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Degrees for busy professionals

Are you a busy professional looking to develop new skills and knowledge while you continue to work full-time? At Alliance Manchester Business School, we offer a growing portfolio of blended learning Masters degrees that you can study alongside your professional and personal commitments.

Blended learning is an increasingly popular delivery mode for part-time degree courses. This study format combines e-learning with workshop residentials (typically two per year), making it an ideal choice for busy lives. It is also referred to as ‘distance learning’ or ‘online learning’.

Part-time degrees are ideal for busy professionals who want to study at their own pace. So, if you are looking to study a Master’s degree at a highly-ranked business school without putting your career on hold, blended learning could be for you. It is also ideal for those who are unable to study full-time for financial reasons.

At Alliance Manchester Business School, blended learning degrees include a mix of online learning and experiential workshops.

Online learning

  • Bespoke e-learning hub developed by Alliance Manchester Business School’s in-house technologists
  • Scenario-based online teaching
  • Online study materials
  • Discussion boards
  • Online resources eg handbooks, timetables and reading lists
  • Quizzes and assignments
  • Student support area

Workshop residentials

  • Face-to-face teaching at experiential workshop residentials two/three times a year (depending on the course)
  • Workshops take place Manchester and/or our global locations: Dubai, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and the USA (MBA courses only)
  • Teaching focuses on ‘action learning’, so you will apply what you have learned to real-life business scenarios and group assignments
  • Collaborate with talented, likeminded professionals
  • Network with peers from different countries and industries
  • Take time out from your day-to-day responsibilities and focus

Typically, there are no exams or dissertations and assessment is continuous through a mix of assignments and group projects.

The curriculum and course materials are developed by Alliance Manchester Business School’s world-renowned academics. Our team is based in Manchester and travels the world to teach at workshops. So, wherever you are based, you can receive a University of Manchester education.

Reasons to study with Alliance MBS

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Workshops in Manchester and our global locations


Over 25 years' experience in blended learning

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Study at a triple-accredited business school – wherever you are in the world

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Joint courses with our business school partners: Kelley, FGV and Tongji