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The Salford MBA


School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; June


MBA (one year full-time)

The Salford MBA can also be studied on a part-time basis as the Salford Executive MBA.


UK - £17,550

International - £17,550

In Brief:

  • Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – one of only 43 in UK and 2% of Universities world-wide
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment
  • The course is block delivered and there are three entry points per year.
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme, a fully AMBA accredited degree that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in.  The AMBA accreditation is your guarantee of the quality of the programme, the teaching and the outcomes.

Studying on the Salford MBA programme means you are part of a small student cohort who work together in a supportive and collaborative environment where academics and students share their learning and build their knowledge.  

The programme offers two pathways so you can follow your area of specialist interest. 

Taught in four modules plus a work-based project, the MBA is delivered in a blended format.  You will study three core modules then follow the specialist module for the MBA pathway you have chosen.  For each of the four modules, you will spend six blocks of two days at Salford Business School.  In addition, there are out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers with project work to be completed in your own time.  International students should note that UKVI regulations may require additional attendance; please contact us (Julie Kelly, to check the latest information.

You’ll finish your year with a three to six month consultancy project based around an issue within either your own or another organisation.

You will draw on your previous management experience to join in discussion with tutors and fellow students, then use the scholarship and research to reflect your learning back into the workplace. Our broad range of modules and unique business partnerships make this programme an ideal option for ambitious executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across a full range of advanced skill sets.

The Strategic Leadership Pathway is our generalist career development programme aimed at motivated professionals who wish to broaden their business knowledge and reach for a senior position.

The Executive Education Leadership Pathway has been designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies.  Building on the Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Education Leadership, the programme will provide you with an understanding of operational and marketing issues that education managers face within the changing education environment.

"The Salford MBA has completely changed my way of thinking and attitude towards work. It has provided me with a new insight into how to view and run a business from top to bottom and to appreciate all aspects of it."

Basil Mohammed, MBA, 2015

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The course is block delivered and there are three entry points per year. You will study the first three modules below in a sequence depending on your start date then finish with the final Business Innovation Live Project when you will put what you've learned into practice .

Core Modules                                        

This module covers:                                                                                
  • Evaluation of microeconomic theory and understanding of the macro-environment.                                                                                                    
  • Critical analysis of financial data and the impact of financial decision making on stakeholders.                                                                                                    
  • Evaluation of the principles and practice of financial management.                                                                                                    
This module covers:                                                                                
  • Evaluation of existing ideas and themes in the broader field of marketing.                                                                                                    
  • The synergies between marketing and operations management in order to evaluate critically, the most contemporary frameworks for effective working.                                                                                                    
  • Analysis of the alternative methods and techniques for marketing and operations in manufacturing, service and international settings.                                                                                                    
This module covers:                                                                                
  • Evaluation of theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational context.                                                                                                    
  • Critical appraisal of decision making and change management in diverse, complex and multicultural stakeholder contexts.                                                                                                      
  • Development of evidence-based critical thinking.                                                                                                    

You will then choose one of the following modules dependent on the pathway you have chosen                                      

This module covers:                                                                              

  • Evaluation of strategic choice framework for successful change.                                                                                              
  • Review of leadership principles in a range of organisations and demonstration of leadership skills through reflective analysis.                                                                                              
  • Identification and evaluation of the issues that impact strategic decision making.                                                                                              

This module covers:                                                                              

  • leading and managing organisational change in response to contemporary issues.                                                                                              
  • evaluation of the various factors - political, economic, social, cultural and technological - that influence academy/school leaders in developing, implementing and reviewing strategic and operational goals.                                                                                              
  • the impact of sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility within an academy/school context.                                                                                              
  • application of business analytics within an academy/school leadership context.                                                                                                            

You will finish your degree with the unique Business Innovation Project  

This module enables students to:                                                                                

  • Undertake a rigorous and critical business project either in the UK or overseas.                                                                                                
  • Understand and apply theory and practice to business/organisational issues by using appropriate research and problem solving processes.                                                                                              
  • Develop and demonstrate critical analysis, rigorous enquiry, clear expression, independent judgement and reflection using relevant theory.

Entry Requirements

Normally minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years full-time post study work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also considered for partial fulfilment of entry criteria.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Normally international applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English. This takes the form of IELTS 6.5 band score with no element below 5.5, or equivalent SELT grade.

Suitable For

Graduates of any discipline with three or more years' work experience featuring a significant level of responsibility at a supervisory level.  Our students are a mix of employer-sponsored executives and those who are able to dedicate their own resources to develop their career.   The modular structure of the programme provides good levels of flexibility to allow candidates to continue their commitment to employers or the demands of their own business.

The Executive Education Leadership programme is relevant for those who have a minimum of three years’ experience of management within an academy, school or education organisation.

International students should check the UKVI attendance requirements; please contact us (Julie Kelly, to check the latest information.

Applicant profile

To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. As well as on-campus learning, you’ll do some self-directed study and research outside of the classroom.  If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, yet realise the need for collaboration, consensus building and compromise, our MBA is for you.

We are not looking for recent graduates for this course, it is designed to meet the aspirations of those who are in management, possibly at a modest level, who want to progress to pivotal organisational roles such as the CEO, CIO, CFO or COO of an internationally or nationally significant organisation. Alternatively, our MBA students are already running or are looking to establish their own innovative and forward-thinking business.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£17,550


You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

The programme includes an overseas study visit.  The cost of the trip is covered in the fees but you will pay for your meals and any extras.  You will also apply and pay for a visa, if required.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Salford Business School is offering up to 20 Salford MBA scholarships for international students.For more information please see our Salford MBA Scholarships page.


Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focussed.  The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.

The course is taught in four modules of six week blocks.  Each module is made up of two days on campus for intensive study periods.  Alongside traditional lectures, there is a strong emphasis on active learning. Prior to each teaching session, students are provided with videos, case studies and suggested readings via the virtual learning environment (VLE); these form the prior knowledge around which the different activities will focus each week.  In addition, there are out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers. Independent study and project work is completed in your own time with online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  

In the final semester, you will work on a Business Innovation Live Project, acting as a consultant to your own or an external organisation, providing advice and solutions for a real business problem.

International students should check the UKVI attendance requirements; please contact Julie Kelly ( to check the latest information.


Over the duration of your course, a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work.


Graduates of the MBA can expect to build successful careers in many industries both private and public sector. An AMBA-accredited MBA is the best in the world and internationally recognised as a course that produces high calibre management graduates.

Graduates of The Salford MBA have gone on to enjoy significant roles within large multinational organisations up to the levels of CIO, COO and senior vice-president. Others are developing their own successful business.

Lifelong AMBA membership

In addition to earning an MBA, you will become a lifelong member of AMBA as part of your course registration. This means you will always be able to contact Salford Business School's link contact, look at AMBA’s job vacancies, attend learning events, study evenings and lectures, and contact students from your cohort.

As a University of Salford graduate, we hope you will stay in touch with us.  You can continue to benefit from your association with Salford Business School through the Alumni Office which gives you access to various networking opportunities, as well as the Library and Careers services.  Salford Business School will also continue to provide references to future employers as long as you require them.

Alumni Profile

Click here to find out what our students are doing now:


Some more student testimonials:

Alex Rossi, MBA student 2018

"I wanted to express my thanks to Doctors Eskandari and Yazdifar for their tuition and support. One on one tuition can be very testing for both parties, but I have really enjoyed it and hope they have too. These gentlemen have amazing knowledge and a real ability to dispense that knowledge with passion and bring the subjects to life."

Samuel Otigba, founder, Treadler app, MBA 2014-15

“[Doing an MBA], for me was the opportunity to create my dream company and watch it grow.  Through the aid of our wonderful tutors and Business School’s administration team my dream is being actualised.”

Lava Mohamad, Management Accounts Assistant, Sofidel, MBA 2104-15

“What I liked the most about the MBA was that we had many students from different backgrounds and different age groups. I have learned a lot from my fellow colleagues as they had different views about the business world and this was very interesting; we had doctors, pharmacists, senior project managers and many more. I particularly enjoyed the case studies as we were put in groups and had to work together and try to appreciate each other’s ideas.”

David Roberts, Specialising in the design and delivery of immersive business and management learning experiences, MBA cohort 2008-2009

"We experienced a series of practical masterclasses delivered by tutors with both academic and real world experience across the full spectrum of management topics. These masterclasses continued throughout the year and were supplemented with talks from external practitioners and numerous visits to businesses and organisations in the north of England. During the final semester we were required to undertake a consultancy assignment with a real business. This was a wonderful end to the programme and enabled me to turn my learning experience into practical application."

Le Tuan Hung, MBA cohort 2007-2008

“A particular advantage of the school that I think is remarkable is that the school has close relationships with businesses in many industries, thus in the second semester of the MBA course we got a chance to work as MBA interns at businesses in Greater Manchester. I and other classmates in my group went to work for a large factory. We were treated as employees of the company, assigned to projects that the company was working on and we carried out these projects according to the task schedules. We worked in real jobs like true company employees in a highly professional working environment.”

Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool Council, MBA 1995-1996

"I chose Salford for my MBA for several reasons - it was a new and progressive course with a challenging blend of input, integration and application. It also enabled me to learn a lot about excellent private sector organisational experience and thinking and to apply it to the public sector. It was a fundamental asset in shaping my career and continues to help me in leading a major, complex organisation."

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

Having celebrated the University’s 50th anniversary in 2017, we take the principles that have stood us in good stead - Industry, Integrity and Initiative - and redefine them to take us forward.

In 2016, the University of Salford introduced its Industry Collaboration Zone programme to capture, share and expand existing best practice. Industry Collaboration unites colleagues, students, industry and communities through shared knowledge, learning and innovation. By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships, we lead the way in real world experiences, preparing students – at all levels - for life.

Industry Collaboration offers a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based curriculum co-created by the University and industry. Learning is authentic, active and collaborative; that is, it involves taking risks, learning from both success and failure. Our students are prepared for the real world by explicitly developing practice and self-awareness, communication skills, team-working abilities, and critical thinking skills.

For Salford MBA students, this takes the form of industry-informed teaching from academics who combine subject expertise with real-world experience. This is supported by guest lectures, real case studies and business trips. These take on a global aspect during the overseas trip which was in  Bogotá, Colombia in 2017 and 2018.

You can read about the experiences of our MBA students in Colombia over at the Made in Salford blog.

Recent business trips – normally involving tours of factories and other facilities, as well as discussions with company experts and managers – have included:

  • A-Plant, Warrington
  • Bentley Motors, Crewe
  • Nutrition Group PLC, Blackpool


As part of the University’s partnership with Manchester Storm elite ice hockey team, we are delighted to welcome appropriately qualified Storm players to study for their MBA.  Over the last two years, 6 students have worked with us, developing their own business skills and sharing their sport experience with fellow students. Read about how they got on. 

“The year at Salford Business School has been a lot of hard work and some long hours but it’s all worth it, to get through one year and get the MBA and learn a lot of knowledge for our future.” - Luke Moffatt, Manchester Storm 

“The partnership between the Storm and the University has been excellent for my players both on and off the ice.” - Ryan Finnerty, Head Coach Manchester Storm

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre.  Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

Salford MBA students are based in the MBA suite in the nearby Maxwell building.  This customised study space is available for use on a 24 hour/ 7 day basis.  Maxwell also has a selection of food and drink outlets.

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support including 360,000 books, 600,000 electronic books, silent study areas, collaborative working areas, PC suites and lap top loan. You also have 24/7 access to study and computing facilities at the MediaCityUK campus.

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