The Loughborough Full-Time MBA MBA

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year or 2 years with internship
See The Loughborough Executive MBA
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



just 1% of business schools in the world to hold

AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Fully accredited

by the Association of MBAs



The Loughborough Full-Time MBA degree is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become an elite performer in business, accelerate your career, and equip you to maximise business performance in a global environment.

At Loughborough University, with our long heritage and unrivalled reputation for sport, we understand the mind-set needed to go from being a high-achiever to an elite performer. Our focus is on guiding you through a transformational experience that will enable you to fulfil your potential.

Our internationally recognised full-time MBA degree will teach you to: manage complex challenges, from exporting to new markets to getting the most out of your team; problem solve creative solutions for real business challenges; and lead innovative change to capitalise on opportunities.

Learning alongside an international cohort of experienced managers with a minimum of 3-years’ professional/managerial experience will enable you to share fresh perspectives on similar problems and build lasting business networks. You will also have opportunities to meet and work with our Executive MBA students on some modules.

Applying for your visa

If you are certain you wish to opt for the one year MBA degree you will need to register on the one-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa as required. If you later decide to add an internship you will need to extend your visa to cover the extra time required before any internship commences.

If you wish to opt for the internship pathway you will need to register on the two-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa, if required. If you later decide not to undertake an internship, or do not secure one, you can transfer to the one-year programme.

What makes the Loughborough Full-Time MBA degree different?

As one of the Top-10 business schools in the UK and one of the top 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, we have a 40 year track record of developing innovative managers and successful business leaders sought after by leading employers.

  • The Loughborough MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and was re-accredited by AMBA in August 2015
  • Through our award-winning Careers Network and a dedicated MBA careers team, we support you in developing your career prospects, either by helping you to find an optional internship to enhance your employability or in obtaining post-study employment.
  • Our links with over 400 international corporate partners will enable you to benefit from commercially-relevant teaching and apply the theory you learn to the workplace
  • You will exercise practical problem-solving skills to address real business challenges through modules such as Business Analytics and Problem Solving for Leaders
  • Our Managing Innovation module will give you the opportunity to work on a live business project to commercialise new technologies as part of a group consultancy project
  • Includes an optional international summer school, where you can study and network with MBA delegates from around the world

Who should study this programme?

The Loughborough Full-Time MBA is an AMBA-accredited MBA degree designed to help those with a minimum of 3-years’ professional/managerial experience who wish to transform their career from being a high-achiever to an elite performer in the world of management and leadership.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must hold a minimum of three years’ professional work experience (required by AMBA-accreditation) plus either a bachelor’s degree from a UK or recognised overseas university, membership of an approved chartered institute or a Diploma in Management Studies.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.

English language requirements for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept.

Candidates who choose the MBA with professional internship option are expected to have a very good standard of English.

Study options

Study options

The Loughborough Full-Time MBA can be studied in one of two ways:

  • Full-time over one year, for maximum career-acceleration;
  • Full-time over two years, including a 45-52 week professional internship, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable UK work experience to maximise your employability;

Those interested in a part-time MBA may consider our Executive MBA

Year 2 (optional) - For those taking the professional internship 2-year MBA pathway

Professional Internship – 45-52 weeks

If you choose our 2-year MBA pathway you will undertake a 45-52 week professional internship your second year. This will give you the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable UK work experience and maximise your post-MBA earning potential through a supervised work internship with a leading company
  • Apply what you have learnt to a live commercial environment
  • Build your UK work experience in a management or consultancy role (non-UK internships may be permitted)
  • Extend the time you have to search for post-MBA employment
  • It may even result in a direct route to employment with your internship company

Whilst securing your internship will be your responsibility, you will be given exceptional support from our specialist MBA team, who will provide workshops and skills sessions throughout the year to help you fine tune your CV and interview technique.

You will be supported whilst you are on internship through company visits from your supervisor.

Internships last 45-52 weeks and usually start at the end of the first year of study. There is some flexibility for the internship start date and the salary is negotiable with your internship organisation.

What you'll study

The Loughborough MBA is designed to provide managers with a challenging educational experience in terms of general intellectual and personal development, within the context of the academic study of business and management.


The Full-Time MBA degree covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

To gain the award of MBA, 180 credits need to be achieved. All the core modules are compulsory and account for 150 credits. 30 credits must be selected from the optional modules.

Business Economics (10 credits)

This core module, which takes place in the autumn semester, explores the building blocks of the firm and the market place as well as the external economic environment which impacts upon them. The module gives the student a clearer understanding of the forces at work in the business world and an introduction to important contemporary economic challenges.


Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam

Accounting and Performance Management (10 credits)

This module aims to critically evaluate accounting practice and the use of financial information in organisations, using selected contemporary problems and techniques appropriate to the management of organisational performance in a variety of 21st century contexts.


Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership (10 credits)

The module aims to critically evaluate traditional perspectives on leadership, help students understand their own leadership styles and leadership for different situations, and consider approaches to leadership appropriate to global businesses in the 21st century. Irrespective of specialism MBA’s can expect to find themselves in a leadership role. The technical aspects of most roles can be learned, leadership skills are harder to acquire and this module aims to facilitate that process.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Marketing (10 credits)

This module takes an applied approach to studying the fundamentals of marketing thinking and of strategic marketing. Using company case studies, students work to solve organisational marketing issues. The course teaches theoretical and managerial frameworks that can be immediately put into practice. Students will be able to critically evaluate the importance of a strategic marketing approach; critically evaluate the importance of marketing management; critically evaluate the use of strategic marketing planning frameworks and models; discuss those marketing planning implementation issues that are appropriate to the competitive and market conditions faced by an organisation at a given point in time.


Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Problem Solving for Leaders (10 credits)

The module covers a range of specific leadership behaviours and structured approaches designed to support the development of competences in problem solving and decision making. It provides students with an opportunity to experience these behaviours and approaches in the classroom, and a framework against which the effectiveness of their problem solving efforts can be assessed.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Leading Strategic Change (20 credits)

Concentrates on the leading aspects, looks at the issues of change management and applying strategic models to a detailed case study with students working in groups, acting as a consultancy team, to provide a strategic plan for a company. Asks the question- as leader of a team what would you personally do and how would you cope?


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Corporate Finance (10 credits)

The aims of this module are to: develop a broad understanding of core issues in corporate finance which are of particular importance to students' professional needs; develop numerical reasoning and the ability to interpret numerical data. On completion of this module students should be able to: discuss advantages and disadvantages of various sources of finance; understand and use various capital budgeting techniques for a variety of scenarios; evaluate the impact of capital structure and dividend policy on the value of the firm; evaluate arguments and evidence in relation to key issues in corporate finance; use appropriate tools to analyse problems faced by corporate treasurers.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Management of Human Resources (10 credits)

The module covers a range of HR activities such as Performance Management, Recruitment & Selection and Learning & Development. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate theory and practice, develop relevant skills, reflect on their own experience and identify options for improved practice in the future. In contemporary organisational forms day to day management of human resource aspects is often devolved to operational managers. Hence, even if students do not choose to specialise in HR, they will find themselves appraising, performance managing, recruiting and problem solving. This module aims to provide the skills to facilitate this.


Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Managing Innovation (two-semester module) (20 credits)

This is a capstone module for the MBA intended to integrate learning across and throughout the programme. A practical module which gives students the opportunity to work with an outside organisation that needs an innovative solution for their future growth. Using a novel idea generation and risk analysis tool, students work in groups and combine all the knowledge they have gained from their MBA to bring an independent perspective to their partner company’s business.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Business Analytics (10 credits)

The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of business analytics in an organisation, help students understand how data and information systems/technologies can support an organisation and develop an awareness of how analytical methods (forecasting and optimal resource allocation) can help an organisation improve decision making.


Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Professional Development sessions (0 credits)

(compulsory for Full Time students, Zero Credit rated)

This module aims to prepare students with essential study skills for success at MBA level, as well as preparing a framework for extensive careers and employability support. All part time students are invited to join in with this module.


Not assessed

Business Administration Project and Research Methods (runs over year one) or, for those on the Internship pathway, the Work Based Learning Project and Research Methods (runs over both year one and year two) (30 credits)

Business Administration Project and Research Methods

This major piece of work, supported by an academic supervisor, allows you to research and write an independent, detailed piece of work in an area of personal or company interest, in order to improve your research, evaluation and report writing skills, as well as your ability to directly apply the management concepts you have learnt across the modules.

Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods

Students are required to undertake a work based project which will be developed in collaboration with an employing organisation. They will identify the key issues, develop data collection strategies, identify solutions and aspects of best practice. The solutions are presented as a written report.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Optional modules

30 credits to be selected.

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services (10 credits)

The module will consider the role that outsourcing plays in shaping business strategy and IT strategy and in turn how business and IT strategy affect global sourcing. Perspectives from both the client and supplier side will be considered.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Operations Management (10 credits)

This module is all about achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the management of resources that are devoted to the creation and delivery of goods and services in organisations. It enables students to understand the ways managers direct, design, deliver and develop their operations in order to minimise costs and add value to their end products and services. Students apply a number of different frameworks to understand traditional and contemporary issues to aid their management and leadership of operations functions within a broad range of contexts.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing Corporate Reputation (10 credits)

The aims of this module are: to provide participants with an understanding of how corporate reputation can be managed well and what to do when things go wrong; to develop an understanding of media, media strategy and media management at regional, national and international levels; to develop skills in managing the media and media interactions in a rapidly changing media environment; and to explore corporate reputation, brand management, PR and crisis management within a sports context and compare this context with other sectors. The module makes extensive use of practitioner inputs and live business problems.


Typically, this module is assessed by 40% individual presentation / 60% individual coursework.

International Management (10 credits)

This module course examines the business-environment factors and management styles that influence global companies. The module combines academic reasoning with practical applications. The aims of this module are to provide awareness of the technological, economic, legal and political context in which organisations operate on a global scale; to develop knowledge and understanding in international business theory and managerial practice; to demonstrate the different concepts in managerial styles; and finally to encourage openness to new ideas and awareness that in many situations there is a range of alternatives which should be evaluated.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Information Systems, Strategy and Management (10 credits)

To provide an understanding of: the strategic importance of information systems (IS) and information technology (IT), the impact of new technologies on industries and competitive environments, how IS/IT strategies are formulated, and how business value is achieved through IT. The module aims to introduce the principles and key concepts of conceptual modelling for aligning information systems to business strategy and business process, to introduce the key theoretical concepts in modelling business strategies using Systems Dynamics.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Project Management (10 credits)

On completion of this module students will be able to: characterise a project and understand when to apply project management techniques to achieve an objective, recognise the role of people in projects including leaders, teams and stakeholders, describe techniques for planning projects and managing uncertainty and risk, understand the project life cycle and determine appropriate activities at each stage, evaluate criteria for project selection; critically assess the status of a project and establish suitable corrective actions, where appropriate, apply project planning and control techniques such as network analysis; understand the potential benefits of project management software.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

The European Summer School in Advanced Management (ESSAM) (20 credits)

This module is an excellent opportunity to join the global family of MBA’s, and work on ‘live’ business problems set by real businesses in the region. The module aims to develop an understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management and other advanced management topics as organisations operate in an increasingly internationalised business environment.

This is a two week residential module, availability and location to be confirmed. Additional fees may apply for this module.


Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework as well as exams.

How you'll study

Taught by world class scholars, you will gain deep insights from cutting-edge research and commercial best practice. You will be taught using several methods, including lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical sessions, guest speakers. Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based coursework, undertaken both in groups and individually.

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Field trips

Your personal and professional development

The School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Therefore, in addition to the taught programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend a range of masterclasses and networking events held at Loughborough University and an international study tour. We also offer dedicated individualised careers support, whether you are looking to advance further in your current career path or looking to change career paths, our one-to-one guidance and coaching and Professional Development programme will support you in achieving your career plans.

International Study Tours

The international study tours aim to expose you to different international experiences where you will receive a combination of lectures, industrial visits and cultural experiences and will involve visiting one of several potential destinations, for example, China, South America and the US. We ask students to make a contribution to travel and accommodation costs.

Future career prospects

As an MBA student, we are committed to providing you with the very best careers development support to ensure you maximise your post-MBA potential. With our award-winning Careers Network, you can utilise our global vacancy database with the world’s leading recruiters; receive dedicated MBA careers support; and benefit from the UK’s largest on-campus annual careers fair. The Loughborough MBA attracts a variety of professionals from all walks of life, and graduates of the programme have enhanced their careers at senior level in high profile companies.

Graduate destinations

Loughborough MBA graduates have enhanced their careers at senior level in a range of high profile companies, including:

Loughborough MBA graduates include:

  • Network Manager for Elliot Group
  • Senior Group Captain in the Royal Air Force
  • Manager at DNV GL
  • Senior Project Leader at British Gypsum.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Accenture, Project Manager
  • Balfour Beatty, Manager
  • Barclays, Senior Business Design Analyst
  • Birmingham Airport, Engineering Performance Manager
  • Caterpillar, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Chicago Brick & Iron, Business Development Manager
  • E.ON, Risk Engineer
  • Imago, Head of Sales & Marketing
  • Kier Group, Process Engineer Manager
  • NHS, Senior Manager
  • Rolls-Royce, Account Management
  • Sainsbury's, Retail Consultant
  • TNT Post UK, Business Development Director
  • Weidmuller, Managing Sales and Marketing Director

Your personal development

All our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

Furthermore, on successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and holistic understanding of:

  • The internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations - including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context they operate in;
  • The external context in which organisations operate - including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations;
  • How organisations are managed - including the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management of organisations with regard to relevant theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external context.
  • The contexts and processes in which enterprise and innovation are able to thrive and prosper - including managerial style, organisational culture and stakeholder expectations.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

Our students

Don't just take our word for it – hear what our students have to say about studying The Loughborough MBA.

Abiket Karlekar

MBA Student

I wanted to be prepared to tackle multi-national projects. Loughborough’s MBA Internship gave me the work-based learning experience I was looking for.

Sanaa Matalqah

Full-Time Loughborough with Internship graduate

I left my job, country and family to do this. It was worth it. I discovered my inner resilience and got so much out of the internship & masterclasses

Longzhou Li

MBA Student

The school itself provides us with a lot of resources and we have great opportunities to liaise with people in the business world.