Meet The Team: University Of Liverpool Management School - UK MBA
The Liverpool MBA is more than just your standard MBA program
The Liverpool MBA is more than just your standard MBA program.
Over 12 months, MBA students at the University of Liverpool Management School are carefully prepped for future leadership roles in business. Of the class of 2015, 94% of those actively seeking employment received a job offer within three months of graduation, 51% had an uplift in salary and 61% changed career direction.
While the pioneering program covers the full scope of technical business skills, soft skills are heavily emphasized, with students developing their self-awareness, emotional intelligence and even their vocal impact, given lessons on stage presence by a trained actor.
The Liverpool MBA costs $19,500 for EU students and $26,700 for internationals, it has 62 students in its current class with an average of 7 years’ experience. 67% of them international and 25% women.
A GMAT or GRE score is not mandatory, and the school offers scholarships for UK and EU students as well as a number of 100% and 50% off tuition fee reductions for talented international students from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Liverpool is a vibrant and welcoming city: European capital of culture in 2008 and voted the friendliest city in the UK in a 2015 YouGov poll.
Elaine Eades, director of MBA programs at University of Liverpool Management School, says it’s the perfect destination for aspiring MBAs.
What makes the Liverpool MBA unique?
Students learn more than just the typical subjects associated with an MBA program. We help students to develop their self-awareness, to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop the skills required to take on leadership roles.
As part of our Navigator Program, students participate in workshops covering diverse topics such as; “Handling difficult conversations,” “Emotional Intelligence” and “Negotiation techniques,” and can receive one-on-one coaching for their leadership and career development.
What do you look for in your MBA applicants?
Students need to have experience of managerial level decision-making, a strong academic background and excellent English language skills.
We accept GMAT scores, but these are not essential - this is just one measure of a candidate’s ability. We like to look at the whole picture.
© Liverpool.ac.uk – Liverpool MBA students come from across the globe
Which companies do you work with in terms of corporate partnerships?
Our industry connections ensure a busy guest speaker program throughout the academic year. Recent speakers have included: Ana Botin, CEO of Santander; Nick Packard VP Global Procurement, Hewlett Packard; Sir Michael Bibby Managing Director, Bibby Line Group; Ed Fishwick, Managing Director, BlackRock; and Marco Del Seta, Software Engineering Director, Oracle.
In addition, our contacts offer consultancy and work-based project opportunities at companies recently including Barclays, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC, Santander, Wasserman, YFM Equity Funds, ARMSA and CS Consulting.
What international opportunities are on offer?
Our students have attended a summer school in Krakow, visited Google HQ in Dublin and, most recently, the San Miguel plant in Madrid. Eligible students can choose to undertake an international work-based project.
How do you support your students in terms of careers?
We have a dedicated careers advisor – Fiona McNamara - whose focus is to guide and support our MBA students from their very first week on the program. Fiona provides one-to-one appointments and careers workshops which cover assessment centers, advanced-level CVs, applications, interviews, diagnostics, coaching and mentoring.
We also develop networking skills and provide opportunities for students to use these skills at business and professional events.
How do you support MBA students looking to start their own businesses?
A number of our students have successfully applied for Tier 1 entrepreneur visas through the university. Students and alumni also link into the Liverpool Entrepreneurs Network (LENS) and have access to support and advice from a range of sources throughout the university.
39% of the 2015 class started their own businesses within 3 months of graduation.
© GordonBellPhotography – Liverpool was awarded European capital of culture in 2008
How does the program incorporate online learning?
We have a developmental online finance program which supports our students’ learning before they study the MBA finance module. Our faculty offer strong support via our online system and recently several online learning pods have been made available.
What does a Liverpool MBA get up to at the weekend?
Liverpool is a truly global city with a reputation for sport, music, architecture and culture. Our MBA students take full advantage of all the city has to offer, regularly getting together to eat out, visit bars, theatres and museums, and to enjoy a lively music scene.
Liverpool also has an international airport and many students take the opportunity to travel both locally and within Europe.