz or classical.

If you are keen to see some sport whilst you are in the UK, Manchester offers you plenty of opportunities as the home of Manchester United and Manchester City, Sale Sharks rugby club and the famous Old Trafford cricket ground. The sporting scene at the University of Manchester has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in keeping fit or in competitive sport. As well as the recreation facilities on and around the campus, such as the Commonwealth Games Aquatics Centre, squash courts and fitness rooms, there is a broad program of organized activities.

Manchester also enjoys a stupendous array of theatre venues, offering classics such as Shakespeare and Dickens to world-premieres. Many museums can be found in the city from the Museum of Science and Industry, Urbis, a state-of-the-art museum to the Imperial War Museum, an award winning building by international architect Daniel Libeskind.


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Contacts Abroad

Sue Fidalgo
International Coordinator
Phone: 011 44 161 200 3515
Email (susan.m.fidalgo at

Andrew (Andy) Walker
International Coordinator
Phone: 011 44 161 306 3503
Email (andrew.walker at