Offering a truly transformational experience, the Lancaster full-time MBA is a one-year programme in the UK, in which you live and study alongside experienced and ambitious professionals from all over the world.
Through a mix of learning opportunities – in the classroom and in organisations – you explore what it really means to be a strategic leader, and at the end of the year, you emerge more aware, more confident and more capable, ready for the next step in your career.
Aims and philosophy
Here at Lancaster we are preoccupied with building the 'attitudes of mind' and skills that you will require to be highly effective at the most senior levels of management.
Our MBA programme is unique in its focus. We are focused on developing your practical wisdom – your capacity for judgment in the turbulent and ambiguous world of international business.
This MBA programme, like most MBAs, will equip you with all the necessary language, tools and techniques of business and management: from Economics to Entrepreneurship, from Accounting to Marketing, and from Operations to Finance and to Strategy. You'll gain a deep understanding of the functions of business and the complexity of organisations and markets.
While we ensure you acquire this vital knowledge, our focus is on you developing your capacity to mindfully deploy this learning in the real world in which business is practised. It is a volatile complex world of ambiguity and deep uncertainty – it is, as we say here at Lancaster, a wicked world that is suffused with opportunity and threat, one far removed from the caricature of the textbooks. It is for this reason that we focus on the development of your practical wisdom – your Phronesis as Aristotle termed it – your capacity for judgement. We attack this through our Mindful Manager, Leading Mindfully and Core Capabilities modules, that weave together, throughout the programme, deep philosophical learnings and practical skill development around, and through, four Action-learning opportunities.
If you aspire to lead or build a business you should do a Lancaster MBA!
The Lancaster MBA is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and the Association of MBAs
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.Schedule TOEFL®
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
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Minimum required score:
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.
Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.
Additional Requirements: As part of your application you will also need to provide/have:
At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The scholarships available to candidates are substantial, and are awarded on a competitive basis.
The scholarship fund is large but is very quickly depleted as candidates accept their places
If you wish to have the best chance of acquiring and securing a scholarship you must apply early, gain a place on the course, and rapidly pay your deposit.
Five criteria drive their award:
The cohort at Lancaster is deliberately kept small to enable the rich learning process we provide. In a small cohort diversity in all dimensions is paramount – we target a balanced mix of student backgrounds to enhance the learning process. Thriving on diversity is our mantra, and building on experience is our goal.
Scholarships can be up to 50% of programme fees; though they are most usually around 30%.
In addition to our MBA programme scholarships, graduates of Lancaster University are eligible for an additional Alumni Loyalty Scholarship of up to 20% of the programme fees. Usually 10% for undergraduates who graduated with a 2:1, and 20% for those who graduated with a 1st, and 10% for those who graduated with a Masters degree.
To apply for a scholarship you have to prepare a five-slide PowerPoint presentation as part of your application and upload this to the application site.
Your presentation must cover these areas:
Evidence that demonstrates your managerial/leadership qualities and how these will contribute to the Lancaster MBA. This should include a clear description of what you see as your strengths and weaknesses and the personal attributes that set you apart from other applicants.
A description of how the Lancaster MBA will help you to grow as a leader/manager and will contribute to you achieving your career aspirations.
The slides do not have to stand alone — you can include some further detail in the notes. These slides should be uploaded to your application account at least 24 hours before your interview is scheduled to take place.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.