Master of Business Administration MBA, PGCert, by distance learning, 1-2.5 years

Course information

UK/EU fee £16,285

International fee £16,285

Taught by School of Business

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This is for you if... you want to be a global business leader. The Leicester Global MBA provides the knowledge, skills and internationally recognised qualification to advance your career in management.

Course description

Course description

With the Leicester Global MBA you learn from a pioneer in global executive education with a strong international reputation. When it launched in 1989, the Leicester Global MBA was one of the first AMBA accredited distance learning MBA programmes in the world. Today, over 12,000 Leicester Global MBA alumni worldwide are a testament to our expertise and experience in helping professionals succeed and being a student with us gives you access to this network of international business leaders.

When you take the Leicester Global MBA, you will be able to combine online and face-to-face learning to suit your needs. Our online learning environment lets you study anytime, anywhere, whilst the annual Leicester Masterclass and our regular residential workshops held at our Global Centres help you hone the skills that are best practised face-to-face – giving you unparalleled opportunities to gain cross-cultural experiences. Our Global Centres are located in the UK, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and East and West Africa so you can stay close to home or travel the world to broaden your horizons.

The Leicester Global MBA programme offers a great return on investment because you can continue to work while you are gaining a valuable qualification. By studying whilst you work, you, your team, and your company immediately benefit from your newly gained knowledge and skills. Not only this, but your Leicester Global MBA Project gives you an opportunity to further your prospects by conducting a live consultancy style study in your company, exploring an industry of your choice or preparing a business plan for your next start-up.

As you progress through the programme you will compile a Learning and Professional Development Portfolio – a record of your learning, reflection, attainment of skills and engagement in career development. This portfolio will help you evidence your professional competencies to current and future employers.

As well as being an AMBA-accredited MBA programme, the Leicester Global MBA enables you to gain a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  Subject to successful completion and moderation you will be awarded a Level 7  Certificate or Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, as well as being awarded Foundation Chartered Manager status. The Level 7 qualification has been developed for Directors and Senior Managers who have the responsibility to translate organisational strategy into effective performance. In addition the Leicester Global MBA is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offers exemptions on eight of our modules (subject to satisfactory completion). If you choose our MBA Marketing specialist route you'll have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Graduate Gateway. 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least one of the following academic or professional qualifications:

  • First or second class honours degree from a UK university, or
  • Equivalent degree from a non-UK university or academic institution, or
  • Postgraduate degree or diploma from a recognised institution, or
  • Equivalent graduate level professional qualification, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Chartered Certified Accountant qualification or Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Qualification.

You will also need a minimum of three years' appropriate and relevant postgraduate work experience (defined as having worked in a supervisory, managerial or professional role).

If you have the potential to meet the MBA learning requirements but do not hold this level of academic or professional qualification but have five or more years of relevant work experience in a supervisory, managerial or professional role, you may be eligible based on this additional work experience. Please note that entry on this basis will be subject to meeting one of the following conditions:

  • Completion of the MBA Admissions Assessment: this is a 400 word online essay completed in 1 hour which asks you to reflect on your relevant work experience and consider how the programme will benefit you. You will then be invited to a 30 minute welcome conversation via Skype with the MBA Director, Dr Peter Rodgers, in which your essay with be discussed. 
  • Or a GMAT score of 550+ within the past five years.

If you are considering applying on this basis we would recommend completing our eligibility form for further advice.

All unconditional offer holders will have the opportunity to benefit from a 20 minute online welcome conversation with the Leicester Global MBA Director, Dr Peter Rodgers, before starting their studies.


Your application must include a signed and dated reference (or contact details for someone who will provide a reference). Your referee could be a manager, supervisor, mentor or work colleague. They should be able to confirm your professional or managerial work experience and your suitability for this degree.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee for the MBA.

Starting in April 2021

  • MBA: £16,285
  • PGCert: TBC

Your course fee includes residential workshops, exams and study materials. There is a separate charge for the Leicester Masterclass.

The fee does not include travel to, or accommodation at, residential workshops or the Leicester Masterclass.

Scholarships and funding

International Students

This is the total course fee for the MBA.

Starting in April 2021

  • MBA: £16,285
  • PGCert: TBC

Your course fee includes residential workshops, exams and study materials. There is a separate charge for the Leicester Masterclass.

The fee does not include travel to, or accommodation at, residential workshops or the Leicester Masterclass.

Scholarships and funding

  • Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.
  • The School of Business also offers the Global Networks Incentive - 15% off the course fee for applicants who are residents of certain eligible countries.



The Leicester Global MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and offers a dual award from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of the Leicester Global MBA you will be awarded CMI’s Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Management and Leadership Practice (subject to moderation). In addition, upon completion of the qualification, you will also be awarded CMI’s Foundation Chartered Manager status.

  • AMBA accreditation is seen as the global standard for all MBAs. They are the only professional membership association connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers in more than 110 countries.
  • CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community.

This course holds exemption accreditations with CIMA on eight of our modules. CIMA is the professional body of management accountants. Exemptions are subject to satisfactory completion of the selected modules.

In addition we've joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to offer students on the MBA Marketing specialism the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway.  CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide.

AMBA logoCMI logoCIMA logoCIM Graduate Gateway logo

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We recognise that career development is a major factor in your decision to embark on an MBA programme. With the Leicester Global MBA you will have extensive career support from the start – and after you graduate. As soon as you register on the programme, you get access to our Career Development Manager and a suite of Professional Development Resources.

The Leicester Global MBA careers support is comprehensive and designed to support your personal and professional development so that you have positive business impact. The structured support will help you build a clearer picture of options and ensures you can confidently articulate your capabilities.

Key themes in our careers support are:

  • Leadership
  • Business immersion
  • Networking
  • Coaching
  • Professional skills development

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

MBA modules

MBA Specialisms

MBA Specialisms

To gain an MBA with a specialism you must successfully complete the core modules, the option module relevant for your chosen specialism (indicated below) and your MBA Project in your specialist area.

MBA (Finance)

MBA (Human Resource Management)

MBA (Marketing)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

PGCert modules

PGCert modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The Leicester MBA allows you to concentrate on general management or to tailor the course to suit your individual career needs and specialise in marketing, finance or human resource management.

The University of Leicester has over 25 years' experience of offering high quality distance learning courses.

The Leicester Global MBA is accredited by AMBA and offers a dual award from CMI, meaning you can gain a professional qualification alongside your MBA degree.

We are a signatory of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative through which we provide future leaders with the necessary insights and skills to reflect upon, critically analyse, and provide leadership with regard to corporate responsibility.

The Leicester MBA

Find out why the Leicester MBA is the right course for you.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by academics who have international research and teaching expertise, as well as practical experience in their respective fields of business and management, with each module led by a team of subject specialists. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance to enable you to make the most of your studies.

We have tailored our programme to give you the flexibility to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments, while ensuring that you meet the learning and progression requirements.

Each module takes 6 months and each week you will have either a two-hour online lecture or a one-hour seminar. Online teaching takes place via our Leicester learning environment, which also houses your learning materials. All of your online lectures and seminars will be supported by two hours of discussion with your tutors and peers in an online forum. Live seminars are undertaken in small study groups and scheduled so that they are convenient for different time zones.

Each core module and the MBA Project includes a residential workshop. During your course you must attend at least one residential workshop which you can attend at any of our Global Centres. The two-day workshops take place in February and August each year. Alongside these workshops you will have the opportunity to attend a week-long Leicester Masterclass, held at the University of Leicester in late August/early September. The residential workshops and the Leicester Masterclass form a valuable part of your learning and allow you to benefit from invaluable face-to-face interaction and networking with your tutors and fellow students.

Your three core modules are assessed by both a mid-term examination and an individual assignment, submitted at the end of your module. Your option module is assessed by an individual assignment and a group assignment. Your three examinations can be undertaken at our two examination centres in the UK (Leicester and London) or at one of our overseas examinations centres.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Key dates

Start date: 1 April 2021

Start date: 30 September 2021
Application deadline for September 2021 start: 1 September 2021

Start date: 31 March 2022
Application deadline for March 2022 start: 28 February 2022

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Business Administration Qualification MBA Duration 2.5 years part-time Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Business Administration Qualification PGCert Duration 1 year, part-time Start Dates April and October each year Availability

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