Master of Business Administration - MBA/PgCert

    • Full or part time
      Full time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Business Management Studies Business & Management - Other
    • Course Start
      June, October
    • Course Duration
      1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    The Sunderland MBA offers a varied programme of lectures and applied learning through seminars, workshops and corporate engagement. A business simulation game is integrated into core teaching to cultivate and enhance leadership skills. Throughout the course there is a dedicated pathway of management and leadership competence development activities – all this makes the Sunderland MBA an exciting and rewarding programme.


    12 month taught MBA programme.

    MBA with placement*

    24 month MBA which also includes 12 month work placement, facilitated by the University.

    Master of Business Administration with Postgraduate Certificate*

    24 month taught programme comprised of a MBA and Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management or Digital Marketing and Analytics.

    MBA specialist routes

    For those with a specific employment focus, we offer a range of MBA’s with specialist routes:

    Functional specialisation

    MBA Finance

    MBA Marketing

    MBA Human Resource Management

    MBA Cybersecurity

    *additional fee applies

    Upcoming start dates14 June 202118 October 2021

    Why Us?

    • Affiliated with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
    • Our postgraduate Business and Management courses are ranked 3rd (of 48 institutions, 43 respondents) for Overall Satisfaction (PTES, 2020)
    • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework

    Course Structure

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, class discussions, case studies, group work, presentations and applied study.

    Your progress will be assessed with the dissertation and assignments.

    Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent reading and research.

    Please note, the availability of optional modules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or student demand.

    If you join us in March, you will be offered the general MBA course with designated options.

    Core Knowledge Modules

    • Financial Management and Control (15 credits)
    • Strategic Management in an International Context (15 credits)
    • Professional Management and Leadership Development (30 credits)
    • Value Creation in Organisations - Operations and Marketing Management (30 credits)


    You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

    Career Ready

    An MBA is a challenging qualification which requires significant dedication. Employers recognise its worth, and the value that an MBA-qualified business leader can bring to their organisation.

    While you are studying for this course, you will be an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI's support resources and networking opportunities. If you have 3 or more years' management experience when you graduate, you will be entitled to apply for full membership of the CMI or Chartered status.

    Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

    Optional PgCert in Human Resource Management or Digital Marketing and Analytics

    Following the completion of your MBA programme, you can continue your studies by completing an optional Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Marketing and Analytics or Human Resource Management.

    This route enables you to develop specialist knowledge in the areas of digital marketing and analysis or in skills in people management and learning and development.

    The total duration of the MBA with PgCert is 24 months

    We invite business leaders into the University to share their experiences with students. Past speakers include Divine Chocolate’s Head of Sales and Marketing and Sunderland Football Club’s CEO.

    Learning from business professionals can be very useful if you’re not sure what career to pursue when you graduate. If you already have a plan for your career, these events are an excellent way to start building a network of business contacts.

    The Sunderland MBA is affiliated with CMI, the Chartered Management Institute.

    Programme Support

    The programme team is very much committed to supporting you on your learning journey. We provide a robust personal tutoring system setting academic goals and working with you to keep this on track. Study skills development is a feature of the programme support, for example, honing critical skills and critical writing. We pride ourselves on Sunderland being a friendly and sociable place to study – many long-lasting friendships and networks are formed within our Sunderland MBA cohorts.

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

    (Student Profile)

    Octavian and Hanneke Lazin

    Octavian and Hanneke Lazin have been together since they were 16 years old and have now graduated from the same course. They both run their own business called Adjust your Auto, here in Sunderland.

    "My favourite module would be international strategy, that was really great, we have our own online business and it's really helped us add value and think about the strategy to put our product in other countries as well.

    We've learnt so much along the way, it's been really valuable and we've loved it. It's been really practical, we've been able to team up with other schools, the media school for example. They had a project to create adverts for local businesses and they chose us. It's been absolutely great, inside the class, and the experience outside the class as well."

    (Student Profile)

    Kendrick Lim

    "Studying at the University of Sunderland has been a great new chapter in my life. Its rapidly-improving worldwide reputation and ranking have been a major factor behind my decision to study here, and these were justified right in front of my eyes as soon as I arrived here.

    The MBA course particularly has been nothing short of incredible. Just by mingling around with my course mates, I have benefited greatly from their sharing of the culture and work experience in their respective countries. The helpful and knowledgeable lecturers also make my studying experience here fantastic. The classes are structured in a way that encourages students’ participation and the lecturers are always able to facilitate students’ critical thinking, making the classes alive with students exchanging views and sharing experience during discussions and debates.

    MBA students enjoy the privilege of going on a field trip to Munich at a subsidised rate. The visits to world-known companies like BMW and Audi in Munich are of great benefit to all participants and give us a whole new valuable experience. Other than this, we also visited companies like Nissan, Sage and John Lewis, which are great opportunities that might not come by very often in other universities.

    I would strongly recommend the University of Sunderland. I cannot speak highly enough about how wonderful this University, and particularly the MBA course, is. This course is certainly not just about the one year we spend studying here, but the lifelong changes that can happen to us which will equip us to be shining stars in the working field once we graduate."


    Alumni Loyalty Scheme - Single Award

    We are offering 20% off (for Overseas students) OR a 20% bursary payment (for Home and EU students) of the full course fee for University of Sunderland alumni (graduates) who return to study with the University of Sunderland and enrol on a postgraduate Masters or Doctoral programme. Please note for doctoral students the discount is not applicable to additional fees (bench fees). When applying for an MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil or PhD, Professional Doctorate, DBA, EdD the application form will ask you for your previous student number if known. Alternatively, applicants can produce evidence of their University of Sunderland graduate status at enrolment.

    Value of Scholarship(s)

    20% off the course fee


    Alumni who enrol on a postgraduate Masters/Doctoral course; MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil and PhD or Professional Doctorate, DBA, EdD starting in July and September, October November 2018 and 2019 and Jan/Feb/May 2019 and 2020. PGCE students are not eligible for this Scheme.The scheme is open to ALL Level 5 -8 graduates (Alumni) of the University of Sunderland, including students who studied at a Partner College (Bishop Auckland College, East Durham College, Gateshead College, Tyne Coast College-South Tyneside College site, Sunderland College & Tyne Coast College -Tyne Metropolitan College site)

    Application Procedure

    You don’t need to apply for this Scheme; if you are eligible then you will automatically receive it.

    Further Information


    International Scholarship - Single Award

    £1,000 tuition fee reduction for international postgraduate students.

    Value of Scholarship(s)

    £1,000 tuition fee reduction


    All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    Application Procedure

    Contact: [email protected] / 0191 515 3000

    Further Information


    We Care Scholarship - Single Award

    CARE EXPERIENCED STUDENTS1. Care Leaver status - (on 1 September of your year of entry)
    You must be aged under 25, a home student studying full time, undergraduate course or full-time taught Post Graduate programme and at least one of the following: spent 13 weeks or more in the Care of the Local Authority between your 14th and 16th birthday, were privately fostered until the age of 16, were 'looked after' until you were subject to a Special Guardianship Order. 2. You must be a (i) full-time undergraduate student or full-time postgraduate student on a taught programme.
    You must be anyone who is aged 25 or over by 1 September 2019 and applying for, or currently studying, full-time at the University of Sunderland. You must be either studying for an undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019, applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree. ESTRANGED STUDENTS1. Estranged students - (on 1 September on your year of entry)
    Studying a full-time, undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, UK (Home) student, you are irreconcilably estranged from both parents/carers. This means that either: You have had no contact at all with your parents/carers for at least 12 months and this is unlikely to change OR
    You can demonstrate on other grounds that you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents (e.g. in exceptional circumstances, or assessed as independent by Student Finance England or by a local authority because you are estranged from both parents/carers).2. You must be a full-time undergraduate or full-time postgraduate taught programme student.
    You must be aged 25 or under by 1 September 2019. And either:
    a) Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019.
    b)Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.*You must be a 'Home' student
    If you are classed as an ‘EU’ or ‘International’ student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.*If you are applying for or studying one of the following courses then you are not eligible for this scholarship:
    • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course.
    • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language course.
    • PHD students

    Value of Scholarship(s)

    £2,000 cash scholarship for each year of study (including placement year) for care experienced or family estranged students.


    For full-time home undergraduate and postgraduate students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2019 for care experienced or family estranged students.

    Application Procedure

    If you indicate that you are a Care Leaver on your UCAS application form you will automatically be sent a letter and an application form, once you have an unconditional offer with us. This is usually at the end of August. Alternatively, if you inform us that you are an Estranged Student via online enrolment you will also automatically be sent a letter and an application form.

    For students who apply directly/via clearing, if they inform us during online enrolment that they are care experienced or estranged we will send them an email outlining how to apply.

    We will request confirmation from local authorities or Student Finance England of your eligibility for this Scholarship. If you choose not to disclose your care experienced or estranged status at enrolment stage you can inform the Access to Higher Education team directly by emailing [email protected]

    You may apply for this Scholarship at any point throughout your course; however, payments will not be backdated for previous years’ study. If you are eligible for the We Care Scholarship you may also qualify for an additional support package.

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    This course is designed to support career acceleration for suitably academically qualified applicants. All levels of practical work/work experience will be considered including applications from candidates with pre-graduation or limited/no work experience post degree who can display that they will benefit from a programme of this type.

    Relevant degree or equivalent professional qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

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