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The Manchester Method

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

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

Learning by doing

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

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

Examples of The Manchester Method on the Full-time MBA:

  • Four days of team building activities in the Lake District
  • Group work with a diverse multinational class
  • Three increasingly complex live client consultancy projects, equivalent to at least 900 hours
    • Not-for-Profit Consultancy Project
    • Commercial Business Consultancy Project
    • International Business Consultancy Project
  • Simulated Mergers & Acquisitions Project
  • 10-12 week internship (optional)
  • Regular reflective sessions with an external practitioner
  • Business Simulation (optional)
  • Business competitions
  • Practical case studies
  • Guest Speaker Series and business networking
  • MBA+ personal and professional development activities

MBA students team building in the lake district

Manchester MBAs taking part in team building activities in The Lake District during induction

Live client consultancy

Live consultancy projects sit at the heart of our MBA, giving you constant exposure to strategic decision-making in real companies and organisations. 

We believe there is no better way to prepare for a career in senior management. As a Manchester MBA, you will work complete three live consultancy projects, as well as a simulated Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Project to gain practical and academic knowledge of M&A. You won’t get this amount of hands-on experience from any other MBA programme.

MBA consultancy projects are a great opportunity to learn about new sectors, make contacts and gain solid experience for your CV. As you progress through the MBA, the projects will become more complex to widen your knowledge, challenge you and help you develop. You will tackle each project in small, multinational teams, helping you build valuable cross-cultural understanding and knowledge.

MBA students with cients

An MBA project group celebrating with clients

Mike Arundale

"By the second week of induction, teams are already face-to-face with an external client from the third sector scoping out their first project. Then comes a simulated Mergers and Acquisitions project, followed by the live Commerical Business Consultancy Project, this time involving a competitive bidding stage. The programme finishes with three months’ full-time consultancy for a global business, involving international travel. The projects bring the lecture and textbook material to life.." - Dr Mike Arundale, Senior Lecturer in Strategy

900 hours of live client experience

  • Local clients from third sector
  • 1.5 days a week for 12 weeks
  • Example clients:
    • Action for Sustainable Living
    • After Adoption
    • Age Concern
    • Air Ambulance
    • Big Life Group
    • Foundation for Peace
    • Henshaws Society for Blind People
    • Intensive Care Society
    • National Football Museum
    • National Trust
    • People's History Museum
    • Prison Advice and Care Trust
    • Royal Commonwealth Society
    • Victim Support
    • YMCA
  • Local and global clients from any sector
  • Equivalent to two days a week for 10 weeks
  • Example clients:
    • American Express
    • Bibby Ship Management
    • BMW
    • Cisco
    • Delamere Dairy
    • First Group
    • Graham & Brown
    • Jaguar Land Rover
    • Marks & Spencer
    • North Edge Capital
    • Rightmove
    • Selfridges
    • Sky Bet
    • Telefonica
  • International field work
  • Full-time for three months
  • Example clients:
    • Audi
    • Balfour Beatty
    • BASF
    • Brandmovers
    • Brother
    • CIPLA
    • DRL Group
    • GSK
    • Heinemann
    • Janssen
    • Lycatel
    • Nichols
    • Pearson
    • Tesco
    • TNT

Original thinking. Applied themes.

At Alliance MBS, applying original thinking is at the heart of everything we do. We structure the Manchester MBA around four practical themes, that reflect the business world. Our real-world focus develops reflective leaders who can navigate global challenges.

MBA students

 Manchester MBAs presenting at a case competition

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

What you will study:

Our course ‘Leading and Managing in a Global Environment’ examines current business environments using the practice-based Manchester Method. It encourages you to reflect and engage with the historical, cultural and ethical considerations that should underpin any commercial decision.

How do contemporary businesses create value? We explore this question from both an academic and commercial perspective. Our teaching emphasises the interdependencies – and interrelationships – between the operational, tactical and strategic functional areas of an organisation

What you will study:

  • Operations and Marketing
  • Business Accounting and Finance
  • Strategy and Competition
  • Not-for-Profit Consultancy Project
  • Commercial Business Consultancy Project
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Consultancy Project

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, relationships with multinational companies and partnerships with overseas institutions provide the opportunity to build a truly international CV.

Your options:

  • Electives in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore
  • Study tour to our Dubai or Shanghai centre
  • Three-month international exchange
  • 8-12 week internship in any industry
  • International Business Consultancy Project
  • Business Simulation

Which professional and personal competencies do successful leaders require? You will identify and develop these qualities through lectures, workshops and individual guidance sessions. You will also gain access to business practitioners, careers support and our alumni network. This will support you as you plan and execute your post-MBA strategy.

Your options:

  • Skills for Leaders (core course including the weekly Guest Speaker Series)
  • MBA+ Careers
  • MBA+ Competitions
  • MBA+ Social
  • MBA+ Alumni Events and Activities
Sebastian Schroth
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“The consultancy projects are the essence of the Manchester Method, where we have the opportunity to face different business challenges and provide solutions to clients from different industries and locations.”

Sebastian Schroth Pinillos, Peruvian, Class of 2018 Associate, McKinsey, Mexico

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