Full-time MBA scholarships

We support the most talented candidates through merit-based scholarships. Our scholarships take into account academic credentials, professional track record, and communication and interpersonal skills. We also look for strong values and ethics, and the potential to become an outstanding business leader or entrepreneur and future ambassador for the School. You are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship, however we have a policy of one award per student.

Please review the different scholarships for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Alliance MBS scholarships

Every year, we support a good number of candidates through scholarships funded directly by Alliance Manchester Business School. The scholarships are awarded across different categories. Most of the scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so candidates who apply early may have a stronger chance. The scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process, normally at the same time as an offer is made.

To be considered for an Alliance Manchester Business School scholarship you will need to submit a complete application for the Full-time MBA. Some of the scholarships require an additional scholarship application to be submitted; please review the information about each scholarship for specific details.

The scholarships are competitive and awarded to the strongest candidates. There are specific criteria for each scholarship, therefore please review the individual scholarship information. As well as the specific criteria for each scholarship, there are general criteria which apply to all scholarships which are as follows:

General criteria applying to all scholarships

  • Excellent performance across all of the Full-time MBA admission criteria
  • Potential to contribute and enrich all aspects of the MBA programme and the diverse professional and cultural profile and experience of the MBA class.
  • Strong values and ethics and preferably able to demonstrate contribution to society/communities in roles outside of the workplace.
  • Potential to become an outstanding future alumni ambassador and contribute positively back to the School, organisations and communities.
  • Able to demonstrate a strong fit with our overall admissions strategy

Eligibility criteria: 

  • The most outstanding MBA applicants identified during the admissions process.
  • A minimum GMAT of 600 or equivalent GRE.

Application format:

Who is this for?

Candidates who demonstrate good academic credentials, plus outstanding achievements and career progression in the following sectors:

  • Professional services: Candidates working for an internationally-recognised professional services company (global leader) in one of the following roles: management consultant, accountant/auditor, architect, legal professional. This award is not open to IT consultants.
  • Entrepreneurship: Candidates with professional careers in entrepreneurship, demonstrating outstanding achievements and exceptional entrepreneurial flair for creating and running a successful or growing a business venture(s).
  • Marketing: Candidates with good academic credentials and outstanding professional experience and achievements in marketing management roles for international brands or organisations.
  • Energy: Candidates with good academic credentials and outstanding professional experience and achievements, currently working in a senior role for a multinational energy, oil or gas company.
  • Military leaders: Open to UK/European (EEA) permanent residents with previous/current experience as armed forces officers. Candidates must have strong communication and networking skills, leadership qualities and a commitment to promoting social and corporate responsibility in British/European society. We have a long history of helping officers build successful post-forces careers.

How to apply:

  • Complete the Full-time MBA application form
  • Email a written scholarship statement addressing the points below (maximum 2 pages A4) to Full-timeMBA.admissions@manchester.ac.uk
    • What makes you stand out as an exceptional candidate for this award?
    • How do you help or inspire others?
    • How will your experience and personal qualities benefit the MBA class?
    • How will you contribute as a future Alliance MBS alumnus, to return our investment in you?

Application deadline and decision dates
The industry sector scholarships are all awarded on a rolling basis as part of the admissions process, normally at the same time as an offer is made.

Who is this for?

  • Inspirational leaders with exceptional leadership qualities
  • Minimum 6 years' professional experience since completion of bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in a strategic leadership position
  • Currently working in a senior management position for a multinational company (a strategic leadership role, with high-level responsibility, and most likely reporting into board level)
  • Exceptional career progression and outstanding professional and personal achievements
  • Strong performance on Manchester MAT

How to apply:

  • Complete the Full-time MBA application form
  • Candidates are not required to take the GMAT, but will be required to take the Manchester Admissions Test (MAT) which is predominantly a psychometric profile of leadership characteristics and qualities.
  • Email a written scholarship statement addressing the points below (maximum 3 pages A4) to Full-timeMBA.admissions@manchester.ac.uk
    • Tell us how you meet the scholarship criteria and what makes you stand out as an exceptional candidate for this award?
    • How do you help and inspire others?
    • How will you contribute inspirational leadership to the MBA programme and as a future alumnus of Alliance Manchester Business School?

Application deadline and decision dates:

  • Awarded on a rolling basis as part of the admissions process, normally at the same time as an offer is made. Candidates who apply early may, therefore, have a better chance.

Alumni scholarships

Alumni scholarships are funded entirely by generous alumni who want to give others the opportunity to benefit from the Manchester MBA experience. 

  • Complete the Full-time MBA application form
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend the mandatory assessment day at Alliance MBS
  • Email a written scholarship statement, clearly titled ‘Alumni Scholarship Application’, addressing the points below (maximum 2 pages A4) to Full-timeMBA.admissions@manchester.ac.uk
    • Tell us how you meet the scholarship criteria and what makes you stand out as an exceptional candidate for this award?
    • How do you help or inspire others?
    • How will your experience and personal qualities benefit the MBA class and what will be your contribution as a future Alliance MBS alumnus to return our investment in you?
    • Tell us why, without financial assistance in the form of a scholarship, you would not otherwise be able to accept a place on the Manchester MBA

Due to the high value and prestigious nature of these awards, all candidates who make the shortlist will be required to attend a mandatory Assessment Day at Alliance Manchester Business School. The assessment day will include a presentation about you and your achievements, an interview and a group exercise. All candidates will be required to take the online Manchester Admissions Test prior to the assessment day. Please apply as early as possible to be invited to the Assessment Day.

Final application deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017 l Assessment day: TBC

The scholarships are competitive. They are awarded to the strongest candidates and also those who can demonstrate financial need.

  • Outstanding performance across all aspects of the Full-time MBA admission criteria
  • Potential to contribute to all aspects of the MBA, and to enrich the class’s diverse professional and cultural profile
  • Strong values and ethics; preferably able to demonstrate a contribution to society/community roles outside the workplace
  • Potential to become an outstanding future alumni ambassador and contribute positively back to the School, organisations and communities
  • Able to demonstrate a strong fit with our overall admissions strategy
  • Financial need

We reserve the right not to award these scholarships if no suitable candidates are identified.

Funded by: Alumni donor
Scholarship: 2 scholarships of £30,000*
Eligibility: Open to UK citizens only

The Excellence and Opportunity scholarships are generously funded by an alumnus of Alliance MBS who would like others to have the same opportunity to benefit from the Full-time MBA experience. The donor wishes to remain anonymous however you will probably get the opportunity to meet him if you join the MBA programme.

* Our alumni typically donate a number of scholarships each year. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of these scholarships until later in our admissions cycle.

Funded by: Joseph Wright, MBA 1974
Scholarships available:  3 scholarships of £30,000, 1 scholarship of £25,000
Eligibility: Open to UK citizens only

This scholarship is generously funded by Joseph Wright, who would like others to have the same opportunity to benefit from the Full-time MBA experience. Joseph Wright is Executive Chairman, AmSpec Services LLC, a US-based company which is a leader in inspection and testing in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.  An MBA and chartered accountant, Joseph has over 40 years’ experience in business development, financing, and mergers and acquisitions.  Over the last 10 years, he has been directing the strategy and development of AmSpec Services LLC, building it from a local Linden inspection company to a renowned international testing and inspection organisation.

Joseph Wright

“Alliance MBS gave me a springboard to a successful career. The experience transformed me and my attitude towards business. I am happy to help a young student take advantage of the same opportunities I had.”

 

Funded by: Bongani Nqwababa
Scholarships available:  1 full tuition fee scholarship (£42,000) and £8,000 towards living expenses
Eligibility: Open to South African citizens who can clearly demonstrate financial need

Bongani Nqwababa

Mr Bongani Nqwababa is an Executive Director on the Sasol Limited Board, where he is also a member of the Risk and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Committee as well as the Capital Investment Committee. He was appointed Joint President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sasol Limited on 01 July 2016.

Group Chief Financial Officer of Sasol Limited responsible for Financial Control, Corporate Finance, Business Development, Portfolio Management, Investor Relations and Information Management. He was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 01 March 2015.

Before joining Sasol, Bongani was Finance Director at Anglo American Platinum Limited. He is also a previous Finance Director of Eskom Holdings and Chief Financial Officer of Shell Southern Africa. He was previously a non-executive director of Old Mutual plc and Chairman of the South African Revenue Services Audit Committee. He has worked in The Netherlands and United Kingdom in his previous roles.

He served as an independent non-executive director of the Sasol Limited Board from December 2013 until September 2014.

Bongani is a Chartered Accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Accounting Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1989. He also obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with merit from the Universities of Manchester and Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.

Funded by: Family and friends of Robin Gleaves and fellow MBA Class of 2001 alumni
Scholarship: One scholarship of £25,000
Eligibility: Open to UK Citizens only

Robin Gleaves graduated from the MBA programme at Manchester Business School in 2001. From that time he played a very active role at School, as an alumnus, Visiting Fellow and supporter. Robin epitomised the very best of MBS graduates and was a superb ambassador for the School.

In the weeks before his untimely death in November 2011, Robin was discussing the possibility of a "Class of 2001 MBA Scholarship". After discussion with his family, friends and members of staff, it was felt a fitting tribute to Robin's memory would be to go ahead with the MBA scholarship, to be established in his name as the Robin Gleaves Class of 2001 MBA Scholarship.

If you would like to contribute to the Robin Gleaves Class of 2001 MBA Scholarship, please contact jackie.fisk@manchester.ac.uk

 

Scholarships for female candidates

These scholarships support opportunities for talented female candidates to join the Alliance Manchester Business School Full-time MBA programme. Compared to full-time MBA programmes at many leading business schools, we have a good percentage of female students per class (usually around 30–35%). However, we would like to have a more equal gender balance. 

The application process applies to all the scholarships for female candidates:

  • The 30% Club Female Business Leaders Scholarship
  • Forté Foundation Fellows Program Scholarships
  • Alliance Manchester Business School Women in Business Scholarships

 How to apply

  1. Complete the Full-time MBA application
  2. Submit a written scholarship application or presentation addressing the questions below. The application should be written from your own perspective rather than as a research exercise. You are welcome to add graphics and photos to support your application if you feel this will help you to express your thoughts and ideas.

Email your scholarship application to Full-timeMBA.admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Scholarship application questions

  • The business world faces a distinct shortage of women in senior management positions. From your own perspective, what do you think are the most significant barriers to female senior leadership and what will be the biggest challenge for the current and next generation of women in business? How do you think these challenges could be addressed, particularly in your own country?
  • What are your key professional achievements to date and how do you hope to develop your career as a business leader in the future? Please share any challenges you have experienced as a female person building a career in business.
  • Have you personally been involved in any initiatives to support women in business?
  • What do you do to help or inspire others? How will you act as a role model for other women?

One full tuition fee scholarship

The partnership with the 30% Club will also offer the scholarship winner the opportunity to have a mentor during the programme.

30% club logo

Alliance Manchester Business School is proud to partner with the 30% Club to support their goals to build a continuum of change from schoolroom to boardroom, develop more high potential women and create a deeper pool of talent for tomorrow’s boardrooms.

The 30% Club is a global campaign that signs up Chairs and CEOs to take action to create a better balance of men and women at all levels of their organisations as a business imperative rather than a ‘women’s issue’.

The Club launched in the UK in 2010 with a target of a minimum of 30% women on FTSE 100 boards by 2015. The proportion of female FTSE 100 directors has risen from 12.5% to 27%. As of 2016, the scope of the original target was extended and the goal is now a minimum of 30% women on FTSE 350 boards by the end of 2020. The Club is now also firmly focused on driving change at senior management level and throughout the pipelines of organisations and has introduced a new target of 30% women at senior management level of FTSE 100 companies by 2020.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Female UK permanent residents who can demonstrate both depth and breadth of work experience, as well as academic excellence and high potential for senior leadership roles.
  • Candidates must also show determination to act as a role model for other women.

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017

If you want to be considered for the 30% Club Female Business Leaders scholarship, you should submit your application by Tuesday 2 May 2017.

Assessment day: Friday 19 May 2017

Due to the high value and prestigious nature of this award, all candidates who make the shortlist will be required to attend a mandatory Assessment Day at Alliance Manchester Business School. On the Assessment Day you will be required to give a presentation about yourself and your achievements and undertake an interview. Applicants for the 30% Club Scholarship have the option to take the Manchester Admissions Test instead of GMAT or GRE.

Forté Foundation Fellows Program Scholarships

Two scholarships from 35% to 50% of the tuition fee

Forte Foundation logo

Alliance Manchester Business School is proud to be partnering with the Forté Foundation as part of the Forté Fellows Program.

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

The Forté Fellows Program was created with the intention of increasing the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs by offering fellowships to women pursuing an MBA at a sponsoring business school.

If you would like to be considered for a Forté Fellowship, you should first submit your MBA application and scholarship application to Alliance Manchester Business School. The School will select the Forté Fellows and notify the Forté Foundation of our selection.

In addition to the financial support provided, Forté Fellows have access to a number of unique resources from Forté Foundation including:

  • Participation in the annual Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference held at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle
  • Access to exclusive networking groups of Forté Fellows, Forté Fellow Alumnae and sponsor companies on social media and through Forté Fellow listservs
  • Special e-introductions to Forté sponsor companies and inclusion in the Fellow résumé book, which is distributed to all sponsor companies
  • Free lifetime Forté Foundation Premium Membership

Eligibility criteria:

  • Female students of all nationalities are eligible for consideration. We would actively like to nominate fellows who represent diverse educational and work backgrounds, career goals, ethnicities and citizenship.
  • Candidates should exhibit exemplary leadership in one or more ways: academic leadership, team leadership, community leadership, and creative leadership.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to women and girls via personal mentorship or community involvement. Such commitment is in alignment with the mission of Forté Foundation.

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017

  • If you want to be considered for a Forté Fellowship, you should submit your MBA application by Tuesday 2 May 2017.
  • All candidates who have applied for or have been awarded an Alliance MBS Women in Business Scholarship by the final application deadline will automatically be considered as one of the two Forté Fellows.

Alliance Manchester Business School Women in Business Scholarships

Scholarships from 10% to 50% of the tuition fee

Eligibility criteria:

  • Female students of all nationalities are eligible for consideration
  • Female candidates with excellent academic, professional and personal achievements and strong leadership ability
  • Candidates must also show determination to act as a role model for other women

Application deadline: Final deadline Tuesday 2 May 2017

  • These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as part of the admissions process, normally at the same time as an offer is made.

All candidates who have applied for or have been awarded an Alliance MBS Women in Business Scholarship by the final application deadline will automatically be considered as one of the two Forté Fellows.

Young Potential Leaders

We believe in nurturing and fast- tracking young British talent. Every year, we provide opportunities for up to ten very talented high-flyers to join the Manchester Full-time MBA. These individuals will demonstrate high potential for rapid career advancement and a track record of using their talent to improve society. View the Young Potential Leaders brochure >>

Who can apply?

To be considered for one of ten Young Potential Leader places on the Full-time MBA programme you must:

  • Have permanent residency in the UK*
  • Hold a first class bachelor's degree, or
  • Hold a bachelor's degree with upper second class results and a Masters’ degree with distinction (both from a Russell Group University)**
  • Have less than three years' work experience

To discuss our entry requirements in more detail, please contact us. 

Application deadline:

  • Final application deadline: 1 June 2017
  • Final assessment day: TBC

Alliance MBS bursaries

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.

Alliance MBS agreements

Alliance Manchester Business School has a joint agreement with Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia (FUNED). Mexican students supported by FUNED receive a 25% discount on Full-time MBA tuition fees.

To be awarded the 25% tuition fee discount through the Alliance Manchester Business School / FUNED agreement, you will need to receive an unconditional offer for the Full-time MBA programme. You will then need to be accepted by FUNED for their loan/scholarship programme.

Please see the FUNED website for details of their application process and deadlines: www.funedmx.org

Alliance Manchester Business School has a joint agreement with COLFUTURO. Columbian students supported by COLFUTURO receive a 25% discount on Full-time MBA tuition fees. Successful students identified by COLFUTURO are supported through a scholarship-loan.

To be awarded the 25% tuition fee discount through the Alliance Manchester Business School / COLFUTURO agreement, you will need to receive an unconditional offer for the Full-time MBA programme. You will then also be accepted by COLFUTURO for their scholarship-loan.

Please see the COLFTURO website for further details of their application process and deadlines: www.colfuturo.org

 

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“I was very lucky to be awarded an Excellence and Opportunity scholarship as a result of very generous donations from alumni. This has driven me to work harder in my studies to learn as much as I can, and additionally to give back to the School and my class in any way I can.”

Sophie Wilkinson, British, Vice President Social Affairs

Class of 2017

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