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MBA Programmes & Masters Degrees in Shanghai

Located at the heart of Shanghai, our China Centre was established in 2008 and is one of our largest overseas centres.


Global MBA students across China

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Blended-learning executive programmes and short courses

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Supports executives and alumni from across China

China and Manchester have enjoyed strong links for several decades and Alliance MBS was the first UK business school to open a dedicated executive centre in Shanghai. The Centre attracts China's most talented business people to study its growing portfolio of executive programmes.

Fast facts

  • Located in L’avenue, one of Shanghai's most famous landmark buildings
  • A pioneer in The University of Manchester's expansion, the Centre is continually developing online/blended-learning courses including MSc Financial Management, MA Educational Leadership in Practice.
  • The China Centre won the Tencent Education “China Business Education Benchmark Award of 2022", “Global Talent Development Star Institution of the Year " in 2021, and “Most Valued Brand of Business Education” in 2020.
  • The Manchester Global MBA was voted the ‘The Most Innovative MBA’ by The Best Education of China from 2016 to 2018
  • For the past four years, the China Centre has received ‘The Best Education of China Award’ from China Internet News Center
  • The Centre has an active corporate social responsibility programme, with activities such as the Bright Eye Project and Egg Walkathon campaign
  • In 2017, 'Manchester Cloud (Mcloud)' was officially launched, affiliated to the China Centre and the Manchester-China Forum. Mcloud links Chinese and British government organisations and Sino-UK talents in the fields of business, culture, art, education and science.
  • The region has eight different alumni clubs tailored for various industries including healthcare, marketing, telecommunications and entrepreneurship
  • The China Centre is bringing more online/blended-learning masters' courses to China to benefit more working professionals from difference industry backgrounds including finance, fashion and education

China Centre programmes

Two-year part-time blended learning MBA for executives from across China. Includes workshop residencies for core courses at our China centre; for elective courses you can travel to any global centre. We offer an accelerated 18-month programme for finance professionals. Discover more about the Global MBA >>

Two-year part-time Masters degree. Delivered online with four face-to-face workshops at our Shanghai centre. Discover more about the MSc Financial Management >>

An 18-month accelerated pathway of the Global MBA for some of our most senior MBA candidates. Candidates attend four core workshop residentials as a cohort in Manchester, Dubai and Hong Kong, then choose electives with workshops at any of our global centres. Discover more about the Global Executive MBA >>


Partner with us to access over 50 years of experience and expertise that spans multiple sectors. We collaborate closely with our partners to develop and implement bespoke packages to suit individual requirements. Our experts can help you:

  • Develop employees that think differently
  • Recruit the brightest talent
  • Address a specific business challenge
  • Transform working practices
  • Motivate employees
  • Boost performance

China Centre Strategic Talent Partners

  • ACCA
  • AstraZeneca
  • Chongqing Industrial Park
  • Chongqing Talent Market
  • CIMA
  • FESCO Adecco
  • GREE
  • Huawei
  • SanPower
  • Zhongrong International

Your choices

From courses to consultancy, we offer a range of programmes and services which can be tailored to meet your needs. Click an option below to explore and find out more:

  • Executive Education: Short courses for executives that develop skills in a specific area, such as leadership or strategy.
  • Executive Education customised programmes: Tailored training solutions, co-created with clients, which draw on relevant expertise from across the School and the wider University to address specific organisational development requirements.
  • Sponsored MBA: Sponsor individual employees on our Global Part-time MBA programme.
  • Customised MBA: Design a corporate MBA for a closed cohort of employees.
  • Postgraduate Careers Service: Recruit the brightest business graduates from our MSc and MBA programmes for a full-time role or internship. 
  • MBA consultancy projects: Hire an international group of Full-time MBA students as external consultants to solve a live business challenge. 
  • Sponsorship and partnerships: Associate your brand with a prestigious business school by sponsoring one of our corporate events or a student competition.

Three-day intensive workshops for full-time MBA candidates (travelling from Manchester) and part-time MBA candidates (travelling from any of our global centres). Discover more:

The Manchester Full-time MBA >>

The Manchester Global MBA >>

The Manchester Global Executive MBA >>


One-week study tour for our Full-time MBA candidates who travel from Manchester to attend a three-day workshop on international business alongside more experienced Global MBA candidates. The study tour also includes company visits and networking opportunities. Discover more about the Manchester Full-time MBA >>

China Centre success stories

Sharon Du
Sharon Du HR Director, AstraZeneca China
Jiawei Sun
Jiawei Sun Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Huawei Technologies
Seamon Shi
Seamon Shi Founder & CEO, IntraMirror
Dr Jian Li Principal, Healthcare Business, AWS Greater China (Amazon), Global MBA 2011
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Fabio Della Bianca General Manager, Wärtsilä China, Manchester Global MBA, Class of 2021
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Dr Carolyn Wang Engineering Director, Trane Technologies, Global MBA Class of 2015