The Manchester Full-time MBA
Are you an ambitious professional looking to transform yourself, your career and your life?
With six months of live projects, the Manchester MBA is the world's most practical MBA. You will gain unbeatable experience for your CV by taking on three consultancy projects with real clients. It doesn't get more hands-on than that.
Alongside projects and core business and management courses, our programme offers personalised careers support, an international network, six global centres, internship and exchange opportunities, the flexibility to customise your MBA and more.
in the UK (FT 2017)
average salary increase after 3 years (FT 2017)
client consultancy projects
Whatever your background, the Manchester Full-time MBA could help you change industry, secure a promotion, boost your salary or relocate to a new country. Where will it take you?
108% average salary increase 3 years after graduating (FT 2017)
£103,259 / $130,535 average weighted salary 3 years after graduating (FT 2017)
85% of 2016 graduates had accepted an MBA level offer of employment within 3 months of graduating
55% of 2016 graduates remained in the UK
Over 40% of 2016 graduates are working in financial services or consulting
- 10% of 2016 graduates secured positions in the technology industry
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Our recruiters include:
Consumer products & retail
Pharma, biotech & healthcare
"The Manchester MBA opened up a new world of professional opportunities and a very wide network. McKinsey came to campus for a recruiting event and with the support of the careers team and my colleagues, I was able to secure an internship and later a full-time role at the firm. Without a doubt, the collaborative spirit of my colleagues throughout the whole programme transformed me as a person and a professional." - Gabriela Yarto Weber, Mexican, Class of 2016, Associate, McKinsey & Company, UK
Fees & scholarships
Tuition fees for the 2018 Full-time MBA are £43,000.
The fees are the same whether you complete the Full-time MBA in 18, 15 or 12 months. Fees cover the total tuition cost and include stage one core course textbooks. Living expenses are additional.
Every year, we offer a range of scholarships to reward and nurture the brightest MBA talent. All self-financing applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship. We also offer a number of additional scholarships that require a separate scholarship application.
All graduates of the University of Manchester or UMIST receive a loyalty bursary. This is a 20% discount on the tuition fees that they are personally funding.
Did you know?
Manchester is widely considered the UK’s most prominent centre for business and culture outside of the capital.
The cost of living in Manchester is significantly lower than in London and many major European capital cities.
In 2016, Manchester was voted the most liveable city in the UK in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Global Liveability Survey’.
We understand that your MBA comes with a significant financial investment and encourage you to explore all available funding opportunities. In addition to our range of scholarships, Prodigy Finance* is one option. Accepted Full-time MBA students can apply for a loan with Prodigy, a company that offers alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top business schools.
— To view more details, please visit the Prodigy website.
Estimated living expenses for a single student (including accommodation) are £1,100 per month.
Entry is competitive and we take a holistic view when we evaluate candidates. We’re looking for the most talented MBAs with the highest potential.
We’re not just looking for candidates with the most experience or the best test scores. We use a wide variety of criteria to evaluate applications, including academic credentials, fast career progression, leadership characteristics and entrepreneurial talent. We also assess your potential to contribute to and enhance your class’s professional and cultural diversity.
Please read our full entry requirements before you apply.
Entry requirements at a glance
- Good undergraduate degree or international equivalent
- Satisfactory GMAT® and GRE® or MAT score
- Minimum of three years’ post-graduation work experience with strong, consistent career progression and achievement
- Professional skills and competencies
- International exposure (valued)
- Entrepreneurial experience (valued)
- Strong team player
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional intelligence and personal qualities
- Proof of English competency (excludes nationals of English speaking countries / Bachelors from English speaking countries)
Admission route for applicants without a degree
If you do not have a degree, it may be possible to gain a place without the specified formal academic qualifications. Please view our full entry requirements for further information >>
Jeff Zhang, Chinese, VP Sports, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Business development
“I feel very lucky to be back on campus again after working for so many years. We are growing stronger by taking on challenges such as real consulting projects, sports tournaments and competitions. It is a hard but beautiful journey.”
Ludmila Crowther, American-British, VP Community, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Strategic account management
"I’ve always wanted to do an MBA for my career progression, but the experience at AMBS has exceeded my expectations. A diversity of backgrounds, with a common goal: to learn from each other and develop lifelong friendships. Mission accomplished!”
Ali Abdulhussain, Omani, VP Finance & Admin, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Strategy
“The decision to take on this MBA journey made me nervous, but now I have no regrets. The AMBS MBA allows us to create a unique experience while being part of a supportive network. Soon I will begin a technology innovation project internship with an accountancy firm and then an exchange programme in Shanghai. I can’t wait for what is next!”
Laura Yeaman, British, VP Communications, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Marketing
“The diverse, vibrant cohort comprised of multiple nationalities, backgrounds and personalities has enriched my experience. Working collaboratively with brilliant people from around the world exposes you to cultural nuances in working styles and alternative approaches to problem solving.”
Sebastian Schroth Pinillos, Peruvian Class President, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Retail management
"I chose Manchester because it offered everything I was looking for: international exposure, a truly diverse cohort, the opportunity to learn while working with real businesses - and a vibrant city."
Shan Huang, Chinese, VP Careers, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Financial management
“Business competitions such as the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) have given me a great opportunity to practise what I've learned in class. This competition was a chance to analyse real investment opportunities from a venture capitalist’s perspective.”
Daniel Shuttleworth, British, VP Academics, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Trading
“A major benefit of the MBA is gaining access to the enormous alumni network. There are 60,000 AMBS alumni across the globe who are very keen to help out with ideas, thoughts or even job offers! Quite a few people from our year have sourced their summer internship positions this way.”
Lissette Tucto, Peruvian, VP Social, Class of 2018
Pre-MBA role: Financial Management
“The MBA experience extends beyond the classroom and it has made us friends for life. Events such as cultural nights, the elegance of the ball or simply spending time around the city, bring colourful and great memories to this journey.”
Thursday, January 11, 2018
"Studying for the MBA made me think much more about my long-term goals and career strategy. It gave me the courage to look at other opportunities and think beyond day-to-day tasks and deadlines." Amanda Tucker graduated from the Global Part-time MBA in 2017 and relocated back to London from Singapore to join a new consultancy firm.
Monday, January 8, 2018
"Last year included some great moments and also some challenging times, but there was always a silver lining thanks to the friends we have gained during this journey."
Friday, December 29, 2017
This month has seen Manchester City Football Club Captain, Vincent Kompany graduate from Alliance Manchester Business School with a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
"The Not-for-Profit Project is not just an academic exercise, it is a cultural immersion". How did a group of MBAs from India, China, Indonesia and the UK work together to help the Rainbow Clinic expand sustainably? Read about their experience here
Friday, December 8, 2017
The winners of the 2017 Venture Out ideas competition were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 December. The competition is open to students from across the University and is run by Manchester Enterprise Centre, the focal point for student enterprise at The University of Manchester.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
"One of my favourite memories of the MBA is the amazing professors, who were extremely motivating and inspiring. I also met great people from different backgrounds and countries." IT Account Director Peter Clitheroe changed company after the first term of the Global MBA and was promoted after graduating in July this year.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Full details of the fantastic guest speakers, workshops and drop-in pods at the She’s The Business Event on 15 November 2017. The one-day drop-in event is hosted by Manchester Enterprise Centre in partnership with beauty brand Soap & Glory and aims to inspire and support women with great ideas.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Anastasia Kenyon is the Manchester-based Chief Executive Officer of Lifestyler, a social booking site which enables individuals to discover, connect and book their next lifestyle professional. She will be hosting a pod in the upcoming She’s The Business ‘festival hub’ and sharing her experiences with attendees.