Business Administration MBA

Course Description

Our AMBA-accredited MBA degree will give you the understanding, knowledge and confidence to challenge conventional thinking and stand out in today's fast-moving business world. 

  • Choice of three pathways: General, Entrepreneurship and Maritime.
  • Small class size and highly interactive, group-based learning.
  • Exclusive access to MBA Learning Suite, newly opened in 2019.
  • Leadership Development Programme with career coaching.
  • European and International study trips with 'live' consulting project.
  • Opportunities for work experience placements. 
  • Free membership of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Course lead

Your course leader is Professor Peter Rodgers, Professor of Strategy and International Management and MBA Director within Southampton Business School. His research focuses on informality within state-business relations, non-market strategies and entrepreneurship. Read Professor Rodgers’ staff profile to find out more about his work.

Related pathways

You'll choose 1 of 3 pathways on this course:

  • Generalist: Choose this pathway if you want to gain a broad overview of modern business and management, with skills you'll be able to apply to many different business situations.
  • Entrepreneurship: Choose this pathway if you want to develop your own business or focus on new product development. You'll gain key management skills and explore entrepreneurship in established organisations.
  • Maritime: Choose this pathway if you work, or want to work, in the maritime sector. This is ideal if you're a maritime industry consultant, if you're moving into the maritime sector from another industry, or if you're a sea-based professional moving to a shore-based role.

Course structure

This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.

The course takes place in 3 stages:

  • Mastering fundamentals (semester 1): You’ll develop expertise in key business and management skills through core modules.
  • Mastering complexity (semester 2): You’ll build on your learning and develop more complex skills through core modules. You’ll also choose your optional modules.
  • Mastering business (over the summer): You’ll work independently to research and write a business project about a sector and organisation of your choice. You’ll have the chance to work with a real business client for this research project. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to discuss progress.

Semester 1 overview

This is the ‘mastering fundamentals’ stage.

You’ll learn about people management, accounting, marketing, operations, corporate finance and the global business environment.

At the end of semester 1, as part of the Global Business Environment module, you’ll go on a study trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. This will help you learn about the realities of operating global businesses in Europe and how trade is conducted with the rest of the world.

Businesses we have visited include:

  • DAF Trucks
  • Medtronics
  • Q-Park
  • the Wijn Kasteel Genoels Elderen

Watch our YouTube video about the study trip

Semester 2 overview

This is the ‘mastering complexity’ stage.

You’ll learn about strategy and decision-making, business analytics and risk, leadership, sustainability, innovation and change.

At the end of semester 2, as part of the Leading Sustainability, Innovation and Change module, you’ll take part in a ‘live’ international consultancy project with a client company.

Our clients are innovative companies who want to grow their businesses internationally. They come from various sectors, including: 

  • media
  • oil and gas
  • financial services
  • pharmaceuticals

We’ll assign you to an MBA project team and you’ll work on a strategic issue for a local client company in Brazil.

Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.

Learning and assessment


We teach through a mixture of:

  • lectures with group discussions
  • practical exercises
  • case studies
  • simulations
  • ‘live’ business projects

We emphasise the importance of collaboration between students, as this is critical for developing your management and leadership skills. We’ll teach you in small groups, using a round-table classroom layout, to encourage discussion and develop your teamwork skills.

Through case studies, simulation exercises and games, you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge to real-world settings.


Depending on the modules you take, we’ll assess your progress through a combination of:

  • exams
  • coursework assignments
  • reflective reports
  • group projects and presentations
  • a 12,000-word business project

Academic Support

We'll support you as a mature student with personalised sessions on study skills such as:

  • academic writing and referencing
  • group work
  • presentations

You'll meet with your personal academic tutor throughout the year for help and advice. You can also speak to members of the MBA staff team for guidance.


Whether you want to improve your promotion prospects, bring new skills to your current role or show you're ready to take on more responsibility, an MBA will help you achieve your ambitions.

Working closely within a diverse, international group will enrich your experience and give you a valuable insight into different business cultures.

To help you plan your next career steps, the Southampton MBA includes a non-credit bearing Leadership Development Programme (LDP), which runs throughout the year.

The LDP includes a series of workshops on key leadership and management skills, and 'soft' skills such as business communication and negotiation.  

The LDP also offers careers coaching and employability workshops delivered by the University’s Careers and Employability Service. In addition, you’ll have access to worldwide MBA-level employment opportunities and recruiter fairs.

During your time on the MBA course you’ll become a member of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), giving you access to a range of business management career and e-learning resources.

We invite industry guest speakers from companies such as:

  • Cap Gemini
  • Airbus
  • IBM
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Prudential

You can also attend industry presentations and seminars hosted by the Business School.

Visit the Business Administration MBA page on the University of Southampton web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Patrick Nadan

Patrick Nadan from Fiji exchanged the University of Southampton for a four-month internship at the Peter Charles Consultancy in London following the taught element of his degree: “I would encourage other MBA students, especially international students, to think about engaging in a placement. It was a good learning experience for me to work at a large organisation in London and will be good to add to my CV.”

(Student Profile)


“The MBA programme has international recognition and both the range of lecturers and course content were exactly what I was looking for. The Maastrict trip to learn about cross cultural intricacies within business was definitely a highlight.”


FT MBA - Business Excellence Scholarship - 0 Awards

We offer scholarships up to £9,000 for candidates who can display a combination of the following business excellence criteria:- A high degree of relevant professional experience in management and/or leadership role
- Evidence of rapid career progression
- Clear ability to contribute to the quality of the MBA cohort
- Strong academic ability / performance
- Excellent performance at interviewApplicants who receive an offer will automatically be considered for the Business Excellence Scholarships. There is no need to complete a separate application. The scholarship award is made at the discretion of the Business School.The deadline to submit your application so it is considered for a scholarship is 31 July.

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- A high degree of relevant professional experience in management and/or leadership role
- Evidence of rapid career progression
- Clear ability to contribute to the quality of the MBA cohort
- Strong academic ability / performance
- Excellent performance at interview

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit your application so it is considered for a scholarship is 31 July.

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Business School Postgraduate Scholarships - 0 Awards

We offer various scholarship and funding opportunities. Please visit our fees and funding page for more information.

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need:

a 2:2 degree
3 years' professional experience of supervising or managing people
Some analytical experience will strengthen your application.

Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.

Course Fees

Scholarships of up to £9,000 available - please see website for more details.

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