Manchester Metropolitan University

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

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:

  • The programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) - a significant benchmark of quality, awarded to just 42 of 120 Business Schools in the UK. 
  • Our MBA programmes are also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which means you gain an additional Level 7 CMI Diploma in Management as well as your MBA qualification. 
  • Our MBA students have automatic student/affiliate membership of the CMI and are guaranteed full membership of the Institute upon graduation without any further assessment.
  • MBA students are also entitled to preferential membership fees for the Institute of Directors (IOD) 
  • An integral part of the MBA includes an international study tour. Previous tours have included Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Ljubljana and Prague. You will observe management practice in different organisational and cultural settings, with factory visits and presentations from entrepreneurs, consultants and government officials as well as lectures from the associate university. All hotel, flights and subsistence costs are covered by your course fees.
  • You will be taught in the multi award-winning Business School’ on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
  • The Corporate Scholarship (15% reduction of student tuition fees) is a new scholarship that rewards students whose organisation encourages the development of two or more employees through the EMBA programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • There are also Scholarships available.
  • Early in the programme a management development residential takes place in the Peak District. This enables you to achieve a number of learning objectives, participate in team building opportunities, find out more about your studies and meet your fellow MBA students in an informal environment. All hotel and subsistence costs are covered by your course fees.
  • We invite guest speakers to discuss pertinent strategic and operational issues from a range of organisations including SMEs and entrepreneurial start ups.
  • A commercial/industrial visit programme complements the theories taught and typically includes Jaguar LandRover, Roberts Bakery, Siemens, Manchester United, The BBC and BDO Stoy Hayward.
  • You will have the full support of a dedicated careers adviser to assist with CV construction, career development and applying for jobs after completing your MBA.
  • Our alumni association offers opportunities for continuous learning and networking as well as entitlement to a range of alumni benefits. There is a strong commitment to the development of a lively MBA alumni network, supported by the regional Association of MBAs alumni network which brings together accredited schools from the North West.
  • All programme materials are available online via a virtual learning environment (using Moodle).

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

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

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Operations Management
  • Reflective Personal Leadership 
  • Strategic Marketing 

Phase 2

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

  • Accounting & Financial Management 
  • Global Economic Environment
  • Strategic Management 

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. 

  • Acquisition for Paid and Organic Channels
  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Leading Change and Creativity in the Organisation
  • Performance Management for Business Workforce
  • Governance, Risk and Control
  • Strategy for Integrated Communications
  • Service Quality and Commissioning
  • Transformation Leadership

Phase 3

  • MBA Dissertation

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. 

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Operations Management
  • Reflective Personal Leadership
  • Strategic Marketing 

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. 

  • Accounting & Financial Management 
  • Acquisitions for Organic & Paid Channels
  • Global Economic Environment
  • Strategy for Integrated Communications 

Phase 3

  • Digital Management Dissertation

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.

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People 
  • Operations Management 
  • Reflective Personal Leadership
  • Strategic Marketing

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:

  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Global Economic Environment
  • Governance, Risk and Control

Phase 3

  • Financial Services Dissertation

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

We see the assessment as not only a device for determining your performance but also a vehicle to enhance learning. Consequently we use a range of assessment methods including assignments, time-constrained activities, exams and presentations.

Assessment on the MBA reflects a learning process that is based on two complementary approaches to management learning that we have developed at Manchester Met. One is based on theories of learning and knowing that emphasise active learning, by which we mean experiencing, participating through discussion, problem solving, and working in groups on assignments, projects and case studies. Our experience is that students deepen their knowledge and understanding through engaging with real-life problems and the key to successful progression appears to be the element of review and critical reflection. This is a learning process where people alternate between ‘engagement’ and ‘critical detachment’.
The other is based on the view that management learning can be made more effective if managers are exposed to methods of thinking and knowing from the social sciences. Research into management suggests that the problems and methods adopted by the social sciences to study human behaviour may not be very different from the skills and ideas adopted by effective managers.
All this suggests that the knowledge and skills in professional development are multifaceted and the MBA recognises these different dimensions. The assessment package as a whole is designed to assess achievement across a wide range of different knowledge and skills. In Parts 1 and 2, a mix of assignments and examinations are used. As most students are all generally in full time employment, the assessments are set so that they can relate them to their work – and are in assignment form. After completing the taught element of the programme, you will undertake a dissertation and are strongly encouraged to undertake a consultancy project type or enterprise dissertation.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical 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.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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.

Apply online now

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.

Career options after the course

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.

Course Enquiries

For general enquiries, entry requirements, fees, accommodation and more, please contact the course enquiries team.

Questions about the course content can be answered by the course leader, Sara Ward.

Email or find out more about the course leader

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.