AMBA & CMI LogoWhen you join the accredited AMBA MBA at the University of Leicester, you will be making a significant investment in your future. Your decision to join the programme will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. If you demand first-rate academic standards, are willing to have some of your basic managerial assumptions challenged, and are ready for the hard work involved, you will find studying the MBA programme to be a rewarding and enriching experience.

Aims and Objectives

  • The MBA programme has been designed to cover the spectrum of management subjects, calling on a wide range of expertise. It allows you to concentrate on general management or to tailor the course to suit your individual career needs.
  • The Leicester MBA provides you with the skills necessary to become a competent and capable manager in today’s global business environment. The course will enhance your ability to evaluate and analyse evidence and implement appropriate solutions in any business environment.
  • You will develop the skills to think creatively and strategically about a wide range of business issues, alongside an awareness of cultural sensitivity and the ability to work in a cross-cultural, multi-national, team-based environment.

Course Structure

We offer a three stage MBA to help you gain your qualification in 24 months. On the Leicester MBA by distance learning you will study seven core modules and two optional modules, followed by the Research Methods unit and then a 15,000 word dissertation.

Once you have completed the month-long Academic Skills and Knowledge module, the order you study the modules within each stage of your programme will vary according to your start date. Each modular session is of four months duration and two modules are studied within session.

Stage OneMonth of Programme
Academic Skills and Knowledge 1
Organisational Behaviour 2-5 or 6-9
Accounting for Managers 2-5 or 6-9
Marketing Design and Operations 2-5 or 6-9
Business Ethics in a Global Context 2-5 or 6-9
Stage TwoMonth of Programme
Corporate Finance 10-13 or 14-17
Strategy, Business Information and Analysis 10-13 or 14-17
Optional Module One 10-13 or 14-17
Optional Module Two 10-13 or 14-17
Stage ThreeMonth of Programme
Research Methods and Dissertation 18-24


The Leicester MBA by distance learning is designed to be completed in 24 months, however, if you are unable to commit to 15 hours of study per week we do provide an an option to study one module per session. This would mean an average of 7.5 hours study per week and completing your MBA in 40 months.

Learning, Assessment and Support


  • Course materials: take advantage of an engaging suite of e-learning materials, blending multimedia content with more traditional-style reading, all available via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
  • Online lectures and seminars: helping you to learn and enabling you to communicate with your tutors and fellow Leicester MBA students
  • Leicester Digital Library: access thousands of articles, books and market reports


You will be assessed through a combination of exams, assignments, collaborative projects and a 15,000 word research project. Exams will normally be held at one of our regular exam centres around the world. If you are based in the UK you will sit exams at the University of Leicester main campus.


Studying away from campus doesn't mean that support is far away. Our experience in this kind of delivery means you can expect a strong network of support from a team of dedicated tutors and administrative staff.

Read more about distance learning student support.

Professional recognition

  • The Leicester MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) meaning you can be sure of our quality.
  • As well as the Leicester MBA, graduates are also awarded a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • We are a member of the Association of Business Schools.

CMI AccreditationChartered Management Institute (CMI) Qualification

  • Studying the Leicester MBA, graduates are also awarded a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the CMI. or see the pdf brochure.

  • There are no additional fees for this dual qualification.

Start dates

February, June and October

MBA Specialisms

We offer students on the Leicester MBA programme a choice of studying for a general MBA or opting to follow one of our three specialist routes:

  • MBA (Employee Relations)
  • MBA (Finance)
  • MBA (Marketing)

Read more about the Leicester MBA specialisms.

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Core Modules

These modules form the core of the Leicester MBA and are structured to progress from the foundational modules to the integrative modules as you develop your knowledge base and refine your understanding of the key concepts.

Stage One

Academic Skills and Knowledge

This formative assessment module introduces you to the virtual learning environment and shows you how to effectively utilise this during your course. It assesses different approaches to learning and helps you to apply these to your own learning experience. Introducing different methods of note taking and methods of critique, it allows you to identify the best approach for you to get the most out of your studies so that you can tackle the assessments with confidence and flair.

Organisational Behaviour

Appreciating how structures and cultures influence organisational change is a critical consideration for contemporary managers. This module develops the knowledge of frameworks for the analysis of organisations and management, and the professional skills of critically evaluating organisational processes and developing options for improvement.

Accounting for Managers

This will enable you to become familiar with the key financial reporting documents, the type of information they contain, and the potential users and uses of that information. It also instils an ability to analyse and interpret the information within financial reports in the context of the existing regulatory framework of accounting and relevant accounting theory.

Marketing Design and Operations

In the long run, marketing sucess or failure is determined by the ability of the organisation to deliver value to its customers and achieve sustainable competitive advantage in those sectors and markets in which it chooses to compete. The tools of analysis which explain and inform such marketing design and operational decisions are the core subjects of this module.

Business Ethics in a Global Context

In an increasingly global environment, issues of ethics are of an increasingly strategic nature for global firms. This module covers a wide range of classical and contemporary ethical theories and applies them to more pragmatic approaches found in the field of business studies, such as the corporate social performance model or the stakeholder management approach.

Stage Two

Corporate Finance

This module enables you to understand the nature and characteristics of the alternative sources of finance available to an organisation. It develops a critical awareness of the theoretical and practical aspects of investment and other financial management decisions, both inside and outside of organisations, and an appreciation of the theoretical and empirical considerations relevant to understanding the behaviour of capital markets and developments in asset valuation models.

Strategy, Business Information and Analysis

Through frameworks and concepts drawn from economics, marketing and strategy this module helps managers to understand how their organisation's ability to create value is influenced by its environment, its position in its value chain and its capabilities. The standard models are critically evaluated and situated in complex and uncertain environments.

Two Option Modules

Your choice from a wide selection.

Stage Three

Research Methods

Preparation for the dissertation comes in the form of a series of Research Methods support sessions which will introduce you to the dissertation process including topic selection, problem identification, preparing literature reviews, formulating research questions, developing research designs, presenting data and writing up the final document for submission.


This 15,000 word assessment is the most substantive piece of work you will undertake during your studies. It is an independent research project which will provide you with an opportunity to examine in depth a topic of particular relevance to your interests. The dissertation normally involves diagnosing a management, organisational, business or industry problem, devising and evaluating solutions and producing realistic, acceptable recommendations for action.

Option Modules

The School of Management offer a range of option modules to help you tailor your studies to your own requirements. The option modules are each designed to develop and challenge the knowledge that you have been exposed to through the core components of the course.

Option Modules
Alternative Economies
Branding and Communication
Business-to-Business Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Employee Relations
International Finance and Globalisation
Knowledge Management
Managing Information: Technology and Systems
Strategic Human Resource Management
Total Quality Management

*Please note that the above list is indicative only and the availability of modules may change from year to year.


To follow a specialist MBA route you must study two of the optional modules that qualify for that route and write a dissertation relevant to your chosen specialism. A list of the specialist routes and the qualifying optional modules is listed below.

MBA (Employee Relations)

  • Employee Relations
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

MBA (Finance)

  • International Finance and Globalisation
  • Plus any of the other option modules available

MBA (Marketing)

  • Branding and Communication
  • Business-to-Business Marketing and Supply Chain Management

*Please note that students in Hong Kong cannot follow a specialised MBA route.

If you do not wish to follow a specialist MBA route you can study any of the optional modules available.

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