Study in the UK

Want to study in the UK? Interested in Jewish or Judaic studies? The Centre welcomes students studying in Manchester for a year, either as part of their home-based undergraduate degree or independently of such a programme.



  • The UK's largest single-site university;
  • The UK's most popular university, receiving more applications for undergraduate study than any other British university;
  • In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), Manchester was rated third in the UK behind only Oxford and Cambridge in terms of 'research power';
  • Guaranteed accommodation for international students;
  • In the 2011 Shanghai Jiao Tong Ranking of the World's Top 500 Universities, Manchester was placed 38th in the world and fifth in the UK;
  • No fewer than 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst our current and former staff and students;
  • 4 million books in one of the best UK university libraries.
  • Manchester is a truly multicultural university, home to around 7,400 international students from 180 countries.


Have you ever dreamed of getting your graduate degree in the UK? There are obvious advantages, such as enjoying the European lifestyle and gaining valuable international experience while you study, but have you considered all the other benefits?

Full-time and visiting options for undergraduate degrees
- It is possible to study in Manchester for full degrees or just as part of your undergraduate degree elsewhere (for example, as part of the Erasmus+ scheme). See details for Jewish Studies undergraduate programmes.

One and three year postgraduate degrees - Most Masters degrees are just one year long in the UK, compared to two in many other countries. That puts you a year ahead in your career and substantially reduces your overall costs. See details for the MA in Jewish Studies. As doctorate degree programs are only three years long, you can easily fulfill your ambitions of gaining a PhD in Jewish Studies.

International Reputation - A UK degree has global respect and a well-deserved reputation for quality and high standards. The University of Manchester and its Centre for Jewish Studies are particularly well regarded. As well as gaining an internationally recognized education, you will have excellent career prospects, higher potential earnings once your studies are complete and your resume will stand out from the crowd.  The Dept of Religions & Theology, in which the CJS is based, is the only Theology/Religions Dept in the UK with both a 5-star (perfect score) research rating and a 24/24 (perfect score) teaching rating.

Specialization - Both research and taught degree (classroom-based) programmes are offered through which students have the opportunity to focus entirely on their chosen subject. Large numbers of US students come to the UK to pursue studies in Theology and Religions. See 'Why Jewish Studies?'

Research - UK graduate institutions receive global recognition for their successful multidisciplinary research. The authoritative success of British research attracts leading academics from around the world in every specialized field. See the list of PhD Jewish Studies dissertations currently in progress at Manchester.

Costs - A degree from the University of Manchester  is more affordable than you think, with tuition fees being comparable to those in the US. Of course, these shorter courses allow you to realise your earning potential a year ahead of your US counterparts. The UK allows to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) during term time and full time during breaks.

Jewish Community - Manchester boasts the second largest Jewish community in the UK outside London (over 30,000), and a large and active Jewish Student Union. There are therefore many opportunities for experiencing Jewish religious and social life. See some of the local community events and facilities available.

Ease of Application - Application to graduate study at UK institutions is usually free. A Graduate Application Pack is available free from The British Council USA for application to most institutions. Entrance requirements vary according to subject but generally you do not need to take a special test or exam to be accepted.


If you are a student at a university in any country outside the UK there are three ways you can join us at The University of Manchester for your period of study abroad (click on the headings for further information):

Study abroad
For students currently studying at a university that does not have an exchange agreement with The University of Manchester, who would like to spend either a full academic year or a single semester with us.

For students currently studying at a European university with which we have an Erasmus exchange agreement to spend either a year or a semester with us.

Exchange programmes (non-EU students)
For students studying at one of the universities with whom The University of Manchester has a formal exchange partnership.

Please note: these programmes are for students currently studying at another higher education institution who wish  to spend part of their degree at The University of Manchester. If you are interested in a full degree at Manchester, please visit:

For comprehensive and uptodate details, see the University of Manchester International Students webpage for prospective students. See also the International Society website.


For full details see the University of Manchester Study Abroad webpage.

The Study Abroad Handbook is intended to provide information for all students who wish to study at The University of Manchester as exchange or visiting students, from inside or outside the European Union (EU).

The University of Manchester has many exchange partners around the world. These partnerships enable eligible students based at these partner universities to spend either a year or semester with us, usually without independently paying any fees to The University of Manchester.

For a list of participating universities, visit partner universities

Exchange students are able to take advantage of a number of initiatives during their study in Manchester. These include:

  • A mentor scheme
  • Orientation programme
  • International Society membership