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Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Accredited by the globally recognized Association of MBAs (AMBA), our MBA will give you the understanding, knowledge and confidence to challenge conventional thinking and stand out in today’s fast-moving business world.

Please note the Part-time MBA programme is not running in 2019/20.

 

Introducing your degree

The Southampton Part-time MBA focuses on leading people and organisations to face the critical challenges of sustainability, innovation and change in today’s highly volatile and uncertain environment.

Taught by world-class academics, the Southampton MBA delivers cutting-edge thinking and requires you to apply it to real business problems through a combination of business research, ‘live’ client consultancy, company visits, international study trips and regular exposure to senior business leaders.

The Part-time MBA 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.

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.

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

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

Accreditation

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Programme Structure

The Part-time MBA is a 30-month programme, with classes taught over two-day blocks on Fridays and Saturdays, which takes place 12 times a year for two years. It 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.

The 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 people management, accounting, marketing, operations and corporate finance to 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 strategy and decision-making, business analytics and risk, leadership, sustainability, innovation and change. In Stage 2 you will also choose your optional modules (see table above).

In Stage 3, Mastering Business, you can 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.

MBA Pathways: General, Entrepreneurship or Maritime

On the Southampton MBA you have a choice of either the Generalist Pathway or two Specialist Pathways, namely the Entrepreneurship Pathway and the Maritime Pathway.

Each pathway contains the same nine core modules from stages 1, 2 and 3 of the programme. You will therefore cover the main areas of business and management, including people management, accounting, marketing, operations, corporate finance, global business environment, strategy and decision-making, business analytics and risk, leadership, sustainability, innovation and change; as well as doing TWO optional modules in your chosen Pathway.

For the Generalist Pathway, you can choose two optional modules from a selection of five modules available; and you can do the Business Project in any subject area.

For the Entrepreneurship Pathway, you will take Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation and Business Planning; and you must do the Business Project in an entrepreneurship subject.

For the Maritime Pathway, you will take Maritime Operations and Risk and Maritime Law; and you must do the Business Project in a maritime subject.

See the Learning & Assessment tab to learn more about the Entrepreneurship and Maritime Pathways.

You’ll learn from inspiring academics who incorporate the latest research findings into their teaching.

Full time study option

Our MBA full-time programme

Key Facts

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

  • General, Entrepreneurship and Maritime optional pathways
  • Leadership development programme with career coaching
  • ‘Live’ international consulting project
  • European study trip visiting international companies
  • Individual business project in an organisation of your choice
  • Opportunities for work experience placements
  • Personalised e-book package with key readings
  • Free membership of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Our Part-time MBA

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Typical entry requirements

For admission onto the Southampton MBA you will need to meet our entry requirements

All applications are assessed on individual merit but the typical academic entry requirement for the MBA is a UK honours degree with at least a Second Class classification or an equivalent non-UK qualification. If you have qualifications other than a degree, with relevant professional experience and evidence of ability, you will also be considered.

Part-time applicants must also have a minimum of five years of professional work experience. Work experience must be relevant to a management, business or professional function and include suitable levels of analytical work and show evidence of career progression and supervision/management of other people. Examples of suitable roles are business manager, project manager, business analyst, professional engineer, accountant, head of function/department, or CEO/business owner. Evidence of international working, cross-cultural teams and stakeholder management is highly desirable.

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test. The following scores are accepted for direct entry: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking.  If you hold a non-IELTS language qualification then please see our full list of accepted qualifications.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. 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 45 and their first degree subjects include science, engineering and humanities as well as business studies. The Part-time MBA 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 Part-time MBA 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).

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

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

Typical course content

You MUST complete all Core modules and select at least 10 ECTS/20 CATS of Optional Core modules

Master of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Pathway (8227)

To to study this pathway you need to choose MANG6368 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Design and MANG6369 Business Planning.

Master of Business Administration Maritime Pathway (8228)

To study this pathway you need to choose MANG6371 Maritime Law and MANG6370 Maritime Operations & Risk.

Master of Business Administration Generalist Pathway (8226)

To study this pathway you need to choose any 2 modules from the 5 Generalist option modules (MANG6372 Project Management; MANG6373 Supply Management; MANG6375 Strategic Brand Communications; MANG6374 International Banking; MANG6376 Responsible Leadership)

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG6340Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6341Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6342Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG6343Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6344Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6345Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10

Year 2

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG6346Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6347Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG6349Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
MANG6350Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6352Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6353Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6354Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6355Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6356Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6357Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MANG6358Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10

Year 3

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MANG6377Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Business AdministrationMBA 2019Part-time£12,000*£12,000*
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*The tuition fees quoted are the fees you pay for each year of study. Part time PGT courses are usually charged for 2 years making the cost of the course the same as the full time version. Any exceptions will be clearly shown on the course page.

If you repeat a period of study you will be charged additional tuition fees.

The Southampton MBA has generous scholarships up to £6,000 available for our Part-time MBA programme.

PT MBA - Business Excellence Scholarship

We offer scholarships up to £6,000 for candidates who can display a combination of the following business excellence criteria:

- A high degree of relevant professional experience in management and/or leadership role

- Evidence of rapid career progression

- Clear ability to contribute to the quality of the MBA cohort

- Strong academic ability / performance

- Excellent performance at interview

Applicants who receive an offer will automatically be considered for the Business Excellence Scholarships. There is no need to complete a separate application.

The scholarship award is made at the discretion of the Business School.

The deadline to submit your application is 30 June for September entry.

Alumni Benefits

For University of Southampton alumni, a further 10% discount will be made to tuition fees after all applicable scholarships are applied.This discount does not apply to fees paid by employers or via the UK Apprenticeships scheme. 

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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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Programme delivery

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.

Learning and teaching

Our lecturers use a range of active teaching and learning methods designed to develop your skills and knowledge. Small groups and a round-table classroom layout encourage discussion and interaction and develop your teamwork skills. Through case studies, simulation exercises and games you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge to real-world settings.

Assessment methods vary for different modules, but will include group and individual projects as well as reflective assignments that encourage you to examine your own learning processes. You will also be asked to present a group assignment to senior business leaders to hone your communication and presentation skills.

Research and industry input

Our academics are active researchers and work closely with industry so you’ll hear about the latest thinking and organisational practice in their areas of expertise.

Additional support and resources

The degree is academically rigorous but we offer a very supportive learning environment. If you need additional support or advice you’ll be able to approach your personal academic tutor, members of the dedicated MBA staff team or your coach.

During your time on the MBA course you’ll become a member of the Association of MBAs and the Chartered Management Institute, giving you access to a range of career and e-learning resources and online tools.

Entrepreneurship Pathway

What does this degree offer?

This new MBA pathway in entrepreneurship is taught by world-class academics in entrepreneurship and innovation. The degree allows you to obtain a traditional MBA qualification, comprised of core modules in people management, finance, operations, marketing, global business, strategy, business analytics and change management, while also focusing on new venture creation and business planning for start-ups through your optional modules and business project. This means students can develop a business plan for a new business and undertake market research to support the new business while during their MBA degree.

Why should you choose Southampton?

Southampton is well-known as a University with great success in developing knowledge-based businesses, many of which are supported through their early-stages by our Science Park. Our Business School also teaches a wide range of entrepreneurship and innovation courses and is involved in many student-led entrepreneurship initiatives on campus.

What experience and qualifications do you need?

You must have at least three years of full-time professional work experience (full-time MBA) and a minimum of five years full-time professional work experience (part-time MBA) in order to apply to the programme, as well as a degree or professional qualification. You do not need to have previous academic knowledge in entrepreneurial subjects (i.e. innovation, entrepreneurship, new venture creation) as these modules are designed to be taught to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Who is it for?

The degree is particularly well suited to people who are looking to develop their own business, while also gaining valuable management knowledge and skills. The degree may also be of interest to people who wish to focus on new product development and entrepreneurship management within established organisations.

Maritime Pathway

What does this degree offer?

This new MBA pathway is taught by world-class academics in management and maritime subjects. The degree allows you to obtain a traditional MBA qualification, comprised of core modules in people management, finance, operations, marketing, global business, strategy, business analytics, innovation and change management, while also focusing on maritime operations and risk and maritime law through your optional modules and business project. This means that students can gain specialist maritime knowledge and use it to research and solve complex business management problems in the maritime sector.

Why should you choose Southampton?

Southampton is a world-renowned centre for outstanding research in maritime engineering, science, and law, as represented by the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) and the Institute of Maritime Law (IML). Our Business School is an expert in supply chain and logistics management for maritime industries.

What experience and qualifications do you need?

You must have at least three years of full-time professional work experience (full-time MBA) and a minimum of five years full-time professional work experience (part-time MBA) in order to apply to the programme, as well as a degree or professional qualification. You do not need to have previous academic knowledge in maritime subjects (i.e. maritime law, maritime operations and risk) as these modules are designed to be taught to aspiring managers in the field.

Who is it for?

The degree is particularly well suited to people looking to gain specialist knowledge in maritime industries, while also learning about business management. This may fit well with sea-based professionals who are looking to transfer to shore-based roles that require management expertise. The degree may also be of interest to maritime industry consultants or people who are looking to transfer into the maritime sector from other industries.

Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

To help you plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a non-credit bearing Leadership Development (LDP) programme. The LDP includes a series of workshops tailored for MBA students around leadership and management skills, which are often termed ‘soft skills’. The LDP is designed to connect with your key learning experiences on the programme. For example, the People and Organisations module has a personality assessment, an off-campus team-building day and a culture simulation day. While the Leading Sustainability, Innovation and Change module includes a ‘live’ international consulting project. These modules have reflective assignments, which are informed by the LDP and give you the chance to identify your strengths and development needs in a structured approach.

Throughout the programme, you will receive support from your coach on your learning objectives and career development plan. See Career Opportunities tab for more information.

You will also attend workshops run by the University Careers and Employability Service for MBA students and have access to employer recruitment fairs on campus.

Business insights and practical skills

Apart from receiving a robust grounding in management theory and business functions, you will apply your learning to real problems and gain valuable practical skills. For example: 

· During the year we host a range of top-level business speakers from a range of industries who talk about the challenges presented by today’s fast-moving, globalised marketplace

· The Global Business Environment module includes a residential course in Europe where you will visit businesses and government organisations that are working in a global context.

· In the Leading Sustainability, Innovation and Change module you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a ‘live’ international consulting project with a real company in South America. 

· In the final ‘capstone’ Business Project you will undertake individual research on an organisation or sector of your own choice.

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