Master of Business Administration MBA

Master of Business Administration MBA

School of Management


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    One year

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    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

The MBA at UCLan allows you to study for one of the most respected business management qualification via an intensive 12 month postgraduate course at the School of Business.


The MBA course is specifically designed for those wishing either to establish or sustain a successful managerial or professional career in business. Those who have already worked for at least two years in a managerial, technical or professional role may also wish to enhance their career prospects through MBA study.

Entry Requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a Lower Second Class Classification, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent, a minimum of two years’ work experience is desirable, but not essential.

For international students, in addition to meeting the above minimum entry requirements the University require a score of at least 6.5 in the British Council IELTS test. A score of 600-650 in the TOEFL paper-based test supported by a pass in the associated Test of Written English may also be acceptable; alternatively a score of at least 250 on the TOEFL computer-based test is acceptable.

Programme at a Glance

During two semesters you will be able to gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of business management.

Semester 1

  • Accounting and Finance
  • The Reflective Manager
  • Critical Perspectives on Management
  • Contemporary Marketing
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management
  • The Economic Context of International Business

Semester 2

  • Operations Strategy
  • Strategy and International Management
  • New Enterprise Venture Development
  • Business Information Management
  • Designing a Research Project

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (semesters 2 and 3)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

You will be taught by highly experienced and qualified tutors and will complete an MBA dissertation. The MBA provides a rigorous process of personal and managerial development, in which you are encouraged and expected to make your own unique contribution. 

This intensive 12 month course offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will enhance your development and future career prospects:

  • Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the main business functions of marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance and operations management.
  • Develop an international perspective on both operational and strategic management.
  • Gain new business start-up expertise and develop your entrepreneurial flair.
  • Recognise the implications of managing knowledge in a global context.
  • Sharpen your team-working and leadership skills.
  • Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.
  • Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your future career.
  • And finally, to critically review your work experience to date in the light of contemporary knowledge and understanding of business and management.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £11,500 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a postgraduate study room, cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Resource Service (LLRS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LLRS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.