Join a 25-year legacy of graduates who are shaping the global business landscape, with the help of the skills they have honed while earning Manchester Metropolitan University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Whether you are looking to progress to a more senior level or grow your own business, this 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.
100% online coursework
6 start dates per year – January, March, May, July, September, and November
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 Business School — part of an elite group of business schools worldwide to achieve the prestigious trio of accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (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. This online master’s 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 the Virtual Learning Environment, you will enjoy a program 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.
Working online, you will have the opportunity to grow your worldwide professional network, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.
Continued support will be provided by your dedicated student success advisor, who’ll be there to help you get the most from your time from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.
The Master of Business Administration commences with a 15-credit Critical Reading, Writing, and Literature Research module, followed by eight 15-credit units, finishing with a 15-credit Methodological Approaches to Research module and 30-credit Professional Project.
Critical Reading, Writing, and Literature Research (15 credits)
This unit introduces the skills required to succeed throughout the rest of the course. The primary aim of this unit is to develop critical thinking, reflective writing, and other added study skills, including analysis and referencing, to a master’s level. This allows the ability to research and investigate strategic opportunities for organizational improvement.
Leading, Managing, and Developing People (15 credits)
This unit provides a critical evaluation of the research and debate surrounding HR management and HR development. The theoretical foundations of leading, managing, and developing people are examined.
Financial Technologies (15 credits)
This unit aims to give students a strong understanding of existent and emerging financial technologies, allowing them to critically examine their impact and the potential risks they hold for the future.
Operations Management (15 credits)
The aim of any service, manufacturing, public sector, retail operation, or third-sector business is to deliver services and goods of the right quality, quantity, cost, and availability to satisfy customers’ needs while still making the most effective use of their own resources.
This can only be achieved by:
Having a well-designed strategy of operations
Having well managed systems, processes and employees
Planning and controlling operations resources
Recognizing that ongoing operational improvement or redesign will be required
This unit will introduce the fundamental principles of operations management to help professionals achieve the above, building the skills needed to manage their organization at a micro-level.
Strategic Marketing (15 credits)
This unit seeks to introduce students to the fundamentals of strategic marketing within a broad range of organizations. At the heart of most modern businesses lies the idea of marketing orientation — of finding out what it is that customers want or need, and then trying to fulfill this need profitably. The astute marketer therefore has to develop his or her skills in understanding how the external environment is changing, and what this means in terms of evolving customer tastes.
Having determined how the external marketplace is changing, the task is then one of determining how best to structure the company’s internal offering in a way that delivers profits to the company.
Accounting and Financial Management (15 credits)
This unit investigates and introduces basic theories, concepts, and applications of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, and financial risk management in a modern organization. Students will familiarize themselves with specific aspects of the different financial tools and techniques discussed in the unit. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the finance professionals in an organization can integrate with the other management functions to support and achieve the organization's strategic objectives.
Global Economic Environment (15 credits)
This unit will establish the key drivers of globalization and examine key issues caused by our globalized world economy. It will also explore why some countries grow faster than others and the role of trade and investment within the context of global and regional institutional and financial frameworks.
Strategic Management (15 credits)
The primary aim of this unit is to help students formulate and implement strategy at company and business unit organizational levels. A ‘strategy’ is a plan of action designed to meet objectives (the ‘game-plan’). While ‘management’ is concerned with the implementation of the ‘game-plan’ – there needs to be a seamless fit between these two, but often there is not.
The unit’s focus is on two key organizational areas: how should a CEO build their company/organization going forward? And how should a general manager build the business going forward? The importance of employing three different mindsets (the industry analyst, implementer, and academic) to help make better decisions is also explored.
Leading Change and Creativity in Organizations (15 credits)
This unit will explore the sources of, and responses to, change in organizations, including the dynamics and complexities of choice, engagement, and resistance. It will describe models and methods for defining, promoting, and leading a change agenda, which can be judged against strategic aspirations. It will show how creative contributions can be sought from individuals, teams, and leaders to increase the likely success of organizational change.
Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)
This unit will explore critical thinking, reflective writing, and other study skills, including analysis and referencing. Distinguishing the key debates in the philosophy, ethics, and epistemology of science to justify the relationship between philosophical approaches and choices of qualitative and quantitative methods is examined.
Having determined how the research is relevant to the topic, formulating an appropriate methodology and research question to investigate is required.
Professional Project (30 credits)
This unit involves conducting an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study, bringing together and employing all the skills learned in previous units. Successfully completing this unit will result in clear links drawn between the literature in the field and the development of research objectives and design of a clear conceptual framework. Moreover, the collection, presentation, discussion, and appraisal of data is evaluated; and an overall reflection academically and professionally is required.
Please note: These units are subject to change and unit order is dependent on intake.
To enroll in the course, you will need the following:
A UK honors degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent and three years of work experience
Significant management experience (10 years or more) and a record of achievement in business and leadership
All applicants must be at least 25 years of age
If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on the international website.
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020-21 academic year of entry (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021) and may be subject to change for the 2021-22 academic year (September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022).
All applications are taken through an online applications portal. 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 (e.g., degree certificate)
Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers (e.g., IELTS or free Pearson English test results)
A passport photo of yourself
A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online
Once submitted, Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online will assess your application and decide whether to offer you a place in the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.
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. A free Pearson English test is provided to all applicants if required, which can be requested from your enrollment advisor during the application process.
With flexible payment options, Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online has made paying for your program, and your professional development, as easy as possible.
You have the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront, or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online accepts all usual online payment methods in any currency via a highly secure Flywire payment portal.
Fees for the 2020-21 academic year of entry (ending August 31, 2021):
Unit fee: $1,315.15* Program fee: $15,781.84
*Fee based on 15 credits per unit
Note: Currency exchange rates are based on various public sources, are provided for information purposes only, and are subject to change without notice
About Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University is an innovative and modern university based in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Located in the heart of multicultural Manchester, it takes an international and inclusive approach to learning, and believes higher education should be accessible to all. Its Global Online courses are designed with this ambition in mind and are focused toward being relevant and beneficial to anyone with the will, ability, and determination to succeed — wherever they are in the world.
The programs combine expert-led theory with practical application that aims to help students advance their career — and are all delivered through a 100% virtual learning environment that facilitates collaboration with students from across the world.
Accreditation and ranking
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a triple-accredited business school:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
The extent of its accreditations is reflected in the practical and applied nature of its curriculum and fosters innovation in its approach to business and management education.
The university’s excellent links with professional bodies also ensure that as a student of the Business School, you are benefiting from exposure to these leading professional bodies and assured that your learning is relevant and up to date for the needs of industry standards.
Additional affiliations include:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Business School Impact System (BSIS)
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
The Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE)