Taught course

Business Administration MBA

Lancaster University · Management School

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide/have:

  • A minimum of three years' professional work experience since graduation. This should be evidenced by providing a copy of your current CV detailing your professional experience and achievements to date. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they have strong business experience and have held significant managerial responsibilities. Please ensure that you include dates of employment and job titles on your CV
  • Two good references - one from your current employer, and ideally the other from someone who can comment on your academic ability
  • A detailed personal statement (minimum 500 words)
  • An interview with a member of Lancaster's admissions team

Months of entry


Course content

The Lancaster University Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme will equip you with all the necessary language, tools and techniques of business and management. Our MBA is unique as we focus on developing your practical wisdom and capacity for judgment in the turbulent world of international business. We are focused on helping you build the ‘attitudes of mind’ and the skills you will need to be highly effective at the most senior levels of management. We action this through our unique Mindful Manager and Core Capabilities modules together with four Action Learning challenges that weave together deep philosophical learnings and practical skills development.

Programme design

The programme design of the Lancaster MBA combines taught modules with action-based consultancy interventions. Beyond learning in the classroom, you will complete a series of challenges to help you gain practical experience and develop your leadership and managerial skills. These academic modules and interactive challenges are complemented by modules focusing on personal development that help develop your capacity to work in teams and give presentations. These modules include our MBA Career Advancement Programme.

Learning and assessment

A diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used within the programme, so your sessions will typically involve group work and interactive discussion to draw out your experiences and relate them to the topic at hand. You will work on case studies, and some sessions may also involve simulations.

On the Lancaster MBA, assessments are not simply designed to test you; they are designed to develop your skills. With this objective insight, we take multiple approaches to assessment so that you are stretched in different ways. Many parts of the programme involve assessed group work, including examination of case studies, report-writing, practical tasks, presentations and assignments. This enables you to learn from your diverse peer group and integrate the understanding and skills you’ll develop in your modules.

In addition to group work, you will complete stimulating individual assessed pieces which prompt you to reflect, encourage you to push your boundaries and give you the experience of managing pressure. In addition to exams and in-class tests, we will ask you to complete reports, reflective experiential learning papers, and academic essays, and deliver presentations.

Our MBA is globally recognised and highly ranked by QS and the Financial Times: Our rankings.

You may also be interested in our part-time Executive MBA and Cyber Security Executive MBA.

Fees and funding

UK students
£33,000 per year
International students
£33,000 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

LUMS Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 592938