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Full-time: One year (180 credits)

Part-time: Typically takes two and a half years (180 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma: Typically takes one and a half years (120 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in Management: Typically takes one year (60 credits)

The next intake for this course will be September 2023.

Typical Offer: 

Students will be required to have at least three years relevant work experience



The Suffolk Executive MBA here at the University of Suffolk offers business knowledge at a senior level of management and advances leadership skills. Undertaking this qualification demonstrates determination to succeed in your chosen career and achieve your potential. With its distinctive nature the course aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines. With its flexible and practical nature, the Suffolk Executive MBA is designed to fit in with existing career commitments, offering flexibility for managers and senior leaders across several different industries and sectors who are wanting to boost their career prospects whilst continuing to work.

Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. The blended approach to the Suffolk Executive MBA combines a multitude of different traditional classroom learning supported by additional forms of online learning and a Postgraduate Workshop Series. The Postgraduate Workshop Series aims to address a wide range of current management issues and offers an opportunity to discuss these themes with academics and practitioners.     



Through our accreditation scheme, and upon successful completion of modules on the Suffolk Executive MBA programme, students will be eligible to apply for the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management and CMI L7 Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.  Further information about the University's relationship with the ILM and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is available in the PSRB register


  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Integrated Care

Please speak to the programme leader Dr Ross Kemble ( to discuss options

You will be taught by professors and lecturers, each of whom has extensive experience in both senior management and academia.
View profiles of the School's teaching staff 

Many MBA degrees offered elsewhere are principally formulaic how-to courses.  With us, however, we actively encourage students to fundamentally question generally-accepted management and leadership wisdom by drawing upon the full range of social scientific knowledge. Not only does this develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of organisations and their functioning, but it develops the transferable skills of evaluation and analysis required of senior management.

Practice-based learning
Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. Students are also invited to guest lectures by practising managers, each of whom has extensive experience in their particular field.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.


The course is delivered in the award-winning Waterfront Building in Ipswich. This is an inspiring location not least because of its views over the Marina, and is the focal point of an extremely well-resourced campus. Class sizes are small (typically between 10 and 15 students).

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Pre-course reading:

  • Cameron, S. (2008) 6th. Ed. The MBA Handbook: Skills for Mastering Management, Prentice Hall, Harlow 

  • Gatrell, C. & Turnbull, S. (2002) Your MBA With Distinction: Developing a Systematic Approach to succeeding in Your Business Degree, Prentice Hall, Harlow
  • Ramsay, P, Maier, P & Price, P. (2010) Study Skills for Business and Management Students, Longman, Harlow

  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P., Thornhill, A. (2009), Research Methods for Business Students, 5th ed, Pitman, London

You can take your own pace through the programme by choosing to do fewer modules in a year. You can also opt to take just one module as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme. On passing, this will give you 20 Masters Level credits, which may be used to build up a Masters qualification.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Full-time students generally complete the course over one calendar year, with attendance, typically, on evening basis 5pm-8:30pm, one day per week with one Saturday 10am – 4pm a month.  Naturally there is also a significant level of independent study required at Masters level.  Part-time students take between two and four years to complete the degree.

Finance for Non-Finance Leaders

This module provides an appreciation of a wide range of financial issues as they impact on the business world. It also evaluates the nature of the corporation and its governance from a financial perspective. It concentrates on the basic analysis of financial statements, financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages students to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Managing in a Changing Environment

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of organisational strategy, and to apply this to different contexts, including commercial and not-for-profit organisations of various sizes. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, drawing on skills developed in other modules. The content will cover contextual analysis, culture and stakeholder analysis, approaches to organisational change management, and methods of implementing and evaluating change interventions. The module encourages students to develop their own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice in relation to managing change.

Marketing, Branding and Strategy

Marketing is fundamental to profitable business operations, achieved through strategic analysis, strategy formulation, strategic implementation and control. It is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value propositions to targeted customer segments, helping to sustain competitive advantage in the longer term. It is desirable for the contemporary MBA programme to contain a designated marketing module, which demonstrates a customer-facing approach, integrated across and throughout a business organisation. As a set of principles and practices, marketing also has relevance to public sector and other not-for-profit sectors.

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

This module explores leadership and management in organisations.  Over the course of this module we will consider the complex relationships between personal, structural and environmental factors as they affect the operation and success of organizations.  The module introduces the study of organisations and their evolution.  In particular it focuses on: Managing people; Managing technology; Managing responsibility.  Rather than study each in isolation, in bringing together these key components of organisation strategy, this module reflects the reality of addressing the interests of multiple stakeholders simultaneously.  Where appropriate, students are encouraged to reflect on the content of this module in their place of work.

Health and Care Integration: Policy, Systems, Practice and Leadership*

For more than a decade, the requirement for change in health and care has coalesced around the concept of Health and Social Care Integration, recently mandated through the implementation of Integrated Care Systems.  It is well-rehearsed argument that leadership is one of the most influential factors in shaping (and changing) organisational culture and in delivering health and care service improvement, greater staff well-being, and increasing quality of care.  It is also recognised that the new Integrated Care Systems need leaders who can motivate staff and managers to work differently across service and organisation boundaries.  This module will equip leaders to ‘lead differently’ and will explore international, national and local models of integrated care, the evidence underpinning integration, the role of data and digital integration, organisational cultures and behaviours, transformational management and leadership as well as the future of the integration workforce.

(* optional)

Research Methods for Business

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the wide variety of approaches and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research and to equip students with the skills required to collect, collate, analyse, present and interpret data. It also aims to provide a firm foundation for the dissertation. The content will cover the context of qualitative research, data collection techniques, qualitative data analysis techniques, statistical analysis or relationships and trends, sampling, and exploratory and descriptive research.

Using Data in Decision Making

Information is the lifeblood of business. Companies that manage information effectively can improve efficiency, be more responsive to market opportunities, achieve competitive advantage and operate more sustainable.  As businesses drive towards sustainable strategies, they are looking for better information to guide decisions.  This will enable companies to more effectively identify which actions are achieving their goals, detect risk or opportunity early, evaluate possible outcomes, allocate resources to achieve greatest returns, and measure the true impact of products.

Management Project

The Management Project provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in an area of particular interest and to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of research methods and their application. It also provides an opportunity for students to relate their learning in taught modules to the analysis of a problem relevant to their Masters programme.  On completion of the management project students will have designed an appropriate and feasible research plan, developed appropriate research instruments and written a dissertation of 7000 words and undertook a Viva of their project.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Career opportunities

MBA graduates can be found in many varied jobs and careers, meaning that there are no `typical´ MBA jobs. This means that there is no single source of information on MBA careers or employers and that you may need to use general careers resources to research and achieve your goal, depending on your objectives. At the University of Suffolk, you will have the opportunity to consider your career, reflect on your previous experiences, on your progress and plan your next move. The Careers team offer confidential advice in 1-2-1 career coaching sessions to help you with your career decisions, mock interviews to ready yourself for challenging recruitment rounds, and provide the opportunity for you to realise your full potential as one of tomorrow’s business leaders.

Student profiles


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Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £13,500 per year
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,530 per 20 credit module
  • International full-time tuition fee: £16,497 per year
  • International part-time tuition fee: £1,833 per 20 credit module

Further Information

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.




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Facilities and Resources

At the University of Suffolk, whatever you choose to study, you will be working in state-of-the-art surroundings.  We have invested across the University to create environments that showcase the latest teaching facilities and support our students to achieve great things.

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building which houses the Innovation Labs, will generally be the base during your postgraduate course.

Skills development

Our team of Academic Skills Advisors, Librarians and Digital Learning Specialists work together to provide you with a range of online and face to face skills development opportunities which enables you to shape your learning and make it work for you. Our programme aims to help you become a confident, independent, highly skilled graduate. We offer support with all aspects of academic work and integrity, as well as research skills, the use of technology in learning, and wider support for personal learning and revision techniques, time management, and support for any students with specific learning difficulties.

Learning technologies

Learning is the central part of the University Online Learning Environment (OLE). It brings together a range of tools used by course teams in their teaching and learning.  We also provide you with an informal online learning space (BrightSpace).


The Libraries at the University of Suffolk and across the Learning Network provide you with access to IT facilities, study spaces, and the resources you need for your reading and research. These are provided through our online search tool

and include:

  • Millions of full text electronic journal articles
  • Over 300,000 full text e-books, Over one million streamed broadcasts from over 60 TV and radio channels
  • DVDs and print resources
  • Subject guides bringing together key resources and information sources

 All students can visit and borrow from all of the University of Suffolk Libraries including the Library in Ipswich, which is open seven days a week, all year round.