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Southampton Business School

Master of Business Administration (part-time)

The next entry date for the part-time MBA is September 2018. If you are interested in applying for this programme please contact Dr Nuno Da Camara.

With a particular focus on personal development, the part-time Southampton MBA will help you advance in your sector. The course uses reflective learning approaches to help you identify your strengths and develop your leadership style while giving you a thorough grounding in core management theories.

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Introducing your degree

With a strong focus on personal development and reflective learning throughout the course, the part-time Southampton MBA will help you to advance your career. It offers the flexibility to learn while still in full-time employment, and the opportunity to apply your learning within your organisation. As well as learning about core management concepts and business functions, you’ll gain insights into your own professional practice and team-working abilities, enabling you to strengthen your leadership skills. The highly interactive modules, which include plenty of opportunity for discussion and practical application of your learning, will develop your analytical and management skills and help you take your career to the next level. They incorporate activities such as off-campus teamwork sessions, business simulation activities, a residential course visiting companies in Europe, and a live business consultancy project.


Whether you wish to improve your promotion prospects, bring new skills to your current role or demonstrate that you are ready to take on a higher level of responsibility, the Southampton MBA will help you to achieve your ambitions. The degree has a particular emphasis on personal development and reflective learning, enabling you to enhance your managerial and leadership capabilities while gaining a deeper insight into key business theories and processes. 

The part-time MBA attracts managers from across central southern England. They come from public and private sector organisations, including the manufacturing, financial and service industry.

To Apply

If you wish to apply to Southampton Business School's programme you should 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.



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Programme Structure

The part-time MBA offers the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments. It is usually completed over 24 to 36 months, starting in either September or February; the maximum time for completion of the course is five years. Teaching takes place in blocks of three to four days, running from Thursday to Sunday, approximately once every five to six weeks. In total you’ll have at least 500 hours of formal contact time with our academic staff. The course is designed for graduates with at least five years’ work experience in a role that involves supervising or managing others, structuring information to support commercial decisions and analysing data in complex and dynamic environments.

Core modules will give you insights into team dynamics and your individual management style, as well as covering key business functions such as accounting and finance, marketing, operations management, people management, strategy, decision modelling and global business.

You can also choose from a range of options that enable you to pursue your career objectives. These include modules on supply management, project management, and innovation and technology transfer.

Towards the end of the course you’ll take an integrative module, Application of Management Skills, which gives you the opportunity to consolidate and apply your knowledge in a business case study. You’ll then undertake a business-related dissertation project for which you will undertake individual research on an organisation or sector

You’ll learn from inspiring academics who incorporate the latest research findings into their teaching. For example, course leader Dr Nuno Da Camara brings insights from his research on organisational emotional intelligence and corporate reputation to the Managing People for Performance module. Working closely with a highly diverse, international cohort will enrich your experience further and give you a valuable insight into different business cultures.

Personal development

The MBA’s strong emphasis on personal development will equip you to reflect upon and develop your professional skills throughout your career. For example:

  • The Managing Effectively in the 21st Century module includes team activities in the New Forest, giving you first-hand insights into team dynamics and your own managerial style. It also includes an off-campus simulation activity that looks at the impact of different organisational cultures on organisational performance.
  •  Assessment methods include reflective assignments that give you the chance to consider your own approach to learning and identify strengths and areas for development.

Business insights and practical skills

You’ll also receive a robust grounding in management theory and business functions, learn about the challenges presented by today’s fast-moving, globalised marketplace, and gain practical and analytical skills. For example: 

  • The European Business Context module is a week-long residential course in Maastricht (Netherlands). During the week you’ll attend guest lectures by leading academics from European universities and visit businesses and government organisations that are working in a global context. In previous years students have visited the European Commission in Brussels and companies such as Daf Trucks, Q-Park, biotech company Medtronic, a Dutch winery with an international market, and chemical company Brightlands Chemelot.
  • You can choose the Consultancy module and work with a business client on a real organisational issue. Working as part of a group, you’ll meet with the client to understand the brief, then prepare a report within their timeframe and present your results to the company’s senior team. Past projects include an exploration of market opportunities in the oil and gas sector for a safety and survival technology company, and investigating how a lighting business might gain competitive advantage from implementing sustainability policies. Other ‘client’ organisations have included organisations from the healthcare, financial and charity sectors.
  • In the Decision Modelling and Analysis module you’ll learn how to interpret and evaluate information to inform problem solving, forecasting and decision making – crucial in an increasingly data-driven world.

Integrated learning

The final taught module, Application of Management Skills, is designed to consolidate all the elements of the course and demonstrate how you can put your learning into practice in the workplace. Using real company scenarios, you’ll use a distinctive approach that looks at problem solving and change management from the perspective of four key management roles – the Creator, the Investigator, the Decision Maker and the Champion.

Dedicated career support

To help you plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme. The PPD includes a series of workshops tailored for MBA students and delivered by the University’s Careers and Employability Service. You’ll also have access to worldwide MBA-level employment opportunities and recruiter fairs. Every year we host a range of top-level business speakers from a range of industries who talk about their business challenges.

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Key Facts

A distinctive focus on personal development and reflective learning to help you develop your individual leadership style.

A flexible course that you can study without taking a career break, the part-time MBA typically takes two or three years to complete.

Team-based assignments offer insights into your preferred team role(s) and team management style.

Innovative modules include off-campus experiential workshops in the New Forest, a week-long trip to the Netherlands to visit international companies, and an optional live business consultancy project.

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in core management competencies and business functions, such as accounting and finance, marketing, operations management, people management, strategy, decision modelling and global business.

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the global standard for MBA degrees.

Course fee includes an iPad pre-loaded with all the core texts you will need for your studies.

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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 part-time MBA programme there is an additional requirement of at least five 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 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 (grades 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.

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

Selection process

The age of participants typically ranges from 28 to 40 and their first degree subjects include science, engineering and humanities as well as business studies. The part-time MBA Master of Business Administration is designed for graduates with managerial experience and who now wish to pursue a challenging programme of study to develop their leadership potential.

Your application to study the MBA part time course will be carefully considered by the MBA Director who will weigh up many factors; not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your referee's confidential report.

In addition, applicants will be interviewed by the MBA Director either in person or by telephone (or Skype).

Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English and 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, the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C) or the Certificate in Advance English (grades 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.

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


Typical course content

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The range of core modules offered is representative of the various functions and ideas relevant to managing effectively in today’s organisations. By studying this diverse range of subjects, you gain an appreciation of the issues in leadership and management, whilst building confidence and knowledge to address these issues on your return to organisational environments.

Managing Effectively in the 21st Century

The module is designed to set the scene for the MBA. The content of this module provides a context for you to appreciate the complexity and ambiguity inherent in 21st century management. The key issues discussed in this module provide a view from practice and practical experiences of senior managers and academics, enabling you to see how the models, ideas, and constructs discussed throughout the MBA bear relevance to organisational realities in the 21st century. By understanding a range of ideas surrounding this framework, you should be able to appreciate the tensions that organisations face in balancing the needs for agility, innovation, and sound governance.


The module aims to provide an overview of the relevant theories, tools and techniques in corporate, competitive and international business strategy focusing on strategic analyses, strategy formulation, strategic actions/choices and strategy implementation. You will be required to analyse and think critically as well as apply some of the introduced concepts and tools.

Managing People for Performance

The complex economic, social and technological changes that are continually shaping work in organisations are having a profound impact on how to best to manage and develop the people within them. This module aims to equip you with a key foundation in human resource management and how they can be drawn upon to improve organisational effectiveness and performance

Quality & Operations Management

This module provides you with an appreciation of key operations management concepts, and an understanding of the practical application to the analysis and continuous improvement of performance.

Contemporary Marketing

The focus of this module is on the nature of marketing in the context of today’s rapidly changing business environment, in order to provide you with a broad overview of marketing theory and practice. Its emphasis is on where and how the organisation competes and, in doing this, the module highlights the strategic significance of marketing.

Organisations in Global Context

One of the key success factors of organisations is how they generate knowledge and address issues that are beyond their direct influence and control, but that shape its decisions on strategy, organisation structure, marketing and offering. This module constitutes a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of external influences that impact organisations, and will give you an appropriate grounding for developing commercial awareness, which is a necessary pre-requisite of a successful management career.

Accounting – Managing & Measuring Performance

Accounting based reporting systems provide powerful inputs into corporate decision making processes. The overall aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the processes and assumptions underlying the generation of accounting data and an appreciation of the techniques available to utilise the outputs of an accounting system. These issues will be examined in the context of internal and external decision makers.

European Business Context

This residential module aims to provide you with an international/European perspective on business management. This module provides you with a core body of knowledge and skills associated with the managerial and strategic challenges faced by organisations that operate internationally taking into account the political and institutional constraints of the European Economic Area. The knowledge and skill gained in this module will enable you to appreciate the complexity of managing within a global environment.

Decision Modelling and Analysis

Information supplied to managers to inform decision-making is increasingly of a quantitative nature. As a result, managers must routinely understand and evaluate quantitative information. The aim of the module is to build confidence in being able to reliably use quantitative methods as a normal part of the work environment, and to focus on the practical application of statistics, mathematics and computing. The module will provide knowledge, understanding and experience of many of the quantitative tools and techniques used for management decision-making.

Corporate Finance

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of stocks, bonds and derivatives, the main capital raising instruments of our financial markets and to put those products in their modern, global context by examining the role of stakeholders in a variety of different economies. Emphasis will be placed on the use of these techniques in the current financial market environment.

Application of Management Skills

This module is a key component in the completion of the taught part of the MBA.

Designed to enable you to consolidate and put into practice the theories and knowledge gained across the different modules in parts 1 and 2, this integrative module is structured around four cross-functional management roles and addresses management issues from different perspectives:

  1. The Creator
  2. The Investigator
  3. The Decision Maker
  4. The Champion

These four cross-functional roles span a range of different management disciplines such as HR, marketing, accounting and operations management, enabling you to consolidate and reflect on your knowledge, experience and role within organisations.

Option modules

Every manager has particular strengths. The optional modules will allow you to endeavour in areas that you may want to extend your expertise in so that you can develop your own career aspirations. The choice of optional modules varies year on year to ensure that we offer up-to-date knowledge. Examples of popular modules are:

  • Project Management
  • Supply Management
  • Consultancy Project
  • Marketing Communications Management
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer

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 fee for the Part-time MBA is £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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Part-Time MBA Scholarships:

Global Scholarships

Global I - £6,000 - A UK 2.1 classification or higher

Global II - £3,000 - A UK 2.2 classification or higher

Alumni Benefits

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

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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

Completing an MBA at Southampton will enable you to take your career to the next level, whatever your sector or specialism. You’ll graduate with the enhanced business skills and confidence to tackle problems, lead organisational change and take on increased managerial, strategic or leadership responsibilities.

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