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University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School

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For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated November, 2019

Academic Information

Course Information

  • Undergraduate level exchange only.
  • MBS courses offered to exchange students
  • Students attending in semester one only are able to choose from a selection of semester one and full year courses.
  • Examination period for semester one (Sep-Jan): some courses will allow special assessment arrangements so that you finish your assessments in late December.
  • 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.

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - June
  • Semester one: September - January
  • Semester two: January - June

Manchester Business School semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

The minimum course load is 60 MBS credits (six 10 credit courses) per semester, but you may be permitted to take a minimum of five 10 credit courses per semester.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Manchester Business School Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

You may also want to read the University of Manchester Exchange Experiences.

The University, City and Region

The University

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.

Alliance Manchester Business School (MBS) 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 2008 Financial Times rankings rate the MBS Doctoral Programme as the best in the world. MBS is ranked 22nd in the world MBA rankings, 9th in Europe and 4th in the UK. MBS is also one of a select number of business schools which has achieved the ‘triple crown’ of AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS accreditation.

The University of Manchester

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The City of Manchester and Region

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 away by train

You will find that 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.

The City of Manchester

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Further Information

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