The Manchester Full-time MBA
Are you an ambitious professional looking to transform yourself, your career and your life?
The Manchester Full-time MBA is one of the world's most practical MBAs. Gain unbeatable experience for your CV by taking on three consultancy projects with real clients. It doesn't get more hands-on than that.
Our programme also offers the flexibility to change programme length, personal careers support, an international alumni network, electives at six global centres, internship opportunities and more.
in Europe (FT 2018)
average salary increase after 3 years (FT 2018)
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?
98% average salary increase three years after graduating (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018)
£123,484 average weighted salary three years after graduating (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018)
Class of 2017 employment destinations
91% of 2017 graduates seeking a role had accepted an offer by the end of the year
45% remained in the UK
24% are working in the technology industry
- Over 30% secured positions in financial services or consulting
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Our recruiters include:
Pharma, biotech & healthcare
"“The MBA was a once in-a-lifetime experience for me. I made an international network, worked for important clients through consulting projects and had so much fun during the journey. Thanks to the Postgraduate Careers Service I found an internship at HSBC, which I managed to extend to one year. Finally, the bank offered me a full-time job in Corporate Sales in the Global Banking and Markets division. This experience has showed me how to do business at a global scale in the world financial capital: Canary Wharf.” - Estefani Ortecho Osorio, Peruvian, Class of 2017, Sales Manager, HSBC, UK
Class of 2017: Location of accepted roles:
- UK: 45%
- Asia: 16%
- South America: 15%
- Central America & Caribbean: 4%
- Australia & Oceana: 3%
- Middle East & Africa: 1%
- North America: 1%
Class of 2017: Sector of accepted roles:
- Technology: 24%
- Manufacturing & engineering: 19%
- Consulting: 16%
- Financial Services: 15%
- Healthcare: 9%
- Retail: 6%
- Other: 3%
- Transporation & logistics: 3%
- Consumer packaged goods: 1%
- Media & entertainment: 1%
- Non-profit: 1%
- Real estate: 1%
Fees & scholarships
Tuition fees for the 2018 Full-time MBA are £44,000.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester has been voted the most liveable city in the UK in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Global Liveability Survey’.
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.”
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Starting your own business can be a daunting experience, but don’t worry; help is at hand with Manchester Enterprise Centre's resources.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
“Since studying the MBA, my communication style has improved, I see the bigger picture more easily and I understand ‘high-level thinking’ in senior meetings better." Read how Owen Lloyd, Global MBA 2017 is applying his MBA as he progresses in his career at Bentley Motors.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is no stranger to success on the pitch, but his latest achievements took place in the classroom. Vincent recently graduated with an MBA from Alliance MBS, earning a merit grade and a distinction for his final project.
Friday, May 4, 2018
The winners of 2018 Venture Further competition have been announced at an awards ceremony at The University of Manchester. Eight teams of entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of a £50,000 cash prize fund to help take their start-ups to the next level.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
It’s competition season for our MBA Class of 2019. So far we’ve clinched first place in the Johnson & Johnson Case Competition, won the Entrepreneur’s Choice Award at 'Invest for Impact' in North Carolina (SVCIC) and reached various finals. Read more
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Venture Further is our annual business start-up competition for students and recent alumni from across the University. There are prizes of £10,000 and £2,500 in each category and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 3 May 2018. Here are this year’s 16 finalists…
Monday, March 5, 2018
The Financial Times’ new ranking of Top MBAs for Women sees Alliance Manchester Business School ranking 36th in the world and positioned as 4th in the UK and 10th in Europe.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Launched in 2016, the Alliance MBS Case Study Competition was introduced by the Postgraduate Careers Service to provide our MBA students with more rigorous preparation for case study interviews. The competition was renamed in 2017 in recognition of Lord Alliance’s generous £5,000 prize fund donation, which returned in 2018.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
With a genuine wish to reward society with their professional knowledge, the fundraising team Ginger Heart from The University of Manchester applied what they had learnt on the MBA programme to win three awards in The MBA Challenge for Operation Santa Claus.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The Children’s Society recently undertook its first Not-for-Profit MBA Consultancy Project with Alliance MBS. They came to us with two key questions. Read on to hear how our MBAs tackled the challenge...