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Master of Business Administration


Course Description

Overview

Got a passion for business and entrepreneurship? Hoping to boost your career prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme will help you to improve your understanding of four key areas of business: marketing, operations, HR management and finance. You’ll graduate having learnt to think critically about a broad range of business issues, using your knowledge to reach creative solutions for day-to-day business management problems.

- Students benefit from the University’s close links with industry, working with businesses on real projects.
- These projects provide students with realistic insight into corporate thinking, analysis and decision-making.
- Students pick from a range of optional units, tailoring the course to their own unique career ambitions.
- Solent’s MBA programme can be delivered flexibly over two years, ideal for students who are intending to work alongside their studies. Multiple start dates are available.
- The course concludes with a dissertation or consultancy project, allowing students to apply their newfound skills to their own business interests.
- Campus facilities include a 24-hour library, group working spaces and modern IT suites.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. An MBA from Southampton Solent University will help students to demonstrate their business knowledge and secure higher level roles with corporate employers.

The programme -

Students will study a diverse range of units throughout the MBA programme. These include units in enhanced leadership, financial decision making, marketing, innovation and managerial economics. The regular curriculum is complemented by guest lectures, networking events and live client projects, giving students a genuine insight into the corporate workplace.

Students work alongside an academic team with experience in many different industries. Final project supervisors are assigned to students based on the topic they wish to study, ensuring that each student receives the specialised guidance required to succeed.

Entrepreneurs will find a number of support networks and specialist units available to them here at Solent. Our student enterprise centre is equipped to provide mentoring to students who are starting their own business, helping them to navigate any issues that they may encounter along the way. Within the MBA programme itself, units in entrepreneurship and enterprise cover the essential planning, fundraising and marketing skills that students will need to get their business off to the right start.

Course Content

Our MBA covers all the key areas of study for a successful career in business.

Units:
- Financial Decision-Making in Business
- Managerial Economics
- Contemporary Organisational Behaviour
- Enhanced Leadership
- The Principles of Marketing
- Leadership for Innovation and Change
- Contemporary Operations Management
- Strategic Management
- Project and Research Skills.

Two option units from:
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Global Financial Markets
- Financial Strategies
- Entrepreneurial Marketing Management.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course combines classroom-based workshops, group work and supervised study. You will also work on live client briefs with businesses.

For your project you will be allocated a supervisor who specialises in your chosen subject area.

Work experience -

This course is aimed at students who are studying alongside their job, so there is no work experience option.

Assessment -

Assessment is through presentations, written assignments, role-play, a business simulation exercise and live briefs.

Web-based learning -

Flexible learning is supported through our virtual learning environment, which provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Our MBA programme offers excellent prospects if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur or to progress your career at senior management level.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Company director
- Managing director
- Consultant

Links with industry -

We have extensive links with industry and employers, giving you opportunities to work with businesses on real projects. In the past year, students have:

- Helped an entrepreneur to commercialise an invention
- Developed a marketing plan for a business
- Worked with an events company on organisational change.

Transferable skills -

You will develop your critical analysis and business-planning skills, along with experience in presentation, time management and planning your professional development.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

Our MBA graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of roles, including:

- Performance manager
- Employability specialist
- Researcher
- Company director
- Marketing manager
- Financial analyst
- Corporate communications manager
- Sales director.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,785

International full-time fees £12,360

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,895 per year

International part-time fees £6,180 per year

UK and EU part-time unit fees: £815 per 15-credit unit

International part-time unit fees £1,030 per 15-credit unit

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Do you think you could benefit from an MBA education? With flexible delivery option, expert tutors and close links to UK industry, Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme is the ideal way to boost your business acumen and improve your employability.

Visit the Master of Business Administration page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Vanessa Shahani, student

The MBA course helped me to set out my business plan so I’ve now got a blueprint to follow. I’m still in the early stages of setting up my business, so my next steps are to use my website and social media to advertise and get in touch with other coaches to grow my networks.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher or an equivalent recognised degree/professional qualification will be considered. More Information: View Website

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