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, 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

Examples of The Manchester Method in practice:

  • Live business project
  • Interactive residential workshops
  • Real-world case studies
  • Business simulation
  • Group work with a diverse class

The Manchester Method: Practical themes

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.


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


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.

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.

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.


Weni Kabota

The Manchester Method teaches you to apply theory to solve live practical problems. It encourages you to think creatively and become an opinion leader.”

Weni Kabota, Head of SME Banking, Stanbic Bank, Zambia
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