Making your application

Places on the Lancaster MBA are limited. We keep the class small to enable the rich learning process that we aim for, and to allow close contact between faculty and students.

To secure a place we advise you to make your application as early as you can.

Applying early is also important if you are to have the best chance of being awarded one of our scholarships. We have a substantial scholarship fund, but it is steadily depleted as applicants successfully apply for the awards.


Non-native speakers of English

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. This will probably be via an IELTS test. You should take this test as early as possible because, if you do not achieve the required level, you may be able to participate in one of our pre-sessional English language courses to get you up to the required entry standard. 


Completing your application

You must submit your application using the University's online application system. Once you have applied online, you will be able to track the progress of your application.

As part of your application, you must nominate two referees who can comment on your suitability for the programme. The referees should be people who are able to comment on your academic ability and your professional experience. If you left university several years ago and are unable to submit an academic reference, two professional references will be acceptable.


Application checklist

Please ensure you upload the following to your online application:

  • a detailed CV 
  • a degree certificate 
  • your degree transcript 
  • IELTS score report (for non-native speakers of English) 
  • two references (at least one professional)
  • personal statement

If you do not have all the required documentation, you should indicate when the missing items will become available.

Please note that you do not need to pay an application fee.

Selection process

Once we have received your application and evaluated all the supporting documents, we will decide whether to shortlist you for interview. If we shortlist you, we aim to offer you an interview within two weeks.

We invite all UK-based applicants to attend an interview at Lancaster, meet the programme team and current students, and see Lancaster’s fantastic facilities. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you will normally be required to make a short presentation during the interview.

We interview all suitable candidates who are based outside the UK, either face-to-face (if our MBA team are attending a recruitment fair locally) or by telephone/Skype.

We aim to notify you of a decision within 48 hours of the interview.

Remember, places are limited. If we offer you a place, we ask that you respond within two weeks of receiving your formal offer. On acceptance, we will require a deposit of £2,000.  Please bear in mind that if you have not paid your deposit, your offer will only remain valid while there are still places available on the programme.

Information and advice from former students

Take a look at some of our MBA graduate profiles, in which they talk about their experiences on the course.