The Manchester Method

We don’t just give you the theory; we show you how to use it to get immediate results.

Developed by Alliance Manchester Business School, the Manchester Method focuses on group work, practice-based learning and reflection.

Learning in action

Our practical approach produces highly employable MBAs who challenge the status quo in a complex and rapidly changing world.

No matter which pathway you choose – 18, 15 or 12 months – you will have the same rigorous and transformational MBA experience.

Through the Manchester Method, you will learn to:

  • Take structured and data-informed approaches to decision making
  • Lead and work effectively with multinational groups
  • Reflect critically and analytically

Manchester Method

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Here are some examples of when you will put The Manchester Method into practice on the Full-time MBA:

  • Four days of team building activities in the Lake District
  • Group work with a diverse multinational class
  • Six months of increasingly complex live client projects, equivalent to at least 900 hours (30 percent of your time):
    • Not-for-Profit Project
    • Commercial Business Project
    • International Business Project
  • Simulated Mergers & Acquisitions Project
  • Real-life case studies
  • 10-12 week internship (optional)
  • Business competitions
  • MBA+ personal and professional development activities

We structure the Manchester MBA around practical themes rather than traditional subject areas. This real-world focus ensures we develop reflective leaders who can navigate the most challenging global trends and tensions.

Theme 1: Management in Practice

How can we understand today’s complex, uncertain business environment and overcome the challenges of leading and managing in a rapidly changing world?

Theme 2: Value Creation in Business 

How do contemporary businesses create value? We explore this question from both an academic and commercial perspective. Our holistic approach transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and harnesses real and simulated business scenarios. This emphasises the interdependencies – and interrelationships – between the operational, tactical and strategic functional areas of an organisation.

Theme 3: Tailoring Your Journey

What are your future aspirations? To help you get there, you can customise your MBA experience with options ranging from elective courses and internships to study tours and live client-facing projects. Our network of global centres, strong relationships with multinational companies and partnerships with overseas institutions provide the opportunity to build a truly international CV.

Theme 4: Professional Skills for Business

Which professional and personal competencies do successful leaders require? Throughout your MBA you will identify and develop these qualities by engaging in a range of planned and structured activities, including lectures, workshops and individual guidance sessions. You will also gain access to business practitioners, careers support and our alumni network. This reflective, experiential learning will support you as you plan and execute your post-MBA strategy.

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“I have met amazing people and secured my dream internship. The MBA includes 900 hours of live client projects, so you apply everything you study in class and learn how to get along with peers from around the world. This is not something you get from every MBA programme, and it’s an unforgettable experience.”

Francisco Ponce de León, Uruguayan, Class President

Class of 2017

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