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Manchester Global Part-time MBA

  • Qualification: MBA - Triple Accredited AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and ranked 5th in UK
  • Duration: 24 months or 18 months (Finance Accelerated) flexible up to 5 years
  • Delivery: Blended Learning
  • Workload: Approx 20 hours per week
  • Next enrolment: July 2024
  • Fees: £39,585 inclusive of 5% VAT (Paid in 4 installments)
Manchester Global Executive MBA


Raise your aspirations on this world-class, international part-time MBA programme, with the middle east centre located in Dubai, UAE, which focuses on you as a leader from the very beginning. From entrepreneurship to international finance you will benefit from the latest thinking and hone the skills that will set you apart in today's competitive marketplace.

Is our Part-time Global MBA right for you?

Top global organisations want global executives who thrive in a multicultural environment, who have experience of other cultures and can manage across boundaries. There will be opportunities to:

  • Enhance your general management skills to move up or change career
  • Broaden your understanding of international business by taking workshops at our global centres
  • Learn from an internationally renowned team of academics, industry experts and business leaders
  • Apply critical judgement and demonstrate leadership - all of which can be applied to your current role
  • Work with global executives from the likes of AstraZeneca, Bank of New York Mellon, IBM, KPMG, PWC and Siemens etc
  • Take advantage of our dedicated part-time Global Careers Service

A School as ambitious as you are!

Manchester is the home of original thinkers, and our long and proud history of research excellence continues the spirit of innovation and achievement for which the city is renowned.

At The University of Manchester - Middle East Centre, we pride ourselves on our challenging, life-changing MBA programme which attracts high caliber students from prestigious companies across the world.

We only recruit students who:

  • Are ambitious, dynamic high achievers
  • Want to push their career to the next level
  • Have the stamina and motivation to manage an intensive, challenging MBA Programme
  • Are open to new ideas, situations and challenges
  • Have high expectations of themselves and others
  • Thrive under extreme pressure
  • Are both excellent leaders and effective team players
  • Want to make a lasting impact on the business world
  • Are striving to become socially responsible managers.

If this is you, and you want to find out more please contact our Course Counsellors.

How will I learn?

The Global Executive MBA is taught through a combination of highly participative online learning and five global workshop residentials (32 days of face-to-face teaching in total). This blended learning approach is ideal for fitting your studies around your work and home commitments, while still getting an equivalent amount of on-campus teaching time as many full-time MBA programmes.

Most courses that you will study include an intensive, three-day workshop residential. These are a chance to immerse yourself in your studies, away from the distractions of daily life, focus on what you want to achieve and build a strong, supportive cohort. At the workshops, you will experience a challenging mix of experiential learning from renowned business experts and practitioners, and group work focusing on real business problems. Plus there’s the opportunity to network, socialise and make connections that could transform your career. To give you extra flexibility, for elective courses we offer some courses that have more online or face-to-face learning to suit your commitments.

Our online teaching, learning and student support includes:

  •     Dedicated online learning and support hub
  •     Live online lectures and virtual workshops to support        face-to-face workshops
  •     Virtual office hours with world-leading academics
  •     Online student surgeries
  •     Digital library
  •     Discussion forums
  •     Pre-sessional study skills and foundational review            courses
  •     Virtual guest speakers and networking opportunities

Key information

  • Duration
    2 years
  • Next intake
    July 2024
  • Location
    Available all over the world with workshops held in Dubai, Manchester, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • Admissions
    At least 3 years of work experience and recognised degree or 8 to 10 years experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Contact
    To contact your local international centre please visit: Click here

Fees and funding

Please find below our tuition fees for the MBA programmes commencing July 2024. If you need any assistance or would like to speak to a course counsellor please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Entry requirements

Entry is competitive on the part-time MBA programme. We look to admit the right MBA person and are looking for the most talented candidates with the highest potential, not just those with the most experience or best test scores.

We take a holistic view when evaluating applications, paying particular attention to academic credentials, fast career progression, leadership characteristics and entrepreneurial talent. We assess your potential compared to peers to contribute to and enhance the diverse professional backgrounds, cultural profile and experience of the MBA class.

We use a wide variety of criteria to evaluate applications. The requirements below are assessed using all the application elements: application form, essays, references, CV/ résumé, degree and professional qualifications, admission test score, English level and interview. Decisions are made by consensus of the MBA Admissions Committee.

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Course units


Once you have been offered a place on our MBA programme and paid a reservation fee, you have exclusive access to our Manchester MBA Preparation course.

This online course helps you understand what it's like to study at Manchester, how you go about writing academic assignments and most importantly, what 'Learning by Doing' really means.

You will have the opportunity to rediscover key study skills, as well as undertake Business Essentials courses in Marketing and Operations Management and meet the teams that will be supporting you.

Taking around 15 hours in total, you can complete the course at your own pace, and there are lots of opportunities to apply your skills and new knowledge throughout.

Core Courses

This course will introduce you to the two main areas of accounting: financial accounting and management accounting. We will introduce you to the content, role and usefulness of financial reports. You will then learn how to interpretate, analyse and understand financial information. Alongside this, you will develop an understanding of the theories, techniques and practices of management and cost accounting. You will also explore the design of management accounting and control systems.

This course will provide you with key knowledge about operations management and marketing. We will encourage you to consider the interactions and potential tensions between these areas, and to critically evaluate the application of theory to real-life contexts. You will also work in multinational groups to develop solutions to marketing and operations management challenges.

This interdisciplinary course will help you develop a cutting-edge approach to strategy and competition that is fit for purpose in today’s changing business environment. You will explore key areas of interest, such as competition, global instability, the sharing economy and technology disruption, alongside more traditional, dominant schools of thought. The course will blend theory and practice, with an emphasis on team work and real time case analysis.

3-day workshop in Manchester + online learning

Leading and managing in today’s global business environment is complex. This course will provide you with analytical tools to critically evaluate the globalised economy from a cultural, political and economic perspective. You will explore major management issues and develop an understanding of the social context of businesses.

You will also examine the field of organisational behaviour. Why have contemporary management practices and organisational forms been adopted? What is their effect on people’s behaviour? You will learn how to respond to contemporary management and organisational challenges, by applying the latest research, ideas, frameworks and practical case studies.

Applied Learning

The live business project gives you the flexibility to explore an entrepreneurial venture in a sector of your choice, or to tackle a business issue that is critical to your organisation, which will help you stand out and deliver real value in the workplace. It's an opportunity to try something you've always wanted to do while gaining invaluable, practical business experience to enrich your CV.

Example projects:

  • Rediscovering Kellogg Nutri-Grain Bar's Competitive Mojo
  • A study into the effectiveness of the Corporate Parent in delivering value to stakeholders
  • The lean start up: 'Fit-for-life'
  • The effects of earned media on brand preference, purchase intention and sales performance: a study on infant formula brands
  • Segmenting and targeting Chinese e-lock consumers
  • Identifying and quantifying the critical success factors for taxi-hailing mobile apps
  • Helping support the re-integration of unemployed job-seekers into the labour market
  • A study of non-household consumer switching in England’s water market
"The students came in as high calibre consultants. They understood the problem quickly and engaged effectively with the team, presenting a high-quality solution that provided useful insights which will be taken on board to execute the project."
Arsenio Otero, Vice President,
Sales Strategy and Sales Development, EMEA,


Tailoring Your Journey

This is your chance to customise the MBA to suit your personal goals and interests. Our electives span many popular fields of expertise including: entrepreneurship and innovation; finance; HR management; leadership and management practice; marketing; projects and technology.

We deliver electives across our global centres in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai and Singapore. If you choose to study overseas, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to widen your international network and sharpen your knowledge of the global business environment.

Current electives:

  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Contemporary Chinese Business
  • Corporate Turnaround and Finance Restructuring
  • Digital Economy
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Engaging Human Talent
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Fintech, Digital Banking and Blockchain
  • Information Systems and Digital Strategy
  • International Business Strategy
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Management in Practice
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Practical Investing
  • Strategic Commercial Management
  • Strategic Financial Analysis
  • Strategic Project Organising
  • Strategic Supply Management
  • Sustainable & Socially Responsible Business
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Work Psychology for Managerial Success

To give you added flexibility, we offer some electives that are entirely online or that include longer/shorter face-to-face workshops.

Personal and Professional Development

MBA+ is a suite of added value extra-curricular experiences that will help you define your goals, enhance your interpersonal skills, build your corporate connections and raise your profile across the world.

Running in parallel with the academic programme, these activities are not credit bearing. They are designed to give you targeted support and motivation to help you through the MBA and beyond, with unrivalled opportunities to connect and grow. You will have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

  • Networking events
  • Online careers seminars
  • Employability sessions
  • Careers guidance
  • Alumni socials
  • Alumni speaker events
  • Alumni groups, and more


Global MBA (24 months)

The Global MBA is for professionals from any industry with at least three years’ experience and strong career progression.

This flexible programme includes 31 days of teaching across six workshop residencies. View the schedule (download here) »

You will attend workshops for core courses at your home centre. For elective courses, you can attend workshops at any of our global centres: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai and Singapore. We also run MBA workshops in additional locations, currently Tokyo.

Global MBA Finance Accelerated (18 months)

Global MBA Finance Accelerated is an 18-month MBA for candidates with a minimum of three years’ experience and professional finance qualifications such as ACCA and CIMA.

This specialist MBA includes 27 days of teaching across five workshop residencies.

You will attend workshops for core courses at your home centre. For elective courses, you can attend workshops at any of our global centres: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai and Singapore. We also run MBA workshops in additional locations, currently Tokyo.

Admissions Info

There are two intakes per year for the Part-time Global MBA, commencing in January and July.

You will need to have good academic credentials and at least three years of work experience with strong career progression and management/leadership experience.

Candidates without a degree have the opportunity to be considered through the experience entry pathway. Take a look at our entry requirements.

You will need time to prepare your application - take the next step now to your future career.

If you need advice or assistance with our admissions process, please contact us:

Tel: +971 (0)4 446 8664

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