Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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At Manchester Met, our MBA programme will teach you all the skills you need to move to the next level of your business career. Our engaging course can be tailored to suit your goals, with a choice of modules available in the latter part of the course.

Our course is AMBA-accredited, and competitively priced, so anyone with the desire to succeed can come to us and achieve their aims. Many professionals who join our MBA programme enjoy promotions and career progression as a result of their studies.

As Manchester continues to grow as one of the UK’s most prominent business destinations, there has never been a better time to push yourself to the next level with Manchester Met.

Designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge business theory and practice, the MBA programme is ideal for those seeking to develop an executive career in industry, enterprise, consultancy, banking and the public sector. It is also ideal for those interested in developing their own business.

You can choose to study a general MBA programme, or opt to take a more specialised route: 

This course has an October start date.

Features and Benefits

Masterclass Series

As an MBA student, you will be able to attend many guest lectures throughout your study. We run an annual Masterclass series, where expert leaders from industry deliver insightful sessions to both current and prospective postgraduate students. 

Masterclass Series: Connected Leadership

Our spring Postgraduate Masterclass hosted in association with the Chartered Management Institute, hosted Dr Simon Heywood, CEO of Cirrus, who delivered a masterclass on how to build a more agile, customer driven business. 

Watch the highlights video. 

Additional benefits:

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Previous MBA graduates work in industry, consultancy, banking and the public sector as well as their own start-up businesses. The programme aims to provide excellent opportunities to enhance managerial competence and self-development, thereby improving promotional and career prospect.  Many of our students are successfully promoted within their companies or gain employment at a higher level whilst on the programme.

View our MBA alumni profiles here.

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Entry requirements

Our AMBA-accredited MBAs are for professionals with management experience and this is reflected in our entry requirements. We are delighted to offer places to applicants who meet either of the following criteria:

1. A minimum of three years relevant work experience plus a good (2:2) degree in any subject from a recognised university or an equivalent international, academic or professional qualification.


2. Significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Candidates meeting this criteria may not have previously studied at university.

Supporting references are required in all cases.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language ability. Our minimum requirements are: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT® 90 or TOEFL paper-based test 577.

Manchester Metropolitan University has a British Council accredited English Language Centre. Prospective students who do not have English as a first language are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-sessional English class in July and August. For students that require additional English language preparation prior to the MBA, we offer various English courses at different levels. For more details, please see


The GMAT exam, which measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills, is not normally required. However, if we do not recognise your previous qualifications you may be required to take GMAT.

Course details

Each of our MBA programmes is organised into three stages. In the first stage, you will be introduced to the functional disciplines of management and begin to develop the language of management and an understanding of the core concepts within the discipline.

During the second stage, and depending on the pathway you choose, subject material becomes even more integrative and the programme considers different aspects of strategic management in depth. You are challenged to view an organisation as a complete entity and to consider holistic, strategic approaches. You are also trained in consultancy and research methodologies in order to prepare for the next stage of the MBA.

In the final stage, you will complete a project. This can be a piece of business consultancy, based upon a real organisation, an enterprise project or a dissertation.

The units you will study include the following:

The Manchester Met MBA 

Phase 1

Phase 2

There are three core units of study, before choosing one option unit. 

Option units

This is where you can begin to walk your own path. You can choose one option unit to tailor your programme in line with your career targets. 

Phase 3

The MBA dissertation research project can be an enterprise project, business consultancy, or an empirical dissertation. Your project will be a combination of thorough research methods and will be a substantial piece of work of approximately 15,000 words, which will address a business research issue of your choice. If you are on one of the specialist pathways your dissertation will be based on an area that is relevant to that industry. Through this project, you will be able to draw upon the different strands of learning throughout.

MBA in Digital Management

Phase 1

The first step is our general MBA programme, where all students learn the essential skills necessary for any business field. 

Phase 2

The second stage of the Digital Management MBA is where you will take specialised units that will give you a greater understanding of what it takes to succeed in the world of digital media. 

Phase 3

MBA in Financial Services

Phase 1

The first step is our general MBA programme, where all students learn the essential skills necessary for any business field.

Phase 2

With the foundations of general business principles covered in phase one, you will move on to the second phase of the programme. The units in this timetable focus on different aspects of the financial services industry, preparing you for a range of business scenarios:

Phase 3

Leading, Managing & Developing People

The Unit provides a framework of knowledge and understanding of the HR function based on the critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. Theoretical perspectives that inform Leading, Managing and Developing People as well as critical viewpoints will be examined. 

Operations Management

The purpose of this unit is to explore world class operations management.  The unit will therefore cover top level management issues such as developing a focused operations strategy that is congruent with the company’s business and marketing strategies.  To this will be added understanding and practice of key operational techniques to enable delivery of the strategy.  The learning process is facilitated through course readings, lectures, videos, worked exercises, and contemporary case studies.

Reflective Personal Leadership

This Unit is positioned to enable students to consider their role as a leader and their practice of leadership.  It is designed to provide a framework for continuous development through self-awareness and critical reflective practice. 

Students will develop personal awareness through the use of psychometrics, critical reflective practice and peer learning (which provides space for reflective development of self, others and leadership practice).  

Strategic Marketing 

This units seeks to introduce students to the fundamentals of the role of strategic marketing  within a broad range of  organisations.

At the heart of most modern business lies the idea of marketing orientation - of finding out what it is that customers want or need, and then trying to fulfil this need profitably. The astute marketer therefore has to develop his or her skills in understanding how the external environment is changing, and what this means in terms of evolving customer tastes. Having determined how the external market place is changing, the task is then one of determining how best to structure the company's internal offering in a way that delivers profits to the company. 

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £3000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £3000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,000 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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