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Spotlight on Alliance Manchester Business School

Prodigy Finance - August 24, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about business masters degrees at Alliance Manchester Business School? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance Alliance Manchester Business spotlight

Not only has Manchester been voted the most liveable city in the UK (according to he Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Global Liveability Survey’), the University of Manchester really does offer a student-focused, service-driven lifestyle.

The university has 35 Nobel laureates to its credit - including four that are currently among its staff (more than any other British university). On top of that, the business school positively radiates diversity and an entrepreneurial spirit across their MBA and MSc programmes.

University of Manchester fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 40,490

Living alumni: 60,000+, spread across 176 countries

Graduate students: 12,590

Where is the University of Manchester?

  • City: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • City population: 545,500, with a metropolitan population of 2.8 million
  • Climate: temperate Oceanic climate type: winters are cool (Jan mean: 4.5°C) usually without snow; summers are mild (Jul mean: 16.6°C)
  • Nearest airport: Manchester Airport (MAN), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL), Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA), London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Time zone: GMT from November-March; BST from April to October (GMT+1)

A quick look at the latest Manchester MBA class 

Gender: Male 60% - Female 40%

Average age: 29 years

Average work experience: 6 years

Nationalities: 30

Class size: 111 

What can you study at Alliance Manchester Business School?

This school is among the 1% of business schools worldwide that have been awarded triple accreditation status, so it should come as little surprise that it’s consistently ranked among the best in Europe by several leading publications. 



Tuition fees

Full-time MBA

18, 15 or 12 months


Global Part-time MBA

24 or 18 months

£28,665 to £25,909

MSc Accounting

18, 15 or 12 months


MSc Accounting and Finance

12 months full-time


MSc Finance

12 months full-time


MSc Quantitative Finance

12 months full-time


MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time


MEnt Master of Enterprise

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time


MSc International Business and Management (Management)

12 months full-time


MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management

12 months full-time


MSc Management

12 months full-time


MSc Marketing

12 months full-time


MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management

12 months full-time


MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

12 months full-time


MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

12 months full-time


MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

12 months full-time


MSc Organisational Psychology

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time


MSc Business Psychology

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time


MSc International Healthcare Leadership

24 months part-time


Alliance Manchester Business School MBA job placement

Not only does Alliance Manchester Business School have fantastic stats when it comes to the career progression of their students, they’re work with them every step of the way to ensure they’re always on the right track.

Career support begins before students even arrive in Manchester and continues with weekly workshops, networking events, active engagement with focused student clubs, competitions, practice interviews, and more.

There’s also an annual Careers Expo which entices guest speakers and industry experts along with those that actively recruit Alliance Manchester business students.

No matter what your career vision may be, this business school wants to help you get there.


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average MBA salary increase after 3 years (FT 2018)
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of 2017 job seeking grads accepted an offer by years's end
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of grads remained in the UK;15% remained in Europe

What's it like to live at the University of Manchester?

The University of Manchester offers plenty of on-campus accommodation, with a range of options to suit a variety of preferences and budgets. All of the on-campus options include internet connections and utility costs.

Off-campus housing is also available, though the university does warn that these usually cost more than their offerings.

While bikes are the cheapest form of transport (and certainly useable given the climate), many students prefer to make use of the city’s bus, tram, and train systems. Taxis are also available when needed.

Given the size of Manchester, you can almost bet that any fitness or entertainment diversions not found on campus will certainly be available in the city - and London is just a few hours away.

Want to know more about life at Alliance Manchester Business School? Zonna, a Prodigy Finance-funded student shares her experiences in this short video.


Prodigy Finance spotlight on Zonna at Alliance Manchester Business School

How to get into Alliance Manchester Business School

Admissions to Alliance Manchester Business School isn’t all about the numbers (GPA, GMAT, TOEFL), but they do look for applicants that performed within the top 25% of their undergrad classes - and have at least three years of work experience to supplement that.

Undergrad majors accepted to the Alliance Manchester MBA programmes are extremely diverse, though they do expect candidates to have a strong awareness of international affairs and the economy, in addition to critical thinking skills.

Both entrepreneurial experience and international exposure are valued at the school - as the capacity to give back to the university communities.

When crafting your application, you’ll want to think about how you fit with this profile and what a relatively small MBA class in a big city can offer you. Also, keep your eye on these numbers which may help you dive a little deeper if you’re an atypical applicant.

  • Middle 80% range of GMAT scores: usually 550 - 700
  • Average years of work experience: 6
  • Average age: 29 years

Alliance Manchester MBA application deadlines for August 2019 entry



Round 1

27 September 2018

Round 2

25 October 2018

Round 3

15 November 2018

Round 4

3 January 2019

Round 5

21 February 2019

Last round to be eligible for scholarships

Round 6

4 April 2019

Round 7

16 May 2019

Round 8

13 June 2019

Only available to UK and EU applicants that don’t require a visa

Alliance Manchester MBA admissions details

Minimum work experience: 3 years

Required essays: 2, plus a presentation

Recommendations: 2 professional references

GMAT test: required, no min score, though they rarely accept applicants with scores under 500

GRE test: accepted in place of the GMAT

MAT: the Manchester Admissions Test is accepted for candidates attending an interview/assessment day in-person, on-campus

Language test: required for non-native English speakers from certain countries with some study waivers given; TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Cambridge CPE, Cambridge CAE, and India Standard X11 Examination results are accepted

  • Min TOEFL score: 90 iBT
  • Min IELTS score: 6.5
  • Min PTE Academic score: 59-65
  • Min CPE or CAE score: grade C
  • Min India Standard X11 score: 65%

MBA cost of attendance (for 2018/19 academic year)

Tuition: £44,000*

Accommodation: £6,535

Meals (excluding meals out): £2,025

Clothes: £520

Local transport: £465

Other expenses: £2,500

Total CoA for 1 year: £56,045

* The tuition fee remains at this cost regardless of the course duration; 18, 15, 12 month options are available. For students pursuing the 15 or 18 month options, it may be useful to use the school’s estimate of £1100/month for living expenses to begin your budget.

Computer-based and paper-based TOEFL test scores aren’t accepted by Alliance Manchester Business School for their MBA programme. However, they do offer a greater range of options than many other schools do.

Does Alliance Manchester Business School offer scholarships to international students?

Alliance Manchester Business School is clearly committed to assisting MBA candidates - including international students - in the achievement their education dreams.

The school offers a range of scholarships, which all self-financed applicants are automatically considered for. In addition, there are other scholarships which require an additional application. These offerings are clearly outlined on the programme’s website.

Previous alumni of the University of Manchester or UMIST also receive a 20% discount on the MBA tuition fees they’re funding personally.

Keep in mind that Alliance Manchester Business School has a policy of awarding a single scholarship or discount per candidate - though this shouldn’t stop you from applying for external, independent scholarships. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for the University of Manchester

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester

Students from supported countries pursuing masters programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • MBA Maximum loan amount: up to 70% of the school-provided cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses)

  • MSc Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of the school-provided tuition minus deposit and any scholarships awarded
  • Minimum loan amount: £10,000
  • Typical interest rates: 5.5-8.5% (fixed) over the 3-month GBP Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

Want to know more about Prodigy Finance funding for Alliance Manchester Business School? David shares his experiences here:

Spotlight on David at Alliance Manchester Business School

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