Entry requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme and have at least two years postgraduate, relevant experience in the workplace, with the typical entrant having substantially more than this.

Given the nature of learning and the assessment of learning, participants would normally be in a position where they undertake important management decisions. Admission to the programme therefore requires a mix of experience, academic development and intellectual aptitude. Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application.
The course team has a strong commitment to widening participation and positively welcomes non-standard applicants. Candidates with significant management experience (at least two years) and a demonstrated aptitude for study can be accepted without previous experience of higher education.
Applications where an interview is not possible will need to provide additional evidence of experience and aptitude to study. This will normally be achieved by taking up employment references and a score in the recognised international admissions test for management programmes, GMAT. The programme leader will set a GMAT score from time to time.
Where English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English, an IELTS score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual score of less than 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is ideal for those who would like to learn how to enhance their business or contribute to organisational growth by learning scale up approaches and gaining a greater understanding of the key factors that enable business growth.

  • Course designed in response to government and local ambitions for business growth
  • Complete the course over 24 months part-time
  • Start your studies in September or January
  • Learn the key factors that enable business growth
  • Enjoy extra flexibility and fit your studies around your existing commitments with part of the course taught via block learning
  • Benefit from course content and teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics' close links to business

A 'scale-up' is an enterprise that is experiencing significant growth rates in employees and turnover, over a number of years (gov.uk).

Nationally, scale-up businesses have been identified as a priority area, recognised by the appointment of a scale up champion in Government who aims to increase the number of businesses maximising opportunities to reach their growth potential. This will feed into the government's Industrial Strategy.

An MBA equips a manager to have a broad and rich understanding of business and how to manage effectively. This scale up MBA focuses on the key areas a business would need to investigate in order to assess the scale up potential. The course combines the key management disciplines from the key QAA and CMI benchmark statements with recent national research on the drivers of business scale up.

​The MBA Business Scale up is structured in three phases, beginning with the first phase, which provides an intensive focused range of interventions aimed at realising the potential of growth within businesses. Stages two and three then draw upon these areas to analyse ideas and develop them further in order to plan and enable accelerated growth.

Students will have one three-day block of study per month.

Information for international students

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Liverpool Business School