Master of Business Administration MBA

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Put yourself on the path to becoming an influential business leader. Learn how to inspire, support and motivate a team. Choose your own modules to specialise in the areas you’re the most passionate about.

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Overview

The Sunderland MBA offers a varied programme of lectures and applied learning through seminars, workshops and corporate engagement. A business simulation game is integrated into core teaching to cultivate and enhance leadership skills. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a four-day study visit and throughout the programme there is a dedicated pathway of management and leadership competence development activities – all this makes the Sunderland MBA an exciting and rewarding twelve months.

University of Sunderland MBA

MBA (Generic)

For those with a specific employment focus, we offer a range of MBA’s with specialist routes:

Business ‘start-ups’

MBA Enterprise and Innovation

Functional specialisation

MBA Finance

MBA Marketing

MBA Human Resource Management

MBA Supply Chain Management

MBA Cyber Security

Sector specialisation

MBA Hospitality Management

MBA Creative Cultural Industries

 

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.

Please note the availability of optional modules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or student demand.

If you join us in March, you will be offered the general MBA course with designated options.

Core knowledge modules

  • Financial Management and Control (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management in an International Context (15 credits)
  • Professional Management and Leadership Development (Business Game) (30 credits)
  • Value Creation in Organisations - Operations and Marketing Management (30 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Specialist knowledge: route or optional module (30 credits)

October intake:

If you study the generic MBA, you can customise your course choosing from a range of optional modules such as:

  • Contemporary International HR
  • Digital Marketing
  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
  • Management Accounting and Finance for Decision Making
  • Management Consultancy
  • Managing Operations and Logistics in a Business Environment

 

March intake:

You will gain specialist knowledge of innovation including:

  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer - includes a live corporate project with a local business

Your knowledge will be supported by designated module options.

Multi-project portfolio (60 credits)

Choose the format of your final project:

  • Business Dissertation
  • Applied Corporate Project
  • Route Specialism – MBA Project

The Reg Vardy Centre,
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  • 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

Facilities

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

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree



You must have a minimum six months work experience and you should be able to demonstrate your ability to operate at a managerial level.

For candidates with over 5 years experience at a managerial level but without an undergraduate degree the programme leader will review applicants based upon their suitability for the course.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee 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

Employment

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 MBA is the very foundation and motivation for the initiative.
     Abedalrahman Al-Zghoul

    Abedalrahman Al-Zghoul

  • As a student of the University, you shape the work of the SU and have a say in every decision.
    Abraham Obinna course

    Abraham Obinna

  • 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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