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)
Course starts in February and September
A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
Also see Entry Requirements below.
The MBA is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the world. It represents significant value to both private and public sector organisations. The MBA offers sophisticated business knowledge at a senior level of management and significantly advances leadership skills. Undertaking this qualification demonstrates determination to succeed in a chosen career area and will bolster your confidence. The course aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines. This enables students to respond creatively and effectively to the challenges presented by a global business environment, and to broaden the range of management responsibilities they undertake.
Longevity and Reputation
The MBA offered at the University of Suffolk is one of the longest running MBA programmes in the UK. It will be celebrating its 25th birthday this year. It is also formally accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon meeting all relevant assessment criteria, this means our MBA graduates receive two awards upon graduation: their MBA degree and their Level 7 CMI diploma (subject to the purchase of CMI membership for £325 15/16). This qualifies them as formal members of the Institute.
With us, you can choose to study your MBA on either a full-time or part-time basis. The programme is modular and is completed at a pace dictated by the student. The flexible structure of the MBA programme provides an opportunity to build up credit over time towards a full MBA.
It incorporates intermediate awards including the Postgraduate Certificate in Management (three modules, 20 credits per module) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (six modules, 20 credits per module).
The full MBA is achieved upon completion of seven modules and a dissertation (a total of 180 credits). Alternatively, 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 an alternative Masters qualification.
The core programme is wide-ranging and includes modules in Operations and HRM, Financial and Risk Management, Global Economic Trends, Strategic Change Management, Strategic Marketing, Consultancy Management, International Business Strategy, and Research Methods. Students are also required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation.
You will be taught by knowledgeable professors and lecturers, each of whom has extensive experience in both senior management and academia.
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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.
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 practicing managers, each of whom has extensive experience in their particular field.
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).
The MBA here not only embraces the international dimensions of business and commerce, but for those students who opt to study the International Business Strategy module - includes a week s consultancy experience in Boston, Massachusetts.
MBA student Ausra Vasiliauskiene talks about her experience of studying an MBA at University of Suffolk.
- Universities Week case study: MBA students help FIND the solution to more aid for local charity
- Stateside success for MBA students
- International student success
Cameron, S. (2008) 6th. Ed. The MBA Handbook: Skills for Mastering Management, Prentice Hall, Harlow
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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.
Students who wish to be awarded the Level 7 CMI Diploma will be required to purchase CMI membership at a cost of £350.
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Full-time students complete the course over one calendar year, with attendance, typically, on an afternoon and evening basis 2pm 9pm, two days per week. Naturally there is also a significant level of independent study required at Masters level. Part-time students taken between two and three years to complete the degree.
Financial and Risk Management
This module provides an appreciation of a wide range of financial and risk issues as they impact on the business world. The initial focus is on the basic application of financial statements, financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages students to see the financial and risk implications of the decision making process.
Global Economic Trends
Of interest here are the external factors that affect the strategy and operations of businesses such as regulation, political and economic actions as well as social forces. The module enables students to develop a critical awareness of the implications of those factors. Contemporary issues such as employment law, globalisation and its impacts, contract law and environmental regulation are also covered.
Strategic Change Management
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.
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.
International Business Strategy
The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of how to plan for the internationalisation of firms, including suitability criteria, methods of overseas market entry, cultural aspects of operating internationally and practical marketing considerations in international markets. The content will cover trends in the global economy, carrying out international market research and planning, international advertising, product policy and pricing issues. The module will be partly taught in the USA, at Suffolk University in Boston, where students will participate in a consultancy exercise with an overseas company.
This innovative module will encourage the application of skills and knowledge to real time business problems or to case studies, through problem based learning. Students will develop their ability to acquire, analyse and evaluate information, and to look for feasible solutions to business problems which they must communicate effectively. Guest lecturers drawn from a range of businesses and other academic institutions in the region will contribute to the seminars.
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.
The dissertation 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 dissertation students will have designed an appropriate and feasible research plan, developed appropriate research instruments and written a dissertation of 15,000 words.
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.
Fees and finance
- Full-time Tuition fee: £13,480 p.a. (includes trip to Boston, USA)
- Part-time Tuition fee: £6000 for Year 1, £7500 for Year 2 (£1,500 per 20 credits). (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
- International Tuition fee: £14,470 p.a.
- Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance
- 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 you course that you will need to budget for.
- Hold a degree with a 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or;
- a professional qualification of graduate status, or;
- an HNC or HND and have three years management experience, or;
- have five years significant management experience.
Any offer of a place will be subject to:
- demonstrate an ability to discuss and debate pertinent business issues during your interview.
IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language, or, a B2/C1 in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
Also see International and EU.