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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.


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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?

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

Hear from our graduates >> 

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Find out more about how the Manchester MBA will boost your career >>

Our recruiters include:

"“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. 

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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.

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. 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.

Living expenses

Estimated living expenses for a single student (including accommodation) are £1,100 per month.

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.

Manchester has been voted the most liveable city in the UK in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Global Liveability Survey’.

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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Jeff Zhang

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.”

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Ludmilla Crowther

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!”

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Ali Abdulhussain

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!”

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Laura Yeaman

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.”

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Sebastian Schroth

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."

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Shan Huang

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.”

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Daniel Shuttleworth

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.”

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Lissette Tucto

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.”

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We're well connected

Wherever you are based, our expertise is never far away. We are the only UK business school with a presence in six global hubs. All of our centres have strong links with the local business community and we also have a global network of over 60,000 alumni, spread across 176 countries.
  • Manchester

    Alliance Manchester Business School was established in Manchester in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. We are now the UK's largest campus-based business and management school. Research-led, we deliver industry-focused business and management education at all levels.

  • dubai

    Established in 2006, the Middle East Centre is our fastest-growing overseas centre with one of the region's largest MBA communities. The centre delivers the Global Part-time MBA, MSc International Healthcare Leadership, Executive Education, MBA electives and the Full-time MBA Dubai Study Tour.

  • hong kong

    The East Asia Centre is located in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong and attracts executives from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, South China & Taiwan to study the Global Part-time MBA. It was our first overseas centre established in 1992 and also delivers electives for all our MBA programmes.

  • sao paulo

    The South America Centre was established in 2008 and delivers the Global Part-time MBA in conjunction with FGV-EBAPE, Brazil's most established business school. Students from our other MBA programmes can also visit the centre to study MBA Electives.

  • shanghai

    Located at the heart of Shanghai, our China Centre was established in 2008. It offers a range of programmes including the Global Part-time MBA, Tongji-Manchester Global MBA, a joint DBA with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Executive Education. The centre also hosts the Full-Time MBA China Study Tour and MBA Electives.

  • singapore

    As pioneers in transnational education, we've had a presence in Singapore since 1992 and opened the South East Asia Centre in 1999. Delivering the Global Part-time MBA, Executive Education and MBA electives, the centre is located in Singapore's central business district.