The Lancaster MBA

The Lancaster MBA

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Robyn Remke

Welcome to the Lancaster University MBA

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Lancaster University MBA programme. I am very proud of our MBA programme and happy to share with you the highlights of our programme.

The Lancaster MBA, our flagship programme, enjoys a rich heritage and engaged community that is over 30 years in the making. Our committed MBA team make sure our programme curriculum is constantly evolving to ensure our graduates acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to excel in contemporary business environments. Consistently remaining relevant and delivering excellence, the Lancaster MBA is built upon our expertise in strategy, social sustainability, and responsibility. Theory is contextualised through real examples and live cases, and learning is enhanced through a practice-based approach

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FT MBA global rankings 2022

Lancaster MBA ranked No.1 in the world for Corporate Strategy Teaching.

Our MBA programme is ranked 1st in the world for corporate strategy teaching and 2nd in the world for value for money in the Financial Times MBA global rankings 2022. The Lancaster MBA is now placed 8th in the UK, 21st in Europe and =76th in the world – up twenty places from last year.

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Key Facts

Discover why the Lancaster MBA stands out from the rest.

Course Content

Discover the programme design and core themes you will explore during our one-year MBA programme.

The programme design of the MBA combines taught modules with action-based consultancy interventions. Beyond learning in the classroom, you will complete a series of challenges to help you gain practical experience and develop your leadership and managerial skills. These academic modules and interactive challenges are complemented by modules focusing on personal development that help develop your capacity to work in teams and give presentations. These modules include our MBA Career Advancement Programme.

Learning and Assessment

A diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used within the programme, so your sessions will typically involve group work and interactive discussion to draw out your experiences and relate them to the topic at hand. You will work on case studies, and some sessions may also involve simulations. 

On the Lancaster MBA, assessments are not simply designed to test you; they are designed to develop your skills. With this objective insight, we take multiple approaches to assessment so that you are stretched in different ways. Many parts of the programme involve assessed group-work, including examination of case studies, report-writing, practical tasks, presentations and assignments.  This enables you to both learn from your diverse peer group and integrate the understanding and skills you’ll develop in your modules.

In addition to group work, you will complete stimulating individual assessed pieces which prompt you to reflect, encourage you to push your boundaries and give you the experience of managing pressure. In addition to exams and in-class tests, we will ask you to complete reports, reflective experiential learning papers, academic essays and deliver presentations.

Here are the core modules that you will study on the Lancaster MBA.

The optional modules for the Lancaster MBA are listed below.

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What makes the Lancaster MBA unique?

Through the innovative programme design and the core themes below, the Lancaster MBA will develop your practical wisdom and capacity for judgement in the turbulent and ambiguous world of international business. It's just one of the reasons our MBA is ranked amongst the best in the world, offering a range of opportunities for your leadership development.

Your Career

The Lancaster MBA embeds career advancement throughout the whole year, enabling you to draw on your learning and experiences as you progress through your studies.

Practical Sessions: Participate in workshops focusing on success in the recruitment process, delivered by experienced professionals. Hone your performance through tailored interview scenarios, assessment centre group exercises and case study practice sessions.

Coaching & Guidance: Receive continual support from our dedicated careers advisers. In addition, benefit from individual sessions with an external, executive careers coach. Address your goals, identify areas for development, and move towards your future career path.

Employer and Alumni Engagement: Enjoy regular visits and business networking opportunities, both locally and in London, which enable you to engage with a wide range of SMEs, high profile employers and our alumni. Once you graduate, remain part of this network and benefit from our continued support.

Extensive Work Placements: Enjoy 8 weeks of work placements, which we organise for you. Work first as part of a team on a particular business problem encountered by an SME, and then progress to a consultancy project in London with a high profile company. You may complete an internship in place of the consultancy project.

Success after the Lancaster MBA: The Lancaster MBA is the catalyst to career progress.

MBA students

Find out about the support available from the MBA Careers team in this overview video.

Meet the MBA Careers Team

The Challenges

Following our action learning ethos, The Lancaster MBA includes practical challenges at key points in the year. These challenges are exciting milestones which actively draw together and integrate your learning, enabling you to apply it to real-life business problems. The challenges move from short, intense simulations within the classroom, to longer real-life projects on a larger scale. The programme culminates with the Corporate Challenge, during which you work on a consultancy project for a major firm. These challenges are critical for your development as a strategic leader, because you refine your skills in the safety of the classroom, with expert feedback, before moving on to live consultancy work. You also fully explore what it means to work collaboratively under pressure, which is critical to your success. Watch our video below for a past example of our Entrepreneurship Challenge.

MBA Entrepreneurship Challenge
MBA challenges

Experts in Strategy

Our Strategy corpus includes our core Strategic Management module, which addresses the science and art of strategy, as well as four electives: Managing Strategic Change; Corporate Strategy; Mergers and Acquisitions; and Strategic Brand Management. All content is delivered by experts who are leaders in their fields. Read more about the student experience of strategy at Lancaster.

Experts in Strategy

Living in Lancaster; Exploring the United Kingdom

Our programme offers you the chance to explore the United Kingdom with various programme trips, networking events in London, and reflection opportunities in the beautiful English Countryside. You will further benefit from learning at our Lancaster Campus, which has extensive academic facilities and a dedicated MBA suite which you can access out of business hours. In order to enable you to reflect on yourself as an individual and as a manager, we take you to the nearby Lake District, which offers calm and tranquillity, and to key locations such as Quarry Bank Mill.


International Focus

Internationalism is a critical component of our MBA. We actively seek a multinational cohort, and past cohorts represent over 25 different nationalities. We believe that a mix of backgrounds enhances learning, as each student brings a different perspective. Internationalism also comes to the fore in our international business module, during which you visit an economy at a different stage of development to the UK.


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Latest Activity

Discover our latest MBA news. For information on our packed calendar of dedicated MBA events throughout the year, visit the MBA Events page.

Inspirational Alumni

Across the world our MBA alumni have used their experiences on the programme to develop successful careers in a wide range of roles. Whether exploring new opportunities, or embarking on an unexpected direction, our inspiration alumni share personal stories of the influence that their MBA studies had on the course of their future careers. Visit Inspirational Alumni for more details.

  • Wendy Ellis

    MBA alumna Wendy reflects on how the course prepared her for her role as the head of an international school.

  • Masanori Otake

    Masanori's MBA studies revealed new possibilities and a position as President of Opto System Co Ltd.

  • Chris Austin

    Recently appointed Head of the UK Task Force Hurricane Irma, Chris shares how he has applied his MBA skills.

  • Nauman Mirza

    Nauman Mirza, founder of EatOye!, talks about his venture, its acquisition by Foodpanda and his MBA.

  • Olufunke Amobi

    Based in Nigeria, Funke explains how her MBA experiences helped transform her global view.

Recent Graduates

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