Taught course

Business Administration (MBA)

Cardiff University · Cardiff Business School

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree, or an equivalent international degree.
  • International applicants will need to achieve IELTS overall score of 7.0 with 6.0 in all subskills, or evidence of an accepted equivalent.
  • Demonstrate three years of relevant work experience.

If you don’t have a degree in a relevant area, your application may be considered on the basis of your professional experience, with additional evidence required to support your application. Further information can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

MBA overview

Are you an ambitious professional looking to progress to senior leadership and drive positive business change?

Cardiff Business School’s AMBA-accredited MBA provides a career-changing education taught by leading experts and innovators in the fields of business and management. We also offer an MBA with Artificial Intelligence. During your time with us, you’ll tackle leadership challenges and consider the economic, social and environmental impact of global business.

Whatever your managerial background, we offer a challenging and formative experience that will stretch and support you in developing your business knowledge, increasing your self-awareness and sharpening your ability as an effective and inspiring leader along the way.

MBA real-world application

The Cardiff MBA is structured around a series of six challenge-focussed modules, based on cross-functional and action-based scenarios typically found in the workplace. In addition, a range of practical opportunities to test and inform your creativity and innovative thinking are offered. One such opportunity is the Accelerator Project, a real-world project carried out in partnership with a corporate client to develop solutions to a significant strategic issue.

Also running throughout the programme is a supporting package of activities provided by the MBA’s Leadership Development Programme. These directly address the personal and professional skills needed for you to perform effectively in each challenge, and for the next stage, and future stages, of your career.

MBA course structure

We believe that effective learning is founded on two things: your involvement in diverse and challenging experiences and the way you make sense of these experiences, individually and with others. This is why the Cardiff MBA at Cardiff Business School is delivered in immersive blocks designed to stimulate your curiosity, inform your process of enquiry and strengthen the application of your learning. You’ll find that each block of learning involves a rich variety of activities, including company visits, industry speakers, time-limited challenges, role-play and simulations.

Reflecting on the workplace, you’ll work individually and as part of a team to complete assessment tasks spanning strategy, personnel, consultancy, innovation and crisis. This structure enables you to customise your MBA programme across six challenge-focused modules with in-built flexibility to suit your career aspirations.

Core module themes include:

  • Global Challenges and Strategic Decision Making
  • People Perspectives
  • Financial and Business Analytics
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Confronting Grand Challenges
  • Leading Change and Transforming Futures

Why study The Cardiff MBA?

Choosing an MBA is an investment in your future and will help you develop essential business and management skills and your leadership style and vision necessary to manage and lead in the modern business arena.

You’ll join an internationally respected learning community and be part of a business school that delivers public value. We’re championing more than just economic success, and working to help sustain local and global economies, for current and future generations. Studying your MBA with us means you’ll be part of that mission.

MBA accreditations

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Fees and funding

UK students
£19,200 (2024/25)
International students
£31,950 (2024/25)

A range of financial support and scholarships are available including:

Master’s Scholarships
£3,000 tuition fee reduction for UK students with at least a 2.1 or equivalent in their first degree.

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship
Between £3,500-£10,000 tuition fee reduction dependent on specified eligible countries and meeting or exceeding offer conditions – for full-time students only.

Alumni Discount
20% tuition fee reduction for Cardiff University alumni.

For more information and full eligibility criteria, visit the funding section of our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

MBA Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 4455