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The University of Manchester China Centre
Located at the heart of Shanghai, our China Centre was established in 2008 and is one of the largest overseas centres of The University of Manchester.
Est. 2008
14 years’ presence in China
Supports executives and alumni from across China
Online, blended-learning programmes

The University of Manchester (UoM) is the top UK University internationally recognized on Impact (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings) and unique in British higher education in having social responsibility as one of three core strategic goals, sitting equally alongside its commitments to research, world-class teaching and learning.

Established in 2008, as the first UK university to open a dedicated Executive Centre in Shanghai, UoM China Centre’s social responsibility activities capture unique Manchester spirit, motivating communities for social and economic wellbeing and cultivating talents by supporting portfolio of UoM’s Global MBA programmes and part-time industry-based Master courses in China.

Fast facts
  • Located in L’avenue, one of Shanghai's most famous landmark buildings
  • A pioneer in The University of Manchester's expansion, the Centre is continually developing online/blended-learning courses including MSc Financial Management, MA Educational Leadership in Practice and MSc International Fashion Marketing.
  • The China Centre won the Tencent Education "Global Talent Development Star Institution of the Year " in 2021 and “Most Valued Brand of Business Education” in 2020.
  • The Manchester Global MBA was voted the ‘The Most Innovative MBA’ by The Best Education of China from 2016 to 2018
  • For the past four years, the China Centre has received ‘The Best Education of China Award’ from China Internet News Center
  • The Centre has an active corporate social responsibility programme, with activities such as the Bright Eye Project and Egg Walkathon campaign
  • In 2017, 'Manchester Cloud (Mcloud)' was officially launched, affiliated to the China Centre and the Manchester-China Forum. Mcloud links Chinese and British government organisations and Sino-UK talents in the fields of business, culture, art, education and science.
  • The region has eight different alumni clubs tailored for various industries including healthcare, marketing, telecommunications and entrepreneurship
  • In 2020, the Centre welcomed a new site in the autumn at L’Avenue, another landmark building in Shanghai, solidifying its status as a unique international centre of Manchester education in the region.
  • The China Centre is bringing more online/blended-learning masters' courses to China to benefit more working professionals from difference industry backgrounds including finance, fashion and education
China Centre programmes

The Centre attracts China's most talented business people to study its growing portfolio of executive programmes.

Global Part-time MBA

The Manchester Part-time MBA will aid in transforming your career with a 2 year part-time MBA that fits around your personal and professional commitments - available all over the world. This part-time MBA offers:

  • Active face-to-face classes and workshop teaching
  • Online lectures in an interactive virtual environment
  • A simulation project based on a real business challenge
  • Networking evenings, careers events and online careers seminars

Accelerated 18-month options available for senior and finance professionals.

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Global Executive MBA

The Global Executive MBA is a dynamic and highly experiential programme. This MBA degree will equip you to lead effectively through uncertainty, seize opportunities to innovate in an ever-changing business landscape and solve the complex business challenges you face every day in a senior role.

  • An 18-month accelerated pathway of the Global MBA for a closed cohort of senior MBA candidates
  • A closed cohort of some of our most experienced MBA candidates from all over the world
  • Workshop residentials in up to 5 global locations
  • Exclusive senior networking opportunities

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MSc Financial Management

This two-year, part-time flexible Master's degree introduces you to more sophisticated tools and techniques that finance practitioners regularly exploit in their profession. Delivered online with four face-to-face workshops at our China centre.

If you are looking to upskill yourself, or aspiring for career progression this course will equip you with financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations worldwide.

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MSc International Fashion Marketing

Online Master Degree course combines academic excellence with the development skills that are essential for a career in the global fashion industry, which enables you to work and study simultaneously.

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MA Educational Leadership in Practice

This part-time, blended programme has the advantage of being run by leadership specialists who mentor and foster leadership behaviours and skills, as well as developing a rich critical understanding of the field. In this way, this course is truly empowering for leaders who wish to engage at higher levels, whilst running a complex organisation based upon respect and dignity.

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Kelley-Manchester Global MBA

Two-year part-time blended learning MBA, delivered in partnership with the Kelley School of Business, Indiana, USA. Includes orientation week in the USA and workshop residencies at any of our global centres, including Shanghai.

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Message from Centre Director
Ms. Sherry Fu,
Founding Director, China Centre
The University of Manchester
"I am extremely proud of the success we've achieved since we opened our doors in Shanghai 14 years ago. We have worked hard to develop partnerships with highly-regarded Chinese institutions and corporates. We have an ever-growing network of alumni in the China region and continue to attract China's best students to study with us here in Shanghai."