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Posted May 3, 2017

Top 10 MBA Programs In The UK

Prodigy FinanceAn MBA from a highly respected institution can accelerate your career in business management and improve your networking for that all-important first job after graduation. Being an MBA student is a hectic and fast paced experience, with highly focused studies.

Entry to MBAs usually requires a first degree and a few years work experience, although business schools will often consider candidates without an undergraduate degree if they have substantial relevant work experience.

MBA Course SearchAnd don't forget that although MBA programs may seem expensive, and MBA costs do vary from business school to business school, and whether they are online, part time or full time, they are a great investment into your future career, and if you are having trouble raising enough money to cover your studies Prodigy Finance offer some great funding solutions for MBA students. Find out more about Prodigy Finance here.

Here are ten of the best MBA programs in the UK.*

MBA in UKUniversity of Oxford MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £52,000 for all students.

What you will study: Students on the MBA program at the University of Oxford will become responsible leaders capable of navigating the increasingly complex nature of business management. You will have the option to improve your communication, interpersonal, and team working skills as well.

University of Surrey MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £24,000 for all students.

What you will study: This MBA course aims to prepare students for the realities of today's business world with an opportunity to meet a large range of academics, leaders, venture capitalists, and industry leaders throughout their studies.

University of Bath MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £33,000 for all students.

What you will study: The University of Bath aims to give students excellent career opportunities with companies and businesses coming to meet the MBA students. Modules studied include Understanding Financial Principles, Analysis for Decision-Making, and Strategic Human Resource Management.

University of Warwick MBA

Duration: 1 year full time on campus or 2 years part time by distance learning.

Cost: £35,650 for full-time students and £14,700 for year 1 and £15,300 for year 2 for distance learning students.

What you will study: The Warwick MBA is an intensive and fast-paced course with modules including subjects such as Accounting and Financial Management, Marketing, Operational Management, Entrepreneurship, and Global Business.

University of Leeds MBA

Duration: 1 year full time or up to 4 years part time online.

Cost: £26,500 in total for full-time and part-time online students.

What you will study: This course at the University of Leeds aims to teach students a questioning and analytical outlook, increase students’ commercial awareness, and interpersonal skills. Students should expect to be ready for senior management positions after graduation.

University of Lancaster MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £29,000 for all students.

What you will study: A unique course focusing on Mindful Management with students practising Consultancy Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills, and Business Management Skills. The course aims to equip students with the tools, language, and skills to confidently enter the world of international business.

City University of London MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £41,000 for all students.

What you will study: This MBA at Cass Business School at City University London has an international flavor, and modules studied include Creating Management Advantage, The Financial Environment, Strategy and Organisations, and General Management. The elective modules allow students to specialise their studies into areas such as Consulting and Strategy, Finance, General Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

University of Nottingham MBA

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £24,975 for all students.

What you will study: The course at Nottingham University Business School aims to educate future business leaders in responsible and ethical management practices. There is a real focus on the development of students' soft management skills.

Coventry University MBA

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £11,044 full-time or £5,522 per year part-time or UK and EU students or £15,156 full-time or £7,578 per year part-time for international students.

What you will study: Students at Coventry University can specialise in one of five areas of Finance, Management, International Business, International Sports Management, and Marketing. There are regular lectures and seminars from the leaders of world-class corporations and businesses.

Loughborough University MBA

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 to 3 years part time.

Cost: £25,000 total tuition fees for all students.

What you will study: The Loughborough MBA is offered at this highly respected business school with a world-class reputation. This course aims to give students a commercially relevant learning experience with students giving group consultancies to corporations working with Loughborough University.

SOURCE: The Guardian University Guide 2017.

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PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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Aloaye David May 15, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

What happened to the University of Bradford MBA program? The quality of an MBA program, amongst other criteria, is denoted by the body that accredits the program and with University of Bradford (which I am a proud alumnus) MBA program and other business schools being members of the most revered accrediting bodies such as AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, it stands to reason that they should be part of, if not dominate this list.

Charlotte King May 22, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

We have compiled our list of MBA programs using information from the Guardian University Guide 2017. I'm glad to hear you had such a good experience at the University of Bradford - and I agree that there are plenty of other great business schools in the UK that offer excellent MBA programs.

Philippe July 18, 2017, 3:52 a.m.

Why London business school is not in that list?
I am surprised because I was expecting that school to be the 1st.

Charlotte King July 25, 2017, 10:38 a.m.

Hi Phillippe,

We took our Top 10 listing from The Guardian University Guide 2017.

Kind Regards,


Nicholas Louis Piauka Dec. 20, 2020, 6:49 a.m.

I'm from Papua New Guinea and wish to apply for a full scholarship to undertake an MBA program 2021-2022 in one of your prestigious universities.

Any advice provided to help in my endeavor will be greatly appreciated.

Warm regards,


Charlotte King Jan. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m.

Hi Nicholas – It's worth checking with the individual universities as some of them may offer scholarships specifically for students from Papua New Guinea or surrounding area, or you may have some other eligibility. Also once you have been offered a place you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
Good luck!

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