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Manchester Business School
United Kingdom
European MBA

The Manchester MBA - who will you become?

Since our inception in the 1960's, MBS has developed a worldwide reputation for providing exceptional business and management education. Today, our intensive 18-month Full-time MBA delivers the competitive edge, international experience and added value other shorter programmes simply cannot match.
Our applied, practical approach ensures you get a thorough grounding in business theory, then the opportunity to put it into practice with international projects, live consultancy work and internships with high-profile, global companies.

Our unique hands-on approach to learning means you will get up to six months of client-facing hours during the programme - providing you with an opportunity to test your theories immediately in real world situations and ensuring you won't feel completely removed from the commercial world.
The 18 month programme includes:

  • Not-for-Profit Project with real client in NFP sector
  • Mergers & Acquistions Project
  • UK Consultancy Project with real client in business sector
  • Internship (optional, usually paid)
  • International Exchange Programme (optional)
  • Electives
  • International Business Project with real client
MBS is consistently ranked as one of the World's leading schools. We score particularly highly in rankings which show the value we can bring to your career:

  • Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2012: Overall ranking 31st in the World
  • Business Week Return on Investment Ranking 2010 (ROI): 3rd in the World
  • Forbes ROI Ranking2011: 2nd in World for ROI 5 years after graduation (for non-US programmes of more than one year)
The Manchester MBA is transformational. Not only do we prepare you to become outstanding business leaders/entrepreneurs, we also place an important emphasis on people and how to manage and motivate them successfully. We achieve this through our intellectually stimulating classroom teaching combined with real-life client projects and the development of management/leadership skills.

In the important UK government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), MBS is ranked first of all UK universities for research power in Business and Management and Finance and Accounting. Our original research is transferred to our MBAs through the quality of our teaching particularly in the MBA electives. The Financial Times ranks our PhD programme 1st in the World (Jan 2012).

The Manchester MBA programme is truly global in all aspects: class participants, teaching, company projects and alumni network.

Programme Info

Programme Title: Full-time MBA Programme
Type of Course: Full-time MBA
Course Duration: 18 months, including 3 month optional Internship and 3 month optional International Exchange
Starting Date: 25 August 2015
Application Deadline: Staged Admissions (see MBS website for stage deadlines). Final deadlines: 1 June 2015 (non-EU) and 1 July 2015 (EU)
Accreditation: Triple Accreditation: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2013: Overall 29th in the World; 5th in the UK
Business Week ROI ranking (2010): 3rd in the World for return on investment on graduation.
Forbes ROI Ranking: 2nd in the World of all non-US programme for ROI 5 years after graduation (for programmes of more than 1 year).
Quality of our Research/Teaching:
The UK government prestigious Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) last conducted in 2008 ranked MBS 1st of all UK Business Schools for research power in Business and Management and Finance and Accounting.

Student Body

Ratio of applicants to places: 5:1
Number of nationalities: 28 countries
Male: Female Ratio: 65%/35%
Age Range (middle 80%): 25-35
Average Age: 29
Length of Work Experience: average 6 years (mid 80% range 3 - 10 years)

Admission Requirements

Minimum years of work experience: 3 years (with evidence of good career progression and leadership)
University degree: Bachelor (or substantial work experience)
GMAT Range: 500-770
GMAT Average: 625
Median GMAT:
English test:
References: 2 (work related)
Language fluency: English


Application fees: N/A
Tuition fees (for complete programme 18 months): 38,800 UK Pounds (approx 60,000 USD)
Estimate for living expenses (for complete programme 18-months): 15,200 UK Pounds (approx 24,000 USD)
Scholarships available: 20,000, 10,000 & 5,000 UK Pounds (no additional application required, min GMAT 600)



As a Manchester MBA graduate, you will be part of a global community which is proud to be associated with the School and dedicated to improving the MBA for current and future students.

With over 50,000 alumni across 169 countries, our global footprint reaches high-performing individuals in business, management, governance and industry all around the world.

Your connection with our alumni community begins as soon as you step through the door and continues long after you leave. You will benefit from constantly evolving networking opportunities with an increasing number of likeminded people as our alumni base grows.




Address: Manchester Business School,
Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB
Telephone: +44 (0) 161 275 6414
Dean: Prof Michael Luger
MBA Academic Programme Director: Prof Elaine Ferneley

MBA Admission Director: Helen Dowd, helen.dowd@mbs.ac.uk

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