Top 10 Budget MBA Programs in England

For many international students who want to do their MBA program in England, cost is a major factor in the decision. Especially for students on a budget, the tuition fees, along with living costs and other expenses can quickly add up to unreachable levels. Fortunately, there are a number of world-class business schools in the country that offer internationally-accredited MBA programs for students on a budget. Here’s a quick list.

Durham, United Kingdom 55 Followers 386 Discussions

Ranked by both the Financial Times and the Economist, and accredited by AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB, Durham’s full-time MBA is a highly regarded program, and is also rather affordable. The program offers three pathways for students to choose from: Entrepreneurship, Consultancy or Technology. The school’s Online MBA is currently ranked 9th in the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2017.

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Middlesex, United Kingdom 15 Followers 103 Discussions

The AMBA- and AACSB-accredited business school offers its full-time MBA with two interesting concentrations: Healthcare Management or Aviation Management, as well as a more general track. Based in Middlesex—which is on the outskirts of Greater London— the school is conveniently located near the center of one of the world’s most influential economies, but far enough way where rent prices are a bit lower.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom 29 Followers 235 Discussions

Centrally-located in England, Birmingham is less than two hours away by train from both London and Manchester, and its MBA’s tuition is less than those offered by many schools in either of those two cities. Birmingham Business School’s MBA is triple-accredited, and is offered as either an MBA in International Business or an MBA in Global Banking and Finance.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom 23 Followers 159 Discussions

Nottingham University Business School’s MBA features optional study tours, with one trip headed to Silicon Valley, where students learn about startups and equity investment. Bonus: for budget-minded students, the legendary home of Robin Hood features lower cost of living than larger cities such as London.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom 9 Followers 83 Discussions

It is possible to complete Sheffield's triple-accredited MBA program in just one year. The school, conveniently located not far from Manchester and Liverpool, additionally offers an Executive MBA in Advanced Manufacturing Management.

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Leeds, United Kingdom 15 Followers 140 Discussions
Leeds LUBS

Although it’s not London, the city of Leeds is home to a strong financial services industry, which is popular source of employment among MBA graduates. MBA students at Leeds University Business School are able to take advantage of these local connections during their study time, as well as the research-led focus of the school. Additionally, the school offers an Online MBA which is able to be completed primarily by distance learning.

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Exeter, United Kingdom 9 Followers 65 Discussions

Exeter’s MBA, which was initially developed in partnership with WWF International, is popular for students interested in sustainability and CSR issues, and remains a good value in terms of MBA programs in England. Following the success of this program, the university recently introduced a general MBA.

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Loughborough, United Kingdom 13 Followers 56 Discussions

The school offers a triple-accredited MBA program and boasts 400 global corporate partnerships, available to its MBA students. Loughborough offers a value-minded 12-month MBA program, as well as an optional Internship track, where students undertake comprehensive work placements that can last up to one additional year. Around 90 minutes from London, Loughborough is close enough to network in England’s capital.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom 18 Followers 281 Discussions
Lancaster - LUMS

Of all the England-based MBA programs ranked in the Global MBA Ranking from the Financial Times, Lancaster’s MBA program is one of the least costly. Located in the country’s northwest, living expenses will probably be lower in Lancaster than in, say, London.

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London, United Kingdom 15 Followers 54 Discussions

Westminster’s AMBA-accredited MBA program costs a fraction of the fees of some other MBA programs in London. The school’s MBA focuses on supporting students to be able to work with, for and on boards.

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