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 and an international study visit.  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

This is for you if...


You have managerial experience and wish to specialise


You want to improve your employability


You like to put learning into practice


You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving


You enjoy independent learning


You want to study while you work

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 1 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.

Core Modules

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.

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 Pathway

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
  • application of business analytics within an academy/school leadership context.

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 teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and education-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 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 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. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. 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.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

The course is specifically designed for those aspiring to work within management and exposes the student to a variety of operational and functional management concepts and practices. This will enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and international aspects of business and management.

A taste of what you could become

A leader of an Academy

A school leader

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, 6 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 education management, possibly at a modest level, who want to progress to lead an academy or group of academies.

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

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)
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

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