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Application Process for Full-Time MBA

Please review the entry requirements and read the instructions on this page carefully before you apply. Our friendly admissions team can advise you through every stage of the process and provide support to help you settle in the vibrant city of Manchester. We can also put you in contact with current MBA students and  ambassadors. If you have any questions during the application process, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk l +44 (0)161 275 6365

Programme start date: 1 September 2020

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How to prepare your MBA application

To apply for the Full-time MBA you will need to submit a complete application. A complete application includes the online application form and all of the following application documents. To be considered in a particular admissions stage, you must submit all of your documents by the application deadline. After submitting the online application form, please email the following documents with your full name and FT MBA Applicant in the subject title to Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

  • CV
  • Admission essay
  • Degree transcript(s) and certificate(s) or professional qualifications
  • Admissions test report: GMAT, GRE (or MAT in some circumstances)
  • English Language score report (if applicable)

We also require:

  • At least one reference (we will email your referees our online reference form after you submit the application form)
  • Video assessment (we will send you the invitation to take the assessment after you submit the application form)

Before you apply, please review the entry requirements and read the application guidelines in the section below. If you have any questions please contact our friendly team: Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Your CV is an important part of our assessment. Please email your CV with your other application documents to Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

The minimum work experience requirement is at least three years’ post-graduation work experience with strong consistent career progression and achievement.

Your CV/résumé should have a simple clear well-formatted layout, no more than two pages in length. Please make sure your CV includes the following information.

Professional experience

  • Each job you have taken since graduating from your undergraduate degree (if you have one) in reverse chronological order, starting with your current position.
  • Include the month/year start and end date, company name, job title and salary for each position undertaken.
  • If you have worked in more than one position for the same company, please show each position separately to highlight your career progression.
  • For each position, include bullet points of your key responsibilities and achievements; and if relevant include information about any management experience and reporting levels.
  • It is good practice to include a one or two-line description of the context in which each company operates, for example: Global investment advisory firm with operations in 8 countries and $36B USD AUM.

Academic credentials

  • Details of all your qualifications, including your Bachelor’s degree, any Master's degree, postgraduate diplomas/specialisations and professional qualifications.
  • Any academic distinctions, honours or awards.

Please email your essay (maximum one A4 pages) with your other application documents to Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

In your essay, please include information about the following:

  1. Why do you feel it is the right time in your career to study an MBA and why would you like to gain a place on the Manchester MBA?
  2. What are your immediate goals after you complete the programme?
    • How do you believe your previous experience and transferable skills, combined with the Manchester MBA, will help you to achieve your goals?
    • Which industry sector(s) and companies are your preferred target and which country/region would you like to work in?
  3. What is your plan B if you are unable to achieve your preferred goals immediately?
  4. What are your longer-term aspirations?

Please submit a scanned copy of your official degree transcript(s) and certificate(s) with your other application documents to Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

  • If your original document is not in English, you must provide a translation from a certified translator.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, you need to provide the grading scale from the university where you are studying.

Your transcript(s) should show:

  • The type of degree awarded
  • Date of enrolment and date your degree was conferred (date of graduation)
  • The courses you took; the marks you achieved
  • Your final result, GPA or average grade

If you have graduated from a UK university, we only require a copy of your certificate showing your degree classification (e.g. second class upper).

We reserve the right to contact your degree-awarding institutions and/or professional associations for further information in connection with your application if required.

Candidates without a degree

If you are applying as a non-degree candidate, please provide evidence of any the following, which could support the assessment of your academic ability to complete the MBA.

  • Professional qualification, such as ACCA, FCA, CIMA. If you have a professional qualification please provide:
    • A copy of your certificate proving you have been awarded the qualification
    • Proof of your membership of the professional body/organisation
  • Other academic qualifications
  • Any relevant training courses and certificates you have completed
  • Examples of where you have demonstrated expert knowledge in your business area, for example:
    • Public speaking engagements at industry conferences
    • Delivering expert training
    • Reporting specialist knowledge to the Board or other high-level Committee
    • Writing articles for business publications

We will request your references after you submit your application form, using the contact details you provide in the form. We do not need to receive your references by the application deadline, however we will need to receive them before making a decision.

  • When completing the application form, you should include the contact details of your two referees. The referee's contact email should be their company email address. 
  • We will ask your referees to complete our official online reference form, therefore do not ask your referees to submit a reference letter. The form is a simple questionnaire which is quick to complete and when submitted is delivered automatically to the MBA Admissions Team.
  • Your referees should ideally be people you report to directly or indirectly in your current company and are able to comment on your professional achievements and skills. If at the time you apply you do not wish to inform your employer, you can use a referee from a previous company. As the MBA is a post-experience programme, we do not accept academic references.

It is a requirement to take an admissions test, normally GMAT or GRE. Please review the Full-time MBA entry requirements for details.

  • When choosing which application deadline to apply by, consider your test date. We normally expect that you have taken the admission test and have the result prior to applying. You should include the details of your admission test score in the application form and submit the score report with your supporting documents.
  • If your test date is before the next application deadline, your application can still be reviewed. You should include your test date in the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit the application form and submit proof of your test registration with your supporting documents.
  • Do not choose the MAT option in the application form unless you have received a formal invitation, otherwise your application will not be considered.

Admissions test score verification

We also need to verify your result in the GMAT or GRE online verification system, therefore if you have not already made your official test score report available to us, please arrange to do so.

GMAT

  • Click to view instructions on the GMAT website
  • GMAT: Our institution code is N1C-XL-39.
  • We are listed as University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School - MBA, Full Time - Manchester

GRE

  • Click to view instructions on the GRE website
  • GRE: Our GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code is 1433
  • We are listed as University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School MBA

Please check carefully if you are required to take an official English language test. The only exceptions are candidates who fit the categories outlined in detail in the Full-time MBA entry requirements. Please check carefully, as due to UK immigration regulations no other exemptions are permitted.

  • When choosing which application deadline to apply by, consider your test date. We normally expect that you have taken your test and have the result prior to applying. You should include the details of your English test score in the application form and submit the score report with your supporting documents.
  • If your test date is a short time after the application deadline and before the next deadline, your application can still be reviewed. You should include your test date in the application form. If not, you will not be able to submit the application form and submit proof of your test registration with your supporting documents.

English test score verification

We also need to verify your English result using the test organisation's online verification systems. If you have not already made your official test score report available to us, please arrange to do so.

TOEFL

  • The University of Manchester institution code is 0757.  Click to view instructions on the TOEFL website

IELTS

  • Make your test score available to The University of Manchester so that we can validate your score online. IELTS website

PTE Academic

  • Make your test score available to the University of Manchester so that we can validate your score online. Click to view instructions on the PTE website

Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced

  • Email us your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Confirmation of Entry) and then we can verify your result online.

Indian Standard X11 Examination

Application stages and deadlines

You need to submit a complete application including the supporting documents: CV, essay, academic documents and test scores, by the deadline for the application stage. Make sure you are prepared. Your application will be considered for your chosen round only if it is completed by the deadline date. We will request your references after you submit your application form using the contact details you provide. We do not need to receive your references by the application deadline, however we will need to receive them before making a decision.

After you have submitted your application, we will email you an invitation to take the online video assessment, which you must complete by the corresponding video assessment deadline. When your application and video assessment are both complete, we will review your application and if your initial application is successful, you will be invited for a personal interview.

We strongly advise you to submit your application and your supporting documents at least a few days in advance of the deadline to ensure all aspects of your application are completed on time. This will give our admissions team the chance to process your application and let you know if anything is missing; it will also give you more time to complete the video assessment.

Choose to apply when you can present your best application. There is no disadvantage to being admitted by applying in a later round. Scholarships are awarded when an offer is made, therefore if you are an international student and intend to apply for a scholarship, we advise you to apply at the latest by stage 7.

If you need any assistance or advice, please contact our friendly admission team Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Stage / Round

Application form & application document deadline

Video assessment deadline

Decision date (latest date you will receive a decision)

1

Thursday 19 September 2019

Monday 7 October 2019

Friday 8 November 2019

2

Thursday 10 October 2019

Monday 21 October 2019

Friday 22 November 2019

3

Thursday 7 November 2019

Monday 18 November 2019

Friday 20 December 2019

4

Thursday 5 December 2019

Monday 16 December 2019

Friday 31 January 2020

5

Monday 6 January 2020

Monday 13 January 2020

Friday 21 February 2020

6

Thursday 6 February 2020

Monday 17 February 2020

Friday 20 March 2020

7

Thursday 12 March 2020

Monday 23 March 2020

Friday 1 May 2020

8

Thursday 16 April 2020

Monday 27 April 2020

Friday 29 May 2020

9 (Final international)

Thursday 21 May 2020

Monday 1 June 2020

Monday 29 June 2020

10 (UK & EU only)

Monday 1 June 2020

Monday 8 June 2020

Monday 29 June 2020

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Online video assessment

This year, we are including a video assessment as part of our application process.  

Why are we introducing a video assessment? We understand that the traditional essays and test scores only tell us part of your ‘story’.  The video assessment provides you with an opportunity to share what you will bring to our unique MBA in a more personal way. We hope the video assessment will bring to life the person we have learned about on paper from your application.

After you have submitted your application, we will email you an invitation to take the online video assessment. You will take the video assessment on the ‘Kira Talent’ platform and the email will come from no-reply@kiratalent.com. Please save this email address to your safe list so that the invitation does not go to your junk mail.

You must complete the video assessment by the corresponding video assessment deadline for the application stage. Your application will not be assessed until both your application and your video assessment are complete.

The video assessment comprises of four questions, which are designed to be answered without preparation in real-time. This will help us gain a sense of your personality, potential and communication skills, particularly your ability to think on your feet and communicate in a concise manner.

The four questions are as follows:

  • One motivation-based question
  • Two competency-based questions
  • One random light-hearted question

The motivation-based question gives you the opportunity to tell us why you feel you need an MBA and why you think the Manchester MBA is the right fit for you.

The two competency-based questions are designed to be a little more challenging, like the typical question you might receive in a job interview. The first competency-based question is around the topic of leadership and problem-solving. For example: "The Manchester MBA aims to develop leaders that not only understand their corporations but also understand their people, how to motivate and how to lead them. Describe a time when you faced a challenge leading a project; what did you do to resolve the situation and what did you learn from the experience?"

The second competency-based question is around the topic of teamwork and empathy. For example:"The Manchester MBA involves working in teams on live consulting projects for external clients. Tell us about a time when you were working in a team and there was a conflict in the team. What did you do to address this situation and what did you learn from this experience?" 

The whole video assessment should only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although we advise you to spend some time getting familiar with the system and the questions by answering as many of the practice questions as you like.

Once you start the actual assessment, you only have one chance to answer each question and it is not possible to replay the questions. You will have 45 seconds of preparation time and 90 seconds to respond. The system will automatically submit your recording after that time and move to the next question.

You can practice as much as you like!

When you register in the system, you will see there are two practice questions by default. However, you can take as many as you want until you feel comfortable! 

Competency-based questions are designed to let you talk about an experience or challenge you have faced and highlight your skills. Think of some experiences that you have had that you can use as examples. Remember you only have 90 seconds to answer, so make sure you have time to tell us not just the example but also about your actions and skills.

In order to complete your assessment, you will need the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac OS).
  • Strong internet connection
  • Front-facing camera (built-in or external)
  • Microphone (built-in or external, headset/headphones will work too)
  • Speakers (built-in or external)

We know from recording the questions ourselves that talking to a camera is not as easy as it seems and we are not expecting you to be a superstar video presenter! We simply want to have the opportunity to get to know you a little better. 

We will make a holistic review of all the elements of your application. The video assessment, like test scores, is simply an extra element to help with our initial assessment. There are no right or wrong answers, this is not a test to pass or fail. Most importantly, we are not testing your English language skills or your accent. Don't worry, most of our students are not native English speakers!

We would like to get to know the authentic you, so try to answer the questions drawing on your experience, be confident, show your personality and let your uniqueness shine. 

The video assessment will not replace face-to-face admissions interviews used in the final stage of the admissions process, as the depth of conversation and personal interaction is an invaluable part of the process.

 

You can practice as much as you like, however once you start the assessment questions, you only get one chance to answer and it is not possible to replay the questions. We will not give a second opportunity to take the assessment unless Kira Talent (the owner of the platform) informs us that there were technical issues during your assessment.

If you are not happy with your responses, there are other areas of the application where you can shine.

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“The admissions team is very friendly with professionals who exhibit care and warmth. Throughout the process, they gave me personalised advice and promptly responded to my queries. It made a big difference in convincing me that I was coming to a business school that truly cares.”

Ankit Katyal, Class of 2017 Innovation Program Manager, Merck Group

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