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New Southampton MBA 2018*

*The new programme is subject to validation, see for more information.

The University of Southampton is part of the exclusive Russell Group of universities in the UK. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the UK and is renowned for its world-leading research.

Our MBA meets the exacting standards of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and will give you the understanding, knowledge and confidence to challenge conventional thinking and stand out in today’s fast-moving business world. Taught by world-class academics, the Southampton MBA delivers cutting-edge thinking and requires you to apply it to real business problems.

By developing your analytical, strategic and leadership skills across all business disciplines, you will gain a more holistic view of management and leadership, which will propel your career to new heights. Moreover, you will learn these skills alongside other high calibre professionals from many different sectors and countries around the world.

Key features

Taught by world-class academics at a leading Russell Group University, our AMBA-accredited MBA offers you:

MBA Pathways: General, Entrepreneurship or Maritime

On the Southampton MBA you have a choice of either the Generalist Pathway or two specialist pathways, the Entrepreneurship Pathway and the Maritime Pathway.

Each pathway contains nine core modules, covering the main areas of business and management, including leadership and people, accounting, marketing, operations, finance, global business, analytics and risk, strategy, innovation and change, and two optional modules.

For the Generalist pathway, you can choose two optional modules from a selection of five modules available.

For the Entrepreneurship Pathway, you will take Entrepreneurship and Business Planning.

For the Maritime Pathway, you will take Maritime Operations and Risk and Maritime Law and Management.

Each pathway also includes a ‘capstone’ Business Project, undertaken with an organisation or sector chosen by you.

Programme Structure

MBA Pathways
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The new Southampton MBA has three distinct stages, enabling you to develop your business mastery over the course of the programme.

In Stage 1, Mastering Fundamentals, you will learn to master fundamental business and management skills, ranging from accounting, marketing, operations, corporate finance, to leading people and organisations and understanding the global business environment.

In Stage 2, Mastering Complexity, you will build on the learning in Stage 1 and learn more complex skills in data analysis, strategic decision-making, creativity, innovation, and leadership and change. In Stage 2 you will also choose your optional modules (see table above).

In Stage 3, Mastering Business, we expect you to integrate all the skills you have learned in application to a business problem that you wish to work on in a sector and organisation of your choice.

The programme also includes a non-credit bearing component called the Personal Development Programme (PDP), which provides 1-to-1 coaching, careers and employability sessions and the Guest Speaker Series on Contemporary Themes in Business and Management.

Key facts

The University of Southampton is a registered provider of higher education for the UK Apprenticeship Levy scheme. Your employer may be able to obtain funding for your higher education through this scheme. Contact us for more details.

Programme delivery

Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Full-time Southampton MBA is delivered over one year (12 months), which runs from September to September. The taught modules occur from September to June and then there is 3 months for the Business Project, during which time you will be assigned an individual supervisor.

Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Part-time Southampton MBA is designed for learners in full-time employment and delivered over two and half years (30 months), with two years (24 months) for the taught modules and 6 months for the Business Project.

Part-time classes take place in two-day blocks on Fridays and Saturdays, which take place 12 times a year for two years. These are held approximately once a month, as follows:

Year 1 (24 days) 12 X 2 day blocks (Friday/Saturday)
Year 2 (24 days) 12 X 2 day blocks (Friday/Saturday)
Year 3 (No classes) Business Project undertaken with an individual supervisor.


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Director of MBA

“I’d recommend the Southampton MBA to anyone who wants to push boundaries, meet interesting people and come out of the experience more well-rounded and able to think more deeply.

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