Taught course

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University of Southampton · Southampton Business School

Entry requirements

All applications are assessed on individual merit but the typical academic entry requirement for the MBA is a UK honours degree with at least a Second Class classification or an equivalent non-UK qualification. If you have qualifications other than a degree, with relevant professional experience and evidence of ability, you will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Southampton Full-time MBA focuses on leading people and organisations to face the critical challenges of sustainability, innovation and change in today’s highly volatile and uncertain environment.

Taught by world-class academics, the Southampton MBA delivers cutting-edge thinking and requires you to apply it to real business problems through a combination of business research, ‘live’ client consultancy, company visits, international study trips and regular exposure to senior business leaders.

The Full-time Southampton MBA is delivered over one year (12 months), which runs from September to September, with classes taught over three to four days a week. The taught modules occur from September to June and then there is 3 months for the Business Project, during which time you will be assigned an individual supervisor.

The programme is designed for graduates with at least three years’ work experience in a role that involves supervising or managing others, structuring information to support commercial decisions and analysing data in complex and dynamic environments. By developing your analytical, strategic and leadership skills across all business disciplines, you will gain a more holistic view of management and leadership, which will propel your career to new heights.
This course can also be studied part-time: Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test. The following scores are accepted for direct entry: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

FT MBA - Business Excellence Scholarship

We offer scholarships up to £9,000 for candidates who can display a combination of the following business excellence criteria:

- A high degree of relevant professional experience in management and/or leadership role
- Evidence of rapid career progression
- Clear ability to contribute to the quality of the MBA cohort
- Strong academic ability / performance
- Excellent performance at interview

Applicants who receive an offer will automatically be considered for the Business Excellence Scholarships. There is no need to complete a separate application. The scholarship award is made at the discretion of the Business School.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Business and Law
+44 (0)23 8059 4393