Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course contact

Dr Tom Keegan
+44 (0)1698 283100 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MBA (full-time/part-time) 1 year/2 years The distance learning option is a maximum of five years.


Start date(s)

  • February and September
The MBA is a well-recognised world brand. The UWS MBA has been redesigned to reflect the ever-changing nature of business and the global challenges which business leaders are facing. It focuses on developing strategic analytical skills, as well as business intuition and enquiring and adaptive thinking, to develop you as a leader. Through the selection of option modules, you can focus in one of three areas: finance; leadership; or enterprise.

Applicants will normally be expected to satisfy at least one of the following admission requirements:

  • Have a bachelor degree awarded by an appropriate institution
  • Have a postgraduate award (passed at an appropriate level)
  • Have an appropriate professional qualification such as those from ACCA or CIMA 
  • Have passed a pre-Masters, or other foundation course
  • Be a mature student with relevant work or professional experience

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed equivalent.

International students: overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

The new UWS MBA is designed to produce graduates of the highest calibre who can respond creatively and effectively to often unpredictable future challenges of globally competitive business environments. 

As well as providing essential core business knowledge and understanding, the course modules place a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills that are vital to be an effective business leader. Using a variety of methods such as role play exercises, case studies, and incompany analysis etc, your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be developed and enhanced. 

There are three different options for delivery designed specifically to accommodate a busy working life: a one year full-time programme delivered over three trimesters; a two year part-time open learning option delivered over six trimesters; and a five year (maximum) distance learning/online programme delivered over a maximum of fifteen trimesters. Removing the traditional barriers between different cohorts of learners means that the new MBA will create a unified model of learning for all students regardless of the mode of study. 

Learning and exchange takes place through a dynamic, virtual learning hub: the UWS Online MBA World, which will offer opportunities for students to engage and collaborate within their modules on an international basis.

Your Learning

Core modules: 

  • Integration of Business Functions (10 credits) 
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision Making (20 credits) 
  • Managing Organisational Health (20 credits) 
  • Influencing Organisational Strategy (20 credits) 
  • Creativity and Business Wealth (20 credits) 
  • Strategic Business Project (60 credits)

Option modules:

Finance stream  

  • Advanced Financial Functions (10 credits)
  • Global Financial Systems (10 credits) 

Leadership stream 

  • Leading Change (10 credits) 
  • Influencing Organisational Culture and Change (10 credits) 

Enterprise stream 

  • New Venture Creation (10 credits) 
  • Business Creativity (10 credits) 

Health Service Management stream 

  • Responding to Public Health Challenges (20 credits)

The Strategic Business Project provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their module knowledge and research skills to a business topic of their choice. The dissertation will also deepen their engagement with the thematic area pursued in their option module choices.

The UWS MBA will develop you as a leader. It will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for you to operate effectively as a strategic general manager in a variety of environments. Graduates with an MBA may also undertake a course of research such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a particular branch of business/ management or a taught Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Useful Information

  • The online learning course commences in both September and February, the full-time and part-time options commence September.

    International students may be interested to note UWS work in partnership with Olympia College to deliver the MBA programme in Malaysia.