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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!






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