Course fees (2018/19 entry)
|Option / fee||Value|
|Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee:||£10,700|
|Home/EU part-time tuition fee:||£5,350 per annum|
|International full time annual tuition fee:||£13,000|
About your course
Liverpool Business School’s MBA enables professionals to transform their working practice and enhance career prospects through our personalised approach to learning in this globally recognised qualification.
- Course can be completed over 24 months part-time or 12 months full-time
- September and January start dates available
- Post-experiential MBA designed for participants with at least two years’ work experience
- Delivered partly in blocks for extra flexibility and to fit studies around existing commitments
- Teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics’ close links to business
- Course content and teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics’ close links to business
The tutors are very helpful and have a vast experience in their subjects – they impart this knowledge on each of their students
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff.
Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.
Top class facilities
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.
As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.
Redmonds Building 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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The programme is taught at Liverpool Business School, home of business education in Liverpool for over 40 years.
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.
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.
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. It is important to develop skills in coaching others, as well as being supported by a coach. Therefore, peer coaching is incorporated to develop skills and practice as a coach with a peer on the programme.
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.
For each theme there is the possibility of designing an in-company project or series of projects 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 the organisation.
Where 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. Depending on the delivery pattern agreed, there is potential for one key note for each of the themes.
Programme outline and structure
As an internationally-recognised business qualification, the MBA is valued by managers and businesses across the globe.
Liverpool Business School offers an MBA that recognises the benefits of peer-to-peer learning, networking and relationship building. With Masterclasses and regular talks from business leaders, as well as our experienced teaching team, the course will transform your professional practice and enhance career progression prospects.
Liverpool Business School recognises 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 you have the education to support your workplace practice.
Our MBA programme aims to respond to this 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:
- Self-development and performance through others
- Strategy and the big picture
- Strategy in to action
- Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures
You will first gain a greater understanding of yourself, your own management preferences and how this affects your management practice. Alongside self-awareness is the need to recognise your impact on others.
You will then look at how your role supports wider business needs, priorities and possibilities. You can then apply learning from the first theme to understand how and where you can deliver value in your organisation and how you will achieve this effectively.
You are then challenged to think about how business improves, innovates, and promotes creativity through champions who can lead change in the organisation. The course also considers the wider responsibilities of leaders and managers in order to develop their ethical stance, be part of the wider community they serve and help to build a sustainable future for the business. LJMU offers employers an optional workplace visit at the start of the degree apprenticeship programme. During this visit, LJMU will undertake an evaluation and assessment of management needs for your organisation, so that we can produce a bespoke training package that meets your organisational needs.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Self development and performance through others
Leadership, engagement and people performance (20 credits)
Business project (10 credits)
Strategy and the big picture
Leadership and strategic performance (20 credits)
Marketing context and relationship management (10 credits)
Strategy in to action
Business Process Excellence (Optional). If this module is selected you will also need to complete a Project Management Module. These modules total 10 credits.
Enterprise and Risk Management (10 credits)
Finance and Decision Making (10 credits)
Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures
Digital Business and Innovation (10 credits)
Leading Change for Sustainable Futures (10 credits)
Research Strategies for Practitioners (Optional). If this module is selected you will also need to complete a Research Methods module. These modules total 10 credits.
Strategic Business Consultancy Project (Optional). If this module is selected you will also need to complete a dissertation. These modules total 60 credits.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
All assignments are focused on personal and professional development through reports, essays projects and portfolio development.
Staff research interests
Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.
Our academics are tackling complex issues, securing international acclaim in three broad research groupings relating to:
Finance, Economics Operations and Evaluation
Management Learning, Knowledge, Organisations, Human Resources and Evaluation
Marketing, Consumption, Social Engagement and Entrepreneurship
Building on the successes individuals in our research groups have achieved, we are now undertaking new work, developing a range of impactive research projects within social and economic engagement.
Entry requirements (Home)
Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme. and have at least 2 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 (>2 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.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Application and selection
Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application. Applications where an interview is not possible will need to provide additional evidence of experience and aptitude to study.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Studying on the MBA while in full-time employment will deliver some great benefits for students and graduates alike.
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 the network you can join. This enables alumni and staff to continue building meaningful, long-term relationships beyond the classroom.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes