Master of Business Administration (part-time) MBA

Master of Business Administration (part-time) MBA

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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

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  • Duration:

    Usually 3 Years

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2021

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Why study this programme?

Please note: this course has been suspended for 2020 entry. 

Our part-time MBA is designed for those working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles.

This leading qualification will provide a rigorous and challenging postgraduate business and management education, where you will develop alongside other experienced managers and business professionals. It is demanding three year part-time management course, which will help you develop into an effective manager or professional working in a business management context.

Those individuals who already possess a postgraduate general management diploma, such as the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), and can satisfy the general admissions criterion of ability to benefit, may be able to join the MBA in Year 3. This advanced standing facility has proved an invaluable stepping stone to those DMS holders who wish to extend their programme of studies to Masters level.

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Entry Requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a Lower Second Class classification, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent and a minimum of three years relevant and appropriate work experience.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

The modules in Year 1 develop knowledge in some of the main functional areas of business as well as considering the concept of management in contemporary organizations and society. The modules are as follows:


  • Management and Organisations
  • Management Environment
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management
  • Contemporary Marketing in Organisations
  • Data Analytics
  • Accounting and Finance



Year 2

The modules in Year 2 allow you to focus on your own learning as well as developing skills in research. You also have the opportunity to work on a live consultancy project. The specific modules are as follows:


  • Strategic Management
  • Management Consulting Project
  • Management Learning and Research
  • Operations Management



Year 3

In Year 3, you have the opportunity to research, in-depth, a particular management issue and put into practice the research skills developed in years one and two of the programme. This is done through the dissertation.


  • Dissertation
  • Management Coaching Skills



Further Information

The aim of the MBA is to;

  • To provide you with a postgraduate career development general programme in business and management that will enable you to achieve learning outcomes at a level appropriate for the award of an MBA from the University
  • To provide you with the opportunity to develop your critical understanding of business and management and its constituent processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
  • To enable you to critically review and integrate your existing work experience with your postgraduate studies within an intensive process of management development
  • To provide you with a learning experience which will enable you to enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field of business and management in a wide range of organisations.

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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: run as a separate course
Part-time: £1,580 per 20 credits

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

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 are in middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a 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.

Lancashire Business School provides a stimulating environment where students are given the opportunity to enhance and develop their potential for a career in business and management. The course team for the MBA have a reputation for offering a supportive environment in which to learn while at the same time, encouraging students to challenge their ways of thinking about the concept and practice of management. Critical evaluation underpins the modules which, in turn, feeds into reflection and self-development.


In year two of the programme, students work on a live consultancy project with a local organisation in order diagnose a business problem and provide appropriate solutions.

Many graduate of the MBA have progressed to senior positions in their organisation. Some have opted for a change of career and have gone on to teaching in further and higher education.

On successful completion of the MBA students can progress to the Doctor of Business administration or other doctoral level programmes.

Academic Expertise

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