Are you an experienced professional in the field of business, looking to take your career further?

Are you perhaps a fresher, hoping to build a strong foundation from which to launch yourself into the business world?

Then pursuing an MBA in UK is the right path for you! With over 300 MBA programmes offered at universities across the country, there is no place better than the UK.

Why Study MBA in UK?

The reasons are plenty – these are our top 5!

  1. Globally-recognised MBA

The UK is home to some of the world’s top universities, several of which offer internationally recognised and renowned business programmes, accredited by global accreditation bodies including AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. A UK MBA implies high career prospects and huge opportunities for progression, with opportunities across the world!

  1. Academic Innovation

MBA in UK involves programmes designed to combine excellent classroom-based teaching – with plenty of hands-on experience, via internships, capstone projects, consultancies, international exchanges and so on! Each B-School offers its own take on the MBA – all of which are designed to inculcate innovation and leadership skills among its graduates.

  1. Work Opportunities

International students in the UK on a Tier 4 visa currently enjoy the ability to work 20 hours a week. Better yet, the UK government is set to extend lucrative post-study work opportunities to international students as well! In the new Graduate Route, following successful completion of the degree programme, international students will be permitted to stay back in the UK to work in the skilled work sector, for a period of 2 years, from 2021 onwards.

  1. Major Business Cities

The UK is also home to some of the world’s biggest hubs for business, from London to Edinburgh – which host major multinational corporations as well as a number of start-ups. Industry feeds symbiotically into academics, with students benefiting from interactions with experienced members of industry, as well as direct experience.

  1. Global Exposure

If you study in UK, you will join an enormous cohort of international students, hailing from countries like the US to Japan – not just in your university, but country-wide! As networking and making connections across national and cultural barriers is essential in business, your interactions with fellow internationals will equip you for the same.

MBA programme structure in the UK

  1. Duration

Most UK MBA programmes are of 1 year’s duration – making it a very attractive option for MBA aspirants looking to dive back into the business world at the earliest.

Certain universities may have programmes of longer duration, such as 15-18 months.

  1. Intake

MBA programmes typically offer intakes in the latter half of the year, between August-September.

Certain universities may offer intakes in January, though these are far less common.

  1. Cost of Study

In the UK, as elsewhere across the world, MBA programmes are among the most expensive postgraduate degree programmes – owing to the kind of resources you are given access to and exposure you stand to benefit from.

The average tuition fee is 16000 GBP, which amounts to approximately 16,00,000 INR (at current rates). Some of the most prestigious programmes can cost upto 50-60000 GBP; but there are also several excellent universities offering lower-priced MBA programmes as well.

Additionally, as per the Student Visa indication – living in London, one of the UK’s most expensive locations, would cost about 11000-12500 GBP for one academic year (i.e. 9 months). This amounts to approximately 10-12,00,000 INR (at current rates).

  1. Scholarships Availability

There are a number of scholarships available to help eligible international students fund their MBA programme in the UK – these include the high-profile Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships and GREAT Scholarships, which can be availed off at a number of eligible universities, as well as scholarships offered by individual universities, such as East Anglia and Worcester.

You can learn of these and several other scholarship opportunities when you reach out to our Overseas Education counselling team for your one-on-one counselling session!

Eligibility criteria for a UK MBA

  1. Prior Study

The basic eligibility criterion for MBA programmes in the UK is 15 years of study i.e. 12 years of schooling and 3 years higher education at the minimum – which means that your 3-year Bachelors from an Indian university will be accepted.

There is no specific area of study or type of degree required. So, whether you have completed an Engineering degree, a BCom, or a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, you can apply to a UK university for your MBA.

  1. Work Experience

To study MBA in UK, work experience of at least 3-4 years is ideal. This is so because the MBA is designed to draw on your industry experiences, as well as those of your classmates – in order to build a strong foundation going beyond theory. All the best UK B-Schools, from the London School of Business to Warwick Business School, require work experience.

However, freshers’ with no experience, or 1-2 years’ experience at most, also have options in UK MBA programmes – universities such as Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Northampton, for instance, target students with limited work experience, offering opportunities to build the foundations of their business career.

Whatever your status, the UK is the prime MBA destination for you!

  1. Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The perfect SOP can be just the thing you need to guarantee your MBA admission!

For students looking to study in UK, the SOP is meant to be an indicator of the candidate’s academic strengths and potential. Your SOP must reflect your academic and other relevant achievements, that you have clear and relevant reasons behind your desire to pursue the programme in question, as well as your preparedness to take on the rigours of the programme.

As an MBA aspirant, your work experience and everything you have built so far must come across clearly in your SOP – thus letting the university know that you would be an asset to their programme. Your aspirations in the field of business are significant as well – they will indicate your determination and sense of purpose.

For tips on structuring and planning your SOP, check out our blog post Top Tips To Write A SOP For Study In UK.

  1. Language Requirement

As with several other highly-sought after postgraduate programmes, UK MBA programmes typically demand proof of English language proficiency – IELTS is the preferred test, with scores upwards of 5.5. PTE is also accepted by several universities.

(At Hurray, our IELTS and PTE training programmes are designed to help you achieve top scores!)


Several UK universities require and accept either one or the other, or both, of these graduate exams. There are also some UK universities that may not demand the same.

In general, the required GMAT score is upwards of 600.

Top MBA Colleges in the UK (with minimum GMAT Score)


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London Business School


Oxford SAID Business School


Cambridge Judge Business School


Warwick Business School


Imperial College Business School


Durham University Business School


Alliance Manchester Business School


Cass Business School


Cranfield School of Management


University of Edinburgh Business School


The Hurray Overseas Education counselling team has the experience and the expertise to help you find the perfect programme!

Reach out to us at [email protected] or 8971357938, and book your FREE one-on-one counselling session today!