Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

Boost your management skills and earning potential with one of the most highly valued qualifications in the world today. In just two years you could be graduating with a globally recognised MBA degree and a wealth of new career opportunities, from leadership roles, to entrepreneurial ventures, to complete changes in business sector.

Programme overview

The MBA is one of the most prestigious qualifications in the business world, recognised internationally.

This 100% online programme is designed to enhance existing skillsets and grow the careers of business and management professionals across the globe.

The programme provides a broad and challenging syllabus, covering a range of topics to help you develop leadership skills, with units including: Operations Management, Strategic Marketing, and Leading, Managing and Developing People.

You’ll be given all the tools you need to study business online, including live online seminars and a virtual learning environment that encourages collaborative working with your peers. 

Features and benefits

  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs
  • Can be studied over a two-year period, with the flexibility needed to take it at your own pace
  • 100% online, giving you the freedom to balance study with your existing work, life and family commitments
  • Provides a vocational study route, giving you the chance to gain the practical skills, theory and workplace understanding needed to progress your career
  • Offers frequent networking opportunities across businesses, academia, students, alumni and other like-minded professionals, both nationally and internationally
  • Explores current global and local topics during live online seminars with tutors and peers
  • Delivers multiple live one-hour online seminars each week to accommodate those studying in different time zones
  • Grants access to recorded versions of all seminars to watch at a later date
  • Uses real-time data about students’ understanding of topics to inform seminar content
  • Provides the chance to work in small groups on regular tasks through a virtual working environment

About the online course

Our MBA course is designed to work around your life and commitments. It can be completed within two years at a pace that suits you, with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours. 

There are three intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in January, May and September.

Typical units of study may include*:

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (15 credits)
  • Accounting and Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Global Economic Environment (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Leading Change and Creativity in the Organisation (15 credits)

You will also have the opportunity to take one optional unit* (worth 15 credits) which could include:

  • Performance
  • Reward Management
  • Governance, Risk and Control
  • Financial Technologies
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Global Resourcing and Talent Management 
  • Employee Engagement 


As part of the course, you will also complete a dissertation. This is a chance to demonstrate the skills and know-how you’ve acquired throughout the course. Through the project, you will be able to draw on the different strands of learning you’ve been taught so far, and will be able to tailor your dissertation to a ‘real world’ project.  Plus, you’ll be given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience by engaging in a real project from your workplace.

The dissertation research project can be an enterprise project, business consultancy or an empirical dissertation. You will use thorough research methods to produce a substantial piece of work of approximately 15,000 words, which will address a business issue of your choice.

*These units and their timing are subject to change.

Academic expertise

Your programme leads are:

Dr. Sara Ward, MBA & Executive Programmes Director

Sara has been teaching at the Manchester Metropolitan Business School since 2008. During that time, she has led the launch of several specialist programmes including the Master of Sport Directorship in 2015 and the new 100% online flagship MBA programmes in 2017.

Alongside being instrumental in the recent transformation of the Business School’s MBA programmes, Sara is particularly passionate about sports governance, diversity in sport boardrooms and governance reform in the industry.

Dr Iain Reid, Reader in Operations Management & Programme Leader for Global Online MBA programmes

Iain joined Manchester Metropolitan’s Business School from the University of Huddersfield, where he was the acting subject group head for Operations Management and programme leader for the MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He was also the Director of the Northern Productivity Hub, a centre that supported local businesses on building operational resilience and agility, creating new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for the school.

During his academic career, Iain has undertaken research collaborations with universities across the world, including the University of Baltimore (USA), University of Bradford (UK), University of Liverpool (UK), University of Palemo (Italy) and University of Athabasca (Canada). His research focuses on Professional Service Operations Management, specifically mass customisation and service modularity in the context of Legal Services and Knowledge Transfer. His work has been published in peer review journals, including the International Journal of Production Research, Educational Technology Research and Development and the Journal of Quality Engineering and Reliability.

Prior to joining academia, Iain worked in the manufacturing sector, specifically oil and gas and machine tools. He later joined the University of Liverpool’s Agility Centre as a Senior Projects Manager and worked on EU funded ERDF project, implementing operational agility and supply chain optimisation with local SMEs. Iain also held faculty positions at the University’s Management School and was the Director of Studies for their MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management (Online).

He is also the Track Chair for the sessions on Sports and Operations Management for the Production Operations Management Society in the US.


Entry requirements

To sign-up to the course, you’ll need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent plus three years of work experience
  • OR significant management experience (10 years+) and a record of achievement in business and leadership
  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

English language requirements: 

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required.

Read more about our English requirements.


Unit fee: £1,200*

Programme fee: £14,400

We offer a subsidised fee to students from certain countries:  

Unit fee: £1,033*

Programme fee: £12,400

Click here to see the full list of eligible countries.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit 

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages. 

The course is delivered by our double accredited global Business School

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