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The Loughborough MBA MBA

  • Entry requirements: 2:2 honours degree or above
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year (plus internship option)
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: 2-3 years
  • School: Business and Economics

Programme information

If you want to be an elite performer in business, accelerate your career and learn how to maximise business performance, the Loughborough MBA is internationally respected and will help you achieve your career ambitions.

The Loughborough MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and was re-accredited by AMBA in August 2015, ensuring high quality cohort those with a minimum of 3-years’ professional/managerial experience.

Learning alongside an international cohort of experienced managers, you will share fresh perspectives on similar problems and build lasting business networks.

The Loughborough MBA can be full-time over one year, or over two years including a 45-52 week professional internship, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable UK work experience to maximise your employability.

You will learn to manage complex challenges and lead decisive, innovative changes to capitalise on opportunities, from exporting to new markets to getting the most out of your team. Our links with over 400 international corporate partners ensure you will benefit from commercially relevant teaching with the aim of equipping you to apply theory in the workplace.

Course highlights    

  • Optional professional Internships to enhance your employability
  • Practical problem solving skills that address real business challenges through modules such as business analytics and problem solving for leaders
  • Our managing innovation module (unique in the UK) gives you the opportunity to work on live business projects to commercialise new technologies as part of a group consultancy project
  • Includes optional international summer school, learning alongside MBA delegates from around the world

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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

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 wish to extend their MBA to include a professional internship are expected to have a very good standard of English. 

Applying for your visa

If you are certain you wish to opt for the one year MBA you will need to register on the one-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa as required. Please note however, under new UKVI rules you cannot extend your visa whilst in the UK. Therefore, if you subsequently decide to extend to the 2-year version with internship, you would be required to leave the UK and apply for a new visa overseas.

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. 


The programme is assessed by a balanced mix of coursework, examinations and presentations. Academic and presentation skills will be developed throughout the course, including through dedicated ‘skills’ module tailored specifically to MBA student needs. We recognise that our students come from many different academic traditions, and (given the post-experience nature of the MBA) may also be returning to study after an interval of several years. Our skills module, our excellent support facilities (including mathematics and English language) and small teaching groups all aim to enhance the student experience.   Depending on whether students take the internship or non-internship route, there is also a 30-credit project. For internship students this is based on a business problem relevant to your internship organisation, for non-internship students this is a traditional research-based dissertation. 


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. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band MBA £25,000 £25,000

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.