MBA Master of Business Administration

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Part-time 2.5 years

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (part-time, per year): £5,900

International (part-time, per year): £7,800

About this course

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

  • Delivered partly in blocks for extra flexibility and to fit studies around existing commitments
  • Benefit from teaching informed by proprietary business research and close links with business
  • Customise your learning with a range of option modules to complement and build-on the MBA’s core modules
  • Study in the £38 million Redmonds Building with its dedicated postgraduate study facilities
  • Post-experiential MBA designed for participants with at least three years’ work experience

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.

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 you have the education to support your workplace practice.

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:

  • Self-development and performance through others
  • Strategy and the big picture
  • Strategy in to action
  • Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures


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.

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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)

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

Your modules on this programme will cover the areas of:

  • Self-development and performance through others
  • Strategy and the big picture
  • Strategy in action
  • Digital business, innovation and sustainable futures

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application after any review changes have been confirmed. 

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Core modules

Leadership, Engagement and People Performance
20 credits

This module aims to:

  • help you identify your own personal and professional leadership development goals
  • reflect on leadership in relation to personal identity, others and the social context of leading
  • assess the impact of business or organisational context on leadership practice 
  • enable you to engage and manage performance in your own business environment 

Business Process Excellence
10 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the management of the supply network 
  • critically evaluate and apply current operational theory and techniques to optimise process excellence 

Project Management
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand the different aspects of project management so that you can use this management skill within your working environment. 

Finance and Decision Making
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand the sources, uses and management of finance; the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial decision making.

Strategic Business Consultancy Project
60 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to undertake a work-based strategic business consultancy project 
  • put into practice the skills and knowledge gained over the duration of your course 
  • apply concepts from wider management literature
  • provide you with an the opportunity to conceptualise and propose high performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes

Leadership and Strategic Performance
20 credits

This module enables you to develop leadership and strategic performance by:

  • providing an understanding of the external business environment, taking into account global perspectives, governance and accountability as well as social, technological and policy implications. 
  • focusing on leadership and communication and bringing opportunities and strengths together
  • enabling you to build strategies which lead to high performance in the working environment

Marketing Context and Relationship Management
10 credits

This module aims to provide an understanding of marketing context and the importance of relationship management by:

  • providing you with an understanding of marketing orientation, its antecedents, and subsequent uses both externally and internally 
  • developing your appreciation of the nature of organisational relationships and the importance of managing these effectively

Digital Business Innovation
10 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to understand digital business
  • understand how digital technology is reshaping traditional business models 
  • focus on innovation and the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in a digital environment 

Leading Change for Sustainable Futures
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to initiate and lead change in your organisation, with a focus on sustainable change at both a personal and organisational level.

Research Methods
10 credits

This module enables you to:

  • provide a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business and management can be critically reviewed and focused into a coherent research proposal
  • develop high level research competencies, in particular those related to data collection, interpretation and analysis, that enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting 

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
  • apply research methods in the strategic leadership/business consultancy project to develop yourself as a reflective, scholarly practitioner

60 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to produce a Masters-level dissertation investigating a complex business issue
  • produce work using a body of contemporary knowledge 
  • generate and analyse data
  • derive supportable conclusions 
  • make practical and actionable recommendations for the enhancement of current business practice 


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course is taught in a block of three days each month for part-time students and a block of six days each month for full-time students.

Teaching methods

The programme's teaching framework is designed around the following key areas of learning:

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.

‘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. 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.

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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.


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.

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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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

All assignments on this course are submitted electronically and assessed against the key marking criteria set out in the programme handbook.

Course tutors

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

Fiona McNamara

Fiona McNamara

Programme Leader

Fiona McNamara is an experienced senior lecturer and leadership development specialist who has worked on MBA programmes for over ten years.  She took over as MBA Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores in February 2019.  Her academic interests encompass leadership, reflective practice, career change and development and the future of work.   Fiona is delighted to be working with talented academics on this professionally led programme which brings together leaders and managers across the Liverpool City Region, and is rooted in the local economy, supporting economic growth and social change. 

Undertaking the MBA is a transformative experience and understanding of your own individual personal development is key. Delivering this knowledge and seeing it cultivate in students, through professional growth and business success, makes it all worthwhile.

School facilities

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 24 hours a day, 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.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree


  • significant industry experience


  • two references
  • two or more years’ management experience
  • to attend an interview
  • to demonstrate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 61 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • 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.
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the 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.

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