The Salford MBA

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Salford Business School

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Alternative start dates available
Based at MediaCityUK
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study The Salford MBA at Salford


Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)


Available with unique pathways in Digital Business and Sports Business


Work alongside some of the UK’s biggest brands at our world class MediaCityUK facility

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 standard MBA is a multi-disciplinary programme that has been designed to foster a broad spectrum of business skills that are in demand across all areas of industry. 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

The MBA: Digital Business has been launched to meet increasing demand for digitally savvy business executives who can operate seamlessly in today’s digitised, global business environment.  

Designed specifically for those who want to take advantage of the growing digital skills gap, this programme is the ideal way 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.  

Our Digital business programme is taught out of the University’s state of the art facilities based in MediaCityUK. Teaching on the pathway is informed by the Centre for Digital Business, the University’s internationally recognised research facility and delivered in a unique, creative business environment.  

The Digital Business pathway consists of four modules consistent across the MBA programme, with a fifth module, Digital Innovation, providing the subject specific specialism required to address employers needs in this area. The MBA Innovation Live Project will also focus on an aspect of digital business close to the student’s area of interest.  

The Salford MBA: Sports Business

The Sports Business pathway has been developed by the University’s respected research Centre for Sports Business and is a unique MBA option specifically tailored to executives working within the sports and related industries.  

This programme takes full advantage of the University’s position at the heart of the northwest; a region synonymous with sport at regional, national and international levels. 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.  

The Sports Business pathway is aimed at those who aspire to work at the highest levels in the sports industry and provides a mix of modules that develop business administration skills in combination a with bespoke module; Managing the Business of Sport, which provides the marketplace specific aspect of the pathway. The MBA Innovation Live Project will also focus on an aspect of sports business close to the student’s area of interest.

Course Details

The course is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

September start - Semester 1

This module is divided into the three key areas of Marketing; Strategy; and Economics.
  • In Marketing you will study market orientation and customer focus; segmentation, targeting and positioning; branding; and managing the marketing mix.
  • Strategy covers the strategic environment and internal configuration of the organisation; strategic choice; strategic direction; and strategic change.
  • Economics involves decision making in firms; goods and financial markets; the labour market; and the goods market in an open economy.

You will then choose one of the following two 30-credit modules:

This module is divided into Corporate Finance; International Finance; Risk Management and Strategic Finance. Corporate Finance looks at valuing shares and companies, financial ethics and capital structure. International Finance covers Government and public finance issues, exchange rate determination and new capitalism. Risk Management covers issues such as insider trading and hedge fund and accounting issues. Strategic Finance includes corporate restructuring, hostile takeover and bankruptcy ethics.
This module looks at leadership and strategic change; theories and modules of leadership, team dynamics and creativity; self directed teams; critiquing the literature; and developing skills and competencies for effective leadership.

Semester 2

This module is broken down into Organisational Theory and HRM; Finance; and Operations.

In Organisational Theory and HRM you will look at the nature of managerial leadership, managerial theories and practices; managing performance, reward management and the ethics of HRM activities.

Finance covers understanding accounts, managerial accounting and corporate finance.

Operations addresses issues such as management of quality, location and the process layout, management of capacity; and scheduling and inventory management.

You will then choose one of the three following 30-credit modules:

This module looks at key trends in leadership and management development; coaching; action learning; self directed learning; management career development; and developing effective teams.  
In this module you will look at integrated marketing communications strategy; formulating and implementing a digital marketing strategy; and fundamental on-site optimisation including writing content; social media principles; email marketing; advanced SEO techniques; and tracking and measurement.
This module covers the Forrester/Bull-whip effect; performance measurement; lead time; E-supply chain, lean/agile supply; national distribution centres and international logistics.

Semester 3

This module will cover Research Methods; CSR and Triple Bottom Line; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Project Management. You will gain an in-depth understanding of research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis; strategic CSR and strategies from the Triple Bottom Line; types of innovation, innovation drivers and entrepreneurial process; and project planning, consultancy, problem solving and making presentations.  

January Start

If you choose to start The Salford MBA in January you will study the same modules as above but in the following order:

Managing the Organisation Resource


Resourcing Learning and Talent Management


Search and Social Media Marketing


Global Supply Chain Management


Managing the Competitive Environment

Then Either

Financial Management and Social Accounting


Creative Leadership and Managing Creative Teams


MBA Business Innovation Live Project

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 for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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.


The course comprises of four blocks of three 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

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

Research in Salford Business School is coordinated by the Associate Head (Research). You can find more information and contact details here:

Fees and Funding

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£16,945

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,800 per 30 credits
Full-time International£16,800, part-time £2,800 per 30 credits
Full-time PgDip£11,200
Full-time PgCert£5,600
Distance Learning£2,800 per 30 credits
International Distance Learning£2,800 per 30 credits

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.