Business Administration


  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months


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    2nd for Careers outcomes in the UK (EMBA)

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    9th for Executive MBA in the UK

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    12th for Full time MBA in the UK

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The Lancaster Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme will equip you with all the necessary language, tools and techniques of business and management. Our MBA is unique as we focus on developing your practical wisdom and your capacity for judgment in the turbulent world of international business. We are focused on helping you build the ‘attitudes of mind’ and the skills that you will need to be highly effective at the most senior levels of management. We action this through our unique Mindful Manager and Core Capabilities modules together with four Action Learning challenges that weave together deep philosophical learnings and practical skills development.

Programme design

The programme design of our 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.

Our MBA is globally recognised and highly ranked by QS and the Financial Times: Our rankings.

You may also be interested in our part-time Executive MBA and Cyber Security Executive MBA.

Course accreditation

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Lancaster MBA programmes have been accredited by the Association of MBAs since 1996. Although UK-based in its origins, AMBA is the only accreditation body to focus on MBA programmes around the world.

Learn more about the Association of MBAs accreditation

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide/have:

  • A minimum of three years' professional work experience since graduation. This should be evidenced by providing a copy of your current CV detailing your professional experience and achievements to date. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they have strong business experience and have held significant managerial responsibilities. Please ensure that you include dates of employment and job titles on your CV
  • Two good references - one from your current employer, and ideally the other from someone who can comment on your academic ability
  • A detailed personal statement (minimum 500 words)
  • An interview with a member of Lancaster's admissions team

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for our four week pre-sessional programme. Please note that our longer pre-sessional programmes are not available to MBA applicants - pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £26,500 n/a
International £36,000 n/a

Scholarships and Bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

MBA Student Stories

MBA Profiles

Our candidates for the 2022-2023 MBA programme include a broad range of sectors, nationalities and backgrounds. For more information, please contact Andy Bagshaw.

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MBA Highlights Podcast

Hear from our recent MBA graduates as they share their experience of the Lancaster MBA.You can also watch the video versions of the podcasts on the MBA Highlights YouTube playlist.

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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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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.

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The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

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