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Designed for professionals who wish to progress in their career, our part-time Leadership MBA will develop your potential in your chosen field, cultivating the analytical skills and entrepreneurial thinking employers are looking for from their senior management.

This course will give you a holistic view of organisations while developing your leadership qualities, developing the skills needed to identify opportunities to inform effective strategic decisions.

Case studies and professional work-based projects will enable you to practically apply your new skills to the benefit of employers. Guest speakers, industry visits and attending core modules will provide you with a wider perspective and exposure to different cultures as experiences are shared. 

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only chartered professional body in the field of management and leadership, you will graduate with a degree as well as the CMI's Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

During your studies you will benefit from free membership of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute. Our partnerships with professional associations ensure the Brighton MBA remains relevant to the needs of today's business practitioners.

Course structure

The course is flexible so you can choose to study via a combination of evening classes and weekly blocks, depending on your specific needs. Part-time study allows you to apply the tools, theories and techniques learned during the course to your workplace, bringing an immediate benefit to your organisation.

It is possible to complete the course in two years, but most students spread the workload over three years. Should your circumstances change, you may suspend your studies and restart at a later date. The course has multiple start dates throughout the year.

Syllabus

You can start your part-time MBA in January or September, sharing core modules with managers from all our MBA specialisms. Once you have completed your first core modules you can choose to specialise in Leadership, Knowledge and Innovation Management or Public Service Management. 

You can also choose from a host of optional modules which will allow you to specialise in the areas of management you are most interested in. Most MBA modules can be studied in the evening or in weekly blocks.

Core modules

  • Accounting and Performance Management
  • Information Systems, Operations and Process Management
  • Managing in an Uncertain Environment
  • Managing People and Organisations 

Specialism Modules

  • Developing Strategic Leadership and Change Capabilities (9 days)
  • Knowledge Management (5-day block)
  • Strategy, Planning and Commissioning (5-day block)
  • International Leadership and Negotiation (4-day block)
  • Marketing and Communication (5-day block)

International Study Visit 

Your optional international study visit to a European organisation would take place in the autumn or spring terms.  

Flexible study

Core modules will give you thorough knowledge in each key business discipline. You will then have the opportunity to tailor your MBA through a choice of specialisms and option modules.

Our part-time MBA typically takes one day per week over two to three years, or on a block basis. When studying in the block format modules can be taken in any order to suit your interests, apart from the final module.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go, exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate in Management, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, or an MBA.

Part-time students can choose the order in which they study their modules – to benefit their organisation’s specific needs.

CMI Strategic Diploma

Graduate with dual awards: an MBA and a CMI Strategic Diploma

The Brighton MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). All graduates gain dual awards – both an MBA and a CMI Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Having the CMI Strategic Diploma as well as an MBA from Brighton makes a powerful statement about your standards and determination to continue to develop your management skills.

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Our partnership with the CMI helps to keep our courses relevant to the workplace and enhance your employability.

For more details about the CMI Level 7 Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership see the  CMI website.

Institute of Directors

We offer all of our masters students free Institute of Directors (IoD) membership. Membership provides you with access to IoD events, mentoring, forums, crowd funding and work placement opportunities.

The IoD network provides opportunities to learn from director-level business people. These are influential people who can really help develop your career.

The IoD is the UK's longest running organisation for business leaders. It encourages entrepreneurial activity and promotes responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

Careers and employability

An MBA is an internationally recognised passport to a successful managerial career.

In a recent study by the Association of MBAs, those surveyed were earning on average, 33% more immediately after their MBA, 92% more 3-5 years later, and 151% more 6-10 years after graduation. Both in the short-term and long-term, an MBA can be considered a solid investment.

The University of Brighton has been producing high-quality MBA graduates for over 25 years.

Employers of recent MBA graduates include Total Oil Marine (UK), Fuji Bank (Japan), Price Waterhouse (Beijing), Ericsson (Sweden), Proton Cars (Malaysia), Hewlett Packard (Germany), Microsoft (Mexico) and PepsiCo (India).

Sponsors of part-time students include Lloyds TSB, American Express, Police and Fire Services, Health Trusts, the Body Shop, TRANSCO and BOC Edwards.


Visit the Leadership (MBA/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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