UK MBA Entry Requirements

Deciding to study an MBA is a huge commitment, and it is important you are aware of the criteria needed before beginning the application process.

Academic Requirements

  • A good UK honours undergraduate degree or equivalent

Work Experience

  • Minimum three-years relevant postgraduate work experience

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5

The GMAT Exam

A number of schools require students to take the GMAT exam. The Graduate Management Admission Test is for students wanting to take an MBA or a Master’s in accounting and finance. The GMAT tests skills in:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude: ability to read a passage and answer questions
  • Identifying grammatical errors
  • Solving numerical problems

A new part of the test involves interpreting data from graphs and charts. The CAT is new to the GMAT. If you answer your questions correctly you end up with harder ones worthy of more points; answer a few questions wrong and you will be given easier questions worth fewer points. 

GMAT Scoring

Test ModuleScoring
Verbal Scaled 0 to 60 (75 minutes)
Quantitative 0 to 60 (75 minutes)
Analytical Writing 0 to 6 (30 minutes)
Integrated Reasoning 1 to 8 (30 minutes)
Total Scaled Score 200 to 800

In the quantitative and verbal sections, students score between 0 and 60. Scores of over 50 in either are very rare.

Temporary scores are generated at the end of the test. The final scores go online after 20 days once the essay is manually read and graded. Scores are valid for five years. 700 and above is considered a good score.

GMAT Preparation

You should spend at least six months preparing for the GMAT, or a year if you are a working full-time. If your use of English is better than your mathematics then focus on solving quantitative problems. If it is the other way around then read more. Read newspapers (like The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian) and rewrite the articles in your own words. There are many websites offering GMAT mock-tests. Some websites also analyse your test performance and give you reports with advice.

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