About this taught graduate course
Ranked first in the UK and 17th in the world by The Economist/Which? MBA ranking 2021, our Full-time MBA is the catalyst you need to transform your career.
Designed for visionary leaders who want to make a difference in the world, our Full-time MBA is an investment in you to attain the tools, confidence, and big picture vision to leap to the next level of your career. Whether you want to change job function, sector, location or simply increase your earning power, we will support you in achieving your full potential so you can deliver real impact in whatever path you take.
Our 12-month programme is intense and fast-paced. With international travel, unlimited coaching, in-depth work with leading companies and a peer group from a wide range of different industry sectors and cultures, you will grow both personally and academically.
During your year with us and beyond, we will support and motivate you, as well as push, critique and challenge you to bring out your inner Change Maker.
Skills from this degree
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment
- Gain an understanding of different leadership skills and develop your own leadership style
- Gain an appreciation of different perspectives and viewpoints by learning with and from a diverse cohort
- Develop an entrepreneurial mindset
- You will benefit from being part of a global cohort, allowing you to develop your professional network and understand different cultures and work practices.
General entry requirements
You must have at least three years' professional, business experience. We are seeking evidence of consistent progression including increased people management, budgetary and/or project management responsibilities.
You must have a 2:i at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. However, we also welcome applications from candidates who do not have the academic qualifications but are exceptional, with a proven ability to achieve. Generally you will need a well-balanced GMAT score (our current GMAT average is 660), or a valid GRE score equivalent to GMAT admissions requirements.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
The required modules for the January 2022 intake include:
- Financial Management
- Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship
- Corporate Reporting and Decision Making
- Operations Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Strategic Thinking
Whether you are interested in strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, leadership or international business, we offer a wide range of elective modules to suit your needs. You will customise your MBA by choosing four elective modules to support you in achieving your aims. To support you in gaining international experience, one of your four elective modules will be a required overseas module.
Our electives broadly fit into the following categories:
- Finance and Accounting
- Global Business
- Management and Leadership
You begin the year with an induction and workshop on building high performance teams, followed by a series of sector insights and career management workshops during the first few weeks of your MBA where we will help support your career action planning, and focus on maximising your MBA experience. Later in your programme, you will undertake a Development Centre to challenge you and your MBA colleagues through a series of typical senior management assessment activities to prepare you for success through recruitment and selection processes.
Syndicate group work is an essential part of the Full-time MBA, allowing you to perfect your presentation and negotiation skills. You will be part of the same group for the entirety of your required modules and will become part of different groups as you undertake your electives.
Class sizes comprise of around 120 students.
Typical contact hours
You will study eight required modules and four elective modules. Typically, each module will consist of approximately 30 hours preparation and pre-reading, 30 hours of academic delivery and 40 hours writing the assignment(s).
Assessment varies from module to module but is generally a combination of individual assignments and group projects and presentations. Some modules may also be assessed by exam.
Strategic consulting project or dissertation
You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation. The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business. Academically, it tests your ability to apply your learning to real management issues. Professionally, it may well open the door to your next career move.
If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
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