Postgraduate MBA

The Salford MBA (Blended Learning)

Salford Business School


Blended Delivery


Two year

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme aimed at motivated professionals looking to broaden their business knowledge, extend their career and reach for that next level. This degree will challenge you to develop the range of leadership and business management skills you need to thrive in a senior position. Although based at the Salford campus close to Manchester city centre, the course combines online and on campus study to give you the flexibility to fit studies around your work or life commitments.

The programme is highly practical. You will draw on your own management experience to discuss theory in online and face to face discussions with tutors and fellow students, then use your scholarship and research to implement your learning back into the workplace. Modules cover the broad range of business areas – finance, marketing, operations, strategy and organisational behaviour – that, as a business manager, you need to understand both at a theoretical and practical level. The course includes guest speakers and industry visits that allow you to see how shared business problems are addressed in different industry sectors.

Your studies culminate with the Business Innovation Live Project, a work-based consultancy project where you will look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

Our class sizes are small so you benefit from and are able to develop in a collaborative, inclusive and supportive environment.

Want to find out more? Join one of our information events, meet the MBA Director and find out how an MBA can boost your career.

You will:
  • Develop the breadth of management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Learn flexibly with a blended format of online and on campus study
  • Practice your academic learning on the practical Live Project and in your own workplace
  • Build your network with a group of high level peers
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout
Course details

All about the course

The MBA is delivered in a blended format taught in four 15-week modules plus a work-based project. For each of the four modules, you will attend weekly online lectures and seminars and for two days each month, you will come to campus at Salford for intensive study when you will work with both academics and fellow students. In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study and project work in your own time with online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. 

You’ll finish your year with a three to six month work-based consultancy project based around an issue within either your own or another organisation. There is a series of out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers which help you to develop your professional network.

Find out more. Join one of our information events, meet the MBA Director and find out how an MBA can boost your career.

Semester one

Economics with Financial Management

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.

Marketing with Operations 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.
Semester two

Organisational Behaviour and Change

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.

International Strategic Management (Salford MBA pathway) (30 credits)

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of key strategic management theories, concepts, frameworks facing a range of organisations
  • Review of the external and internal environment that impacts the formulation and implementation of successful strategies
  • Understanding of the drivers of change, innovation and its implication for organisation
  • Critically analyse and explain a range of strategies relating to internationalisation, sustainability and/or corporate social responsibility
  • Identification and evaluation of the issues that impact strategic decision-making
Semester three (Business Innovation Live Project)

MBA Business Innovation Live 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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focused. 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.


Your learning is assessed throughout and at the end of each module.  During the module, you will be assessed on involvement in class discussions, presentation, report writing, with feedback provided which will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

At the end of each module, there are two assessments: a project showcase based on a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on review of portfolio.

The Salford team

Dr Jonathan Lord, MBA director

I am a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and, as MBA Director for Salford Business School, I lead a team of expert academics who will guide your studies. The Salford MBA develops the skills to progress into the highest and most dynamic levels of business and management. It’s designed for business, with business – and will get you ahead in business. And, as you gain new skills, you’ll have the opportunity to prove them through a Business Innovation Live Project. You’ll take on – and overcome – real-world problems on behalf of the chosen company: a true test of your diverse new business management skillset.

I have previously been an HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all public, private and not-for profit sectors. I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management and Industrial Law Society.

My specialist research area focuses on Labour Law and how this is governed as well as how it developed over many centuries. I am proud to have been Chairman of OPAL, a charity that advocates for adults with learning difficulties, for the last 14 years.

I do hope you will consider studying the MBA here at Salford and if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or the MBA team.


Julie Kelly, MBA Administrator

I am the Programme Administrator for the MBA having worked at the University for a number of years in a variety of roles. Particular skills and experience include supporting the student experience; events management; relationship management / networking; organisational support; communication; admissions, outreach and engagement. I am stimulated by challenge and the desire to perform at the highest level.

I act as a main focal point for applicants and enquirers to Salford Business School’s flagship MBA and Executive programmes. This requires a specialist knowledge of all MBA and Exec programmes to ensure effective management of the admissions process and ensuring first class customer service to MBA and Exec enquirers, students and alumni. I manage the student journey from application /enquiry to completion of the programme offering support and guidance throughout the journey.

School overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Explore our school

The library in the park

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support.  you don't just come here for access to books and e-books, there is also a choice of study areas from silent study areas to collaborative working areas and computer suites which are ideal if you are looking for a peaceful space away from home or work. You also have 24/7 access to study and computing facilities at the MediaCityUK campus.

If you're returning to study after several years, make sure to look at our Skills for Learning service. The team offers online learning and workshops designed to help you develop your study, research, digital and IT skills, all here to help you become a better student.

Interested in starting your own business?

Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.


What you need to know


To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. As well as online lectures and seminar and on-campus learning, you’ll do some self-directed study and research outside of formal teaching times.  If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, the Salford MBA is for you.

This course is designed to meet the aspirations of those who are already working 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.


Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

International students requiring a Tier 4 visa will not be eligible to join this programme as it does not meet UKVI requirements. 

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject together with English and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above. 

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.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2020/21 £18,000 (total)
Part-time 2021/22 £18,000 (total)
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

September 2021