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

Accredited by the globally recognized 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.

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Introducing your degree

The new 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.


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 Full-time MBA attracts managers from across the world. They come from public and private sector organisations, including the financial, oil and gas, IT, telecoms, manufacturing, health and service sectors. Working closely with a highly diverse, international cohort will enrich your experience further and give you a valuable insight into different business cultures.

Whether you wish to improve your promotion prospects, bring new skills to your current role or demonstrate that you are ready to take on a higher level of responsibility, the Southampton MBA will help you to achieve your ambitions. 

Part-time study option

Our MBA part-time programme


Association of MBA's (AMBA)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Programme Structure

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.

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 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.

The programme also includes a non-credit bearing component called the Leadership Development Programme (LDP), which provides 1-to-1 coaching, careers and employability sessions and the Guest Speaker Series on contemporary themes in business and management.

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.

Leadership development

To help you plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a 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.

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 Maastricht (Netherlands) 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 the final ‘capstone’ Business Project you will undertake individual research on an organisation or sector of your own choice.

Employability support

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.

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

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

Key Facts

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

  • Cutting-edge thinking applied to real business problems
  • Highly interactive, group-based learning
  • Leadership Development Programme (LDP) with 1-to-1 coaching
  • Residential study trip in Europe visiting international companies (all costs included)
  • ‘Live’ consulting project for an international client
  • General, Entrepreneurship and Maritime pathway options
  • Individual Business Project in an organisation of your choice
  • Opportunities for work experience placements post-MBA
  • Key textbooks provided for free
  • Free Membership of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The Southampton MBA leads to Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Our Full-time MBA

An introduction to the Full-time MBA from our students and staff

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Director of MBA

Entry Requirements

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

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

Master of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Pathway

To study this pathway you need to choose MANG6350 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Design and MANG6351 Business Planning.

Master of Business Administration Maritime Pathway

To study this pathway you need to choose MANG6352 Maritime Law and MANG6353 Maritime Operations & Risk.

Master of Business Administration Generalist Pathway

To study this pathway you need to choose any 2 modules from the 5 Generalist option modules (MANG6354 Project Management; MANG6355 Supply Management; MANG6356 Strategic Brand Communications; MANG6357 International Banking; MANG6358 Responsible Leadership).

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
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).
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).

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

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Business AdministrationMBA2019Full-time£24,000£24,000
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The Southampton MBA has generous scholarships up to £6,000 available for our Full-time MBA programme.

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

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

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.

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 Leadership Development Programme (LDP). 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 a series of guest speakers from a range of industries to talk about employment-related topics.

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