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MBA Business Administration / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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. 

Please see the Full-Time MBA entry requirements .

Young Potential Leaders (YPL)

To be considered for one of ten Young Potential Leader places on the Full-time MBA programme you must:

- Be a British citizen

- Hold a first class bachelor's degree  or  a bachelor's degree with upper second class results from a Russell Group University and a Masters degree with distinction from a Russell Group University

- Have less than three years' work experience and be a British citizen

For more details, please see our full Young Potential Leaders entry requirements

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Class size is circa 100 students typically from 30 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.

Please also use this form if you are applying for the Young Potential Leaders entry route.

How to apply:

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-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 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 expert Postgraduate Careers Service has the contacts, resources and guidance to help you achieve your career goals.

Open days

We hold information sessions on-campus, in London and online, 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 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MBA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £41,000 (Fee Collected by School)
    International students (per annum): £41,000 (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

We estimate the cost of living for a single student to be £15,200 for the duration of the programme. Those bringing a partner or family should budget for approximately £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 on a rolling basis in the form of £5,000, £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 awards. A small amount of larger scholarships are available for highly-exceptional candidates who complete a separate application and attend an assessment day here at the school. Please check the  Alliance MBS Website  for the most recent information.

Manchester Loyalty Bursary

The following candidates will be eligible for an Alliance Manchester Business School Loyalty Bursary: 20% discount on the Full-time MBA programme tuition fee (£41,000 for September 2016 entry)

  • If you hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Manchester (or former UMIST).  

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

Contact details

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