Postgraduate MBA

Senior Leader Executive Education (Blended Learning)

Salford Business School


Blended Delivery


Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

The Education Leadership MBA has been designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies. The programme will give you an understanding of operational and marketing issues that face those who lead and manage academies.

The Education Leadership programme has been designed for experienced education managers to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies. You will study the three core modules that make up the Salford MBA; the fourth module, Executive Education, is a specialist module that looks at contemporary issues in Education management. 

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

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

options available

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.  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. 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.

Executive Education Leadership

This module covers:

  • Leading and managing organisational change in response to contemporary issues.
  • Evaluation of the various factors - political, economic, social, cultural and technological - that influence academy/school leaders in developing, implementing and reviewing strategic and operational goals.
  • The impact of sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility within an academy/school context and the application of business analytics within an academy/school leadership context.
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 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.


Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

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 together with English and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above. 

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

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?

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2019/20 £18,090 (total)
Part-time 2020/21 £22,000 (total)
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

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