Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £10,700 (£10,200 January 2018 intake)
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £5,350 per annum (£5,100 January 2018 intake)
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,000 (£12,660 January 2018 intake)

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Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The MBA at Liverpool Business School provides experienced professionals with the space, and level of contemporary expertise needed to fortify a career on the frontline of executive competition, creativity and commercial acumen.

  • 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 three years’ work experience
  • Delivered partly in blocks and in evenings for extra flexibility and to fit studies around existing commitments
  • Teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics’ close links to business
  • Customise your learning by choosing a range of option modules to complement and build-on the MBA’s core module set
  • The programme is based in The Liverpool Business School’s Redmonds Building with dedicated postgraduate study facilities

Coming from a non-academic background I was apprehensive about what to expect, but soon found that the most important thing is to put the effort in, the results follow. It's a well-known cliché that an MBA is life changing, but for me it's true. It completely changed how I approached work issues and career plans.

John Lucy, MBA graduate and Logistics Manager

 The MBA has had a big impact on my life. It has given me more confidence especially when dealing with senior clinical colleagues.

Ian Moses, Head of Service Development, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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 by Liverpool Business School, the home of business education in Liverpool which has been delivering MBA management and leadership programmes to senior professionals for almost 30 years.

You will learn by applying proven management and leadership development approaches

At the centre of our learning philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience, so action learning plays a key role in the programme and we develop peer learning groups where you learn from fellow students.

We take workplace learning very seriously and, on the part-time programme, everybody brings experience from the workplace and applies that experience through collaborative learning in class. Full-time students also call on previous experience and this is supplemented with lectures from business leaders, visits to businesses and live projects.

Making sense of the external landscape

Organisations don’t exist in a vacuum. Companies are intricately connected in a constantly changing environment. If you can analyse this landscape and the features that impact your organisation’s performance, you can begin to make well-informed decisions and plans.

Understanding operational excellence

Having clarity about the context in which your organisation exists, naturally leads to a focus on what a business does and how well it does. Good leadership and management is about understanding this environment and delivering value for customers. Essentially, that means understanding how to get the best out of the core operations in the organisation to fulfil customer needs while allowing the business to grow and develop.

Research-informed practiceThe MBA balances intellectual challenge with improving workplace practice. You will consider and critique different theories and ideas and their relative merits in an organisation. In doing so, some ideas will confirm and support the things you already know and are putting into practice, building confidence in what you do. Some ideas, however, will challenge current practice and introduce fresh insight to the workplace.

An MBA underpinned by ethical and values-based leadership

No MBA is complete without recognising your own values and the principles which underpin your management technique. Managers and leaders increasingly need to build their practice on principles and values, ensuring ethical practice in a local and global context.

A deep understanding of businessThe MBA equips you as a manager to have a broad and rich understanding of business and how to manage effectively. You will explore key topics such as understanding organisations, operations management, finance, information, projects, markets, change management and strategy. All of these themes contribute to your understanding of how to maximise the way you manage and lead an organisation.

The MBA is delivered flexibly to suit your requirements and fit around your existing commitments:

  • the part-time route is delivered by block study on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons and one three day block each semester, taking two years to complete
  • a full-time route is also available for international and home students who can commit to full-time study and wish to complete the MBA in 12 months

Below is an example of the January 2018 timetable for the full-time MBA:

Semester 1

  • Understanding Organisations and the Insider researcher (20 credits) - weekly Wednesdays 3-7pm
  • Diversity and Values - block February 21-23
  • Business Environmental Analysis (20 credits) - weekly Monday 3-7pm
  • Operations Management (10 credits) - weekly Monday 2-4pm

Semester 2

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis for Managers (10 credits) - block May 28-30
  • Information Management and Systems (10 credits) - block June 18-20
  • Project Management (10 credits) - block July 18-20
  • Strategy for Marketing Performance (20 credits) - block June
  • Methods for Research and Dissemination (10 credits) - block July

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Below is an example of the January 2018 timetable for the part-time MBA:

Semester 1

  • Understanding Organisations and the Insider researcher (20 credits) - weekly on Wednesdays 3-7pm
  • Diversity and Values (10 credits) - Black February 21-23

Semester 2

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis for Managers (10 credits) - May 28-30
  • Information Management and Systems (10 credits) - June 18-20
  • Project Management (10 credits) - July 18-20

Semester 3

  • Business Process Excellence (10 credits) - block October
  • Business Project (10 credits) - block November
  • Research Methods (10 credits) - block December

Semester 4

  • Leadership, Strategic and Performance (20 credits) - block February/March
  • Marketing Context and Relationship Management (10 credits) - block April

Semesters 5/6

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Programme outline and structure

The Liverpool Business School MBA has been designed for ambitious graduates and experienced managers, new to Higher Education, with the level of insight required to not only transform their modes of operation, but also that of the business they are in. We welcome applications from those who possess an applied understanding of commercial acumen and the drive to competitively progress into high-salaried positions of senior responsibility.

The MBA commences by students looking at the external environment in order to understand business challenges and changes in a fast-moving geopolitical environment. Considerations will include, socioeconomic and technological developments, and how your business can adapt and remain competitive in a dynamic marketplace.   We use action learning to encourage inquiry into key business issues and transform knowledge. From this we develop an ‘intrepreneurial’ approach to organisational understanding. This encourages you to be able to actively research your organisation from an internal perspective as well as developing yourself and your role within your organisation.

The next stage of the of the MBA is to help you progress and refine core analytical skills and knowledge about systems and processes within organisations. This is achieved through action learning techniques where your own organisational knowledge and experience enhances your understanding.
Finally, the last taught element of the MBA focus on implementing change identified and defined through your experiences on the course. This is where you will practically apply appropriate management tools, such as strategy and management, to improve business performance and set in place future plans for business success. This learning culminates in a final investigation into a topic of your choice, focusing on specialised areas you identify with your personal tutor.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Business Environmental Analysis

Enables you to identify and analyse the key elements of the external business environment in which organisations operate

  • Information Management and Systems 

Provides the tools to interpret and evaluate financial information.  The emphasis of the module will be on the use of financial information by managers for effective decision making in a relevant businesses

  • Project Management

Develops the application of theory and practice of leadership to your own development as project managers and that of others as managers and leaders in changing organisational contexts

  • Strategy for Market Performance

Enables you to develop meaningful and effective strategic responses and implementation plans across the entire organisation, after undertaking comprehensive strategic analysis of specific business environments

  • Diversity and Value

Through the study of this module you will identify and critically evaluate the concepts surrounding spirituality, values and ethics, and explore their relationship to meaningful work and effective management strategies

  • Understanding Organisations and the Insider Researcher
Enables you to experience the challenges and opportunities involved in undertaking insider research and in doing so to develop as reflexive scholarly- practitioners
  • Operations Management

Investigates the strategic, tactical and operational contexts of the management of service processes and operations. The module also evaluates operations management techniques and models to address optimisation and improvement of service operations

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis for Managers

This module introduces you to the evaluation of financial information within the organisation and the role of financial statements in accountability

  • Methods for Research and Dissemination

Enables you to plan an investigation into a complex management issue, locate the work within a body of contemporary knowledge and plan how to generate and analyse data to derive supportable conclusions and practical recommendations which can impact management practice

  • Dissertation

Requires you to produce a dissertation which investigates a complex business issue. You will locate the work within a body of contemporary knowledge, to: generate and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for the enhancement of current business practice



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 if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

​All assignments are submitted electronically and assessed against key marking criteria which is set out in the programme handbook.

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 research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues, it’s multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research but in PhDs and in some of the taught courses we offer or have designed for clients. Our main areas of research expertise include:

  • entrepreneurship and small businesses
  • public management
  • evaluation research
  • research with practitioners

Our expertise in Entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, including the specialist topics of rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.

Our Centre for Public Services Management helps us to focus our research expertise in public management, and we work with public bodies regionally and elsewhere to build our research base and put theory into practice.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants should normally be, or have been, in a position where they undertake important management decisions. Admission requires a mix of experience, academic development and intellectual aptitude and all applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme.

Those who meet the required level of industry experience (normally two or more years in management) should have or expect to gain a minimum of a good second class honours degree.

Those with significant experience but no first degree are also encouraged to apply.

Admission is normally by interview, following the submission of a formal application. TWO references are required.



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.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)



Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time 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 pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

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 Study

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 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:

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

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