Master of Business Administration MBA, by distance learning, 2.5 years

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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.

With the Leicester Global MBA you can study fully online and benefit from face-to-face learning to suit your needs.  Our online learning environment lets you study anytime, anywhere and includes lectures, live seminars and workshops, interaction with tutors and fellow students and online study guides.  Each year you can attend our annual Leicester Masterclass that takes place at Brookfield, our new £16 million pound School of Business campus.

All teaching is delivered by School of Business academic staff who combine teaching with research and bring the latest knowledge and skills to their teaching.  You'll study in small groups with extensive opportunities for teamwork allowing you to build your professional networks with fellow students and tutors.

When you take the Leicester Global MBA you'll have the opportunity to specialise your degree, tailoring the course to meet your needs.  You have the choice of studying for a general MBA or following one of our three specialist routes:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

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.   You'll also benefit from the opportunity to undertake assignments and the MBA Project on topics relevant to your work and professional career aspirations.

In addition to 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.

We are also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offer exemptions on eight of our modules (subject to satisfactory completion).  If you chose our MBA Marketing specialist route you will also have the opportunity to gain module exemptions on professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

To learn more about the programme and our online learning environment look though our Leicester Global MBA platform.

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration if you want to keep you study options open and aren't able to commit to the full Leicester Global MBA programme.

  • Please note due to the current situation the Leicester Masterclass 2021 will be an online event.

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 Leicester MBA Deputy Director 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  Deputy Director 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 2022

  • £16,285

Additional costs

  • 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 2022

  • £16,285

Additional costs

  • 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.



Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Leicester Global MBA is accredited by AMBA, seen as the global standard for all MBAs.  Our MBA was one of the first distance learning MBAs to achieve MBA accreditation.

AMBA are the only professional membership association connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers in more than 110 countries.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

We offer a dual award from CMI whereby upon successful completion of the Leicester Global MBA you will be awarded CMI’s Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Strategic 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.

CMI are 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.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Our course holds exemption accreditation 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.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

The University of Leicester School of Business MBA (Marketing) is accredited by the leading professional marketing body, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

CIM works alongside universities worldwide, mapping their degree content against CIM's most sought after professional marketing qualifications.

This offers you the opportunity to gain exemptions on modules of the CIM qualifications, reducing the number of module assessments taken.  These exemptions make it more efficient and cost0efective to gain a professional marketing qualification.

CIM's qualifications are based on detailed research and ongoing employer feedback, sharing the skills and knowledge required for today's marketers.  This helps our students to advance into practitioners, stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of securing their first-choice graduate position.

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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 both the School of Business Careers Team and the University of Leicester Career Development Team, plus 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.

Why Leicester?

With the Leicester Global MBA you can gain a generalist MBA or choose one of three specialisms, finance, marketing or human resource management to demonstrate your expertise and skills in a functional area.

We have over 30 years’ experience of offering high quality flexible, distance learning courses. Our courses have been specifically designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework.

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. The programme also offers exemption accreditation with CIMA and our Marketing specialism gives you the opportunity to gain professional qualifications with CIM.

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. You will also have an academic personal tutor who will provide support and guidance to enable you to make the most of your studies.

Our programme gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments, while ensuring that you meet the learning and progression requirements.

The Leicester Global MBA has five modules, each taking 6 months and each week you will have either a two-hour recorded lecture or participate in a one-hour live online seminar.  These will be further supported by our online study guide, additional learning materials, and online forum discussions with your tutors and peers. Online teaching takes place via our Leicester learning environment, which also houses your learning materials. Live seminars are undertaken in small study groups and scheduled so that they are convenient for different time zones.

During each module you will have the opportunity to participate in a weekend-long residential workshop, held in February and August. Once a year you will also have the opportunity to attend a Leicester Masterclass, held at the University of Leicester in mid/late August/early September.  The residential workshops and Leicester Masterclass form a valuable part of your learning and allow you to benefit from face-to-face interaction and networking with your tutors and fellow students.  Currently both the residential workshops and Leicester Masterclass are being offered online only. 

Your three core modules are assessed by both a mid-term online open-book 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 final module is your MBA Project which will help you improve your career prospects by allowing you to conduct a live consultancy-style study in your own organisation, undertake market research for your next start-up, or explore in-depth a business or management topic of interest.

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: 4 April 2022
Application deadline: 21 March 2022
Payment deadline: 25 March 2022
Registration deadline: 29 March 2022

Start date: 3 October 2022
Application deadline: 19 September 2022
Payment deadline: TBC
Registration deadline: TBC

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