Master of Business Administration with Placement MBA

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Master of Business Administration Professional Practice ( 12 month placement) February 2020 intake

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Study a course accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Take advantage of a 12-month taught course followed by a 6 or 12-month work placement, facilitated by the University. Grasp the opportunity to demonstrate business skills and knowledge in the workplace.

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MBA with Placement is a taught course which incorporates a 6 or 12-month work placement, facilitated by the University.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement to utilise and demonstrate your skills and knowledge within a work environment.

The University will support you in securing a placement or work experience. Our dedicated faculty placements team is well-connected with regional and national employers and each year places candidates in roles including marketing, human resources, finance, operations and supply-chain positions. 

Securing a work placement is a competitive process and we will help you with the selection process from application to interview.

Our students have secured placements with companies including: Nissan, Caterpillar, Fujitsu, Network Rail and White Lodging Services, as well as small entrepreneurial firms in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

Upcoming start dates
24 February 2020
12 October 2020

Why us?

  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Benefit from employer engagement opportunities, employer visits and our guest speaker programme
  • '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.

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

Please note, this specialist MBA route is available for October starts only.

See further information on the generic MBA route.

We will support you with securing a placement, but should you be unsuccessful in the selection process, we will arrange a transfer to the MBA or MBA with Postgraduate Certificate programme.


Core modules

  • Financial Management and Control (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management in an International Context (15 credits)
  • Professional Management and Leadership Development (30 credits)
  • Value Creation in Organisations Managing Operations and Marketing (30 credits)
  • MBA Placement Project (60 credits)


*Optional module or *Route module

  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
  • Designated option for cohorts without options or routes


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

  • 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
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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

  • This course is designed to support career acceleration for suitably academically qualified applicants. All levels of practical work/work experience will be considered including applications from candidates with pre-graduation or limited/no work experience post degree who can display that they will benefit from a programme of this type.
  • Relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Candidates will be required to attend a short Skype interview as part of the application process.

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, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

MBA with 6-month placement (18-month overall duration)

The annual fee is:

  • £12,500 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £15,000 if you are an international student

MBA with 12-month placement (24-month overall duration)

The annual fee is:

  • £14,000 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £16,500 if you are an international student

International students are eligible for a £1,000 discount subject to availability.

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.



Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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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.

Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation

The Sunderland MBA is accredited by the CMI, an accredited professional institution for management. Students achieving the MBA are awarded the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership in recognition of knowledge enhancement and understanding of practice of management

Graduating from a CMI-accredited course has been proven to boost employability by as much as 10%. According to the 2016/17 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 58% of graduates from CMI-accredited courses were in graduate-level employment, further study or training within 6 months of graduating, compared with 48% from non-accredited business courses (based on UK students).

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.

Programme support

The programme team is very much committed to supporting you on your learning journey. We provide a robust personal tutoring system setting academic goals and working with you to keep this on track. Study skills development is a feature of the programme support, for example, honing critical skills and critical writing. We pride ourselves on Sunderland being a friendly and sociable place to study – many long-lasting friendships and networks are formed within our Sunderland MBA cohorts.

Meet the students

  • 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

  • It's been absolutely great, inside the class, and the experience outside the class as well.

    Octavian and Hanneke Lazin

Meet the team

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