MBA recruitment

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About our MBA graduates

Our MBA and Executive MBA students develop a range of specialised skills and knowledge during their studies to emerge ready to make an impact in your organisation. The quality of our teaching, intelligent course design and dedicated careers support means that our graduates are highly sought-after by global employers.

With a curriculum guided by our programme principles of responsibility, sustainability, and inclusivity, students instil a leadership mindset along with the skills they need to be highly effective at the most senior levels of management.

Our core modules include topics on leadership, accounting and finance, economics, marketing, organisational behaviour, entrepreneurial mindset, digital transformation and innovation, operations management, and strategic management.

Building on the learning from their core modules, students develop their consultancy and organisational skills by working with programme partners to solve real business problems in our Action Learning modules. Our practice-based pedagogical approach is highlighted in these modules that weave together deep philosophical learnings and practical skills development.

MBA students in a lecture

MBA skills

Our MBA cohort boasts a diverse range of backgrounds, nationalities, and strong international experience, demonstrating the requisite management skills for a variety of roles, from consulting to specialist.

Technical skills

Creating and analysing financial statements, crafting a strategy based on KPIs and market research, understanding supply chain management, and assessing opportunities and threats based on economic trends and calculations.


Self-reflexivity, effective communication, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, and resilience

Strategic and critical thinking

The skills required for business development and creativity

Global outlook

As a business, it is crucial to have a global perspective. Our MBA emphasises responsibility, sustainability, and inclusivity as fundamental values.

Who recruits Lancaster MBA graduates?

Lancaster MBA graduates are recruited by a wide variety of companies and organisations around the world, both private and public sector. Some join large multinational companies, others boost the management teams of smaller organisations or enjoy accelerated promotion with their former employers. Some start up their own companies. Companies employing our graduates include Amazon, Hilti, Accenture, Hyundai Group, KPMG, Oracle, Grant Thornton, Hasbro, Sony, Starbucks, Capgemini, TCS, P&G, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, Arup, Microsoft, Turner & Townsend, Gap, Caterpillar, Ricardo Strategic Consulting, BNY Mellon, Deloitte, Barclays, Menzies Aviation, Capgemini Invent, WPP, Rothschild & Co, Alten, and Vodafone. The chart shows the typical Job Sector and Job Function destinations of MBA graduates securing employment (based on MBA classes graduating in 2020 and 2022).

33.3% Professional Services/Consulting
17.6% Technology/Telecoms
7.8% Manufacturing/Engineering
12.7% Finance/Banking
11.8% Other (e.g. Retail, Education, Logistics)
5.9% Energy/Utilities
2.9% Pharmaceuticals/Health
7.8% Real Estate/Construction

What roles do our graduates secure?

Typical job function destinations of MBA graduates securing employment (based on MBA classes graduating in 2020 and 2022).

21.6% Consulting
21.6% Marketing/sales
11.8% General management
13.7% Finance
9.8% Operations, logistics and supply chain
9.8% Project management
10.8% IT
1% Other (e.g. HR)

MBA profiles

Our candidates for the 2023-2024 MBA programme include a broad range of sectors, nationalities and backgrounds. For more information, please contact Andy Bagshaw.

MBA Profiles

Our services

We have a range of simple ways to attract students and our alumni to your business and help you find the right candidates for your vacancies.

Advertise a position - permanent, temporary and internship

We're here to help you recruit talented and capable leaders to transform your organisation. Simply email us with all the details of your vacancy and the type of students you are seeking, and we will do the rest. As well as permanent roles, our candidates are also available for temporary roles and summer internships.

Offer a student project

Sometimes, employers use the Consultancy Challenge and Capstone Challenge projects to introduce their companies to students as a precursor to considering a more permanent role. The arrangement gives each party an excellent opportunity to assess suitability, fit, cultural match and career potential. Many students have received full-time offers of work from their sponsor organisations following a successful project.

Being in a position to offer a job following a project is not a prerequisite for sponsoring a student team; all that is required is an interesting brief requiring consultancy by master's-level students who already have at least three years' work experience.

Find out more about our student projects.

Campus presentations/interviews

One of the most effective ways to encourage applications is to visit the Lancaster campus and present information on your career opportunities. You can choose to host a short networking drinks or buffet reception afterwards. We also have suitable facilities available for you to interview on campus to help you make the most of your visit. Alternatively, we can host presentations and interviews online or coordinate activities in London when our students visit.

Workshops and guest lectures

Participating in a careers or skills workshop or contributing to a guest lecture is a proven way of raising your company's profile, and at the same time, you know that you're providing tangible benefits to our students. We can arrange practical employer-led workshops for our students on CV writing, interview techniques, assessment centres, online applications, presentation skills and many other topics.

LUMS Careers services for employers

Recruiting international graduates

The government recognises the value of UK degree-educated talent and has implemented dispensations for employing our graduates, making it easy to recruit from Lancaster University Management School.

Post-study work

Graduates can apply for a two or three-year Graduate visa after successfully completing their course, depending on the level of qualification obtained.

We recommend that employers always refer to the Government's current immigration advice for the latest information.

Our information for students about working in the UK

Recent MBA graduates

Profiles of some of our recent MBA graduates.

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