No Work Experience: Is MBA in UK right for you?

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 16:40 IST

No Work Experience: Is MBA in UK right for you?

The requirement of work experience is must in order to take admission in most prestigious Universities of the UK. In fact, most of the UK universities ask for a minimum of two to three years of work experience. However, there are some exceptions and this requirement can be waived under certain circumstances - depending on the university that you are applying for.

Actually, the work experience is desirable due to these reasons:

  • If a student has work experience, then it’s easier for him to understand the lessons taught in the MBA class.

    Work experience is a great personal asset that can help students understand the lessons taught in the MBA class. Students who have work experience are also more likely to graduate since they are able to apply what they learned and help their peers. Many companies now offer work-experience programs, which can provide students with valuable insights into their own skills and interests in order to prepare them for the workforce.

  • While giving presentations or during case studies, a student can give more productive thoughts 

  • In the class, a student can give more and more examples and express his/her views, which eventually help him/her gain expertise in the subject. 

Also, the MBA program makes the student understand the importance and value of teamwork. MBA students are often placed in teams to complete tasks, which helps them recognize the importance of teamwork. This course teaches students the steps to making a successful team and how to create a productive brainstorming session. So, if the student is coming with good work experience, then it is easier for him to understand management concepts. Hence, work experience provides students with an edge in the MBA College, and help them learn and participate more in the task assigned during the MBA class and curriculum. 

Most students, who dream to go to the UK for MBA do not have any work experience, and thus some of the consultants assure them admission on the basis of fake work experience. Once they land there then things get worse for them as they find themselves not able to cope up with the curriculum and the pedagogy of the UK Universities. However, there are students who wish to gain entry into the country just to settle down/work there. So, they don’t mind showing fake work experience also, which should be avoided. 

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Who's Fit to do an MBA from the UK? 

There are a couple of points that any fresh graduate must keep in mind before applying to any UK University which are common for most of the universities at large but may vary depending upon the circumstance and situation: 

  • A 3 years of work experience (minimum) is mandatory to study MBA in the UK.  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree as recognized by the UK Education Department. 

  • GMAT scores are accepted at large than GRE scores in the UK for MBA admission. 

  • IELTS score with 6.0 - 6.5 band to prove English language. Indian students can also submit TOEFL score. 

MBA programs have become increasingly competitive in recent years. The goal of a MBAs is to prepare students for the workforce and provide them with the skills they need to be successful. So, choosing the MBAs and schools that offer these programs is a pretty difficult affair, especially for students without any work experience. On one hand, you go with fake work experience certificates in top universities but lose on real learning there or you go for universities, which do not require work experience as such but then struggle for placements especially in the UK. 

However, you can always go for M.Sc. in Management courses in the UK. They are very similar to MBA and require no prior work experience 

UK Universities Offering MBA without Work Experience 

Few Students, who are serious for studies choose a different path.  Rather than going to the Universities, which require minimum work experience with a fake certificate, they prefer choosing institutes, which do not require work experience as a prerequisite. Few examples of such Universities are:

MBA at UK Universities (without work ex) 

Requirements for Admission 

IELTS / TOEFL score + 60% in Bachelors 

IELTS: 5.5 + Bachelors with 55% 

IELTS / TOEFL score + 60% in Bachelors 

IELTS: 6.5 + 55.5% or 60% in Bachelors 

IELTS: 6.5 or 70% in class XII +  

55.5% or 60% in Bachelors 

IELTS: 6.0 + 55% or 60% in Bachelors 

IELTS: 6.0 + Bachelor's degree 

These institutes have designed their curriculum accordingly, and thus it is easier for the students to follow the curriculum.  But these universities do not provide strong placement assistance and most of these students come back to India to join their family businesses or take up a job. However, there are a few students who choose to stay back and decide to work on a part-time basis so as to get rid of the education loans quickly. 

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MBA Placements – With or Without Work Experience 

Working in the UK is a dream for many people. With the opportunities and favorable conditions, it offers its students, UK universities are turning into the best places to study. But what if you pursue a degree but don't have enough work experience? That's where paid work experience comes in. Applicants studying in any of the UK universities can look forward to paid work experience while pursuing an MBA. After completing the MBA course, applicants can either pursue a full-time job with the same company or they can network and look for opportunities in various job fairs through their universities. The following points must taken care of while applying for MBA in the UK with a placement expectation after completion:

  • There is no placement offered to MBA students directly after postgraduation. 

  • Applicants can only apply for internships through their respective university’s career support portals.  

  • These are also called pre-placement opportunities that are offered to students as a mandatory exercise before completing MBA from UK. 

  • Internships are mostly paid for MBA pursuing students and they can earn up to £6,800 monthly and £1,700 weekly. 

  • After post graduating, MBA applicants will have to look for placements through career portals of their universities or other websites. 

  • The following job roles and average salaries can be expected after getting an MBA degree from the UK: 

UK MBA Job Roles 

Average Salary (annual) 



Business Analyst 


Strategy & Business Manager 


Business Development 


Investment Analyst 


Financial Manager 


There is a myriad of opportunities available for those who are willing to put in the work and make it happen. Applicants through internship opportunities, applicants anyway get work experience even if they had none in the past. The pre-placements or internships are offered by a lot of universities and they expect their MBA pursuing candidates to go for them for experience. This way applicants will not require to fake their work experience.

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Piyush Kohli
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Abhiraj Verma

5 months ago

Which of the above universities are best overall and which ones would you would recommend to go to?

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Aprant Agarwal

a month ago

All the universities have their own advantages and disadvantages. There are multiple factors that should be a part of your consideration: placements, location, cost, accommodation, networking opportunities, etc. You can refer to this link for additional information: the universities have their own advantages and disadvantages. There are multiple factors that should be a part of your consideration: placements, location, cost, accommodation, networking opportunities, etc. You can refer to this link for additional information:


prachi gupta

11 months ago

Hello, I have enrolled for MSc in Marketing from Northumbria. I have 6-months of experience and has done certain internships related to digital marketing. Would this be significant to have a decent job in UK. How can I get a sponsored job?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hi Prachi, you need to do networking while studying and doing internships or on job training to get a job in your area of study.


bhavya gajula

11 months ago

I have 1.5 year full time experiences and 1.5 years contract experience. I am eligible for MBA in UK

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hi Bhavya, universities prefer candidates with relevant work experience. Please refer to the below URL and check out the eligibility criteria for MBA in UK:


Ishan Mehta

a year ago

I graduated in 2018 and Till date I have more than 2.5 years of work experience. But the university requires at least 3 years of work ex. I will be completing my 3 years before admission but at the time of applying it won’t be 3 years. Will the university consider my application in this case?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Ishan, if the university has asked for 3-years work experience then you need to have it at the time of submitting the application.

Given that I don't have any work experience (still in last sem) and hail from a middle-class family, would doing MBA from a UK college such as Coventry (which is not as highly ranked in the world), be worth it? I just need an honest opinion about how this course would affect me in the long run.

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Sachin Panwar

12 months ago

Hello aviral I am also planning to do my MBA in global financial services from CU London just wanted to connect with you can I get your IG

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