Master of Business Administration (full-time) (1 year)
Whether you wish to enhance your employability prospects, progress in your chosen field, change career path or start your own business, the Southampton MBA will give you the tools, knowledge and confidence to challenge conventional thinking and succeed in today’s rapidly changing global environment.
On the Southampton MBA you will benefit from the highest standard of postgraduate leadership and management education as accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the global standard in MBAs.
The full-time MBA is a 12-month programme designed for graduates with at least three years’ relevant work experience who wish to pursue a challenging and rigorous programme of study to develop their managerial and leadership capabilities.
The Southampton MBA comprises four parts. These parts are designed to engage you in the complexity of management in today’s organisations. The mix of functional expertise through our core modules and insightful speakers from industry (Part 1), extending knowledge in your own areas of interest in Part 2 and working on integrative applications to cases (Part 3) will enable you to build an academically strong and practice-focused perspective.
Part 1 comprises core modules aimed at developing managerial and leadership capabilities and enhancing your breadth of understanding of the various functions present in organisations.
You will take part in a week-long residential module, European Business Context, which takes you to Maastricht, the Netherlands. There you will take part in seminars, as well as visit up to five companies, including the European Commission in Brussels. Observing organisations’ practice will show you the relevance of your programme and provide you with a perspective of how your learning applies to practice.
In Part 2 you can choose up to two optional modules, enabling you to meet your own personal and career objectives. You can opt to complete a live Consultancy Project, engaging you with local organisations and enabling you to draw on the breadth of your learning and experiences to support these organisations.
Part 3 Application of Management Skills is a key integrative module that is organised around four inter-related managerial roles, giving you the opportunity to consolidate and apply theories and knowledge acquired in parts 1 and 2.
The culmination of your learning on the MBA is a 15,000 word Business-related Dissertation Project in which you will conduct your own research in the field of management. The dissertation will allow you to consolidate your previous learning by conducting an independent piece of work on a management topic and work with organisations of your choice. You will work one-to-one with one of our leading academics who will support you during this project.
To develop your full potential and plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme. Your PPD programme comprises regular one-to-one career planning and coaching sessions from qualified consultants, professional development seminars and exposure to various employment opportunities. Visiting business leaders from different sectors will further enable you to gain insights and reflect on your own development needs and personal aspirations.
The full-time MBA is taught on three or four days per week and comprises at least 500 total hours of formal contact with our academic staff. During the rest of the week you will carry out group work and individual study.
To apply to the School's MBA Master of Business Administration programme, complete a University of Southampton application form and return it to the Academic Registrar. You can fill out the form online or download an application pack.
During the programme you will learn key management theories and concepts, taught by inspirational academic staff who also carry out cutting-edge research and consultancy in their specialist fields. Throughout your studies you will learn from real business cases and simulations, and share inter-professional perspectives with other high-calibre students from across the globe.
On the Southampton MBA we focus on integration. As well as studying traditional business functions (finance, marketing etc), you will study modules that integrate all the main functions, enabling you to continually apply the theories, knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. This integrative approach to learning will give you a wider management perspective and prepare you better for future roles.
As part of your studies you will attend an international residential week in the Netherlands. As part of the European Business Context module you will visit a range of globally focused companies. These visits are complemented by seminars from leading European practitioners and academics. Observing organisations’ practice will show you the relevance of your programme and provide you with a perspective of how your learning applies to practice.
For admission onto the Southampton MBA you will need to meet our entry requirements
The academic entry requirement for MBA is normally a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject from a UK university, or an equivalent UK professional qualification.
International students will usually have obtained a degree from a university in their own country. Similarly, the degree should be in an appropriate subject with a level of performance comparable to that required from UK graduates.
If you have qualifications other than a degree, with relevant professional experience and evidence of ability, you will also be considered. We are committed to assessing applications on individual merit.
For admission to the Southampton MBA programme there is an additional requirement of at least three years' relevant work experience. Further information can be found in our MBA brochure. To request a brochure please select the brochure tab.
Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have a degree from a UK university will be required to provide evidence of competency in English by reaching an appropriate standard in an approved text such as IELTS (6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking), the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C) or the Certificate in Advanced English (grade A or B). Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission. Click here for detailed information on our language requirements.
Participants are typically aged from 26+ and their first degree subjects include science, engineering and humanities as well as business studies. The full-time MBA Master of Business Administration is designed for graduates who have a minimum of four years' relevant work experience since graduation and who now wish to pursue a challenging programme of study to develop their managerial potential.
Your application to study the full-time MBA course will be carefully considered by a specialist member of academic staff who will weigh up many factors; not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your referee's confidential report.
We make our decisions in most cases on the application form and supporting documents alone. Candidates who require special consideration, eg on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications may be interviewed.
Equal opportunities policy
The University of Southampton confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University.
The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective student should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds that are not relevant to academic ability and attainment. The University is committed to a programme of action to make the policy fully effective.
The Southampton MBA Master of Business Administration is a programme of four parts. Part 1 comprises nine core modules. Part 2 involves the choice of two optional modules. Part 3 is an integrative section that involves four inter-related elements and a substantial amount of group work, giving you the opportunity to pull together and apply theories from parts 1 and 2. Upon successful completion of the first three parts you progress to Part 4, which takes the form of a dissertation.
You MUST complete all Core and Compulsory modules and select at least 20 CATS/10 ECTS of Option modules.
* If you wish to choose the option module MANG6236 Consultancy Assignment this must be arranged with the Programme Leader.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge
MBA Personal and Professional Development programme
The Southampton MBA includes a comprehensive Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme designed to enable you to plan your career and enhance your position in the market.
The PPD programme includes:
regular one-to-one career planning and coaching sessions from qualified consultants
one-to-one CV workshops
professional development seminars
guest speaker series and networking opportunities
access to worldwide MBA-level employment opportunities and MBA recruiter career fairs
As well as our dedicated MBA PPD programme, the University and Southampton Business School offers other valuable career and employability services to help you make your next career move.
University Careers and Employability Service
The University’s Careers and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support for MBA students. There are many ways in which you can benefit from their services:
confidential, individual career advice to help you plan for your future
CV and applications clinics, where an advisor will give you feedback on your CV or application form
psychometric tests to increase your self-awareness
comprehensive careers library with a wealth of useful information
Southampton Business School employability coordinators
The School's employability coordinators liaise with local, national and international employers, as well as the University Careers and Employability Service to give you the best support to help you find employment. Our MBA students are able to benefit from a variety of resources within the School:
an employment webpage specifically for Southampton Business School students, including useful tips, hot jobs, and internships
an annual employability conference with presentations offering advice on how to get into a variety of careers and opportunities to network with relevant employers
local employer evenings
‘meet the recruiter’ events within the School, during which you can speak to employers in a relaxed, informal manner
Learning & Assessment
Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. Some of the key learning approaches that you will experience as a student in the School will include:
Group work is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to, or continuing in, a management role. You will be supported in learning how to form and maintain group cohesiveness to achieve clearly defined outcomes, such as a business report, a group presentation or a combination of both.
You will be presented with many different business case studies that reflect the reality of decision-making and problem-solving activities in today's business environment. The case studies are selected to reflect the specific needs of your programme or unit of study.
Learning alongside other students
Throughout your time on the MBA full-time course you will be working alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerful resource and we are particularly keen to encourage you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at Southampton.
To help with this style of networking you will be expected to learn to communicate with each other as well as your teachers in a variety of contexts. For example, during a large group lecture you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups, often with people who are sitting alongside you. The possible answers would be shared with the large group as guided by your teacher.
The example noted above indicates that you are expected to be an 'active' learner through taking part in small group discussions and offering your views on many occasions.