Master of Business Administration MBA

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Fast-track your career in business leadership. Demonstrate your value to employers. Qualify for senior roles with significant responsibility.

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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 financial management to operations, global strategy to leading people. The course prepares you for senior roles, your aim is to accelerate your progress towards well-paid positions of leadership.

The Business School offers a suite of MBA qualifications including:

MBA (Generic)

MBA Finance

MBA Marketing

MBA Human Resource Management

MBA Supply Chain Management

MBA Enterprise and Innovation

MBA Hospitality Management

MBA Creative Cultural Industries


Upcoming start dates
15 October 2018

Why us?

  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • '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, as well as exams in some topics.

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)
  • Managing and Leading People (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • Marketing Management (15 credits)
  • International Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Global Corporate Strategy (15 credits)
  • Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer (15 credits)
  • MBA Dissertation (60 credits)

Plus one optional module:

  • International HRM (15 credits)
  • E-marketing (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 credits)
  • Management Accounting and Control (15 credits)
  • International Marketing (15 credits)
  • OD and Change (15 credits)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Innovation and Growth (15 credits)
  • Management Consultancy (15 credits)

(Modules subject to approval)

The exact list of modules available will depend on student demand and resource availability. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library Services - St Peter's Library


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.

Entry requirements

We usually require you to have either:

  • A lower second-class honours degree or international equivalent with a minimum of six months’ work experience
  • A third-class honours degree or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ work experience
  • Relevant professional or managerial experience demonstrated by a portfolio of evidence

Your work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity, which could include voluntary work, placements, internships or project management. 

All applications are subject to University approval.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for 2017/18 entry is:

  • £9,990 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,600 if you are an international student

The annual fee for 2018/19 entry is:

  • £11,000 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.



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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


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.

Guest speakers

We invite business leaders into the University to share their experiences with students. Past speakers include Divine Chocolate’s Head of Sales & 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 visits to world-known companies like BMW and Audi in Munich are of great benefit.
    Kendrick Lim, MBA student

    Kendrick Lim

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