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100% online MBA Leadership

Apply by: 26 August 2024 | To start: 09 September 2024

180 credits • 2 years part-time • QS 5-Star university • £10,140 total fees

Forge your future in leadership with a 100% online MBA Leadership from a QS 5-Star UK university

Why Lincoln

100% online MBA within 24 months

QS 5-Star rated university

Global alumni network of 100,000 graduates in varied professions

AACSB Member

Strong industry links and academic staff with experience in capital markets, investments, Big 4 audit and assurance

£9,840 total fees, option to pay-per-module

Dedicated student support through to graduation

Connect with and learn from fellow professionals in online workshops

Grow your network with peers from a range of industries

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A flagship online Leadership MBA for successful leaders

The 100% online MBA Leadership from Lincoln International Business School at the University of Lincoln has been created for ambitious professionals who want to fast-track their career progression. This MBA course is ideally suited to individuals currently in or aspiring to management and leadership roles and to entrepreneurial individuals looking to develop the skills and competencies to successfully launch a start-up business in the real-world. Enhance your credentials and personal brand with the prestige of an MBA qualification.

A flexible MBA for the modern world of work

Because the MBA Leadership is delivered entirely online, it can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no need to attend campus. The flexible course structure of this MBA programme means that you can learn the skills to move your career up to the next level whilst continuing to work full-time in your current role, fitting study around your work and family commitments. Our work-based learning approach is designed to enable you to personalise and apply what you learn directly to your organisation, so that both you and your organisation can benefit directly from your studies, as you study.

What you will study

The core modules of this postgraduate course aim to develop a critical appreciation of the issues and complexities of the present and future business environment and the need for strategies of sustainability in business and society. It brings together relevant contemporary case studies and academic theories, and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations.

You will be provided with an expertly-designed and interactive online learning experience. It can be studied on any device and is built in a digital learning environment featuring discussion groups, forums and group-based tasks, fostering collaboration, creativity and active learning. You will connect with and learn alongside other professionals in collaborative online workshops supported by tutors, sharing knowledge and ideas through professional practice discussions. You will study with a cohort of peers from a range of industries, enabling you to build networks and to share insights into best practice.

Skills taught on the MBA Leadership include:

  • Leading and developing people
  • Workforce planning
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Strategic decision-making
  • Developing and leading networks
  • Financial management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Change management
  • Marketing
  • Governance and risk management

Benefit from internationally-recognised research and strong industry links

The MBA Leadership brings together leading academic theories and industry-focused research with a practical understanding of management and leadership within organisations. With strong industry links and excellent graduate employability prospects, the University of Lincoln has a pioneering approach to working with industry. Lincoln International Business School is an AACSB member and signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Many of our staff are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA or FHEA) and all are experienced in online teaching. It is this combination of the practical and the theoretical that sets the academic content of our online MBA apart.

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Entry requirements for home and international students

You should have or be about to complete:

  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree and at least two years of relevant managerial experience


  • If you do not hold a recognised degree, you should have at least three years of relevant managerial experience

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept:

  • IELTS 6.0

If you do not have an English language qualification we will also consider applications with the following on a case by case basis:

  • A degree qualification taught in English
  • Evidence that you work in a company where English is the first language


Tuition fees are calculated per eight-week module. You can enrol in and pay for each consecutive session as your studies progress. Payment is accepted through the online student portal.

Total programme fees: £9,840 / Per 15-credit module fee: £820

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the programme.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Lincoln, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction.

ELCAS funded students

ELCAS funded student fees are £4,440 per year for online MSc Management and £4,920 for the online MBA programmes, and must be paid module-by-module. You must submit your ELCAS Claim Authorisation Note to the Enrolments Team a minimum of 15 working days before the course start date, before you make any payments for the course. The Student Administration team will then advise you of your personal contribution, which you will pay before the course start date, and your remaining module fees for that year.


This module focuses on leading and developing individuals and high-performance teams within an organisational culture. Consideration will also be given to workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, as well as diversity and inclusion. The module explores leadership theory and practice, communication, and decision making, as well as the impact on strategic workforce planning. There will also be an appraisal of your own role and capacity in these areas.

This module develops the background and understanding that managers and leaders need in financial applications. It details the basis of financial and management accounting, introducing concepts which lead to the development of a more competent understanding of budgeting and other associated resource allocation problems.

Financial accounting is explored separately from management accounting, to enable an understanding of the financial reporting statements which firms must produce to be compliant with the regulations of their company structures. You will review financial analysis, including trend identification and concepts or issues that firms face from their funding choices. This can lead to a greater understanding of the financial consequences of the decisions taken by management.

This module focuses on leading and managing change within broader economic, political, and social contexts, as well as barriers to change and the strategies to overcome these.

The module explores organisational change theories, models and frameworks, and different approaches for managing change. It also examines new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, and culture, to promote effective leading of organisational change.

This module explores key concepts of strategic decision-making to explore how strategy is conceived by integrating theory, practice and experience. It examines how strategy affects organisations and how an organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively, given the understanding of the internal structures, processes and culture, and the external conditions.

You will explore how mission, vision, and values are shaped in an organisation. The module covers topics related to organisational structures, business models and how the external environment impacts on current and new strategies.

This module is designed to build your skills in strategic decision-making, in terms of assessment, information and resources, conceptualisation of strategies, implementation, and monitoring of the results. You will be asked to perform research based on complex information and constructs, analyse real-life business situations challenging the status quo, and reflect on your own practice.

This module focuses on knowledge and strategies for developing, and leading, collaborative networks. It also examines how to build collaborative relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders, both within organisations and across external political environments.

In order to develop skills to lead beyond your own area of control and authority, there will be opportunities to develop influencing, negotiation and advocacy skills. This can help to build reputation and promote effective collaboration and ways of dealing with conflict.

This module aims to equip you with a critical appreciation of how organisations can enhance competitiveness through stakeholder engagement. It introduces marketing management from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. It emphasises the need for a critical and analytical perspective and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.

Marketing within a global environment is explored, alongside a consideration of how the impact of environmental trends and customer demands shape companies’ marketing strategies.

This module explores entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, creativity and intrapreneurship, culminating in the development of a business case. It considers the innovative and creative process, both at an individual and a corporate level. As well as identifying the potential business benefits of intrapreneurship, the module explores strategies to encourage, nurture and lead intrapreneurship within an organisation. You will create a strategic project plan which will enable the implementation of an innovative solution to a business issue.

This module examines corporate governance, developing key skills to support good governance, risk management, control, and stakeholder dialogue across an organisation. It offers an overview of the role of boards and directors in corporate governance and develops an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in governance worldwide.

The module aims to develop students who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond financial information and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies sustain long-term success. It also evaluates techniques to manage cybersecurity risks within your own organisation and the wider environment.

The Negotiated Learning Project is the final part of the MBA Leadership and allows you to demonstrate your mastery of business management and leadership in a ‘capstone’ project for an organisation. It is an individual and independent project in which you can bring together all your learnt knowledge and skills from the programme to help solve a chosen business problem or challenge, demonstrating your understanding of leadership and management and its application within an organisation through synoptic assessment.