Postgraduate MBA

The Salford MBA (Blended Learning)

Salford Business School


Blended Delivery


Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme, a fully high-level 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. 

Delivered in a blended format, this programme combines online and on campus study and includes a work-based consultancy project and an international study visit.  

The programme is highly industry-focused. You will draw on your previous management experience to join in online and face to face 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.

For two days each month, you will come to Salford for intensive study. During this face to face time on campus, you will meet both academics and fellow students. While here, you will follow a study programme but this is also your opportunity to share your experiences, learn from your peers and develop your professional network in a supportive and collaborative environment.  

Your studies culminate with the Business Innovation Live Project. You will choose one of four options to look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

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. 

You will:
  • Develop the management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Learn flexibly with a blended format
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout

This is for you if...


You have managerial experience and wish to specialise


You want to improve your employability


You want to study while you work


You enjoy collaborative learning


You like to put learning into practice


You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving

Course details

All about the course

The MBA is delivered in a blended format taught in four 15-week modules plus a work-based project and an overseas study visit. For each of the four modules, you will attend online lectures and seminars supported by six compulsory days (two per month) on campus at Salford. In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study and project work in your own time with online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  

You’ll finish your year with a three to six month work-based consultancy project based around an issue within either your own or another organisation. In April, you will have a one week overseas study visit (in 2018, this was in Colombia – see what our students said about the visit ) with an intensive schedule of visits to range of organisations who are implementing the theories and practices you are learning.

There is a series of out-of-the-classroom activities such as company visits and guest speakers which help you to develop your professional network.

Semester one

Economics with Financial Management

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of microeconomic theory and understanding of the macro-environment.
  • Critical analysis of financial data and the impact of financial decision making on stakeholders.
  • Evaluation of the principles and practice of financial management.

Marketing with Operations Management

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of existing ideas and themes in the broader field of marketing.
  • The synergies between marketing and operations management in order to evaluate critically, the most contemporary frameworks for effective working.
  • Analysis of the alternative methods and techniques for marketing and operations in manufacturing, service and international settings.
Semester two

Organisational Behaviour and Change

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational context.
  • Critical appraisal of decision making and change management in diverse, complex and multicultural stakeholder contexts.
  • Development of evidence-based critical thinking.

Strategic Leadership (Salford MBA pathway)(30 credits)

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of strategic choice framework for successful change.
  • Review of leadership principles in a range of organisations and demonstration of leadership skills through reflective analysis.
  • Identification and evaluation of the issues that impact strategic decision making.
Semester three (Business Innovation Live Project)

MBA Business Innovation Live Project

This module enables students to:

  • Undertake a rigorous and critical business project either in the UK or overseas.
  • Understand and apply theory and practice to business/organisational issues by using appropriate research and problem solving processes.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

Our staff are experts who have experience of working in the real world as well as University, so our teaching is strongly industry-focused and industry-informed. We will challenge you and support you to build the business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level.

You will learn through a combination of online lectures, online seminars and on campus 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.

There is a strong emphasis on active learning. Prior to each online lecture, students are provided with videos, examples and suggested readings via the virtual learning environment (VLE); these form the prior knowledge around which the different activities will focus each week. In addition, there are online activities and out-of-the-classroom events such as company visits and guest speakers. 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.


Normally, each module involves two pieces of assessed work. Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work. The Business Innovation Live Project is assessed through a final report and presentation.

School Overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. On campus teaching takes place in the MBA suite in Maxwell building.  With a teaching room and dedicated break out space, we aim to create a relaxed space for learning and networking.

A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

The Salford team

Dr Jonathan Lord, MBA director

I am a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and MBA Director for Salford Business School. I have previously been an HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all public, private and not-for profit sectors. I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management and Industrial Law Society.

My specialist research area focuses on Labour Law and how this is governed as well as how it developed over many centuries. I am proud to have been Chairman of OPAL, a charity that advocates for adults with learning difficulties, for the last 14 years.

The Salford MBA develops the skills to progress into the highest and most dynamic levels of business and management. It’s designed for business, with business – and will get you ahead in business. And, as you gain new skills, you’ll have the opportunity to prove them through a Business Innovation Live Project. You’ll take on – and overcome – real-world problems on behalf of the chosen company: a true test of your diverse new business management skillset.

I do hope you will consider studying the MBA here at Salford and if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or the MBA team.


Julie Kelly, MBA Administrator

I am the Programme Administrator for the MBA having worked at the University for a number of years in a variety of roles. Particular skills and experience include supporting the student experience; events management; relationship management / networking; organisational support; communication; admissions, outreach and engagement. I am stimulated by challenge and the desire to perform at the highest level.

I act as a main focal point for applicants and enquirers to Salford Business School’s flagship MBA and Executive programmes. This requires a specialist knowledge of all MBA and Exec programmes to ensure effective management of the admissions process and ensuring first class customer service to MBA and Exec enquirers, students and alumni. I manage the student journey from application /enquiry to completion of the programme offering support and guidance throughout the journey.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates of the MBA can expect to build successful careers in many industries both private and public sector. An MBA is an internationally recognised 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.

A taste of what you could become

A Manager

A Actuarial analyst

A Business adviser

A Business analyst

A Management consultant

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focused education is equally relevant today.

In 2016, the University of Salford introduced its Industry Collaboration programme to capture, share and expand existing best practice. Industry Collaboration offers a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based curriculum co-created by the University and industry. Learning is authentic, active and collaborative; that is, it involves taking risks, learning from both success and failure. Our students are prepared for the real world by explicitly developing practice and self-awareness, communication skills, team-working abilities, and critical thinking skills.

For Salford MBA students, this takes the form of industry-informed teaching from academics who combine subject expertise with real-world experience. This is supported by guest lectures, real case studies and business trips. These take on a global aspect during the overseas trip; the 2017 visit was to Bogota, Colombia.

Read about MBA student Rachel's experience in Colombia here.

Recent business trips – normally involving tours of factories and other facilities, as well as discussions with company experts and managers – have included:

  • A-Plant, Warrington
  • Bentley Motors, Crewe
  • Nutrition Group PLC, Blackpool


As part of the University’s partnership with Manchester Storm elite ice hockey team, we are delighted to welcome appropriately qualified Storm players to study for their MBA. Over the last two years, six students have worked with us, developing their own business skills and sharing their sport experience with fellow students. Read about how they got on.

“The year at Salford Business School has been a lot of hard work and some long hours but it’s all worth it, to get through one year and get the MBA and learn a lot of knowledge for our future.” - Luke Moffatt, Manchester Storm.

“The partnership between the Storm and the University has been excellent for both my players on and off the ice.” - Ryan Finnerty, Head Coach Manchester Storm.


What you need to know

To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. As well as online lectures and seminar and on-campus learning, you’ll do some self-directed study and research outside of formal teaching times.  If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, the Salford MBA is for you.

We are not looking for recent graduates for this course, it is designed to meet the aspirations of those who are in management, possibly at a modest level, who want to progress to pivotal organisational roles such as the CEO, CIO, CFO or COO of an internationally or nationally significant organisation. Alternatively, our MBA students are already running or are looking to establish their own innovative and forward-thinking business.

International students requiring a Tier 4 visa will not be eligible to join this programme as it does not meet UKM requirements. 

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business-related subject.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years full-time post study work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also considered for partial fulfilment of entry criteria.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

The fee below is for entry in June 2019. Fees for September 2019 will be displayed shortly.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

The programme includes an overseas study visit. The cost of the trip is covered in the fees but you will pay for your meals and any extras. You will also apply and pay for a visa, if required.

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2019/20 £18,090 (total)
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

The programme includes an overseas study visit. The cost of the trip is covered in the fees but you will pay for your meals and any extras. You will also apply and pay for a visa, if required.

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

June 2020

September 2020