University of Surrey Mba

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University of Surrey Mba

University of Surrey Mba


Full-time MBA

The Full-time Surrey MBA programme attracts students from a wide range of business backgrounds and nationalities. It is particularly suitable for anyone wanting to build an international business career or preparing to start their own business.

Duration 12 months
Location Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guildford
Start date September
Hours Monday to Friday

The Full-time MBA is an intensive, one-year programme delivered in four stages. Learning is highly interactive and in small groups.

Key features

  • Core management subjects
  • Optional modules, so you can tailor the MBA to suit your needs
  • The Surrey Connect mentorship scheme
  • An opportunity to take part in connected business projects with our partner organisations, building hands-on experience
  • An individual dissertation on a topic of your choice
  • Professional development workshops
  • Careers coaching and personal profile development
  • Guest lectures, co-teaching and business visits

Programme structure


The induction week offers an introduction to the programme, Surrey Business School and our MBA team. During this week, you’ll start to build skills that will support you throughout your studies.

The focus of the induction is on helping you:

  • Relate with your fellow students
  • Develop an understanding of your current skills and experiences, needs and ambitions
  • Build personal skills
  • Develop a team ethos that will see you support each other through the programme

Semester one

This stage gives you a grounding in the connectivity in business management and leadership. It develops your understanding of modern organisations in the global context and will allow you to explore key narratives of the business world.

Compulsory modules (15 credits each)

  • Understanding the Business in its International Environment
  • Understanding, Growing and Developing the Business
  • Financial Management Accounting
  • Marketing in a Digital World
  • Manager Decision Making and Insight

Personal and professional skills workshops are delivered throughout both semesters, covering topics such as negotiation skills, strategic leadership and change management.

Semester two

Compulsory modules (15 credits each)

  • Problem Solving and Innovation Thinking
  • Digital Platforms and Business Model Strategies
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

This stage allows you to tailor your MBA by choosing two elective modules from a range of options. Your learning will be put into practice with a business simulation project and a team-based consultancy project for a business.

Elective module options (15 credits each)

  • Leadership
  • Financial Strategy
  • Sustainable Management Strategies
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Strategic Change Management
  • Advanced Consumer Behaviour

Integrative applied project

Integrative applied project (30 credits)

Our Integrative Applied Project gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of understanding of management theory and how that theory can be applied through practice.

The project can take three forms:

1. Business Plan

Many who study on our MBA will be inspired to start a business and create their own personal agile organisation. This project can be the first step on that journey. The Business Plan project is about creating value through an actionable, feasible blueprint for a new business.

2. Consultancy Report

This project is about combining theory and practice to address real-world issues in the corporate, public or third sector. Students will work on live business problems to find solutions, creating value for their client through the impact of their work.

3. Traditional Dissertation

Students following this option will focus on a wider practical or theoretical issue in a specific industry. Research problems will be investigated and work will be rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts, creating value for the wider community of researchers.

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