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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) (1 year)

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

New for 2020 - Scholarships up to £9,000 available. Please see Fees and Funding tab below.

Introducing your degree

The Southampton Full-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.

Student space at the Southampton Business School

The Full-time Southampton MBA is delivered over one year (12 months), which runs from September to September, with classes taught over three to four days a week. 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.

The programme 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. 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.


Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Programme Structure

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.

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 10 core modules from stages 1, 2 and 3 of the programme. You will therefore cover the core areas of business and management, 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 two optional modules in entrepreneurship and you must do the Business Project in an entrepreneurship subject. This pathway is particularly well suited to people who are looking to develop their own business, while also gaining valuable management knowledge and skills. This pathway may also be of interest to people who wish to focus on new product development and entrepreneurship management within established organisations.

For the Maritime Pathway, you will take two optional modules in maritime subjects and you must do the Business Project in a maritime topic. This pathway 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. This pathway may also be of interest to maritime industry consultants or people who are looking to transfer into the maritime sector from other industries.

For more information on the Entrepreneurship and Maritime Pathways see Modules tab

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

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

One MBA, Two International Trips

The Southampton MBA has two international trips, a study trip to Netherlands and Belgium and a consultancy project in Brazil, which complement the learning you will gain on the programme, allowing you to apply useful skills into practical business situations.

European Study Trip to Netherlands and Belgium

At the end of Stage One of the programme, we have a European study trip to Maastricht, Netherlands, from where you will visit international companies in the local region. In recent years, we have visited DAF Trucks, Medtronics, Q-Park and the Wijn Kasteel Genoels Elderen. In addition, we visit the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and attend talks about the economics and politics of the European Union.

The purpose is to expose you to realities of operating global businesses in Europe and how trade is conducted with the rest of the world. Following the trip each student will write a report based on a global issue related to the companies visited.

This study trip forms part of the Global Business Environment module and takes place at the end of semester 1 (mid to late January).

The full costs of the trip are included in the MBA tuition fee, except for the international travel cost (either plane or train) which must be paid by the student.

 “Live” International Consultancy Project in Brazil

Stage Two of the MBA is designed to develop your strategic and advisory skills and apply them in a “live” international consultancy project with a client company based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our client companies are highly innovative companies looking to grow their businesses internationally. They range from a variety of sectors, including media, oil & gas, financial services and pharmaceuticals.

You will be assigned to an MBA project team and will work on a strategic issue for a local client company work. In May, you will travel to Rio de Janeiro for one week to work in the client company’s office. Each project team is expected to suggest strategies for further development of the company and to present these in a final consultancy report.

The project is part of the final module in semester 2, called Leading Sustainability, Innovation and Change, which takes place from March to May.

The full costs of the trip are included in the MBA tuition fee, except for the international flight cost which must be paid by the student. However, we are pleased to receive sponsorship from Santander Universities to help you with part of the flight cost.

Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

The Southampton MBA includes a non-credit bearing Leadership Development (LDP) programme, which runs throughout the year. This is normally held on Friday, while the taught modules run on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

The LDP includes a series of workshops focused on key leadership and management skills, which are often termed ‘soft skills’. The LDP is designed to connect with your key learning experiences on the MBA, especially the leadership skills covered in the People & Organisations and the Leading Sustainability, Innovation & Change modules. 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.

The LDP also includes sessions with top-level business speakers from industry, including companies such as IBM, Airbus, J P Morgan and Cap Gemini. You can also attend industry presentations and seminars hosted by the Business School.

Key Facts

Taught by world-class academics at a leading Russell Group University, our MBA programmes also offer you:

  • Choice of pathway options: General, Entrepreneurship and Maritime
  • Small class size and highly interactive, group-based learning
  • Leadership Development Programme with career coaching
  • International study trip with 'live' consulting project
  • 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)

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Our Full-time MBA

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Typical entry requirements

MBA 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.

Full-time applicants must also have a minimum of three 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.

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

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).

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-masters course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

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

Master of Business Administration Generalist Pathway (Programme Code 8223)

You MUST complete all Core modules and select any two Optional modules from the following:

  • MANG6354 Project Management
  • MANG6355 Supply Management
  • MANG6356 International Banking
  • MANG6358 Responsible Leadership
  • MANG6389 Strategic Brand Management
  • MANG6395 Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency
  • MANG6391 Deeper Analytics and Big Data

Master of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Pathway (Programme Code 8224)

You MUST complete all Core modules and the following two Optional modules:

  • MANG6350 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Design
  • MANG6351 Business Planning

Master of Business Administration Maritime Pathway (Programme Code 8225)

You MUST complete all Core modules and the following two Optional modules:

  • MANG6352 Maritime Operations & Risk
  • MANG6353 Maritime Law

Year 1

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

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 AdministrationMBA2020Full-time£24,000£24,000
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FT MBA - Business Excellence Scholarship

We offer scholarships up to £9,000 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 so it is considered for a scholarship is 31 July.

International travel costs

For the MBA study trips, students must pay the international travel costs only. This includes economy flights and/or standard class train fares for the European study trip and the international consultancy project in South America. 

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

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 and members of the dedicated MBA staff team.

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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