Programme content

The Lancaster Full-time MBA combines taught modules with action-based consultancy interventions. These are complemented by three key strands focusing on personal development: the Mindful Manager, Core Capabilities and the MBA Career Advancement Programme, all running throughout the full year.


Programme structure

Getting started

There is no soft slow start to the Lancaster MBA. The programme begins on your very first day with an intensive engagement with the Mindful Manager and Core Capabilities modules. Find out more.

Core modules

A series of compulsory modules run throughout the first two terms.

Those in the Autumn Term are designed to give a thorough grounding for the whole of the Lancaster MBA, providing essential knowledge and skills in areas which may be entirely new to you, or a welcome refresher in more familiar areas. Drawing on this knowledge you also undertake the first of your action learning modules: the Business Management Challenge.

The Spring Term modules have a broadly strategic perspective and include Macroeconomics, Finance, Strategic Management, Global Society and Responsible Management, and . The latter takes you out of the UK on a study tour.

The Spring Term also brings you the second of the action learning modules: the Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The Summer Term starts with the third action learning module, the Consultancy Challenge. This four-week consultancy project has three key parts: an introduction to the consultancy tool-kit, working with a business on the challenge itself, and a presentation and report that is vetted by a consultancy partner. On the Consultancy Challenge, you work in teams on client-based projects to analyse a problem situation and propose how it might be managed.


You select two assessed electives and can take a limited number of additional electives on a non-assessed basis. This gives you scope to broaden your expertise without the need to undertake formal assessment.

Corporate Challenge

This final MBA action learning challenge, which runs for seven weeks from late June, is, for many, the climax to the programme. The Corporate Challenge gives you the chance to undertake a consultancy assignment for a global company, although you can also choose other forms of final project such as an internship. The majority of these challenges are based in London. 

Career Advancement Programme

The Career Advancement Programme runs throughout the entire year, with regular presentations and talks, practical workshops and individual careers consultations for all students.