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MBA Business Scale-ups

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: N/A
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £5,350 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: N/A

Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

This course is ideal for those who would like to learn how to enhance their business or contribute to organisational growth by learning scale up approaches and gaining a greater understanding of the key factors that enable business growth.

  • Course designed in response to government and local ambitions for business growth  
  • Complete the course over 24 months part-time
  • 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

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.


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?

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

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 encourages strong peer learning groups where managers learn from each other 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 is encouraged to share how learning has been applied and improved practice in their workplace.

The programme is personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that:

  • learning results in improved workplace performance
  • skills are practiced and knowledge applied
  • time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace

A range of teaching approaches will be discussed with your organisation in order to design a robust learning process that fits within the culture and direction of your organisation. Approaches that will be discussed 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. 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.

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, 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. Peer coaching is incorporated to develop skills and practice as a coach with a peer on the programme.

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


Key note speakers will 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

A 'scale-up' is an enterprise that is experiencing significant growth rates in employees and turnover, over a number of years (gov.uk).

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.

An MBA equips a manager to have a broad and rich understanding of business and how to manage effectively. This scale up MBA focuses on the key areas a business would need to investigate in order to assess the scale up potential. The course combines the key management disciplines from the key QAA and CMI benchmark statements with recent national research on the drivers of business scale up.

​The MBA Business Scale up is structured in three phases, beginning with the first phase, which provides an intensive focused range of interventions aimed at realising the potential of growth within businesses. Stages two and three then draw upon these areas to analyse ideas and develop them further in order to plan and enable accelerated growth.

Students will have one three-day block of study per month.

What you will study on this degree

There are three phases to this MBA.  Please see guidance below on modules for further information on what you will study in each phase. There may be some changes before you start your course.

The first phase focuses on the core themes to accelerate business growth.

Phase 2 draws together the lessons from the first phase into a coherent business development plan, where practices are adapted, applied, and evaluated. It Integrates leadership approaches and strategies needed to enable accelerated growth in the business.

Phase 3 explores the strategies to ensure that the business benefits from research-informed practice and thought leadership to lead in its field and sector, and secondly to generate new evidence-based research from practice to shape future growth. The emphasis is upon discovery of ways in which the business continues to lead in its growth aspirations.

​Finally, a strategic project builds the evidence base for scale up strategies, and addresses a significant and strategic area for your business.

Phase 1:

  • Scale-up leadership (10 credits)
  • Fast strategy for market access (10 credits)
  • Productivity, talent and performance (10 credits)
  • Finance for Scale-up (10 credits)
  • Leading Agile Projects and Change (10 credits)
  • Digital Business, Innovation & Sustainability (10 credits)

​Phase 2:

  • Business Development (30 credits)

Phase 3:

  • Leading Business Growth (20 credits)
  • Research Strategies for Practitioners (10 credits)
  • Business Growth Project (60 credits)

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 two 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 (at least two 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.

Will I be interviewed?

​Yes.  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)

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 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.

Funding sources

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.

Graduate employment

​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 see improvements in decision-making, contributions to idea generation and business improvement.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

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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