The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

Master of Business Administration (full-time) (1 year)

With a particular focus on personal development, the Southampton MBA degree will help you advance in your chosen sector. The AMBA accredited degree 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 Southampton MBA will help you realise your career potential. 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.


Whether you wish to improve your job prospects, progress within your current field or start your own business, 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 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. In addition, working with a diverse international cohort will enrich your experience and enhance your understanding of different business cultures.

Alongside the academic and career support offered by the MBA team, you’ll have regular one-to-one sessions with a qualified independent coach from outside the Business School, who will help you to identify your goals and offer guidance on how to achieve them. 


Association of MBA's (AMBA)

Programme Structure

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The full-time MBA is a 12-month programme. It is designed for graduates with at least three 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.

The full-time MBA is taught on three or four days per week; during the rest of the week you will carry out group work and individual study.

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.
  • You’ll benefit from one-to-one sessions with your own independent professional coach. Your coach will help you explore your motivations and aspirations and identify steps that will help you to achieve your career goals. 
  • 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. See Career Opportunities tab for more information.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

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

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.

A series of one-to-one sessions with an independent professional coach will help guide your career decisions.

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.

Our Full-time MBA

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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 good second class honours degree or higher 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 is designed for graduates who have a minimum of three 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.

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

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

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The Southampton MBA 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 One
MANG6198Credit: 10
MANG6195Credit: 10
Semester Two
MANG6194Credit: 10
MANG6275Credit: 10
MANG6188Credit: 10
MANG6189Credit: 10
MANG6236Credit: 20

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

MANG6095Credit: 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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

The Full-Time MBA tuition fee for 2018 is £23,500. 

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Full-Time MBA Scholarships:

Global Scholarships

Global I - £6,000 - A UK 2.1 classification or higher and 5 years work experience

Global II - £3,000 - A UK 2.2 classification or higher and 4 years work experience

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. You’ll graduate with a wide range of business skills, the confidence to tackle problems and lead organisational change, and experience of working in an international, cross-cultural team. Our students come from a variety of professional backgrounds and many return to their sector with a view to taking on roles with greater managerial, strategic or leadership responsibilities.

Dedicated career support

To help you plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme. As well as one-to-one sessions with your independent coach, 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 an employability week during which you can hear speakers from a range of industries talk about employment-related topics.

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