University of Bolton MBA

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University of Bolton MBA

The MBA is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience. This course focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global economy. Critical knowledge of organisations and their management, creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues and developing knowledge of improving business and management practice are all part of this course.

Applicants will study full-time over three trimesters, which is a full calendar year.

The programme seeks to develop:

Intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a masters’ level dissertation.

Academic and professional skills to allow for opportunities for career development and further study.

Lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

About the course

No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the MBA course will assist you in gaining a critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential solutions. These qualities are sought by prestigious employers.

A variety of teaching and learning methods provide access to learning to meet a range of learner needs and are aimed at; widening participation amongst learners, avoiding exclusion and developing learner skills in both academic and workplace arenas. The methods employed include: lectures; workshops; tutorials (group and individual) and guest speakers.

However individual tutors are free to introduce techniques that they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. The learning and teaching strategy for each individual module is detailed in the module guides that you will receive at the beginning of each semester.


Entry requirements You must have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a UK honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent).

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.

You will normally be interviewed at some point during the application process. This may be by one of the course tutors, one of the University’s international officers, or by an agent appointed by the University to assist international students with their application.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18
2016/17 £8,500 £8,500
2017/18 £8,500 £8,500

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18
2016/17 £12,500 £12,500
2017/18 £12,500 £12,500

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Martin McAreavey (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903022

For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903