Master of Business Administration with Professional Placement  MBA

Master of Business Administration with Professional Placement MBA

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate




Preston and Burnley

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley

  • Start Date:

    September and January

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Why study this programme?

The MBA with Professional Placement at UCLan allows you to study for one of the most respected business management qualifications via an intensive 2-year postgraduate course at the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise. This programme is specifically designed for those wishing to either establish or sustain a successful managerial or professional career in business. The course curriculum, whilst offering a broad grounding in management, does keenly focus on leadership and strategic management aspects that often distinguish MBAs from other master's programmes.

Prior management experience is not an essential requirement for this course, as a professional placement of 6-10 months is incorporated into the second year of study. Students apply for paid positions on a competitive basis and secure positions through their own efforts. Some assistance in preparation for applying for placements will be provided, however placements are paid employment and the employer has the final say. The work undertaken by the student must be of an adequate standard in an area of work strongly related to the content of the MBA Programme and the appropriateness of any placement will be assessed and approved by a member of the academic team on an individual basis.

*Please note that this MBA course is a 2-year programme as each year provides 120 credits to the 240 credits required for the MBA qualification to be awarded. If students do not undertake a placement as part of their Year 2 of study, students will be required to take a set of alternative modules equating to the necessary credits. This alternative Year 2 would mean the degree title awarded would change to ‘MBA with Work-Based Learning’ instead of the ‘MBA with Professional Placement’ award, as no placement would have been undertaken.

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Entry Requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a Lower Second Class Classification.

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.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • MD4042 Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • MD4099 International Strategic Management
  • MD4044 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Comp
  • MD4058 Research and Study Skills Comp
  • AC4420 Financial Management Comp
  • MD4057 Professional Development Comp

Year 2

  • MD4901 Applied Business Project
  • MD4054 Professional Placement

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You will be taught by highly experienced and qualified tutors. 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 2 year 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 and management areas including leadership, finance, entrepreneurship and corporate strategy.
  • Gain new business start-up expertise and develop your entrepreneurial flair.
  • Recognise the implications of managing knowledge in a global context and develop an international perspective
  • Sharpen your team-working and leadership skills.
  • Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.
  • Undertake your own postgraduate project work into a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your future career.
  • To further enhance your employability by developing your skills within a work context via the professional placement
  • To critically review your placement experience in light of contemporary knowledge and understanding of business and management. 

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How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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 2020/21

Full-time: £13,700 (All Domiciles)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

This postgraduate programme recognises the diversity of student learning needs and experiences. Teaching and learning strategies have been designed to meet these differing needs. The multiplicity of learning outcomes within the programme also requires a multiplicity of approaches. Students can expect a range of assessments on the course which are undertaken both individually as well as in groups, such as; business reports, case study analyses, reflective writing pieces, exams, course work, presentations and debates. Study tours, company visits and guest speakers from industry may also be included on the course, where applicable.

The Course Team is well developed in terms of teaching and learning practice established over many years and builds upon the previous business and industry experience of individuals, whilst maintaining good links with commerce and the professional bodies. Many staff are also actively engaged in research and hold doctorate degrees.