MBA Course Entry Requirements

Selecting the best

Check our entry requirements before you apply

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Our admissions process identifies and selects the most talented managers from a wide range of business and cultural backgrounds. You should be able to demonstrate leadership, maturity and motivation, be able to contribute to the MBA programme and achieve your career goals.

If you have previously studied at postgraduate level in the UK on a student visa then you need to provide evidence, in question 3 on the application form, of how an MBA will support your career development. You can find more information on visas here.


A good bachelor degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or an acceptable professional qualification. 

Work experience

At least three years' postgraduate work experience is required before you apply. This should include appropriate management experience and show some career progression.

If you don't have the required amount of work experience, you might like to consider our MSc Management.

If you don't have a formal or professional qualification we may ask for a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score to support your application (GMAT scores should be valid for the year of entry). If you don't have a formal academic or professional qualification, we will consider your application based on your management experience. In this case you should hold at least five years' experience, which must include evidence of significant progression and management responsibility.

English language

If English is not your first language please read the English language requirements.

Need further advice?

If you don't meet all of the requirements, (for example if you have a 'non-standard' background) or you would like advice regarding your application, please contact us. 

We can also put you into touch with our MBA alumni, who can give you an impartial insight into the MBA programme.