MBA Masters of Business Administration (Full-time)

Course details

Online Application

September 2016 (Lancaster)

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Online Application

January 2017 (Lancaster)

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Show you have the skills to become a first class manager by working towards an MBA qualification! We offer a problem-based approach to teaching that builds on the skills you've gained from the workplace and through your undergraduate degree. You'll explore contemporary business and management principles and learn how to apply them to real situations, using real case studies that look at business from local to international levels. We'll challenge your analytical mind set to develop your critical thinking skills, giving you the confidence to make high end business decisions that will see you become a leader in your field.

We always consider the evolving world of management reasoning, practices and solutions, whilst ensuring that what we teach is relevant to the current global economic climate. We'll consider evolving management reasoning, practices and solutions to give you a full understanding of being an effective manager, allowing you to focus your studies by developing a research approach on a specific area of your interest. The MBA is internationally considered the gold standard of business degrees, opening up new paths across the world, so prove you have what it takes to advance to the highest level in your profession.

Our MBA programme is designed to integrate your own learning and development in a work-based situation into six core modules of academic theory and practice. You will complete individual and group-based assignments that will develop your knowledge and understanding of the materials covered and how these apply in an organisational context.

There will also be a case-study/presentation project enabling you to apply a range of theories and knowledge to a real problem in your organisation, allowing you to reflect on your own management style and organisational performance.

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Thinking and Effecting Change
  • Finance for the Professional Manager
  • People and Profit
  • Contemporary Issues in Business Today
  • Global Operations Management
  • Principles of Postgraduate Management Research
  • Postgraduate Independent Project

Programme Specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via non-standard entry procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Selection criteria

Applicants would be expected to have the following:

1st or 2nd class honours degree or equivalent and at least two years post-graduation work experience.

An MBA is the primary management qualification for aspiring business leaders and our full time MBA is designed for those who already have at least two years post-graduation work experience and wish to invest in a programme that will give graduates the skills and knowledge to build on their existing work experience to establish, sustain and progress a successful managerial or professional career to more senior levels.

Applications without standard qualifications must demonstrate:

  • the capacity for theoretical debate
  • a high level of motivation
  • the capacity for independent study
  • the ability to achieve the proposed programme of work
  • students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6 in each component)

Making your application

Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.

Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.

UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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An MBA is the primary management qualification for aspiring business leaders, giving you the skills and knowledge to progress your career to more senior levels or give you a stepping-stone to a new career.

Our teaching staff are former managers, who offer a wealth of experience in theory and practical application of knowledge. They teach in refreshing, innovative and motivating ways to ensure you get the most from your studies, supporting you every step of the way in your qualification.