Master of Business Administration (Top-Up) via Study Centres - MBA

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Business Business & Management - Other Management Studies
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    • Course Duration
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    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    An MBA is an internationally respected business qualification. In one year you will develop a strategic understanding of all aspects of managing a successful business. You will study a broad range of topics, from global corporate strategy to international business environment.

    The course prepares you for senior roles that have major responsibility. Our aim is to accelerate your progress towards well-paid positions of leadership.

    Please contact your Study Centre for the duration and mode of this course.

    This course is also available on campus at Sunderland. For more details or to apply, please visit the MBA course page.

    Why Us?

    • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the Latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
    • Affiliated with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

    Course Structure

    You will complete a dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with your tutor. There is a high level of personal research and independent working, under supervision from your tutor.

    Your progressed will be assessed through assignments and your dissertation.

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

    Modules on this course include:

    • Financial Management and Control (15 credits)
    • Strategic Management in an International Context (15 credits)
    • MBA Project (60 credits)


    This course is taught in various quality-assured partner universities around the world. For more information about each study centre, please use the left hand menu.

    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.

    Sunderland MBA graduates now work in a number of roles, including a Financial Controller in the Gulf region, Operations Director in an oil company, General Manager in Eastern Europe, Division Chief in China, Business Development Manager for an automotive supplier, Vice President of a Canadian corporation.

    Visit the Master of Business Administration (Top-Up) via Study Centres - MBA page on the University of Sunderland web site for more details!

    (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

    Entry requirements
    You can apply for direct entry on to the MBA (Top-up) if you hold one of the following qualifications:

    EdExcel BTEC Diploma in Management Studies
    Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Executive Diploma
    You must have a record of experience in the workplace and the ability to operate in a managerial role. Relevant work experience might be gained through internships, work placements, graduate projects, voluntary work or other experience, with a cumulative duration of at least three months.

    We will consider applicants who do not have standard qualifications but who have appropriate professional and managerial experience.

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