Suffolk Executive MBA (SEMBA) - Leadership

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Organisational Development Project Management Marketing - Other Management Studies Business
    • Course Start
      September, February
    • Course Duration
      1 year full time, 2 and a half years (MBA), 1 and a half years (PGDip), 1 year (PGCert)
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    The Suffolk Executive MBA here at the University of Suffolk offers business knowledge at a senior level of management and advances leadership skills. Undertaking this qualification demonstrates determination to succeed in your chosen career and achieve your potential. With its distinctive nature the course aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines. With its flexible and practical nature, the Suffolk Executive MBA is designed to fit in with existing career commitments, offering flexibility for managers and senior leaders across several different industries and sectors who are wanting to boost their career prospects whilst continuing to work.

    Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. The blended approach to the Suffolk Executive MBA combines a multitude of different traditional classroom learning supported by additional forms of online learning and a Postgraduate Workshop Series. The Postgraduate Workshop Series aims to address a wide range of current management issues and offers an opportunity to discuss these themes with academics and practitioners.

    Through our accreditation scheme, and upon successful completion of modules on the Suffolk Executive MBA programme, students will be eligible to apply for the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management and CMI L7 Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.  Further information about the University's relationship with the ILM and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is available in the PSRB register


    You will be taught by professors and lecturers, each of whom has extensive experience in both senior management and academia.

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    Many MBA degrees offered elsewhere are principally formulaic how-to courses. With us, however, we actively encourage students to fundamentally question generally-accepted management and leadership wisdom by drawing upon the full range of social scientific knowledge. Not only does this develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of organisations and their functioning, but it develops the transferable skills of evaluation and analysis required of senior management.

    Practice-based learning

    Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. Students are also invited to guest lectures by practising managers, each of whom has extensive experience in their particular field.

    View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.


    The course is delivered in the award-winning Waterfront Building in Ipswich. This is an inspiring location not least because of its views over the Marina, and is the focal point of an extremely well-resourced campus. Class sizes are small (typically between 10 and 15 students).

    See website for module information.

    Career opportunities

    MBA graduates can be found in many varied jobs and careers, meaning that there are no `typical´ MBA jobs. This means that there is no single source of information on MBA careers or employers and that you may need to use general careers resources to research and achieve your goal, depending on your objectives. At the University of Suffolk, you will have the opportunity to consider your career, reflect on your previous experiences, on your progress and plan your next move. The Careers team offer confidential advice in 1-2-1 career coaching sessions to help you with your career decisions, mock interviews to ready yourself for challenging recruitment rounds, and provide the opportunity for you to realise your full potential as one of tomorrow’s business leaders.

    Visit the Suffolk Executive MBA (SEMBA) - Leadership page on the University of Suffolk web site for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    Students will be required to have at least three years relevant work experience before starting on our new SEMBA programme.
    Preferably students will hold a degree with a 2:2 minimum classification, but experience will also be considered.
    Students will be required to supply two references. Preferably one academic and one from recent or current employment.
    Applicants will be asked to attend an interview (virtual)
    If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

    Course Fees

    UK full-time tuition fee: £12,501 p.a.
    UK part-time tuition fee: £1,530 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
    International tuition fee: £16,497 p.a.

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