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  • Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – one of only 43 in UK and 2% of Universities world-wide
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment
  • The course is block delivered and there are three entry points per year
  • International students can apply


The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme, a fully AMBA accredited degree that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in.  The AMBA accreditation is your guarantee of the quality of the programme, the teaching and the outcomes.

Studying on the Salford MBA programme means you are part of a small student cohort who work together in a supportive and collaborative environment where academics and students share their learning and build their knowledge.  

The programme offers four pathways so you can follow your area of specialist interest: Strategic Leadership, Digital Business, Sports Business and Executive Education Leadership.  

Taught in four modules plus a work-based project, the MBA is delivered in a blended format.  You will study three core modules then follow the specialist module for the MBA pathway you have chosen.  For each of the four modules, you will spend six blocks of two days at Salford Business School.  In addition, there are out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers with project work to be completed in your own time.  International students should note that UKVI regulations may require additional attendance; please contact us (Julie Kelly, ) to check the latest information.

You’ll finish your year with a 3-month consultancy project based around an issue within either your own or another organisation.

You will draw on your previous management experience to join in discussion with tutors and fellow students, then use the scholarship and research to reflect your learning back into the workplace. Our broad range of modules and unique business partnerships make this programme an ideal option for ambitious executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across a full range of advanced skill sets.

The Strategic Leadership Pathway is our generalist career development programme aimed at motivated professionals who wish to broaden their business knowledge and reach for a senior position.

The Digital Business Pathway addresses the increasing demand for digitally-savvy business executives who have the strategic skills that facilitate informed decision-making in the face of a rapidly changing technological and economic landscape.

The Sports Business Pathway has been developed by the University’s respected Centre for Sports Business.  It is aimed at executives who aspire to work at the highest levels in the sports industry and takes advantage of the University’s position at the heart of the North West. The School has a number of exceptional partnerships with organisations who open sport beyond existing limits.  In addition, BBC Sport is a neighbour of the University at MediaCityUK and two of the biggest brands in world football – Manchester United and Manchester City – are on our doorstep.

The Executive Education Leadership Pathway has been designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies.  Building on the Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Education Leadership, the programme will provide you with an understanding of operational and marketing issues that education managers face within the changing education environment.


Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focussed.  The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.

The course is taught in four modules of six week blocks.  Each module is made up of two days on campus for intensive study periods, with additional out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers. Independent study and project work is completed in your own time with online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  

In the final semester, you will work on a Business Innovation Live Project, acting as a consultant to your own or an external organisation, providing advice and solutions for a real business problem.

International students should check the UKVI attendance requirements; please contact Julie Kelly ) to check the latest information.


Over the duration of your course, a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work.


Graduates of the MBA can expect to build successful careers in many industries both private and public sector. An AMBA-accredited MBA is the best in the world and internationally recognised as a course that produces high calibre management graduates.

Graduates of The Salford MBA have gone on to enjoy significant roles within large multinational organisations up to the levels of CIO, COO and senior vice-president. Others are developing their own successful business.

Lifelong AMBA membership

In addition to earning an MBA, you will become a lifelong member of AMBA as part of your course registration. This means you will always be able to contact Salford Business School's link contact, look at AMBA’s job vacancies, attend learning events, study evenings and lectures, and contact students from your cohort.

As a University of Salford graduate, we hope you will stay in touch with us.  You can continue to benefit from your association with Salford Business School through the Alumni Office which gives you access to various networking opportunities, as well as the Library and Careers services.  Salford Business School will also continue to provide references to future employers as long as you require them.

Visit the The Salford MBA page on the University of Salford website for more details!






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