Master of Business Administration MBA, by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

October 2021

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First Year Course Fee

USD 11,237

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
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.
  • 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2021
  • April 2022

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
  • Equivalent degree from a non-UK university or academic institution
  • 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. 
  • 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.

MBA modules

Core modules

  • Managing and Developing People and Organisations
  • Managing Value Creation Processes from Idea to Market
  • Managing Finances and Strategic Decision Making
  • Learning and Professional Development Portfolio
  • Organisational Research and Consultancy Methods and the MBA project

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Managing International Marketing Communications, Brands and Relationships
  • Managing Finance for Corporate Policy and Strategy
  • Managing Human Resources Strategically
  • 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)
  • Managing Finance for Corporate Policy and Strategy
  • MBA (Human Resource Management)
  • Managing Human Resources Strategically
  • MBA (Marketing)
  • Managing International Marketing Communications, Brands and Relationships
  • UK and EU Students
  •  This is the total course fee for the MBA.
  •  Starting in October 2021 or April 2022 £16,285 

Additional costs 

  • Additional costs for the 2021/22 academic year are yet to be confirmed. 
  • As an indication, the following applied for students starting in 2020/21: 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 Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

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