Business Administration


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year


Top reasons to study with us

  • 9

    9th for Thought Leadership in the UK

    QS Global MBA rankings (2023)

  • 12

    12th for Full time MBA in the UK

    QS Global MBA rankings (2023)

  • Ranked in Tier one of the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2024

The Lancaster University Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme will equip you with all the necessary language, tools, and techniques of business and management. Our 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 responsibility, sustainability, and inclusivity. Theory is contextualised through real examples and live cases, and learning is enhanced through practice.

Practice-based learning is integral to the Lancaster MBA. This focus is foregrounded in our four action-learning Challenge Modules, as well as our regular visits to companies and programme partners, guest lectures from our Entrepreneurs and Leaders in Residence, alumni networking, and business consulting events in London and elsewhere. This approach enables students to make responsible decisions as business leaders; decisions that ensure the best outcomes, that consider our environment, wellbeing, opportunity, risk and more.

Ultimately, our students are invited to challenge themselves, to develop their mindset and transform themselves into responsible and inclusive leaders. Our students graduate with a resilience that allows them to overcome challenges and identify opportunities, even in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments. They are globally fluent and ready to shape businesses and organisations around the world. Our heritage and international community provide students with a global outlook through our diverse cohort, our collaboration with worldwide business, our extensive alumni network, and our international professors. Students are encouraged to embrace, connect with, and learn from the rich and varied cultures they experience.

Guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we are working to establish stronger connections between business and local communities through hands-on projects driven by the purpose of achieving responsible, sustainable, and inclusive outcomes. The MBA programme will be filled with exciting and challenging opportunities to learn more about business, develop leadership and organisational skills, and establish a global professional network that expands employment opportunities. Join us!

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.


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Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £32,000 n/a
International £39,000 n/a

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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.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.