The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

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.

Introducing your degree

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.

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To Apply

To apply to the School's MBA 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.



Programme Structure

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.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

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.

Work experience

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.

Language Requirements

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MBA programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

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.

Year 1

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.

Semester Two
Managing People for Performance
Corporate Finance
European Business Context
Innovation and Technology Transfer
Project Management
Supply Management
Consultancy Assignment

If you wish to choose the option module MANG6236 Consultancy Assignment this must be arranged with the Programme Leader.

Marketing Communications Management
Application of Management Skills

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


Tuition fees

The fees for the Full-Time MBA 2017/18 are £23,500.

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.


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Full-Time MBA Scholarships:

Global Scholarships

Global I - 25% tuition fee-related discount (£5,875)

Global II - 15% tuition fee-related discount (£3,525)

Competitive Scholarships

Business Excellence - 10% tuition fee-related discount (£2,350)

Regional Ambassador - 10% tuition fee-related discount (£2,350)

Alumni Benefits

For University of Southampton alumni, a further 10% discount will be made to tuition fees after all applicable scholarships are applied.

View MBA Scholarship Factsheet for more information and criteria

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Costs associated with this course

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

Career Opportunities

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
  • mock interviews
  • comprehensive careers library with a wealth of useful information

For more details, visit the Careers and Employability Service website.

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

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