The University of Manchester: Creating access to world-class learning for working professionals

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has supported more than 2,700 Global Part-time MBA students in the region
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has supported more than 2,700 Global Part-time MBA students in the region

The University of Manchester gives students opportunities to pursue recognised degrees through a flexible, blended learning format



The University of Manchester is ranked as the world's 27th best university and among the world's elite institutions for graduate employability and research. Since opening in Dubai in 2006, The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has supported more than 2,700 Global Part-time MBA students in the region and graduated more than 1,700 students. Forbes recognised the programme as the Best MBA in the Middle East in 2019.
Now, the growing regional portfolio of programmes includes the MSc Real Estate, and MA Educational Leadership in Practice.

The MSc Real Estate is suitable for people working in the real estate industry and related fields, such as banking, real estate finance or development, or those with an interest in building a career in real estate. The new programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and taught by leading academics experienced in the global real estate industry.

The new programme has been designed to help working professionals face a range of issues from rapid urbanisation to climate change and energy sustainability. It combines academic excellence with the development of transferable skills essential for a career in real estate, internationally. It is also an intensive fast-track conversion course for the RICS. Students can choose to study topics from real estate markets and property cycles to  responsible property investment and finance, and valuation. There is also an opportunity to conduct practice-based research on a topic related to the course.

The part-time MA Educational Leadership in Practice is a new, two-year programme suitable for qualified and experienced working educators, from class teachers to nursery/school/ college managers, leaders and principals.
Educators have a powerful influence in guiding the learning and development of children and young adults in the community. This programme empowers educational leaders to face the realities of financial pressures, resource constraints, and the rising expectations of regulators, owners and parents, with the core values of education and compassion.           

The MA Educational Leadership in Practice programme takes a practice-based learning approach challenging students to think critically and covers areas such as leadership in international schools, educational models, policy and research, and educational leadership as a social practice.

For both new programmes, the part-time blended learning format combines the flexibility and convenience of online self-study and face-to-face course conferences twice a year, hosted in Dubai. This approach provides opportunities for team working, networking and mentoring and enables students to apply their new learning in their workplace. In addition, all part-time master's students have access to the University's regional student support team, careers service and alumni network. Both courses, which start in September 2020 and are open for applications, lead to the award of a globally recognised master's degree from The University of Manchester.


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