MBA in the UK

Are you an Indian student planning to do an MBA in the UK? Well, if your answer to the above is ‘yes’ then you are on the right page. Here, we will guide you about the cost, requirements, eligibility, top universities, duration of courses, and the best-paying jobs for MBA in the UK.

What is MBA?

In simple words, MBA means Master of Business Administration where you are taught the skills required for running a successful business and managing it.

You can do MBA in various streams like Marketing, Finance, Sales, Healthcare, Human Resource Management, Supply chain management etc. The list is endless.

Status and pay package both are achievable when you do MBA from a recognized university. Euro Edu consultants LLP have so far done placements of students in more than 500 universities abroad. Depending on your budget and various other factors we can guide you in the best way because we specialize in student visas for the UK.


What are the requirements to do an MBA?

Well, it depends on which type of MBA you are planning to do. Unlike India, where it offered as a postgraduate course or an integrated course, MBA in the UK offers the following options:

  • General MBA (or just 'MBA') - This is generally preferred by individuals who have little managerial experience. The course helps you to learn broad business skills and core modules of your choice especially to help you in your business. Such courses can be done full time or part-time.
  • Executive (EMBA) - This is for the people who are already in senior-level management and looking for a progressive career. Such programmes are usually shorter in duration and taught by eminent personalities.
  • Specialist MBA - This MBA is suitable for candidates who have experience within a particular sector or an industry. For eg MBA in biotechnology, aviation, music and many more. It helps to get promotion into a particular industry or a sector.
  • Distance learning MBA - They are also referred to as ‘online MBA’ and ideal for those candidates who are unable to attend in person due to time constraints.

You should look for the following accreditations before you opt for a particular university. The stamp of the below-mentioned institutes assures that the organization is of good quality.

Here is a ready checklist of 130 universities that offer the above courses.

What is the duration of an MBA in the UK?

The general duration of an MBA programme in the UK is one year but some Universities do have a two-year programme.

What is the eligibility criteria for doing an MBA in the UK?

For doing an MBA in the UK, depending on which type of MBA course you choose, you need to have:

  • Work experience: at least two to three years
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • IELTS/TOFEL score
  • Undergraduate degree with a good GPA
  • Extracurricular activities (helpful)

The GMAT or IELTS score requirements differ from university to university. To get admissions to top universities you need to clear GMAT exams, although, there are some universities that can admit you even without a GMAT score.

Can you do an MBA in the UK without having any work experience?

YES! You can do an MBA in the following universities even if you don’t have any experience. You need to have a second class honours degree and a minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS to do an MBA without work experience.

Can you do an MBA in the UK if you don’t pass IELTS?

Some universities do not require you to pass IELTS for the purpose of doing an MBA but they have some additional requirements.

Some universities consider it if your medium of instruction was English in prior education. It is usually accepted if your medium of instruction was English since the beginning and you have a score of 60% or more in 12th standard. You also stand to get exemption from the IELTS if you appear for the online interview with the university authorities.

Here is a ready checklist of the universities that accept admissions for MBA without IELTS.

  • Sheffield Hallam University.
  • The University of Warwick.
  • The University of Basel.
  • Birmingham City University.
  • The University of Bristol.
  • Audencia Nantes School of Management.
  • Riga Technical University.
  • The University of Geneva.
  • London Southbank University.
  • Northumbria University.
  • Robert Gordon University.
  • The University of Bolton.
  • The University of Northampton.
  • The University of Plymouth.
  • Portsmouth University.
  • Swansea University
  • The University of Greenwich.
  • The University of Central Lancashire.
  • Aston University, Birmingham.

Which are the top universities in the UK to pursue an MBA?

It is impractical to give a list of top universities in the UK for doing an MBA because depending on the area of specialization, the rankings change. Still, you can consider the following list for a ready reference.

The Financial Times provides yearly rankings of business schools for 2021 applicable to different categories. The rankings refer to the best full-time MBAs in the UK.

We have mentioned the average weighted salary for the respective MBA candidate. Weighted salary means the average graduate salary for three years. (source for below information)

What is the cost of doing an MBA in the UK?

Well, it depends on the university that you choose and the place where you opt to live. The below-mentioned table will give you a rough idea about the costs involved.

Monthly cost Cost of living per person Food cost/person Rent
London $1,000 $200 $1,500 – $2,000
Manchester $800 $170 $700 – $1,000
Edinburgh $800 $200 $800 – $1,000

Source: Numbeo

Can you get scholarships for doing an MBA in the UK?

Some universities offer scholarships to their students whereas some scholarships are offered by external organizations. Scholarships are offered on the basis of merit or can be need-based. Need-based scholarships can be offered to students who cannot afford to study there. There are special scholarships for underprivileged students.

You can find more about scholarships here.

We have covered almost all the aspects to clear your doubts about getting admissions in the UK for an MBA course. Do get in touch for any kind of assistance required.