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Master of Business Administration MBA

Course Description

Why Surrey?

Undertaking an MBA isn’t just about the modules you study, the lessons you learn or the people you meet, it’s about the range of added benefits that come with an MBA programme: the networks that last a lifetime, the mentors who guide you and the career support that shapes your future.

At Surrey, you’ll enjoy exposure to all these benefits as you gain the skills, experience, knowledge and connections to achieve your career ambitions.

Full-time MBA

The Full-time Surrey MBA programme attracts students from a wide range of business backgrounds and nationalities. It is particularly suitable for anyone wanting to build an international business career or preparing to start their own business.

The Full-time MBA is an intensive, one-year programme delivered in four stages. Learning is highly interactive and in small groups.

Key features

  • Core management subjects
  • Optional modules, so you can tailor the MBA to suit your needs
  • The Surrey Connect mentorship scheme
  • An opportunity to take part in connected business projects with our partner organisations, building hands-on experience
  • An individual dissertation on a topic of your choice
  • Professional development workshops
  • Careers coaching and personal profile development
  • Guest lectures, co-teaching and business visits

Programme structure


The induction week offers an introduction to the programme, Surrey Business School and our MBA team. During this week, you'll start to build skills that will support you throughout your studies.

The focus of the induction is on helping you:

  • Relate with your fellow students
  • Develop an understanding of your current skills and experiences, needs and ambitions
  • Build personal skills
  • Develop a team ethos that will see you support each other through the programme

Semester one

This stage gives you a grounding in the connectivity in business management and leadership. It develops your understanding of modern organisations in the global context and will allow you to explore key narratives of the business world.

Compulsory modules (15 credits each)

  • Understanding the Business in its International Environment
  • Understanding, Growing and Developing the Business
  • Financial Management Accounting
  • Marketing in a Digital World
  • Manager Decision Making and Insight

Personal and professional skills workshops are delivered throughout both semesters, covering topics such as negotiation skills, strategic leadership and change management.

Semester two

Compulsory modules (15 credits each)

  • Problem Solving and Innovation Thinking
  • Digital Platforms and Business Model Strategies
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

This stage allows you to tailor your MBA by choosing two elective modules from a range of options. Your learning will be put into practice with a business simulation project and a team-based consultancy project for a business.

Elective module options (15 credits each)

  • Leadership
  • Financial Strategy
  • Sustainable Management Strategies
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Strategic Change Management
  • Advanced Consumer Behaviour

Integrative applied project

Integrative applied project (30 credits)

Our Integrative Applied Project gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of understanding of management theory and how that theory can be applied through practice.

Executive MBA

Surrey's Executive MBA is a transformational experience, both personally and professionally. It has been specifically designed to help you balance a demanding career and personal commitments with a 24-month period of intensive study and professional development.

You will put theory to the test and skills into practice as you learn alongside your career with other students from a wide range of business backgrounds and sectors.

Programme structure

The Executive MBA is spread over four stages, with a focus on working in small teams alongside individual leaning.

You are encouraged to put what you learn into practice from the start and discuss your experiences with academic staff and fellow students.

You will study the same content as full-time MBA students but the course is spread over two years.

Visit the Master of Business Administration MBA page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Michael Veasey

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?

I had dropped out of university originally, so didn’t have a first degree. I was in my mid-30's and had a massive chip on my shoulder because I knew that I was as good as the next man, apart from that magic piece of paper. I saw an advert in The Sunday Times for the transition course allowing non-graduates to go on to do an MBA. The choice was then quite simple.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

I remember the group work that we did together and how effectively we gelled as different teams working on different projects. On one we had to dream up a marketing campaign for wine. We came up with one-glass-sized bottles as a give-away. Guess what appeared on supermarket shelves about five years later!

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?

Surrey is a great place to study. As a part-time student who commuted halfway around the M25 two evenings per week for two years, it must have been good to make that journey bearable, but I would start again tomorrow if I could.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

I think that I came to respect the opinions of others and working on the course opened my eyes to how many great people were out there in the same boat as me. Nobody is ever a failure, and we all have to find our own level in life. It also taught me you are never too old to learn. I have subsequently gone on to study Horticulture, NLP and Business Psychology.

(Student Profile)

Jeff Willcocks

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study the MBA here?

The University was one that I had wanted to study at when finishing my A-Levels. Since I missed that opportunity on that occasion, I decided that should I do an MBA, I would study at Surrey.

The course also covered all the core subjects I wanted to study as part of an MBA. I was able to study the MBA part time as a distance learning student. I already had a demanding job and family commitments, so the flexibility of this course appealed to me. The course included a laptop computer and all the core course books. All in all, it had been well thought out.

What is your strongest memory of your time studying for the MBA?

The MBA course encouraged me to think differently. It stretched me and opened my mind.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey to someone who didn’t know anything about it?

Surrey is an excellent place to learn. The resources and staff available provide an effective facility for learning. Whenever I needed assistance on the course a tutor was available to assist me.

What’s been the biggest benefit of doing the Surrey MBA?

On qualifying I was asked to take over the management of my current employer and I have been in the Managing Director role since 2006. I have also managed our US-based business.

What was the one most important thing you learnt on the Surrey MBA programme?

There are two things. Academically, hard work was required to complete the course, so to gain something so beneficial there is some pain along the way.

Professionally, I learned the knowledge to enable me to confidently carry out my current role, and through the role comes the experience to deal with many different situations.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing the Surrey MBA?

I would say that the Surrey MBA was the best thing I ever did. The course is very challenging and requires dedication but in the long run was very beneficial to my career.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Full-time MBA: Applicants to the Full-time programme should normally hold, as a minimum, a lower second class honours degree from a British or overseas university, as well as a minimum of three years’ postgraduate experience in a managerial role.

Part-time/Executive MBA: Applicants to the Executive MBA should normally hold a minimum of five years’ postgraduate experience in a managerial role. Applicants who do not have a degree but hold a relevant professional training qualification, along with a minimum of six years’ managerial work experience, will also be considered.

You will need good written and spoken business English language skills.

Last Updated

15 August 2017

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