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
This internationally respected degree has been redesigned to reflect the evolving nature of business and the global challenges facing business leaders. It focuses on developing strategic analytical skills, business intuition, and enquiring and adaptive thinking. The selection of option modules offers one of four specialist areas: finance, leadership, enterprise or health service management.

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

  • Have a 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: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

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

This programme produces high calibre graduates who can effectively respond to unpredictable challenges in globally competitive business environments. It provides essential core business knowledge and understanding with a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills vital for effective business leaders. Your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be nurtured and enhanced. 

Modes of study are engineered to accommodate busy working lives. This new MBA creates a unified model of learning for all students regardless of how you study. 

Learning and exchange takes place through a dynamic, virtual learning hub: the UWS Online MBA World, where students can engage and collaborate on 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 prepares you for leadership. It provides a rigorous grounding in the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively as a strategic general manager. MBA graduates may also undertake research e.g. as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a particular branch of business/ management, or a taught Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Useful Information

  • 100% student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015

    * While the full-time and part-time options commence in September and February, the distance learning programme can be started at any time.

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