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MBA Master of Business Administration (PG Cert, PG Dip)

Start date(s):
January, September
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Course duration:
30 months

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About this course

A distinctive qualification which is intellectually-challenging, insightful and grounded in improving practice in the workplace.

  • Delivered as block study for extra flexibility to fit around existing commitments
  • Benefit from teaching informed by proprietary business research and close links with business
  • Study LJMU's dedicated executive postgraduate study facilities in Rodney Street
  • Expand your professional network and learn alongside local senior leaders and managers
  • Post-experiential MBA designed for participants with at least three years work experience
  • All MBA students and alumni benefit from membership of Liverpool Leadership Network

Liverpool Business School offers an MBA that recognises the benefits of peer-to-peer learning, networking and relationship building. With specialised Masterclasses from business leaders, as well as our experienced teaching team, the course will transform your professional practice and enhance career progression prospects.

We recognise the impact that good leaders can have on productivity and performance, yet the UK is lagging behind global competitors when it comes to the education and training of our managers. Businesses are increasingly recognising the importance and value of trained managers and are seeking professionals with recognised qualifications in leadership and management. The MBA is a respected and globally recognised masters level qualification in business, and demonstrates to employers that your professional practice is underpinned by academic knowledge and evidence-based research.

Our MBA programme aims to respond to the evidence-based need for trained senior managers by developing confident, competent, forward-thinking leaders who can balance strategic thinking with excellent operational focus. This is a distinctive MBA, which is intellectually-challenging, insightful and focused on improving practice in the workplace across all areas of management, leadership, and the functions of business.

Modules have been developed in consultation with businesses, who identified the following training themes:

  • Your leadership development, strategies for engaging and motivating others
  • Exploring strategy
  • Operationalising the strategy
  • Transforming organisations, change and innovation

The course is dedicated to supporting mature, professional students who may be having their first experience of higher education. We prepare them for work in this challenging and rewarding arena through work-based case studies.

The curriculum covers the broad range of business disciplines that prepares and enables you to work at board level, or in new enterprises. MBAs show a high rate of career progression in early roles post-graduation and we are committed to giving you the next level of knowledge for a higher salaried position.

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.

You will see a marked improvement on your 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 of your studies. By combining experience with new management thinking developed over the lifetime of the MBA, you will see improvements in decision making, contributions to idea generation and business improvement.

It is expected that MBA graduates will have an improved career trajectory and be able to move more quickly and with confidence up the career ladder. Importantly, many MBA graduates have used the confidence and skills they have developed on the programme to achieve their aspirations and move across sectors and industry boundaries.

Another benefit of studying for your MBA at the Liverpool Business School is joining a network of senior professionals. This enables alumni and staff to continue building meaningful, long-term relationships beyond the classroom, as part of the Liverpool Leadership Network.

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

Scholarly Business Practice
10 credits

You will gain a critical insight into the nature of scholarly business learning and applying practice at masters level. You will learn how to apply conceptual frameworks to learning, gaining skills and confidence in studying at masters level. You will learn to critically examine organisational situations and the impact this can.

Leadership, Engagement and Development
20 credits

You will explore theoretical perspectives of leadership and will critically reflect on your own leadership. Effective leadership is a key contributor to organisational success, and this module will help you to gain a deeper understanding of this. You will also consider psychological and behavioural factors in a leadership context and will consider the impact that this has on others. Your ability to motivate, foster collaboration and communicate with colleagues, teams, and other stakeholders to achieve organisational success will be enhanced by your learning in this module.

Exploring Strategy for Organisations
30 credits

[You will develop an understanding of strategic vision, strategic planning processes and behaviours that create value in sustainable and high performing organisations. You will develop the ability to analyse internal capabilities and resources to respond to the external environment, taking into account global perspectives, social, technological and policy implications to build a robust strategic plan.

Operationalising the strategy
30 credits

You will assess the relationship between strategy and practice in operationalising a business opportunity. You will study a variety of operational activities such as financial management, communications and operations and will develop a holistic approach to understanding the application of strategy. You will learn the importance of a systemic approach to identify, understand and analyse challenges and opportunities for operationalising strategies across key business functions in an integrative manner.

Transforming Organisations
20 credits

You will identify and develop opportunities to enhance performance and initiate transformational change within organisations. Studying a variety of related areas, including innovation, change management and digitalisation, and develop strategies to apply them to improve and transform their organisation.

Applied Business Research
10 credits

The module will provide learners with an understanding of how to design and produce applied business research scholarly-practitioner projects. Learners will be provided with the knowledge and tools to be able to effectively design organisational/business/management research projects that apply to their own organisations or organisations which they are familiar with - learners will have a better awareness of how to become 'scholarly practitioners'. 

The module will support and provide foundations for the final element of the programme, either the 'Strategic Business Proposal' (for Senior Leader Apprentices) or the MBA/MSc final consultancy project module (for those undertaking master's degree programmes).

Consultancy Business Project
60 credits

Undertaken primarily as an independent self-managed module of study, supported by an academic supervisor with additional guidance provided through the dedicated Canvas site.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course is taught in a block of three days each month over two semesters, which amounts to approximately 18 full days classroom-based teaching per year. The philosophy of teaching is 'flipped learning' which means students have to commit to background reading and engaging with variety of online resources, so they can attend classes fully prepared to participate in case-study discussions and other learning activities.

Applied learning

At the centre of our philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience and applying our learning, so action learning and coaching are a key part of our programmes. This approach also encourages strong peer learning groups where you can learn from your peers, in recognition of the fact that management and leadership development is a social and collaborative process. We take learning from the workplace seriously. Consequently, everybody brings their experience from their area of expertise with them and you will be encouraged to share how your learning has been applied and improved practice in your workplace. The programme is personalised to individuals so that you can apply your learning to your own workplace projects and tasks.

Learning approaches 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 peer on the programme. All the assessments are applied and related to the individuals own workplace.
  • 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.
  • A 'flipped learning approach: 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.
  • 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. This approach to management learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts and issues and allow a collaborative learning process to develop ideas for action.
  • Work-based assignments: All assignments will relate to the workplace, giving you the opportunity to apply your learning to your organisational context. The final project dissertation is the opportunity to design an in-company project to ensure that business needs are met. It presents an opportunity for knowledge and skills to be applied to practice by delivering something of value to your organisation.
  • Masterclasses: Key note speakers address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership. The intent is to foster the need to be continually updating and engaging with the ways in which management in organisation is changing.



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 on this course are submitted electronically and assessed against the key marking criteria set out in the programme handbook. There are no exams on this programme, assessments are by written assignment and / or presentation.

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

Alternative qualifications considered

All candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme. QAA describes the experience requirement for admission to a MBA as "significant post-graduation and relevant ... experience on which the learning process should build". QAA envisages this experience as "at least 2 years 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, or have been in such a position in a way that supports their learning and assessment. Admission, therefore, to the programme will require a mix of experience, academic development and intellectual aptitude. Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application in order to assess aptitude for study. Students who have equivalent qualifications at level 7 may be able enter this programme at different points e.g. 60 credits (or equivalent) to top to up PG Diploma/MBA and 120 credits (or equivalent) to top up to MBA.

International requirements

  • Other international requirements

    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. Where English is not the candidate's first language, or their first degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 must be achieved, with no individual score of less than 6. The programme complies fully with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

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.

Please ensure you describe your leadership experience and your experience of contributing to strategic development in an organisation. 

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.

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