Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Program Description


The MBA is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the world. It represents significant value to both private and public sector organisations. The MBA offers sophisticated business knowledge at a senior level of management and significantly advances leadership skills. Undertaking this qualification demonstrates a determination to succeed in a chosen career area and will bolster your confidence. The course aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines. This enables students to respond creatively and effectively to the challenges presented by a global business environment and to broaden the range of management responsibilities they undertake.

Longevity and Reputation

The MBA offered at the University of Suffolk is one of the longest-running MBA programmes in the UK. It is also formally accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This means our MBA graduates, upon meeting all relevant assessment criteria, are eligible to receive three awards upon graduation: their MBA degree, CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and CMI Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. Students who wish to be awarded the Level 7 CMI Diploma will be required to purchase CMI membership at a cost of £350 per qualification 2018/2019. This qualifies them as formal members of the Institute.

With us, you can choose to study your MBA on either a full-time or part-time basis. The programme is modular and is completed at a pace dictated by the student. The flexible structure of the MBA programme provides an opportunity to build up credit over time towards a full MBA.  

It incorporates intermediate awards including the Postgraduate Certificate in Management (three modules, 20 credits per module) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (six modules, 20 credits per module).  

The full MBA is achieved upon completion of seven modules and a dissertation (a total of 180 credits). Alternatively, you can also opt to take just one module as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme. On passing, this will give you 20 Masters Level credits, which may be used to build up an alternative Masters qualification.


The core programme is wide-ranging and includes modules in Operations and HRM, Financial and Risk Management, Global Economic Trends, Strategic Change Management, Strategic Marketing, Consultancy Management, International Business Strategy, and Research Methods. Students are also required to complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


You will be taught by professors and lecturers, each of whom has extensive experience in both senior management and academia.


Many MBA degrees offered elsewhere are principally formulaic how-to courses.  With us, however, we actively encourage students to fundamentally question generally-accepted management and leadership wisdom by drawing upon the full range of social scientific knowledge. Not only does this develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of organisations and their functioning, but it develops the transferable skills of evaluation and analysis required of senior management.

Practice-based learning

Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. Students are also invited to guest lectures by practising managers, each of whom has extensive experience in their particular field.


The course is delivered in the award-winning Waterfront Building in Ipswich. This is an inspiring location not least because of its views over the Marina and is the focal point of an extremely well-resourced campus. Class sizes are small (typically between 10 and 15 students).


The MBA here not only embraces the international dimensions of business and commerce but for those students who opt to study the International Business Strategy module - includes a week s consultancy experience in Boston, Massachusetts.

Course modules

Full-time students complete the course over one calendar year, with attendance, typically, on an afternoon and evening basis 2 pm 9 pm, two days per week.  Naturally, there is also a significant level of independent study required at Masters level. Part-time students take between two and three years to complete the degree.

  • Managing Through Finance. This module provides an appreciation of a wide range of financial issues as they impact on the business world. It also evaluates the nature of the corporation and its governance from a financial perspective. It concentrates on the basic analysis of financial statements, financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages students to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.
  • Project Management. This module equips participants with the analytical, practical, technical, and software skills necessary to manage business projects successfully. To this end, the module explores each stage of the project lifecycle model (initiation, planning, execution and closure) and examines the different skills required of the project manager at each stage.
  • Managing Strategic Change. This module aims to develop a critical understanding of organisational strategy and to apply this to different contexts, including commercial and not-for-profit organisations of various sizes. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, drawing on skills developed in other modules. The content will cover contextual analysis, culture and stakeholder analysis approaches to organisational change management and methods of implementing and evaluating change interventions. The module encourages students to develop their own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice in relation to managing change.
  • Strategic Marketing. Marketing is fundamental to profitable business operations, achieved through strategic analysis, strategy formulation, strategic implementation and control. It is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value propositions to targeted customer segments, helping to sustain competitive advantage in the longer term. It is desirable for the contemporary MBA programme to contain a designated marketing module, which demonstrates a customer-facing approach, integrated across and throughout a business organisation. As a set of principles and practices, marketing also has relevance to the public sector and other not-for-profit sectors.
  • Organisational Behaviour. This module introduces the study of organisations and their evolution. In particular, it focuses on: Managing people; Managing technology; Managing responsibility.  Rather than study each in isolation, in bringing together these key components of organisation strategy, this module reflects the reality of addressing the interests of multiple stakeholders simultaneously. Where appropriate, students are encouraged to reflect on the content of this module in their place of work.
  • Research Methods. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the wide variety of approaches and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research and to equip students with the skills required to collect, collate, analyse, present and interpret data. It also aims to provide a firm foundation for the dissertation. The content will cover the context of qualitative research, data collection techniques, qualitative data analysis techniques, statistical analysis or relationships and trends, sampling, and exploratory and descriptive research.
  • Consultancy Management. This innovative module will encourage the application and development of skills and knowledge to real-time business problems through problem-based learning. Students will develop their ability to acquire, analyse and evaluate information, and to look for feasible solutions to business problems. OR
  • Consultancy Management with International Business. This module reflects on the complexities of globalization and its relationship with business and management. Increasingly, organisations compete across international and cultural boundaries; to do so effectively, managers require an expanded skill set. This module addresses this need. 
  • Dissertation. The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in an area of particular interest and to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of research methods and their application. It also provides an opportunity for students to relate their learning in taught modules to the analysis of a problem relevant to their Master's programme. On completion of the dissertation, students will have designed an appropriate and feasible research plan, developed appropriate research instruments and written a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £11,790 p.a. 
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,530 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £16,380 p.a.

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Students who wish to be awarded the Level 7 CMI Diploma will be required to purchase CMI membership at a cost of £350.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Hold a degree with a 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or;
  • a professional qualification of graduate status, or;
  • an HNC or HND and have three years of management experience, or;
  • have five years of significant management experience

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to:

  • demonstrate an ability to discuss and debate pertinent business issues during your interview.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced Certificate in Advanced English minimum overall score of 180, no less than 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): CEFR C1 Level
  • TESA (Test of English for Studies Abroad): 6.5 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT (only acceptable for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK): 93 overall with a minimum of 12 in reading, 11 in listening, 17 in speaking and 20 in writing
  • University of Suffolk Password Skills Test: 6.5/7.0 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component 
Last updated Dec 2020

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