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MBA Master of Business Administration Scale up

Start date(s):
January, September
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Course duration:
2 years

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About this course

Enhance your business or contribute to organisational growth by learning scale up approaches on this Business MBA from LJMU.

  • Study on a course designed in response to government and local ambitions for business growth
  • 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 has experienced significant growth rates in employees and turnover over a number of years.

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.

MBAs equip managers with a broad and rich understanding of business, enabling them to manage effectively. This scale up MBA focuses on the key areas a business would need to investigate to assess scale up potential. The course combines key management disciplines from the key QAA and CMI benchmark statements with recent national research on the drivers of business scale up.

The programme is structured in three phases. The first phase provides an intensive focused range of interventions aimed at realising the potential of growth within businesses. Stages two and three then draw on these areas to analyse ideas and develop them further to plan and enable accelerated growth. Finally, a strategic project builds the evidence base for scale up strategies, and addresses a significant and strategic area for your business.

Current MBA Scale Up student, Ibe Hayter, talks about the practical skills he learns every week, and how he implements them direct into his organisation, Cycle for Life.

“Hi-impact is unrecognisable compared to when we started the MBA Scale up programme. The core consultancy business is stronger, and we have new business streams and products that are on target to generate revenue of £100K in their first year.”

Alan Thompson, Managing Director, Hi-impact Consultancy.

Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.


Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

On graduation from the programme you will see a marked improvement in day-to-day performance, confidence and learning in the workplace, as well as improvements in your ability to demonstrate new skills learnt during the course.

By combining experience with new management thinking developed over the lifetime of the MBA, you will also see improvements in decision-making, contributions to idea generation and business improvement.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Research Strategies for Practitioners
10 credits

This module enables you to develop a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with leadership business and management can be critically reviewed. You will apply research methods in the strategic leadership/business consultancy project to develop yourself as a reflective, scholarly practitioner.

Scale-up Leadership
10 credits

This module aims to help you identify your own leadership needs through self-review and an assessment of your business scale-up context; through considering the way leaders engage and equip those around them to scale the business and in developing a growth mind-set.

Responsible Strategic Growth
10 credits

This module aims to help you assess strategy approaches to accelerate business growth by:

  • investigating routes to market growth and building customers
  • identifying strategies for high growth potential businesses
  • learning about support for market entry and access to markets
  • assess current barriers and opportunities for sustainable growth


People and Performance for Scale Up
10 credits

This module aims to help you to understand the interplay between productivity, people and performance within excellence frameworks and to identify key business issues that are recognised to underpin sustainable growth.

Finance for Scale-Up
10 credits

This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the financial aspects of scaling up a business. Helping learners to develop business acumen, which is needed to understand the finances of the business and how to inform and shape decision-making. It also explores the implications of different sources of funding and investment for sustainable business.

Managing Change Projects
10 credits

This module aims to provide you with:

  • an understanding of the need for responsive and responsible projects to grow business and achieve change quickly
  • a focus on emerging projects and change practices evidenced in agile and lean approaches

Digital Business Innovation
10 credits

This module aims to help you to develop your knowledge and skills to innovate. It focuses on digital business and technology as a high potential area to scale-up a business. It also helps you to appreciate the value of building a sustainable future and adopting principles for the long-term benefit of the business and its wider contribution to society.

Business Development
30 credits

This module enables you to bring together the different strands of scaling up a business and consider how they integrate to develop a business.

Leading Business Growth
20 credits

This module provides you with the skills and knowledge to lead business growth.

Business Growth Project
60 credits

This module aims to encourage you to undertake a work-based business growth project. This will enable you to:

  • put into practice the skills and knowledge gained during the course
  • apply concepts from wider management literature
  • conceptualise and propose high performance strategies on growth/sustainable outcomes


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course is taught in three day blocks each month.

Teaching methods

Our approach to how managers and leaders learn uses proven management and leadership development approaches.

Applied learning

Techniques include:

  • Recognising the workplace as an important place to learn: Learners will apply ideas in the workplace, improving their skills through a range of workplace activities and then reflecting and reviewing this practice with peers on the programme.
  • Self-development planning: Organisational processes can be applied to ensure that individuals plan to develop their own strengths in line with business competencies and values, and to recognise their own personal needs.
  • Using 'flipped learning': This reverses the conventional process of teaching by providing the content prior to the teaching and learning session using a virtual learning environment, so that the focus of the workshop becomes about active learning and application of theory to practice.
  • Coaching and peer-to-peer coaching: Coaching not only enables the individual learner to tailor the programme to meet their needs, but it also provides the opportunity for the organisation to propose business critical skills and values which can become a part of the development activities.
  • Action learning: This will be adopted as a supportive and collaborative approach to learning to manage. Action learning will be used to support personal development, where issues and challenges from the workplace can be discussed.
  • Projects: For each theme there is the possibility of designing an in-company project or series of projects to ensure that business needs are met.
  • Masterclasses: Key note speakers will address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership.


How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

All assignments are focused on personal and professional development through reports, essays projects and portfolio development.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

The MBA Scale Up is for entrepreneurial business owners and managers looking to develop innovative and sustainable ways to grow their organisations through a collaborative learning environment.

Where you will study

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU's Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • an undergraduate degree

Additional requirements

  • Relevant work experience

    • a minimum of two years' relevant workplace experience

  • Interview required

    • to attend an interview

International requirements


    • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
    • a demonstrable ability to study at this level
    • The programme leader will sometimes set a GMAT score and request references if a candidate cannot attend interview
  • RPL

    • Credits may be awarded for learning already undertaken in the University or elsewhere for which you have received qualifications or certificates. You may also submit a claim for recognition of unaccredited prior learning (RP(E)L). This may be for work you have accomplished in a professional, paid or voluntary capacity. This has to be submitted via an RPL form with supporting evidence. You will also be  liable to pay an administration fee and charge per credit

      All RP(E)L claims must be applied for at the point of admission and cannot be considered at a later stage

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.