Part-time Global MBA

This hands-on, flexible MBA fits around your career and your life. It offers as much face-to-face teaching as most full-time MBAs – and the same qualification – yet you only study on-campus three times a year.

Programme at a glance

Core courses: gain a thorough grounding in all areas of business and management. You will study core courses at your home centre.

Two practical business projects: apply what you’ve learned.

Elective courses: customise your MBA to suit your area(s) of interest. You can study electives at any of our global centres in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, São Paulo, Shanghai or Singapore.

Personal and professional development opportunities, e.g. careers service, networking events, alumni dinners

How you will study

Each course includes an intensive, three-day workshop – the highlight for most candidates. Here, you will learn in small, multinational groups from expert faculty and talented peers. You will also undertake self-study and participate in online lectures and discussions to enrich your learning.

Programme details

Duration Two years. We also offer 18-month Accelerated programmes for candidates with senior leadership experience or professional accountancy qualifications. Please contact us for more information.
Dates July 2018
Cost Cost: GBP 36,637 (Early applicant discount available for application submitted By 31st March)
Application deadline June for the July intake
Location Available all over the world with workshops held in Shanghai, Dubai, Manchester, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo
Admissions At least four years of work experience and a recognised degree, or eight to 10 years’ experience in lieu of a degree. Please contact us for further information and to discuss entry requirements for the 18-month accelerated pathways.
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Programme structure


Top global organisations want global executives who thrive in a multicultural environment, who have experience of other cultures and can manage across boundaries. There will be opportunities to:

  • Enhance your general management skills to move up or change career
  • Broaden your understanding of international business by taking workshops at our global centres
  • Learn from an internationally renowned team of academics, industry experts and business leaders
  • Apply critical judgement and demonstrate leadership - all of which can be applied to your current role
  • Work with global executives from the likes of AstraZeneca, Bank of New York Mellon, IBM, KPMG, PWC and Siemens etc 
  • Take advantage of our dedicated part-time Global Careers Service


Workshops on the global pathway can be taken in the UK or at one of our global international centres, and present a valuable opportunity to share learning with colleagues and to build up a global network of contacts:

  • Residential workshops provide a minimum 24 hours of face-to-face contact per course which is more direct contact than many part-time on campus programmes
  • Courses without residential workshops are complemented with online workshops that consist of online discussions and tutorials linked to a formative assessment
  • Learn from guest speakers
  • Socialise with classmates.

Workshops are a prescribed element of the course and attendance is required for at least 80% of the workshops. The number of MBA students in each workshop session is kept deliberately low, typically 25-30, to maintain their high quality and interactive nature.

Workshop sessions are delivered by senior faculty and a pool of experts from outside the School who are considered leaders in their particular fields. They travel the world teaching at our global centres, so you get the same, consistently high standard of teaching no matter where you are based.


Live Business Project 

The live business project allows you to explore a business challenge in your own organisation, gain experience in a new sector or explore or an entrepreneurial opportunity. You will apply the knowledge you have acquired to solve a real business problem, and you will gain invaluable experience for your CV.

You will work closely with a multinational group, supported by an academic supervisor who will be hand-picked for their expert knowledge. You will work with other group members and with the external company through email, discussion groups, video conferencing and face to face meetings. During this time you will also conduct your own personal research and studies.

If you have corporate sponsorship, an individual project may be undertaken to help your organisation achieve its goals.

Group Business Simulation

Working in small groups of four to six people, you will carry out a challenging business simulation project based on real issues faced by today's organisations. 

The business simulation is designed to test your skills in:

  • Team-working
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Decision-making
  • Risk-taking

As part of a group you will take over a fictional company competing in a growth market and work to maximise its share price by the end of the project.

Core courses

  • Accounting in Business
  • International Business Strategy 
  • Corporate Finance
  • Final Project Preparation (online)
  • Global Business Environment
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • People Management and Organisation
  • Strategic Managemen

Elective courses

With our wide range of electives, you can tailor the MBA to suit your personal goals and interests. Our current range of electives are as follows: 

  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Commercial & Contract Management
  • Corporate Turnaround & Restructuring
  • The Digital Economy
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Doing Business in China
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Information Systems and Internet Strategy
  • International Business Strategy
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies
  • Media and the Creative Economy
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Practical Investing
  • The Practising Manager
  • Strategic HR Management
  • Strategic Management of Projects
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable & Socially Responsible Business
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity


Students enrolled on the Part-time Global MBA will be assessed on the basis of examinations and continuous assessment, the latter comprising of two assignments at set points:

Assignments - 50%

Each course will be assessed on the basis of two pieces of assignments, contributing 50% to the overall course mark. These assignments will either be on the basis of two individual pieces of written work, or one individual written assignment coupled with an assessed group assignment during the residential workshops. The assessment method is determined by each individual course director and is based on optimising the student learning experience and reflection process - students will be informed of the assessment method for each module at the start of each trimester.

Exams - 50%

A three hour open book* examination, forms an integral part of our MBA programme and carries 50% weighting towards the assessment of each course. Manchester Business School Worldwide operates a global network of exam centres, enabling students to take their exams at one of the many exam venues we have worldwide.

  • A limited number of courses will not be open book.
  • Some courses will not have examinations