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The Manchester Global Executive MBA

Are you a senior manager, high-level executive or experienced entrepreneur?

The Global Executive MBA is an 18-month accelerated pathway of the Global MBA for a closed cohort of senior MBA candidates with a minimum of 8 years of professional experience and significant managerial experience.

This MBA degree will equip you to lead effectively through uncertainty, seize opportunities to innovate in an ever-changing business landscape and solve the complex business challenges you face every day in a senior role.

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A closed cohort of some of our most experienced MBA candidates from all over the world

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Workshop residentials in up to 5 global locations

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How will I learn?

The Global Executive MBA is taught through a combination of highly-participative online learning and five global workshop residentials (26-35 days of face-to-face teaching based on number of face-to-face classes you take). This blended learning approach is ideal for fitting your studies around your work and home commitments, while still getting an equivalent amount of on-campus teaching time as many full-time MBA programmes.

Global workshop residentials

Most courses that you will study include an intensive, three-day workshop residential. These are a chance to immerse yourself in your studies, away from the distractions of daily life, focus on what you want to achieve and build a strong, supportive cohort. At the workshops, you will experience a challenging mix of experiential learning from renowned business experts and practitioners, and group work focusing on real business problems. Plus there’s the opportunity to network, socialise and make connections that could transform your career. To give you extra flexibility, for elective courses we offer some courses that have more online or face-to-face learning to suit your commitments.

Travelling cohort

Unlike the Global MBA, where workshops for core courses take place at your 'home' centre, our Global Executive MBA will immerse you in our global study locations. You will attend four core workshop residentials as a cohort in Manchester, Dubai and Singapore for greater exposure to international business culture, then choose your own electives at any of our global centres. We will provide 26 nights of accommodation across the three core global workshops locations.

Workshop schedule

July 2024 intake

Year one Months 13-18
16 -21 July 2024 (6 days in Manchester)

July 2025 (7 days in Manchester)

27 September - 4 October 2024 (7 days in Dubai)

September 2025: (6 days - choose up to 2 locations)

March 2025 (7 days in HK)


Online learning 

Our online teaching, learning and student support includes:

  • Dedicated online learning and support hub
  • Live online lectures and virtual workshops to support face-to-face workshops
  • Virtual office hours with world-leading academics
  • Online student surgeries
  • Digital library
  • Discussion forums
  • Pre-sessional study skills and foundational review courses 
  • Virtual guest speakers and networking opportunities

Typical course unit

  • Delivered online + three-day face-to-face workshop (either at the start or around the middle of the teaching period)
  • Typcially studied over a six-month period (some are shorter) with a total of 150 hours of study per unit
  • Taught from an applied perspective using practical elements, such as problem-solving, case studies, interactive activities and online quizzes, so you can apply your learnings immediately
  • Assessed by ongoing coursework with no exams (you will typically complete two individual/group assessments per unit) 
  • Informed by the latest cutting-edge research
  • Taught by world-leading academics with extensive expertise and teaching experience

Entry requirements, fees & scholarships

The Global Executive MBA is for our most senior MBA candidates, places are limited and entry is competitive. We aim to admit a cohort of senior leaders from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. 

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) pathway is designed for our most senior MBA candidates. 

In addition to meeting our Global MBA academic, admissions test and English requirements, candidates are required to demonstrate:

Substantial and significant professional experience in management roles, with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience. 

Applicants should currently be in a senior leadership position influencing the company’s strategy, decisions, and goals.

The average work experience in each GEMBA intake is around 17 years, with around 10 years of management experience.

Typical class profile

  • Cohort size: 25
  • Average age: 41
  • Average work experience: 17 years
  • Average management experience: 10 years
  • Female candidates: 23%
  • Nationalities: 35

Please note that many of our most senior executives still choose to study our two-year Global MBA. For example, they may prefer to study over a longer timeframe for personal or professional reasons, or they may not be able to accommodate the mandatory travel that is part of the Global Executive MBA in their work schedule. On our Global MBA programme, the average age is approximately 36 with an average of 12 years of professional experience, which is comparable to many Executive MBAs offered by other schools.

To apply, you will need to demonstrate:

Substantial and significant professional experience in management roles

Applicants should currently be in a senior leadership position influencing the company’s strategy, decisions and goals. They should also:

  • Typically, have held a P&L responsibility for a minimum of two years or been part of a team with clear P&L accountability for four or more years.
  • Be in senior leadership positions with substantial accountability such as:
    • President, vice president, chairman, managing director, board member, CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, other C-level post within a Corporate, NGO, or mid-market sized business and is, or will become, an officer of the company.
    • General manager, divisional manager, or senior manager with high-level accountability for a business unit/country/region, within a corporate ownership structure, large family-owned family business with formal management structures, public corporation or NGO.
    • Senior management position with high-level cross-functional responsibilities e.g. director of functional department but as part of the organisation’s senior leadership team.
    • Successful established entrepreneur, who has scaled a business or businesses for growth or is developing strategies to enable and support growth of a business.
  • Have aptitude and leadership talent to make a real difference in today's global business world with a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability values.

Significant international exposure (preferred)

For example:

  • Working in a global environment, operating across international borders, dealing with complexity and uncertainty, preferably across multiple sectors, with experience of leading international teams, or managing virtual teams across geographies and time zones.
  • Global mindset developed through exposure to new business cultures and experiences, gained on international placements or through living and working in other countries.

You will also need:

  • Good undergraduate or master degree or international equivalent
  • Satisfactory admissions test:  We accept GMAT®, GMAC Executive Assessment, GRE® or Manchester Admissions Test
  • Proof of English competency (assessed throughout the admissions process).All our programmes are conducted in English and participants are expected to have excellent communications skills and English competence to be able to understand, and contribute to, what can be very fast-paced discussions in class.

Admission route for applicants without a degree

Prospective candidates without a recognised degree may be considered based on alternative certified qualifications and experiential learning.

To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate their potential for success in the program through notable achievement s, strong career advancement, and substantial management experience in leadership roles or as accomplished entrepreneurs.

In lieu of a traditional degree, applicants are expected to provide evidence of intellectual aptitude, such as strong high school results, professional certifications, non-degree business qualifications, extensive training courses, and a demonstration of significant learning derived from professional experience and career progression, highlighting specialised knowledge in their respective business areas.

All candidates applying through the experiential route must undergo a formal interview conducted before a decision is made by the MBA Admissions Committee.

We strongly recommend that candidates discuss their individual circumstances with us prior to submitting their application.

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The fee for the Global Executive MBA is £42,250, which can be paid in instalments on a semester-by-semester basis.

The fee includes one complimentary elective post-graduation at any of our global locations.


We will provide 26 nights of accommodation across the three core global workshops locations: Manchester, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Global Executive MBA Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships for candidates with excellent achievements. Our scholarships also support cultural and professional diversity in the Global Executive MBA programme and the School’s commitment to social responsibility.

Candidates who are selected to the interview stage will be invited to present their case for a scholarship as part of the interview process.

We expect our scholarship award holders to contribute dynamically to all aspects of the programme and become excellent ambassadors to the School and our alumni community. Please note that:

  • Scholarships are open to all self-funding candidates.
  • We operate a one-discount policy, discounts cannot be accumulated.
  • Applicants who will be receiving substantial (over 50%) financial company sponsorship towards their tuition fees will not typically be considered for a scholarship award. Corporates supporting multiple employees onto our MBA programmes may be eligible for a corporate discount, please contact us to discuss.

The following scholarships are available:

Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester are distinctive in UK higher education as the first university and business school to make social responsibility a core strategic goal.

Social Responsibility Scholarships

For exceptional leaders who can demonstrate leadership through social responsibility initiatives in your organization or community and have made a significant contribution to influence change.

Leadership in Not-for-Profit Organisations

Scholarships for candidates providing outstanding leadership and contribution in Not-for-Profit organisations, with a preference for those who aspire to continue in the sector after graduation.

Contribution Through Entrepreneurship 

Business leaders making a contribution to society through entrepreneurship, with a preference for those who aspire to continue developing and growing businesses after graduation.

Sustainability Scholarships

Scholarships for leaders who can demonstrate significant contribution towards sustainability and conservation initiatives in their organisation.

Women Business Leaders Scholarships 

Scholarships for outstanding female business leaders who inspire other women and support initiatives to increase the proportion of women in senior leadership roles.

Significant Industry Contribution Scholarships

Scholarships for exceptional senior leaders who can demonstrate significant contribution to their industry sector, for example:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Energy
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology, Engineering & Construction
  • Professional Services
  • Public Sector 

Professional Diversity Scholarships

Scholarships for senior leaders demonstrating exceptional achievement in a sector not typically represented on MBA programmes.

Cultural Diversity Scholarships

Scholarships to support senior leaders who are citizens of countries not typically represented on MBA programmes.

Outstanding Achievement Scholarships

A number of scholarships open to all successful GEMBA applicants who can demonstrate outstanding personal/professional achievements and who display the attributes to contribute dynamically to all aspects of the GEMBA programme.

University of Manchester Alumni Bursary

If you have successfully graduated from a degree at the University of Manchester or UMIST, you can receive an alumni loyalty bursary, which is a maximum of 20% discount (inclusive of VAT or GST where appropriate) on the tuition fees that you are personally funding.

How to apply

Stage one: application

  • Next intake: July 2024
  • Final application deadline: 30 May 2024

1. Apply through the university application portal

Register for an account and select to apply for the Global (Executive) MBA.

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2. Upload your supporting documents with your application

You will need to prepare and submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV / resume
  • Degree documents (including English translation if applicable) or
  • Supporting evidence for APL if you do not have a degree
  • The application form includes an essay question about your senior leadership experience

3. Provide a reference

One professional reference is required.

You will be asked to include the contact details for your referees in the MBA application form. When your application has been submitted we will email your referees with a link to complete our official online MBA reference. The reference form is a simple questionnaire which is quick to complete and when submitted is automatically uploaded to the admissions system.

 4. Take the Manchester Admissions Test

After submitting your application and supporting document, all candidates will be invited to take the Manchester Admissions Test (MAT), unless you already have a valid GMAT, Executive Assessment or GRE score.

The Manchester Admissions Test (MAT), which is designed and delivered by Korn Ferry Group is completed online and you can take it at your convenience in your home, office or anywhere with a good internet connection. You will complete three short assessments (verbal, numerical and logical). They do not require preparation and take around 45 minutes to complete.

We will provide you with a login and password to take the test after you submit your MBA application. The invitation will come from Please save this email to your contacts so that the invitation does not get delivered to your junk email.

Stage two: interview

The MBA Admission Committee will review complete applications and successful candidates in the initial review will be invited to present to an interview panel.   

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