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Master of Business Administration MBA


University of Surrey Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time October MBA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

Our full-time MBA and executive (part-time) MBA courses are a transformational learning experience. We’ll do more than change your career prospects: we want to change the way you think. We achieve this through the interplay of theory and practice, supporting your learning with up-to-date management theory and engagement with industry practitioners.

To reflect best practice in the business world, our course is integrative and inter-disciplinary. Our modules are connected in meaningful ways, allowing you to cross-pollinate content from across the wider MBA experience. With a digital, agile and entrepreneurial approach, you’ll leave prepared to lead the way in a rapidly changing business world.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must also have at least five years postgraduate experience in a managerial role to apply.

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Student Profile(s)

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.


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.



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