Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Upcoming starts: 22 Oct 2024, 14 January 2025
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Awarding body: University of Liverpool
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Ranked in the top 10 worldwide by the Financial Times’ Online MBA Ranking 2023, our renowned MBA programme is designed to enhance your existing expertise and develop your strategic leadership capabilities through this transformative online programme.

About the programme

Studying alongside fellow high-calibre managers, you will discuss and debate the challenges posed by the rapidly evolving commercial world. The programme encourages you to analyse and reflect on your own organisation and role, to apply theory to case studies of other organisations, and to benefit from peer-to-peer learning through collaboration with fellow professionals from other cultures and industries from around the world. 

Core modules focus on the macro-economic environment that heavily shapes organisational decision making, management and leadership. They explore various theories and models underlying the growth of international trade and globalisation and the practical applied nature of this. 

The course also provides the opportunity to tailor your educational journey with optional modules reflective of different business disciplines. This includes the option to dive into the rapidly developing field of data and analytics or investigate the ethical perspective of business decision making.      

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold a gold standard triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. 

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Following the submission of data and alumni survey, our MBA is ranked in the top 10 Financial Times (FT) online MBAs for 2023. This includes ranking first overall for ‘career progression’, with the average online MBA graduate seeing an increase of 32% in their salary after completion, and third based on ‘value for money’, by taking into consideration alumni salaries, scholarships, fees and other costs as reported by graduates. Read our press release to learn more about the FT top 10 ranking.


In addition, our online MBA is ranked #11 by CEO Magazine in their Global MBA Rankings for 2024 whilst the Management School holds Tier One status. 

Our online MBA attracts students from across the world. Download this PDF to see our class profile for 2023.

Listen to Prospects’ ‘Future You’ Podcast on Spotify featuring our Director of Online Programmes for the Management School and Director of Studies for the online MBA, Dr Lisa Day, speaking about the history and prestige of studying an MBA and how the University of Liverpool’s online MBA can match your aspirations and ambitions. Alternatively, you can read the transcript of the podcast and case study.

Programme structure

This programme consists of the following core modules and two electives, in order to achieve the full accreditation, you are required to complete 180 credits.

Developing as a Manager and Leader – Core (10 credits)  
International Business and the Global Economy – Core (10 credits) 
Managing Financial Resources – Core (10 credits) 
Digital Strategic Marketing – Core (10 credits) 
Managing Human Resources – Core (10 credits) 
Operations and Supply Chain Management – Core (10 credits) 
Strategic Advantage – Core (10 credits) 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Core (10 credits) 
Strategic Management Simulation – Core (10 credits) 
Management in Practice – Core (10 credits)  
Data Strategy and Analytics for Managers – Elective (10 credits) 
Project Management – Elective (10 credits) 
Global Leadership – Elective (10 credits) 
Corporate Citizenship – Elective (10 credits)
MBA projects – Core (60 credits)
Career Catalyst – Core (zero credits)

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

Qualifications and Professional Experience 

MBA candidates are expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution. 

Candidates are also expected to have a minimum of three years of substantive postgraduate managerial experience in the private or public sector, including the management of budgets, people and projects. 

Non-graduates who possess extensive professional experience (more than five years) and/or a postgraduate qualification are encouraged to apply under the non-standard entry route.  

Non-Standard Entry 

Non-standard entry relates to applicants who may not hold a degree or the required degree classification. We still encourage applications if you have: 

  • Below 2:1 or no formal university degree but who possesses substantive management experience (more than 5 years), and 
  • A substantial record of continuous professional development and learning in business and leadership (for example accredited training courses, learning & development courses). 

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat. 

GMAT Score 

Although not mandatory, we encourage candidates who have undertaken the examination to submit their scores for consideration, these must be valid (attained with the last five years) by the time of entry.   

English Proficiency 

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5. 

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries

Fees and funding

Fees for the academic year 2023/24

MBA: £22,050

Fees for the academic year 2024/25

MBA: £23,153

This fee* is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.  

Executive Scholarship

An Executive Scholarship of 15%** is available for our remaining 2024 intakes in July and October.  Contact our admissions team for more information. 

Other scholarships and discounts

You may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 20%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni.
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment.

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.

**Please note that the Executive Scholarship can only be used with the Up-Front Payment Discount.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment 

The learning, teaching and assessment strategies for all online programmes are aligned with the three University of Liverpool Hallmarks of research-connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment – as well as the three University of Liverpool Graduate Attributes of confidence, digital fluency and global citizenship. 

Teaching methods 

Studying online allows you to study in your own time and from wherever works best for you – whether that is from your home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access. 

All our online programmes are delivered through a specially designed online learning platform. This allows 24/7 access to your study materials, which includes: 

  • innovative lecturecasts consisting of audio recordings, infographics, videos, animation, short tasks, and written content 
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of ebooks and academic journals 
  • forums for you to discuss programme content with peers 
  • support from academic staff and a dedicated Student Support team 


Online programmes are assessed based on work carried out in the virtual classroom. Reflecting the hallmark of authentic assessment, this may include report writing, reflective practice, research projects, and individual or group presentations that represent the kinds of tasks you would be expected to undertake in a professional setting. 

We are committed to: 

  • providing frequent and transparent feedback 
  • ensuring our assessment criteria are simple and clear 
  • making it easy for you to clearly view your marks in your gradebook when you log into the learning platform 
  • delivering provisional marks and feedback of assessed work usually within seven days for taught modules 
  • ensuring academic support through weekly lecturer office hours 
  • providing access to our Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns or issues 

Online learning experience 

We will support your online learning experience with high-quality learning materials and resources, which can all be found on our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform. 

Typically, your learning experience will include the following: 

  • directed learning including participation in virtual discussions with peers, led by the lecturer, working through relevant and specially prepared videos and lecturecasts; completing interactive exercises on the learning platform; appointments with your lecturer during office hours 
  • self-directed learning – including wider reading and research in your subject area to further develop your knowledge and understanding 
  • assessment – time taken to prepare and complete assignments and activities which contribute to your overall assessment 

On average, you will need to dedicate a minimum of 15-20 hours of study per module, per week. 

Study duration 

Our master’s award has an approximate study duration of 30 months, studied online and part-time. Our PG Diploma award has an approximate duration of 20 months, our PG Certificate has an approximate duration of 10 months, and our PG Award has an approximate duration of five months.  

Please note, that the actual study duration may be longer depending on study options chosen, speed of study, and module availability. 

Students pursue the programme in a linear fashion, which is organised into modules, typically with a one or two-week break between modules, and a three-week break for the Christmas period. You will receive an indicative module timetable during the enrolment process.  

On successful completion of your degree, and payment of any outstanding tuition fees, you will receive an invite to attend an in-person graduation ceremony in the vibrant city of Liverpool  

Academic staff 

We are committed to delivering an enriching online study experience, and all our lecturers are experienced subject specialists with demonstrated learning and teaching proficiency.  

They play an integral part in ensuring the latest theories and research feature in our programmes and are dedicated to providing a high level of support throughout your studies.  

All lecturers and supervisors are honorary faculty at the University of Liverpool. 

Discover more about our key academic staff and their experience. 

Quality and assurance  

As one of the Russell Group’s 24 members, the University of Liverpool is recognised as a world-class, research-intensive institution, that adheres to strict quality standards. 

The University is registered with the Office for Students and an established member of the Quality Assurance for Higher Education.  


Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • An up-to-date CV.  

Acknowledgement of your application

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support.


We have start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. As an applicant, you are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if you have special needs.

Who is this programme for?

The MBA is an executive-level business programme designed for students with executive or management level experience. Candidates will usually have a minimum of three years of substantive managerial experience at a strategic level. This creates a rich learning environment as students come from a range of industries and bring their different experiences into the programme.

The MBA is widely regarded as the most prestigious professional degree programme in the world, especially when it is backed by AMBA accredited Management School like our online MBA. The programme offers not only a stimulating academic syllabus but also fantastic networking opportunities and connections within new sectors.

If you are a graduate who does not yet have the substantive managerial experience for the MBA, you might wish to consider our online Management MSc. This programme has also been developed by our triple-accredited Management School and aims to develop your abilities and skills to be a management champion in the future, able to engage with, inspire and lead organisational colleagues, divisions, and disciplines at all levels. 

To help you better understand the differences between our MBA and Management MSc we have also created this downloadable infographic (PDF).

Career prospects

The programme is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to drive forward in your career. You will have the capability to work in an extensive range of senior functional and general management positions across a wide spectrum of business sectors across the world. This includes strategic leadership positions in consultancy, construction, engineering, retail and many more. 

About us

The Management School is amongst an elite group of business schools to hold the gold standard triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). Our vision is to be a globally connected Management School, with our transformative research and teaching, placing us at the forefront of influential knowledge leadership. The latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 rated us 9th in the sector for research power, and 100% of our research environment was classified as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The Management School continues to hold tier-one status. Our online MBA is ranked #11 in Global MBA Rankings for 2024.

The Management School is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with a year of special events to mark two decades of transformation from a newly established school in 2002, to a triple-accredited internationally recognised research powerhouse. Learn more about the 20th anniversary celebrations and the history of the school.

By studying online with Liverpool, you can gain a highly regarded qualification from a prestigious redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 research-led UK universities committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of research and education. You will acquire new skills and knowledge, all while continuing to work in your current role.  

The University of Liverpool has been offering online programmes since 2000. We are recognised as one of Europe’s leading providers of wholly online postgraduate degrees. All our programmes are designed for online delivery, and our state-of-the-art learning platform encourages collaboration with fellow professionals from around the world.

Study Online with the University of Liverpool