The Manchester MBA (Master of Business Administration) Degree
Challenge yourself. Change direction. Transform your career.
Why study an MBA? If you are looking to change career, relocate or secure a more challenging role, an MBA could be for you. Whatever your aspirations, the Manchester MBA will take you as far as you want to go.
Where can we take you?
What is an MBA (Masters of Business Administration)? An MBA is a globally-recognised master’s degree. It will provide you will skills and knowledge in all areas of business and management. This will enable you to take on senior leadership roles and thrive in today's competitive global landscape.
Why choose the Manchester MBA? We offer a range of full-time MBA, part-time MBA and online MBA courses. Our MBA curriculum focuses on ’learning-by-doing’, global study opportunities and flexibility. You'll start by studying the global business environment and core business and management courses (accounting, finance, marketing, operations and strategy). You'll also take on practical business projects and choose specialist electives. Our MBA cohorts are made up of talented professionals from across the globe. This international network will enrich your learning and open up a world of opportunities.
Our MBA is ranked 4th in UK
Practical learning with live business challenges
International network and six global locations
Manchester MBA Degrees
Full-time l Manchester + international opportunities l Min. 3 years’ experience | 18, 15 or 12 months
Part-time l Online + 6 workshops in Manchester, Dubai, Hong Kong,São Paulo, Shanghai or Singapore l Min. 3 years’ experience | 24 or 18 months
Joint MBA with Kelley School of Business, USA l Part-time l Online + 3 workshops in Indiana + Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore or Washington l Min. 3 years’ experience | 24 months
Facts and figures
One of few business schools worldwide with triple accreditation
101% average salary increase 3 years after graduating (FT Global MBA Ranking 2021)
Friday, March 26, 2021
Entrepreneurial students and recent graduates from across The University of Manchester took part in the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre’s annual business start-up competition and applied to win a slice of the Venture Further 2021 £75,000 prize fund to turn their innovative business ideas into reality. >>
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
At the start of 2020 Karen attended her first Global MBA workshops on campus and face to face. Once she was back to working her day job, the covid-19 crisis officially kicked off. Karen has recently been focused on the Bump it Forward campaign giving the public the chance to donate the cost of a vaccine to African countries. >>
Frequently asked questions
What is an MBA?
An MBA is a globally-recognised qualification that was established in the USA in the 1900s. Today, this qualification can be studied all over the world either full-time or via part-time online or blended learning.
The MBA curriculum is designed to help you understand the global business environment and study key areas of business and management, including finance, operations, marketing, strategy and accounting. This gives you the well-rounded knowledge you need to take on senior positions or start your own company. An MBA also helps you develop crucial skills for succeeding in an uncertain world, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, confidence and creativity.
Alongside core courses, a typical MBA curriculum includes business projects, international study opportunities, internships and electives courses that allow you to specialise in your areas of interest. This is complemented by focused career support, guest speaker and networking events, and social activities.
MBA degrees attract very talented, ambitious and international cohorts. This provides great opportunities for working collaboratively, building a network and developing cross-cultural understanding.
Is a UK MBA recognised in the USA?
An MBA from a world-class institution such as Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester is recognised around the world.
Rankings and accreditations are one way to guarantee the quality of an MBA programme. Alliance MBS holds triple accreditation from all three major MBA accrediting bodies (only a small group of business schools globally have this). We are also ranked 4th in the UK and in the top 30 globally by the 2021 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking.
Why should I do an MBA?
There are many reasons to study an MBA, which make it is an extremely popular qualification around the world. Some of the most popular reasons are:
- Faster career progression in your current company or industry
- Identify future opportunities
- Gain new skills and knowledge
- Improve existing skills and knowledge
- Reach a more senior position more quickly
- Get a higher salary
- Gain the necessary qualification for some positions, particularly in the USA
- Boost your CV with a globally-recognised qualification
- Meet like-minded people
- Switch careers, for example industry, job function or location – or all 3
- Make new business connections from around the world
- Start your own business
- Build global business knowledge by exploring business cultures in different global regions
- Challenge yourself
Is an MBA a Master’s?
Yes, an MBA is a Master’s degree (Master of Business Administration).
What is an MBA vs a Master's?
An MBA is a specific type of Master’s degree that gives you skills and knowledge in many areas of business and management.
Master’s degrees are often more specialised, so you can become an expert in one area such as accounting, occupational psychology or business analytics. However, there are also more general options, for example MSc Management.
Masters and MBA qualifications are recognised around the world, but an MBA is particularly well-regarded and widely-recognised as a ‘stamp of approval’ for senior leadership and board positions.
Age and experience
In the UK, an MBA is aimed at candidates with professional experience. Applicants for the Manchester MBA need at least 3 years of management experience and strong career progression. This means you are studying with an experienced and diverse class who you can learn from.
Masters students are typically 21-24 years old and come straight from an undergraduate degree, although some applicants have work experience.
Masters degrees are often studied full-time on-campus, although there is a growing range of online and blended learning options. An MBA can be studied full-time or part-time while you continue to work anywhere in the world.
Our Masters courses start at £12,500 for home students, but can cost up to £31,000 for courses such as accounting. Our MBA degrees range from £27,500 to £45,000, but the return on investment is potentially huge. For example, our MBA graduates typically enjoy an average 101% salary increase within three years of graduation (Financial Times 2021).
A range of scholarships and funding options are available for MBA and Master's degrees. For example, Alliance MBS offers MBA scholarships ranging from £5,000 up to £22,500, 20% alumni discount and loans through our partner, Lendwise.
Many companies have structured MBA hiring programmes and MBA internship programmes. For both MBA and Masters, business schools have strong links with corporate recruiters and offer excellent career support for students, such as internships, work placements, career workshops, career consultations and recruitment events.
Alliance MBA Master's degrees are typically assessed through a mix of exams, presentation, group projects, course work and a dissertation. Our MBA degrees are assessed through live business projects and ongoing assessments, with no exams or dissertation.
Will an MBA help my career?
An MBA is an excellent investment that will benefit your career in many ways. Graduates secure senior positions all over the world in different industries. An MBA can also help you change career completely, relocate to a new country or start your own business.
Having an MBA degree can boost your future earning potential significantly. Our MBA graduates typically enjoy a 101% salary increase three years after graduating, with an average salary of $133,956 (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021).
Can you do an MBA without a business-related degree?
You do not need to have a business-related degree. Our MBA students hold degrees in many different subjects and have experience across a range of industries, from medicine to media.
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