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Master of Business Administration - MBA


Course Description

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.

Programme Structure

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, Developing and Growing the Business: part I & II
-Financial Management & Accounting for Decision-making
-Marketing in a Digital World
-Digital Platforms and Business Model Strategies
-Innovation Management and Design Thinking
-Decision Making and Insight
-Strategic Entrepreneurship

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

Semester Two
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

Intergrative Applied Project
Our Integrative Applied Project (30 credits) gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of understanding of management theory and how that theory can be applied through practice.

The project can take three forms:

1. Business Plan
Many who study on our MBA will be inspired to start a business and create their own personal agile organisation. This project can be the first step on that journey. The Business Plan project is about creating value through an actionable, feasible blueprint for a new business.

2. Consultancy Report
This project is about combining theory and practice to address real-world issues in the corporate, public or third sector. Students will work on live business problems to find solutions, creating value for their client through the impact of their work.

3. Traditional Dissertation
Students following this option will focus on a wider practical or theoretical issue in a specific industry. Research problems will be investigated and work will be rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts, creating value for the wider community of researchers.

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.

Year One (Foundation stage)
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, Developing and Growing the Business: part I & II
-Financial Management & Accounting for Decision-making
-Marketing in a Digital World
-Digital Platforms and Business Model Strategies
-Innovation Management and Design Thinking
-Decision Making and Insight
-Strategic Entrepreneurship

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

Year Two (Specialist stage)
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. You have the option to base your studies around your own company.

Elective module options (15 credits each)
-Financial Strategy
-Leadership
-Project and Programme Management
-Strategic Change Management
-Sustainable Management Strategies
-Advanced Consumer Behaviour

Integrative Applied Project
Our Integrative Applied Project (30 credits) gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of understanding of management theory and how that theory can be applied through practice.

The project can take three forms:

1. Business Plan
Many who study on our MBA will be inspired to start a business and create their own personal agile organisation. This project can be the first step on that journey. The Business Plan project is about creating value through an actionable, feasible blueprint for a new business.

2. Consultancy Report
This project is about combining theory and practice to address real-world issues in the corporate, public or third sector. Students will work on live business problems to find solutions, creating value for their client through the impact of their work.

3. Traditional Dissertation
Students following this option will focus on a wider practical or theoretical issue in a specific industry. Research problems will be investigated and work will be rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts, creating value for the wider community of researchers.

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.


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/scholarships/discounts-surrey-graduates



Entry Requirements

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. 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.

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