The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

Studying here

Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities

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How to Apply

Find out more about the postgraduate application process.

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Accommodation

Discover our accommodation options and how you can apply.

Within the Business School, we have around 1000 postgraduate taught students on our wide range of MSc programmes. Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the main subjects you are studying, together with a capacity for critical and evaluative thinking. To achieve this we aim to offer a stimulating, challenging but supportive learning environment for our students, and to encourage autonomous learning.

By the time you graduate you will have a firm foundation in your subject area, plus key skills such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork that are so valuable to employers.

Postgraduate research

We also have around 160 postgraduate research students, supervised by over 50 academic staff committed to high quality research and teaching.

Research within the School is based around three themes: Management Sciences, Accounting and Finance, and Management. Within these themes a wide range of interests are represented.

Programme structures

All of our MSc/MBA programmes consist of a set of taught courses assessed by a mixture of coursework and formal examinations. On successful completion of the courses and examinations, you can proceed to the master's dissertation. Following successful examination of the dissertation you are awarded a masters degree.

How will you learn?

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: Group work provides you with the opportunity to meet and learn to work with many different people through these activities. This is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to a management role in your future career. 
  • Case-studies: Throughout the degree programme 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.
  • Learning alongside other students: This will involve you being part of a unit that could have up to 180 or more fellow students. In this environment you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups.
    You will also be timetabled to meet in a group of about 20 – 25 students with a teacher for classes/seminars that are designed to follow-up the large group lectures. It is in these smaller groups that you will be set tasks, exercises, problem-solving activities or laboratory work.

 As with all our programmes formal examinations take place in January and May/June.

Supporting your studies

Our Peer Advisors are a group of four MSc students who have just finished their dissertations and support your Personal Academic Tutors in helping you get to know the campus and life at Southampton. They can also help answer questions you may not want to ask our staff. Join the Peer Advisors on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/uosbspostgraduates2017

The School has Learning and Teaching Coordinator and a Business librarian who are able to support your learning needs throughout your time of study. For example they provide induction programme of academic skills sessions, including on-line search techniques, as well as individual support in study skills, where appropriate.

You will also be allocated a personal tutor, normally the Programme Director, who is there to support your academic development and other points relating to your programme of study such as option choices.

The academics in this area are among the leaders in their field and offered high quality tuition based on their cutting-edge research.

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