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Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Part-time)

Course Description

The fully redesigned Bristol MBA was launched in September 2014. It prepares managers for the changing demands of the local, regional, national and global markets and the increasing challenges of contemporary business. The programme offers you practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today, and has been restructured from the ground up to incorporate and investigate key methodologies relevant to the real world. We'll encourage you to think about business in a responsible way, creating sustainable value for business and society at large, and contributing to a healthy economy.

Key benefits

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The University will pay your CMI membership giving you access to member benefits from the CMI:

• Knowledge Resource portal - ManagementDirect
• Mentoring scheme - CMI Achieve
• CMI library services
• CMI organised networking events

On the completion of your degree, you'll gain a CMI qualification.

Course detail

Our part-time Executive MBA works around your work. Physical attendance at the Business School is minimal, so you can study from home or your workplace, whichever suits you best. The course offers practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today and helps those who've already made their mark in business, but are now seeking further advancement, better prospects, salaries and fulfillment. It minimises time spent away from the office, so you can apply your learning straight away. You will benefit directly from our business partnerships by meeting people who can share valuable experiences and taking part in live projects.

An MBA degree is internationally recognised as the key qualification for talented business people aspiring to senior roles. People choose to study for an MBA for different reasons and with different outcomes in mind. The Bristol MBA allows you to tailor your studies to develop areas of knowledge relevant to your workplace and career plan, meet your particular goals, and shape your business future. Whatever you want to get out of the course, it's going to be demanding and challenging dedication, energy and enthusiasm are a prerequisite.


• Customer and International Market Analysis
• Strategy and Implementation
• Leadership, Complexity and Change
• Managing People in a Global Context
• Financial Decision Making
• Systems, Structures and Operations
• Executive Dissertation / Consultancy Dissertation
• Integrated Management Research and Professional Development


The Bristol MBA is a proactive learning experience so while there are some classroom and one-to-one sessions, these are combined with individual research projects and applied study. Our approach is hands on and practical, focused on developing tangible personal and professional skills.

An important part of the course is the Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods module. This is woven throughout the programme, connecting the various elements together. Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods focuses on personal development planning, reflective learning and creating a portfolio. You are encouraged to devise a tailored programme of study that aligns with your professional and personal circumstances.

Collaboration is right at the heart of everything we do, with staff and students sharing knowledge and experience of their business worlds. Bristol MBA students learn through syndicate work, group and individual presentations, student-led seminar groups, case studies, experiential learning, role play and business simulations.


There may be specific projects within your own workplace that you need to address. The Bristol MBA programme allows you to work independently or on a consultancy basis to provide tailored analysis and solutions for your organisation.


Assessment for the Bristol MBA is by a mixture of work-based assignments (supervised mini projects), examinations, presentations/vivas and your dissertation.

Careers / Further study

The Bristol MBA course will help you move your career forward, providing you with the relevant skills, experience and networks to become a leader in your chosen field of business. We'll encourage you to think critically and creatively, to find new ways of delivering sustainable, socially responsible entrepreneurship.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Part-time) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need:• an honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution,• three years' work experience with managerial responsibilities.

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