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Degree awarded
18 months full-time.
Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Normally an honours degree, or the equivalent, from any academic background plus a minimum of three years' postgraduate work experience with strong career progression. If you do not have a first degree, you may be eligible if you have significant work experience.

If you are applying under the Young Potential Leader's entry-route then we require:

  • a First Class honours degree is required (preferably from a Russell Group University) or
  • a bachelor's degree with a second class upper classification from a Russell Group University and a Masters degree with distinction from a Russell Group University

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Typical class size of 80-100 students from over 25 nationalities.
How to apply

The Manchester Full-time MBA has a tailored application form. Please do not complete an application using the general University of Manchester postgraduate application form.

How to apply

The MBA Young Potential Leader's entry-route has a separate application process. Do not use the standard Full-time MBA application form.

How to apply : MBA Young Potential Leader's entry-route

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

If you have the stamina to take it on, the triple accredited Manchester MBA can help transform your career and change your life in 18 months. We ensure you get a thorough grounding in business theory, then give you the opportunities to put it into practice with international projects, live consultancy work and internships with high profile, multinational corporations. Our unique, hands-on approach to learning gives you more client-facing hours than almost any other MBA course - nearly six months' worth - so you can test theories immediately in real world situations and won't feel completely removed from the commercial environment.You will gain international experience through project work, the International Exchange Programme, and the chance to take an elective offered on our Global (Part-time) MBA Programme at one of our global centres in Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Miami and São Paolo.The MBA is the first step of your journey; where you are at the end is up to you. If you have the determination to build your own networks and develop your own career opportunities, our dedicated MBA Careers Service has the contacts, resources and expert guidance to help you achieve your career goals.

Open days

We hold information sessions on-campus, in London, as well as attending international recruitment fairs worldwide.

Check our events pages for more information and the latest dates.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MBA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £40,000 (Fee Collected by School)
    International students (per annum): £40,000 (Fee Collected by School)

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Expenses for a single student (estimated):

  • Total Living Expenses for one year: £9,600 (£800 per month)
  • Total Living Expenses for 19 months: £15,200

Expenses for a student coming to Manchester with their partner/family

  • Total Living Expenses for one year: £15,000 (£1,250 per month)
  • Total Living Expenses for 19 months: £23,750



A range of part-tuition fee scholarships are available for British, EEA, and international candidates, as well as for candidates with specific industry backgrounds.

Scholarships are generally awarded at £5,000, £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 . A small amount of larger scholarships are available for exceptional candidates who attend an assessment centre. Please check the MBS website for most recent information.

Manchester Loyalty Bursary

The following candidates will be eligible for a Manchester Business School Loyalty Bursary: 20% discount on the Full-time MBA programme tuition fee (£38,800 for September 2014 entry)

  • If you hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Manchester (or former UMIST).
  • If you have successfully completed the Manchester Business School High Flyers or AMAC Programme.

The Alumni Bursary discount will be applied to the fees remaining after any scholarship has been awarded.

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Business School
+44 (0)161 275 6414
+44 (0)161 275 6556
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