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Most affordable MBAs in the UK

See which universities offer low-cost MBAs on our list of the ten cheapest MBAs in the UK.

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The MBA qualification has its values but it can come at a substantial cost. We list the UK's ten cheapest MBA degrees so you can find affordable options that suit you (fees are per academic year for UK/EU students studying full-time, commencing their course in 2020).

10. University of the Highlands and Islands

Current cost: £9,720

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There are four MBA courses taught at the University of the Highlands and Islands: the Executive MBA, Resilience MBA, Aviation MBA and Environment MBA. The curriculum is carefully curated with a global perspective, so you can use the skills you gain around the world.

9. University of Gloucestershire

Current cost: £9,600

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Professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds share their expertise with MBA students at the University of Gloucestershire through workshops, lectures or other teaching methods. Low fees mean you don't have to spend a fortune on learning how to find success in business leadership.

8. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Current cost: £9,500

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MBAs at Cardiff Metropolitan are taught at the Llandaff Campus. A number of degree specialisations are on offer in areas such as Health Sector Management, Islamic Finance or Project Management, giving you a unique experience and competitive edge in the graduate job market.

=6. York St John University

Current cost: £9,000

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You can choose between the MBA and Executive MBA at York St John University. You can also choose to study in York or at the London campus. Informed by industry insights, courses bring together theory and practice, with a strong focus on employability.

=6. Bath Spa University

Current cost: £9,000

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Bath Business School at Bath Spa University is one of the newest business schools in the UK. Its MBA in Leadership and Management offers opportunities to gain sponsored experience overseas and accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute.

5. London Metropolitan University

Current cost: £8,950–12,950

Business students graduating at London Metropolitan University
Study for the London Met MBA and you’ll benefit from thoughtful, experience-based learning. You could be leading on projects centred around social responsibility. Low fees make things a little easier in the expensive English capital while living as a postgraduate student.

4. St Mary's University

Current cost: £8,660

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Professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds share their expertise with MBA students at St Mary's University in Twickenham through workshops, lectures or other teaching methods. Low fees mean you don't have to spend a fortune on learning how to find success in business leadership.

3. University of Bolton

Current cost: £8,500

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Analysis, synthesis, innovation and other key characteristics of successful business people are nurtured and developed at the University of Bolton. MBA students are taught by both academics and real business leaders, ensuring a meaningful education borne from experience.

2. University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Current cost: £7,500

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With a focus on increasing the employability of all its students, the MBA course at Trinity St David’s Swansea Business School is perfect if you’re looking to gain an internationally-relevant qualification by building on previously-learned skills and knowledge.

1. Teesside University

Current cost: £6,675–10,250

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Offering the cheapest MBAs in the UK is Teesside University's Business School. Courses on offer include the standard Master of Business Administration, the Applied option and the Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship. Degrees are internationally recognised, making the low course cost a worthwhile return on investment

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