Manchester Business School

Financial Times ranked it No 4, Business No 3 and Which MBA gave it slot No 4.

A case for Manchester Business SchoolManchester Business School is situated at the heart of the UK third largest city. Known for its “Original Thinking Applied” approach MBS stands out to be one of the top most Business Schools around the globe.  Reading through their website, one feels the School to have philanthropic values, a vision to be best educational institute and a mission to work for the greater benefit of human kind. MBS aims is not simply to produce successful business Managers,  it aims to transform the world into a more better place by producing graduates who are sharp enough to pioneer new ideas, champion original thinking and lead the way.

The School Foundation

Manchester Business was founded much earlier, but it was in 2004 (after the merger of several other institutes) that the current MBS came into being. The following institutes were merged to form the current Manchester Business School

  1. The Institute of Innovation and Research
  2. The School of Accounting and Finance (Victoria University of Manchester)
  3. Manchester School of Management (UMIST)
  4. Manchester Business School

Manchester Business School RankingRanking

According to the Financial Times 2011 Ranking the School ranked as under:

  • 4th among the top UK MBAs
  • 11th in the top Europe MBAs
  • 29th in the top World MBAs in 2011, 40 in 2010, 32 in 2009
  • Doctoral Program was RANKED No. 1 in the WORLD
  • Average rank score 34 for the last three years
  • Salary $115,544
  • Salary increase percentage 111%
  • 80% employed in the three months

The Financial Times list the school as FEATURED!

According to Business Week’s Return on Investment (ROI) Ranking, the school ranked No 3 internationally and left behind many other re-known schools like Harvard, Oxford, INSEAD, Cambridge, Michigan, Lowa, and many others. Only IE Business School and Cranfield School of Management outranked MBS; the former stood No 1 while the latter grabbed the No 2 slot.

The Economist in its Which MBA Ranking report ranked MBS No 22 on European basis and was allotted No 61 as an over all rank.


Manchester School of Business is accredited to the three major worldwide bodies. These are:

1. AACSB International

It stands for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Among the seven schools accredited by AACSB, MBS is one of them.


It stands for the Association of MBAs


The school is accredited by The European Quality Improvement System.

The School’s Programmes

The School offers a variety of undergraduate, Post-graduate and doctoral programmes in various disciplines. Here are some of the Programmes currently offered by the School.

  1. Undergraduate Degrees

There are full and part time undergraduate courses in many subjects. The undergraduate courses last from 3 to 4 years. Here are some of the subjects for undergraduate studies.

  • Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Finance
  • International Management
  • Management
  • BSc (Hons) Management with Compliance
  • BSc (Hons) Management with Trusts and Estates

The school also conducts undergraduate programme in Singapore. All the above subjects have further specialised courses. Full details can be obtained from the Schools Website.

Programs Like MBA2. MBA

To be enrolled on the Master of Business Administration course on the School is such a prestigious thing that you can be rightfully proud of.  The Manchester MBA, as it is known, as one of the Top MBAs in the world. According to Financial Times it was ranked No 29 for 2011 in the world. Going for MBA at MBS is the best investment decision. According to the Financial Times report the average salary growth is 111%. The School offers the course on full as well as part time basis.

  1. Full Time: The full time course is further divided into two stages. Stage 1 is called “analysing business problems” where the student is involved in 3 major projects. You must complete stage 1 to proceed to stage 2. Stage 2 is called “Tailoring your journey”  wherein the student digs deeper into the specialised area. Following are the core modules, both in stage 1 and stage 2.
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting (Financial and Management)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Skills for Successful Management 1
  • Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Designing Internationally Competitive Enterprises
  • Skills for Successful Management 2
  • Management information Systems
  • Designing Internationally  Competitive Enterprises 2

2.    Part Time:  The Part Time Manchester MBA is called Global MBA. Interestingly, the School calls it the toughest and claim that     you can handle anything if can handle their global part time MBA! It is further divided into two types. The first is a three years   programme while the later is a 2 years intensive programme for executive with six years managerial experience.

3. DBA

The DBA is a doctoral programme which stands for the Doctor of Business Administration. The MBS quality is at peak when it comes to DBA. The Financial Times ranked the school as No. 1 for its doctoral program in 2011. It is part-time program for those executives who want to seek “high-level postgraduate qualification”. The School describes its DBA program as

  • Flexible
  • Portable
  • International
  • Research in action
  • Studying real business issues
  • In-depth study and application of the knowledge
  • Understand real working life issues to improve business
  • Working toward a greater end i.e. beyond your organization.

4.  PhD

The school claims that once you graduate as a doctor from their program, top business schools and universities of the world shall be seeking you to serve them. Following are some of the features of the school’s PhD Program.

  • No 1 ranking by FT Business Schools Ranking 2011
  • Most respected across the globe
  • Attracting outstanding students of the highest calibre
  • Most innovative & ambitious
  • An impact making program

5. Executive Education

a.    Executive Education for Companies

This a customised program for organizations who want to improve their business and get an advantage in the competitive market. The program caters to the need of organization from both private and public sectors. Some of the well-known organizations who participated in the program are

  • Amplifon
  • AstraZeneca
  • BP
  • BUPA
  • CPS
  • NHS
  • Holidaybreak
  • NDL
  • Pearson
  • HM Prison Service
  • PZ Cussons
  • Salford City Council
  • Together
  • Transform in Salford
  • Unitas
  • Yahmaha
  • Yorkshire Water
  • TC Ziraat Bankasias

b.    Executive Education for individuals

This is designed for professionals and individuals to develop their talents and managerial capabilities. Following are some of the courses offered under this program

  • ·         Advanced Management Achievement Course
  • ·         Enterprise Management (Transition) Course
  • ·         MSc International Commercial and Contracts Management
  • ·         Programme for High Value Managers
  • ·         PGCert in Healthcare Governance
  • ·         NHS FT Commercial Directors’ Development Programme
  • ·         NHS FT Non-Executive Directors Development Programme
  • ·         European Summer Study Programme
  • ·         Learning by Doing
  • ·         Young Leaders’ Development Programme

6.  Enterprise Courses

Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) supports the University to achieve the vision of “advance economic development” on regional, national and international basis. The following courses are currently offered by the School

  • ·         Master of Enterprise (MEnt)
  • ·         Enterprise Doctorate
  • ·         Postgraduate Enterprise Workshops
  • ·         PG Diploma in Enterprise
  • ·         MSc international Fashion Retailing

Costs and Fees (MBA)

The table below shows the cost of application, programs and accomodation.

   Full-Time MBA  Global  MBA  Accelerated MBA
 Application Fees  None  None  None
 Programme Fees  £35600  £21600  £23000
 Accommodation  £5000 (on campus)    
   £4000 (off campus)    


International Centres

The School has international centres in six different countries. These are:

  • Brazil
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Miami
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore


How to Contact Manchester Business School?

Postal Address: Following is the postal Address of the School.

The University of Manchester
Booth Street West
M15 6PB, UK

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 6333

Fax +44 161 275 6556


The School can also be found on Social Bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Just enter Manchester Business School in the search features of these sites to get relevant content and information.

The City

Manchester is a thriving city of many cultures. Once you are in Manchester City Centre, you will come across a variety of people from diverse ethnic and cultural background. People from Asia, China, Africa, Europe, Middle East and other parts of the world make Manchester rich in culture and and wonderful place to live in.

The City Centre is quite busy and its new glass buildings add an extra aesthetic touch to the overall beauty of the city. Public libraries, Universities, Colleges, Parks etc. are the hallmarks of Manchester.


The city has two main railway stations i.e. Picadilly and Victoria along with a number of junctions around the Greater Manchester. M60 is the outer Ring Road with connections to almost any part of the Greater Manchester area. The National Coach station is also situated in the very heart of the city.

Intra City Transport

Manchester is one of the very few cities which have an intra city Tram line right from the North to the South. Apart from the tram, there are several bus companies running the inner transport. Stage Coach, First, Arriva are the main intra city bus services among others.

Student Community

The University of Manchester is the largest single University in the UK with around 40,000 students. BBC reported that the number of students in Manchester is around 80,000 and 60,000 of them live in student’s accommodation. Manchester and Salford are twin cities. The University of Salford, Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, UMIST (now merged with Manchester University) and a number of colleges around the district form a huge community of students.


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