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MBA - Master of Business Administration

Course Description

Our full-time MBA and executive (part-time) MBA courses offer a transformational learning experience. The Surrey MBA will do more than enhance your career prospects; it will change the way you think. This is achieved through the interplay of theory and practice, with learning supported by up-to-date management theory and engagement with industry practitioners.

To reflect best practice in the business world, our course is integrative and inter-disciplinary. Our modules are connected in meaningful ways, allowing you to cross-pollinate content from across the wider MBA experience. With a digital, agile and entrepreneurial approach, you’ll leave prepared to lead the way in a rapidly changing business world.

We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

What you will study

We believe that truly successful careers are fuelled by visionary leadership, a profound sense of responsibility, and the ability to create and develop innovative and sustainable opportunities. These principles are fundamental to the Surrey MBA experience, which provides a careful balance between theory and practice, in preparation for the realities of the modern business landscape.

Our full-time MBA and executive (part-time) MBA courses are highly relevant for anyone looking to develop their career and leadership capability with their current employer, or to broaden their skills and connections with a view to making a transition or starting something new.

Study and work abroad

International study tour

Our optional two-week international study tour gives you a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about international business. You will travel to a selected international destination, take part in company visits and be lectured by top international academics at partner universities. In addition to learning, you will also have the opportunity to explore your destination's top attractions and landmarks.

Our previous tours have seen our students travelling to Beijing, China.

Company visits included:

  • Baidu
  • Intel
  • Microsoft.

Lecture topics included:

  • Chinese brand marketing
  • Consumer behaviour in China
  • Entrepreneurship and investments
  • Strategic management of corporations of the internet era in China.

Professional recognition

MBA - Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

MBA - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Personal careers adviser

As part of this course, you will have access to professional coaching and careers experts to provide you with support that is tailored to your individual requirements. From the moment you start with us, you will be connected with a careers advisor who will provide direction in a number of areas, such as:

  • Professional positioning training, including advice on the MBA job market, developing a positioning strategy, CV building and online networking
  • Professional positioning in person including interview preparation, group dynamics and assessment, pitching yourself and presentations
  • Professional positioning on paper
  • Mock interviews
  • Mock assessments
  • One-to-one coaching throughout the MBA.

Mentoring scheme

As part of the MBA programme, we will pair you with a mentor relevant to your sector, profession and personality.

Our mentors are experienced executives, CEO’s and leaders from technology, engineering, marketing, business and the third sector industries, among others. As your relationship grows, so will your understanding and confidence in discussing and applying real examples from the business world.

Lunchtime webinars

We host regular lunchtime webinars with guest speakers from our network. These events give you the opportunity to connect with global business professionals in an open and informal environment.

Each session allows you to network and gain valuable insight and practical advice from our speakers, bringing real life experience and practical relevance to a dynamic learning environment.


In addition to your course content, we offer a range of workshops designed to help you flourish both personally and professionally. With subjects ranging from strategic leadership to negotiation skills, you can expect to increase your self-confidence, discover new strengths and develop personal resilience. These workshops will give you the opportunity to create professional connections – gathered from fellow students, mentors, guest speakers and visiting professors – giving you a wealth of useful contacts.

Careers support

As an MBA graduate you will benefit from ongoing careers support both from the University of Surrey and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Our strong networks and programme of social events and continuing professional development opportunities will help you to develop your career well into the future.

Alumni benefits

  • Membership to the Association of MBAs (AMBA) with benefits including a jobs portal, knowledge updates and continuing professional development (CPD) events, including an accelerated route into the CIMA professional qualification.
  • Membership to the Surrey MBA alumni network, including a regular schedule of networking events and lectures, access to our LinkedIn group and alumni updates through our Forever Surrey MBA newsletters.
  • Membership to the local branch of Institute of Directors and access to Surrey Chambers of Commerce events.
  • A range of volunteering opportunities, including becoming an international or UK MBA ambassador, being a guest speaker, attending MBA fairs and events and becoming a Surrey Connect mentor to support other students.

Visit the MBA - Master of Business Administration page on the University of Surrey web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Michael Veasey

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?

I had dropped out of university originally, so didn’t have a first degree. I was in my mid-30's and had a massive chip on my shoulder because I knew that I was as good as the next man, apart from that magic piece of paper. I saw an advert in The Sunday Times for the transition course allowing non-graduates to go on to do an MBA. The choice was then quite simple.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

I remember the group work that we did together and how effectively we gelled as different teams working on different projects. On one we had to dream up a marketing campaign for wine. We came up with one-glass-sized bottles as a give-away. Guess what appeared on supermarket shelves about five years later!

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?

Surrey is a great place to study. As a part-time student who commuted halfway around the M25 two evenings per week for two years, it must have been good to make that journey bearable, but I would start again tomorrow if I could.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

I think that I came to respect the opinions of others and working on the course opened my eyes to how many great people were out there in the same boat as me. Nobody is ever a failure, and we all have to find our own level in life. It also taught me you are never too old to learn. I have subsequently gone on to study Horticulture, NLP and Business Psychology.

(Student Profile)

Jeff Willcocks

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study the MBA here?

The University was one that I had wanted to study at when finishing my A-Levels. Since I missed that opportunity on that occasion, I decided that should I do an MBA, I would study at Surrey.

The course also covered all the core subjects I wanted to study as part of an MBA. I was able to study the MBA part time as a distance learning student. I already had a demanding job and family commitments, so the flexibility of this course appealed to me. The course included a laptop computer and all the core course books. All in all, it had been well thought out.

What is your strongest memory of your time studying for the MBA?

The MBA course encouraged me to think differently. It stretched me and opened my mind.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey to someone who didn’t know anything about it?

Surrey is an excellent place to learn. The resources and staff available provide an effective facility for learning. Whenever I needed assistance on the course a tutor was available to assist me.

What’s been the biggest benefit of doing the Surrey MBA?

On qualifying I was asked to take over the management of my current employer and I have been in the Managing Director role since 2006. I have also managed our US-based business.

What was the one most important thing you learnt on the Surrey MBA programme?

There are two things. Academically, hard work was required to complete the course, so to gain something so beneficial there is some pain along the way.

Professionally, I learned the knowledge to enable me to confidently carry out my current role, and through the role comes the experience to deal with many different situations.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing the Surrey MBA?

I would say that the Surrey MBA was the best thing I ever did. The course is very challenging and requires dedication but in the long run was very beneficial to my career.

(Student Profile)

Tae Kwang Kim

"I plan to apply the business skill set which I learned from Surrey Business School for a managerial position, especially in marketing and strategy with commercial awareness."

Tae Kwang Kim, North American Transformer Business Manager, Hyosung Corporation HQ, shares his experiences studying for an MBA at Surrey.

Why did you choose an MBA at Surrey?

First, the reputation of the university. Second, the campus facilities and school's investments. Third, its great location, which has great transport links with an easy commute from London.

How do you plan to implement what you learnt in class at work?

I plan to apply the business skill set which I learned from Surrey Business School for a managerial position, especially in marketing and strategy with commercial awareness. Furthermore I look forward to improving the manufacturing schedule management/project management/suppliers management from an operational viewpoint.

What is the most useful skill you have learned during your time on the MBA programme so far?

My weakest area was accounting and financial management before MBA. From the accounting & finance modules, I’m improving my skills on how to interpret my company's financial condition. I’m also understanding the company and competitors in terms of financial figures and how to set an effective long term sales target & investment plan.

What new opportunities have you gained being at Surrey?

I have obtained new business knowledge from experienced professors and gained a lot of fresh ideas on business model/strategy/organisation management from the MBA class, as well as networking with professors, cohort, university staff, guest speakers etc.

(Student Profile)

Yejide Akiode

"All I have learnt in class would definitely help me scale up my business and possibly help other start-ups as well."

Yejide Akiode, Former Managing Consultant, I-excel Education Consulting Limited and Social Entrepreneur shares shares her experiences studying for an MBA at Surrey.

Why did you choose an MBA at Surrey University?

Surrey offered me a 50% scholarship and it was a good attraction for me. I also found the that the admissions requirement and procedure was pretty straightforward and simple.

How do you plan to implement what you learnt in classroom at work?

All I have learnt in class would definitely help me scale up my business and possibly help other start-ups as well.

What is the most useful skill you have learned during your time on the MBA programme so far?

This programme has helped me tremendously. It has developed my confidence and presentation skills. I have also learnt to think critically and write sterling reports. Above all, my interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams (which we always did) has greatly improved.

What new opportunities have you gained being at Surrey?

I have enjoyed meeting with industry practitioners at a couple of MBA Business Breakfasts events held regularly as part of the programme. I greatly enjoyed working with my mentor who further exposed me to future opportunities.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Full-time MBA
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must also have at least three years postgraduate experience in a managerial role to apply. Candidates without a degree or less than 2:2 will be referred to the MBA Programme Director, as they may be accepted under exceptional circumstances where work experience is deemed to make up for the lack of academic qualification.

Please see course website for further details.

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