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
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
- 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)
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
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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?
- 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?
Academic qualification documents
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 an offer.
- 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.
Admissions test score
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 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, 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.
- 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
- 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
English language test
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.
- The University of Manchester institution code is 0757. Click to view instructions on the TOEFL website
- Make your test score available to The University of Manchester so that we can validate your score online. IELTS website
- 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
- 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
- Submit a copy of your score report with your other application documents to Full-timeMBA.Admissions@manchester.ac.uk
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 an offer.
If your application is completed on the application deadline, 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 the maximum amount of 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
Thursday 19 September 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Thursday 10 October 2019
Monday 21 October 2019
Thursday 7 November 2019
Monday 18 November 2019
Thursday 5 December 2019
Monday 16 December 2019
Monday 6 January 2020
Monday 13 January 2020
Thursday 6 February 2020
Monday 17 February 2020
Thursday 12 March 2020
Monday 23 March 2020
Thursday 16 April 2020
Monday 27 April 2020
9 (Final international)
Thursday 21 May 2020
Monday 1 June 2020
10 (UK & EU only)
Monday 1 June 2020
Monday 8 June 2020
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.
Deadline for taking the video assessment
If your application is complete (including your online application, essay, test scores, and academic documents) on the application deadline 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 email@example.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. For example for stage 1, if your application is complete on Thursday 19 September, within the next two days you will receive an invitation by email to take the video assessment. You must complete the video assessment by Monday 30 September.
Your application will not be assessed until both your application and your video assessment are complete. If your application and video assessment are not complete by the deadlines, we will change your application to the next admissions round.
What does the video assessment comprise?
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 video assessment comprises:
- One motivation-based question
- Two competency-based questions
- One random light-hearted question
The motivational 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, more like the typical question you might receive in a job interview.
The first competency 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 question is around the topic of teamwork and empathy. For example:
How long does the video assessment take?
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 assessment, you only get 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 video will shut off after that time.
Can you practice?
You can practice as much as you like!
When you register in the Kira system with your invitation, you will see there are practice questions. You can take as many of these as you like until you feel comfortable with the system.
Some of the practice questions are shorter than the assessment questions. You might also want to practice some other competency-based questions, as if you are preparing for a job interview. Think of some experiences that you have had that you can use as examples. Competency-based questions are designed to let you talk about an experience or challenge you have faced and highlight your skills. 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.
What equipment do you need?
- You will require an internet-connected computer with a functioning webcam and microphone
- You will not be able to do the assessment using a smart pad or mobile phone
How will we use the video assessment in our decisions?
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 would like to get to know the authentic you, so just be yourself, enjoy the experience and do not overthink it.
We will take 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. Some candidates are good at standardised tests, some great at writing essays, others are not but could be a great fit the Manchester MBA and show their talents in other ways. There are no right or wrong answers, this is not a test to pass or fail. 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.
Can you retake the assessment?
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. We understand that this is not an easy task and as mentioned before, we do not expect perfect performances!
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