An MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School, ranked fifth globally by the FT, costs £57,000. At London Business School, ranked sixth, £87,900.
At the same time, the UK is home to some of the world’s cheapest MBA programs. The University of Wales Trinity St David costs UK-based students £7,500, and internationals £13,340. Plymouth University prices its part-time MBA at just £4,995.
However, applicants need to strike a balance between cost and quality. Lesser-known MBA programs without accreditation may be looked upon with suspicion by prospective employers.
Best UK MBA programs for value for money
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 most affordable MBA programs (full-time) which cost under £35,000, but don’t skimp on quality or accreditation.
The University of Liverpool School of Management, for example, offers an AASCB-accredited, one-year MBA program costing just £18,000 for home and EU students, and £24,950 for internationals. Aston Business School’s full-time MBA costs £21,500 for home and EU students and £25,850 for internationals.
The University of Exeter’s MBA—centered on themes like sustainability and responsible management—costs £30,000 and offers special terms for ex-armed forces and independent professionals such as freelance consultants.
Nottingham Trent University charges £18,500 for its full-time MBA, while Birmingham Business School's full-time, one-year MBA program is priced at £28,980.
Just outside our top 10 are: Bath School of Management’s full-time MBA at £37,500; Warwick Business School at £40,450; and Cranfield School of Management at £39,000.
More affordable MBA programs in London include those offered by Cass Business School, at £44,000 and Imperial College Business School, at £53,500.
Here’s our top 10 most affordable MBA programs in the UK:
This article was first published in September 2017 and updated in March 2020.
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