Master of Business Administration (MBA)


With our Global Online MBA, you will combine expert teaching from our triple accredited business school with the flexibility you need to succeed.

Join a 25-year legacy of graduates who are shaping the global business landscape, with the help of the skills they have honed during Manchester Metropolitan University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Our business school is triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, setting an international benchmark of excellence in business and management education. This achievement places us proudly among the best business schools in the world. By studying your MBA with us, you’ll graduate with a qualification from a business school recognised internationally for its excellence in teaching and research, giving you the opportunity to stand out.

  • Type
    MBA online
  • Start dates
    January, March, May, July, September and November
  • Length
    2 years part-time
  • Cost per unit
    £1,160* (Total £13,920)
  • Typical entry requirements
    At least 25 years old, a UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent PLUS a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience

Units may typically include:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research (15 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Global Economic Environment (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • Accounting and Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Leading Change and Creativity in Organisations (15 credits)
  • Financial Technologies (15 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)

Professional Project (30 credits)

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study, giving you 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. Plus, you will be given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience by engaging in a real project from your workplace.

For full details of the content within each unit please download our MBA course factsheet. 

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent PLUS a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience
  • OR significant management experience (10 years or more) and a record of achievement in business and leadership
  • ALL applicants must be a minimum of 25 years of age

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2021/22 academic year (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2022/23 academic year (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023). Please check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

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.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants, if required, which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.


With our flexible payment options, we have made paying for your course and your professional development as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for all intakes from May 2021 to March 2022:

Unit fee: £1,160*

Course fee: £13,920

Fees for the May 2022 intake and beyond:

Tuition fees are still being finalised, please check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.  

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our fees and funding page.

Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Academic expertise

Dr Linda Alker Programme Lead MBA

Dr Linda Alker

Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead, Global Online MBA programme

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Whether you are looking to progress to a more senior level or grow your own business, our Global Online MBA has been designed to help sharpen your leadership acumen and give you the practical skills, applied theory and confidence you need to grow your career and boost your earning potential.

Over the course of your MBA you will explore a host of key areas of business – from operations to finance, marketing to change management. You will use real-world case studies and the latest academic research to identify and investigate issues that could help drive better corporate strategies and practices, with the opportunity to tailor what you learn to your current role as you study.

No matter where you live or work, you will learn from academics and experienced business professionals from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School – part of an elite group of business schools worldwide to achieve the prestigious trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. And best of all, with flexibility at its heart, this part-time, online course will give you the freedom to balance study with your existing commitments.

Who this course is for:

Career builders

Whether you want to switch careers or aim for that promotion, our course from a triple accredited business school will give you the credibility and competitive edge you need to progress. From strategy to management, uncover new skills without taking a break from your career. Our flexible, online study will enable you to gain a recognised qualification from anywhere in the world.

Knowledge builders

If you want to develop your current skills and understanding, this course is a great fit. You may want to enhance your career or build a sense of personal accomplishment. Our units cover advanced business topics, including leadership for people and organisations. Put your new skills to test in real-time as you can work alongside this part-time course.

Aspirational entrepreneurs

For those embracing the world of business ownership, this course will help you harness your knowledge and grow your organisation. Once you’ve sharpened your leadership skills and gained in-depth practical knowledge of core business functions, where will our MBA take your business?

Career propects

From entrepreneurs to aspiring business leaders, our MBA course is designed to help you excel in the world of business. It’s the course for you if you want to develop transferable skills for senior management positions. We will focus on enhancing your critical analysis, creativity, leadership and management abilities to prepare you for your future role.

Throughout the course, we will explore relevant cross-industry issues, allowing you to gain a broad business perspective. You may choose to apply your skills to a role such as Business Operations Manager, CEO, Management Analyst or Business Consultant, to name a few.

With a flexible online curriculum and the opportunity to tailor projects to your current work, you can study alongside your career and apply learnings as you go. You’ll have access to our digital career service during your studies and lifelong access when you graduate.

Companies where our students have worked:


Proctor and gamble
United Nations

Studying online

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.

Using our Virtual Learning Environment you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe.

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) comprises 180 credits. Students are normally expected to study 90 credits per year.

The programme is delivered on a continuous basis and units are scheduled sequentially. The order that units are delivered varies depending on the intake start date, although students will normally start with the Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research unit. Methodological Approaches to Research and Professional Project will normally be the final units studied. All units are 15-credits with the exception of the 30-credit Professional Project.

Each 15-credit unit will normally be delivered over a 7-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides students with an opportunity to consolidate learning before undertaking assessment towards the end of the week. The Professional Project unit is normally 14 weeks. There is normally a one-week Study Break between every unit.


Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications eg degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers eg IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.

Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.

Overall methods of assessment

  • You will be assessed by coursework.
  • Each unit is assessed by an assignment (typically 3,000 words, or equivalent). The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include an essay, case study, literature review, research brief, extended project, business analysis, and contributions to the discussion forum.
  • The Professional Project will normally take the form of a 10,000-word project-style essay.


Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of live seminars, discussion boards and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PgDip 120 credits, and a PgCert 60 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your style of learning, but it could be:

Study 100% independent study; 0% placement

Assessment 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination

This course is delivered by a triple accredited business school

Our business school is triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. By choosing to complete your MBA with us, you are choosing to study at one of the best business schools in the world, internationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research.


Richard used his MBA to gain his dream job.

Richard got in touch with us recently to tell us some fantastic news: he has just secured his dream job – before even graduating from the course. We caught up with him to find out more.

Academic expertise

Dr Linda Alker Programme Lead MBA

Dr Linda Alker

Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead, Global Online MBA programme

Prior to joining Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in 2006, Linda held senior management roles in the health and social care sector. Over the last 10 years, she has been responsible for leading, developing and managing the masters programmes in Leadership and Management and is now a Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour.

Linda holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, a Masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Lancashire.

Her research interests cover a wide range of topics including leadership, organisational change, workplace stress, bullying and diversity. Linda’s PhD theses was on workplace stress in the financial sector.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds an Executive Coaching Diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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