The Manchester Full-time MBA

Transform yourself, your career and your life

With six months of live client projects – more than any other MBA – the Manchester MBA is an experience of a lifetime. Our programme offers personalised careers support, live client projects, an international network, six global centres, the flexibility to customise your MBA and more. It will change the way you do business, forever.


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Programme overview




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)

  • 86% 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

Learn more about MBA career support >>

Class of 2016: example recruiters


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 Consumer products & retail

Heinz logo L'Oreal logo Tesco logo

Financial services

Admiral logoAMEX logoCredit Suisse logo


Fung Group logo Hilti logo Travis Perkins logo


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Pharma, biotech and healthcare

Bupa logo  GSK logo J&J logo

"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 & funding

Tuition fees for the 2017 Full-time MBA are £42,000.

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 applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship. We also offer a number of additional scholarships that require a separate scholarship application. 

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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?

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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’.

Prodigy Finance

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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. All accepted Full-time MBA students are eligible to 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.

Living expenses

Estimated living expenses for a single student (including accommodation) are as follows:

  • 18-months: £17,280
  • 15-months: £14,333
  • 12-months: £11,520

Entry requirements

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.

Full entry requirements >>

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 >> 

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"The MBA builds strong leaders with the ability to work in any region around the world."

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