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MBA Master of Business Administration

Course Description

Welcome to the Connected MBA, providing knowledge and networks to last a lifetime. For more details, explore the Surrey MBA website (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mba/).


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.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/master-business-administration

Programme Overview

- 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.

Visit the Surrey MBA website to learn more about our Full-time MBA programme (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mba/your-mba-experience/full-time-mba)

- Executive MBA (part-time)

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.

Visit the Surrey MBA website to learn more about our Executive MBA programme (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mba/your-mba-experience/executive-mba)

Programme content

Compulsory Modules
-Managing Human Resources
-Marketing Management
-Operations Strategies
-Financial Management
-Strategic Management in a Global Context

Optional Modules
-Project Management
-Financial Strategy
-Strategic Change Management
-Sustainability Management

Module Overview

The MBA programme comprises a blend of professional development and academic modules. The foundation is laid by the Management Practice induction programme, aimed at auditing students’ personal and professional development. Thereafter, students follow a series of compulsory and optional modules and a series of key skills workshops that develop robust knowledge and understanding of the global business environment.

Professional recognition

The quality of our teaching is reflected in our accreditation from both the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and AACSB.


The AACSB is an international body which assesses business schools on the quality of their programmes and operational management. This represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn this award confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

AACSB international accreditation assures students and stakeholders that business schools:

Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant programme of studies
Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship
Provide high-calibre teaching
Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and well-qualified staff
Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals


Accreditation by the AMBA is widely recognised as the global standard for MBA programmes. The association has acted as an advocate for MBA programmes around the world since 1967 and assesses business schools and their post-experience management programmes against rigorous criteria.

These include:

- A clear strategy and mission, explicitly expressed and regularly updated. It will have a clear understanding of the market for its products

- Staff who are credible in terms of their academic qualifications, their ability to teach business at postgraduate level, the quality of their research and the extent of their business contacts and consultancy activities

- As the MBA is a post-experience, postgraduate degree, students admitted onto an accredited MBA must have a minimum of three years’ work experience, with an average of around five years’ experience.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MBA Master of Business Administration 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

A Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university is required, and for the full-time variant, a minimum of three years’ professional work experience post-graduation with some managerial responsibilities. For the Executive MBA, normally a minimum of five years’ postgraduate experience is required in a managerial role. Applicants who do not possess a degree but hold a relevant professional training qualification, along with a minimum of six years’ managerial work experience, may be eligible to enrol through the mature entry scheme.English language requirementsIELTS minimum overall: 6.5IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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