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Master of Business Administration

Developed in response to the needs of businesses, this course has been carefully tailored to take your career to the next level. Learn how to operate as a global leader who understands responsible business practices in an increasingly changing environment

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Full-time with placement

Why study Master of Business Administration at BU? 

  • Our innovative Sprints provide you with additional opportunities to focus on your professional development and practice your consultancy skills
  • We have an emphasis on responsible and inclusive business with clear links to the UN Sustainable Development goals
  • Advance your leadership and managerial skills through a series of workshops, guest lectures from industry speakers, case studies and consultancy work with real business clients.
  • Choose to take an optional 30-week work placement to enhance your employability and put into practice taught elements of this course
  • Rather than studying in subject silo’s, we combine some topics to provide a more realistic understanding of the organisational landscape.
  • Small class teaching and no exams. Our coursework is deliberately diverse to develop skills in areas such as presentations, report writing and data analytics.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditations

The accrediting bodies on this course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School experience. 

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is a hallmark of excellence that has been awarded to fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide. 
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation gives you complimentary CMI student membership, access to resources and services and when you graduate, you’ll receive a CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM), upon successful completion of your degree, you will be able to obtain the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus (with additional activities on Talbot Campus)

Duration:

1 year full-time; 2 years full-time with an optional 30-week placement

Accreditations:

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Institute of Data & Marketing and The Chartered Management Institute

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject and a minimum of two years relevant full-time work experience. However, applicants with other backgrounds may be invited to interview. For more information see our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

The MBA is made up of five core units and option units and a consultancy or research project. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 296kb)

Your application

Placements

An exciting part of your studies with us is the opportunity to do a minimum 30-week industry placement. This takes place after the taught elements of the course are complete (and after the project), and provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Entry requirements

Careers

With academic expertise drawn upon from across BU’s Faculties, our MBA is constantly evolving to ensure it remains at the forefront of change and advancement in all sectors. This course provides you with a springboard for developing a managerial career.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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