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The Salford MBA


School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Dates(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.


Part-time - £2,880 per 30 credit module

UK - £17,280

International - £17,280

In Brief:

  • Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • Available with unique pathways in Digital Business and Sports Business
  • 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 a fully AMBA accredited degree that concentrates on developing the skills required to operate at senior levels within an organisation.  

Our MBA programme is available via three distinct learning pathways; The Salford MBA, MBA: Digital Business and MBA: Sports Business. Each pathway has been formulated in partnership with our leading research centres to impart the latest in academic theory and professional practice.  

The Salford MBA

Our career development generalist programme for ambitious professionals with significant post-graduation work experience. Draw on your previous management experience to make the most of advanced scholarship and research, then reflect your learning back into the workplace to achieve exceptional professional  practice.  Ideal for managers with big ambitions and open minds. 

Our broad range of modules and unique business partnerships make this programme an ideal option for executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across a full range of advanced skill sets.

The Salford MBA: Digital Business

Meets increasing demand for digitally savvy business executives who can operate seamlessly in today’s digitised global business environment. Ideal for managers who want to take advantage of the growing digital skills gap. The programme is an opportunity for senior managers to learn the strategic  skills  that will facilitate informed decision making in the face of a rapidly changing technological and economical landscape.

The Salford MBA: Sports Business

This MBA option has been developed by the University’s respected research Centre for Sports Business, for executives working within the sports and related industries. Ideal for managers who aspire to work at the highest levels in the sports industry. 

It provides a mix of modules that develop business administration skills, taking advantage of the University’s position at the heart of the North West. BBC Sport is a neighbour of the University at MediaCityUK and two of the biggest brands in world football – Manchester United and Manchester  City  – are on our doorstep.

Find out more about our MBA programme with our MBA brochure.

"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. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

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 impactstrategic decision making.                                            

This module covers:                                        

  • Examination of current and future trends, including innovative and disruptive technologyies, and how these help to deliver competetive advantages in digital business.                                            
  • Analysis of the inter-relationships that exist between multiple stakeholders and digital communication approaches in national and international markets.                                            
  • Awareness of complex business situations and how to apply informed decision making.                                            

This module covers:                                        

  • Development of management capabilities in the global sports business environment.                                              
  • Understanding and articulating key issues contributing to the effective operation of sports business organisations.                                            
  • Utilising sports business analytics as a tool for improved decision making.                                              

You will finish your programme with the unique Business Innovation Live Project (BILP)                    

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.

Find out more about our MBA programme with our MBA programme.

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.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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

A graduate of any discipline with three or more years' work experience featuring a significant level of responsibility at a supervisory level. Candidates on the MBA course will most likely be working as well as studying. 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.

Applicant profile

To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. 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 new 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 graduates have the goal of establishing their own innovative and forward-thinking business.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,880 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£17,280

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


The course comprises of four blocks of two day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block. In the final semester, you will act as a consultant to an external organisation, providing advice and solutions for a real business problem.

The first six weeks are taught through block delivery to give you a solid foundation in the project, and the final six weeks are supervised on the business related project. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and employs a range of learning activities. The course includes a one week study trip to a European or international business school to develop your awareness of national and international business.


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 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 have developed their own organisations and taken the role of managing director.

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. Many of our graduates quickly find new opportunities to develop their own successful business.

Lifelong AMBA Membership

In addition, 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 job vacancies, learning events, study evenings and lectures, and contact students from your cohort. We will also continue to provide references to future employers as long as you require them.

Alumni Profile

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Some more student testimonials:

Shelly Parkin, Managing Director of Money Advice Group, MBA Cohort 2009-2010

Shelly has gained useful knowledge and 'learnt a great deal about the kind of person I am'; she has also been able to implement theory from the MBA into her own group of companies. Shelly is founder/managing director of the Money Advice Group currently employing 200 staff. Next year, she says, she intends to explore the idea of having a 'consultant' from The Salford MBA for the final semester: "Money Advice Group are currently developing a 'graduate' scheme to encourage new graduates to gain experience and knowledge through our group of companies."

Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool Council

"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."

David Roberts, MBA Cohort 2008-2009

"For many years I had considered returning to academia to complete a MBA. I chose Salford because it offered a full time one year course. 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."

Lê Tu¿n Hùng, 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.”

Links with Industry

The Salford MBA’s links with industry take the form of guest lectures, real case studies and business trips. These take on a global aspect during the overseas trip; last year students visited Rouen, in Northern France.

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

  • Adidas
  • Halewood – TATA’s Merseyside factory producing Jaguar and Land Rover
  • Pilkington Glass

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

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