MBA
1 year full time
Starts September 2017

Master of Business Administration (full time)

Get ready to take on your next business challenge – the Sussex MBA draws on our cutting-edge research and is taught by leading academics and industry experts. 

This course will help you bring new skills and ideas to your business to compete more effectively. You'll learn to apply critical and contemporary views to business, and to political, economic and social issues.  

You'll have the opportunity to go on a study visit abroad, for example to Germany, Italy, India or Japan. These study visits – subsidised by the School of Business, Management and Economics – combine company visits, academic lectures and cultural experiences. We also offer company visits and guest lectures within the UK.

Completing my MBA has not only given my CV a great boost, but it’s really enhanced my ability to talk credibly and confidently to senior stakeholders.”Alexandra Hentschel
Event and Training Team Director, CEB Global

Key facts

  • When you complete the Sussex MBA, you'll receive the Chartered Management Institute's Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real business situations from day one – helping you to progress and perform effectively at senior level.
  • Study at the School of Business, Management and Economics, where we collaborate across disciplines to shape global issues in business, management and society, and to impact on policy, practice and people.

How will I study?

The full-time MBA is taught over one year and consists of eight taught modules (seven core modules plus one option) with an MBA Final Project or report.

Each module uses a blend of learning methods consisting of:

  • two two-day blocks of teaching time (Friday to Saturday)
  • focused discussion
  • web-supported independent study.

In between modules, you study independently and have the opportunity to work on real organisation projects.

Part of your assessment is based on the application of knowledge and skills to practical examples from your own working experience. Other assessment includes:

  • formal examinations/class tests
  • individual written work such as essays, assignment reports or case analyses
  • group work including written reports and/or presentations.

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Environment - Understanding Business Environments

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Understanding external business environments is a fundamental first step in identifying opportunities for businesses. This involves: identifying external factors shaping organisations' abilities to offer products or services and capture value from these; broad scanning of contexts for relevant and reliable information on those different factors; careful analysis of that information to derive useful knowledge of environments, and the implications this raises for the design of the business models organisations intend to implement.

      In the context of a world where many organisations are increasingly looking internationally or even globally for their suppliers, collaborators, and customers the influences at regional, national and international levels become increasingly important to identify. The module will explore how economic, social, political, and cultural environments shape the external environment for organisations whether they are developing/supplying products or services, locally or internationally.

      Topics include: frameworks for mapping the external environment (such as LoNGPEST, and the National Systems of Innovation framework); different sources of information useful for the analysis of the external environment (spanning academic, commercial and policy domains); and theory and tools for analysing information on the external environment (including ways of understanding markets, risks, regulations, and competition).

    • Managing Operations and Quality (MBA)

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with an understanding of how the fundamental principles of operations management can support the improvement of management performance in both public and private organisations. These principles may be applied equally to both manufacturing and service operations. You will develop an understanding of the systemic and interactive nature of operations and quality management problems and their relationship to the external environment, through the application of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, utilising guided problem-based activities and case study analysis. You will explore quality management processes: the ideas, theories and tools that are central to organizational development, change management, and the performance improvements that are generally desired for individuals, teams and organisations. You will also analyse and apply methods used to measure organisational performance other than financial output or profit including focusing on the essential activities, resources and other factors that impact on outputs.

    • Managing People and Organisations

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Build on your learning and development as a reflective and critical practitioner through this module. Its focus throughout is on learning through reflection so you can challenge, critique and use independent judgement where organisational issues are concerned.

      The module is delivered over two blocks of two days each:

      • the first block is designed to give you relevant conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks through collaborative learning with other course members to explore managerial practices in a range of diverse settings
      • the second block builds on this and drills down into specific managerial challenges you have experienced or will experience at some point in your career. This also gives you the opportunity to generate solutions and assess challenges as a platform for professional development.
    • Accounting and Financial Management (MBA)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed for non-financial managers to understand Accounting and Financial reporting and analysis within the context of a business environment.
      The assessed coursework output from the module is a Business Financial Analysis Report. You will research and write up a study which should incorporate an appraisal of financial performance, including comparisons, together with an assessment of value.

      Acquiring relevant skills and techniques will be enable you to draw conclusions regarding the performance and evaluation of competitive firms or comparable units. Sponsored participants may wish to examine the competitive performance and valuation of their own organization as part of this module.

    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBA)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module aims to equip you with the knowledge to understand and the skills to manage innovation at the operational and strategic levels. The management of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, so we aim here to provide an integrative approach to the management of innovation. Specifically, we aim to integrate the management of market, technological and organizational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and effectiveness of other organisations. The module argues that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organisation, technological and market specific factors will constrain choices and actions. The module provides you with a broader understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the development of new ventures. Conceptual foundations are matched with practical training to enable you to formulate and explore entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

    • Marketing Management (MBA)

      15 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      Gone are the stable markets of yesteryear. Today's markets are characterised by rapidly changing customers' wants, accelerating pace of technological advances, and intensifying competition, presenting major challenges for both incumbent and upstart enterprises alike. For most organisations, marketing is a major determinant of success. This module is designed to help you develop an appreciation of the role of marketing and the management of marketing functions in the modern organisation. The impact of marketing and the contribution of marketing to organisational performance in the dynamic, globally competitive markets of today will be addressed. The module will also focus on what being market oriented really means, in practice, to organisations operating in manufacturing and service industries, as well as in profit and non-profit enterprises.

      The module will introduce you to the theories, concepts, models, techniques and current best-practices for developing and implementing marketing strategies and actions. Marketing decision-making should not take place in a vacuum. The module will familiarise you with the components of market analysis and strategy development with respect to the organisation, its customers, competitors and collaborators. There will be more indepth coverage of marketing implementation and control issues through the concept of the integrated marketing mix: the product/service offering and customer service, communications, pricing and channels. Specific learning objectives include: developing knowledge and understanding of key theories, concepts and models in marketing to guide the development and execution of marketing strategies; developing the skills to critically analyse marketing situations facing organisations; gaining understanding of marketing decision options and refining decision- making and analytical skills and developing written and verbal presentational skills relating to marketing case studies.

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Corporate Financial Management

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you develop an analytical framework for understanding how corporate organisations make investment, financing, and management decisions.

      It provides an analysis of the cost of capital, capital structure, capital budgeting, valuation techniques, investment appraisal, dividend policy, and risk management.

      Special attention is paid on how companies are financed and how to decide between the various finance sources.

      The principal aim of this module is to help you develop a critical understanding of the key components of corporate finance in the modern world, so that the corporate manager, the treasurer, the banker, the financial analyst, the accountant, and the consultant have the necessary background for making intelligent assessments of the essential corporate decisions.

      The module content fully reflects the international business environment.

      The emphasis is on the applications of the corporate finance principles and the relevance of theory into practice. Hence, the delivery of the module largely relies on real-life examples and case studies from the corporate sector of the economy. In line with the aims and objectives of The Sussex MBA, corporate and social responsibility issues as well as ethical practices are referenced and brought to your attention in the module.

    • Management of Negotiation (MBA)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to manage the negotiation process at the tactical and strategic levels. Managing negotiations is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, therefore the approach in integrative. Organisations, behavioural and psychological elements are studied together, with the objective of improving the effectiveness of negotiations.

      The principal argument is that the main techniques are common to all negotiations, however organisational, behavioural and psychological considerations constrain choices and actions in specific contexts. The module provides you with a broad understanding of the negotiation process and the development of negotiating strategies and tactics across a range of contexts. Conceptual foundations are studied and combined with role play and live scenario building (including video feedback), enabling you to formulate and explore ideas, and providing opportunities to extend your negotiating skills.

    • Project Management (MBA)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Learn key project management skills. In this module, you learn how to: 

      • define a project - looking at the business case, stakeholders, and project life-cycle
      • manage people, including teams, leadership and resource management
      • implement a project plan including governance, project risk management and project tracking and analysis
      • manage the conclusion of a project, including handover, post-project review and benefits realisation.
    • Strategic Information Systems Management

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In today's globally networked and volatile business environment, a key means of achieving business success comes from the ability to respond to new business opportunities before your rivals. There is a trend towards adopting corporate wide information systems such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Decisions must be made regarding strategic options such as outsourcing, cloud computing, emerging (and potentially disruptive) technologies. Effective strategy formulation and implementation are therefore essential. This module introduces the student to the concepts and processes of using information technology/information systems (IT/IS) to transform a company and gain competitive success. It provides the student with an awareness and understanding of Strategic Information Systems Planning (SISP), and the strategic analysis and implementation issues associated with the introduction of new technology.

      We also take a critical approach to the strategic use of IT and question the real value of IT to organisations and how this is measured. This module examines, at a relatively high level, current research issues and themes which relate to the strategic use and management of information systems in organisations.

      The aim throughout the module is to broaden your business and IT/IS perspectives; acquiring the practical skills required to develop and implement IT strategies; and on stressing the use of information and 'systems' as a strategic weapon. Emphasis is placed on the importance of frameworks for Information Systems management, the alignment of IT and business strategies, re-structuring business processes (eg BPR/BPO), IT/IS SMART outsourcing, Cloud Computing) and current trends in information systems management (including organisational analysis and IT evaluation/scorecards and benefitis realisation). You will be encouraged to study and comment on the relevance of these topics through discussion and critical review based on your professional practice.

      Since this is a postgraduate-level the module is organised as a seminar (or series of seminars), and not merely as a series of lectures. This approach assumes that the lecturer, you and your fellow students can work together in a collaborative fashion. The role of the lecturer in this environment is to establish a framework and put together a set of materials for discussion, and to create the conditions suitable for learning. The underlying assumption is that we are all co-producers in learning.

      Running the module as a workshop means that you and your fellow students are expected to participate and contribute equally to the discussion. It is assumed that you will have read and thought about the assigned materials before class and come prepared to contribute to the class discussion. The classes are intended to be a forum for critically reviewing and discussing the set readings; you are expected to participate fully in this process. Additionally, you are strongly advised to read more widely such as additional articles from any recognised journal in IS.

    • Strategic Management Accounting

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you explore strategic management accounting issues.

      You discuss contemporary issues in management accounting in practice during the course of this module - and you write an individual report on one of these issues encountered at your current or a former employer.

      You explore relevant academic literature and case studies with some guidance - and draw from these to analyse the practical issue(s) that you have identified.

      Previous examples of strategic management accounting issues studied in this module include:

      • the impact of changing business environment on organisations and management accounting practices
      • performance management and strategy
      • the balanced scorecard
      • contracting in the public sector
      • value chain analysis
      • just-in-time techniques
      • target costing
      • corporate, social and environmental issues.

Students talk about their experiences of the Sussex MBA and its impact on their careers

Entry requirements

You will have at least three years' management experience in a professional work environment, and will normally hold an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification. Applicants must submit a CV detailing their management experience and, if you have sat the GMAT, it would be helpful if you could submit your scores (although GMAT is not expected at Sussex). Suitable applicants will also be interviewed as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £19,000 per year

EU: £19,000 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £19,000 per year

Overseas: £19,000 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

Find out more about the Sussex MBA Scholarship

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

Find out more about the The Hornsey Scholarship

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

Meet the faculty teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Katie Bailey
    Professor Of Management
    K.Bailey@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management

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    Ms Lisa Blatch
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategy
    L.Blatch@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Constantin Blome
    Professor Of Operations Management
    C.Blome@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Manufacturing Procurement, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Outsourcing, Procurement, Public Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability: Environmental

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    Dr Des Doran
    Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
    D.Doran@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Logistics, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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    Mr Francis Eames
    Teaching Fellow in Strategy
    F.Eames@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Benjamin Everly
    Lecturer In Organisational Behaviour
    B.Everly@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Diversity management, gender and management, Intergroup relations, Race and gender equality

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    Ms Isabel Fischer
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Organisational Behaviour
    I.Fischer@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Michael Hopkins
    Senior Lecturer
    M.M.Hopkins@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: biotechnology, diagnostics, Financing Innovation, Healthcare, Hidden Innovation, Innovation Systems, Intellectual Property, Managing Change, pharmaceuticals, Regulation of Technology, Science and technology policy, Science And Technology Studies, Scientometrics, Technology Strategy

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    Prof Iqbal Khadaroo
    Professor of Accounting
    I.Khadaroo@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: accountability, governance, performance management, public policy, Public Procurement, public sector accounting, Sustainable development

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    Prof Emmanuel Mamatzakis
    Professor of Finance
    E.Mamatzakis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial accounting, Financial Crisis in Greece, Financial Econometrics, Financial Management, Financial Markets, Financial stability, Public finances

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    Prof Steven McGuire
    Professor of Business and Public Policy
    S.Mcguire@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Mohammad Moeini Aghkariz
    Lecturer in Information Systems
    M.Moeini@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Information Systems, Information technology, Project Management, qualitative research methods, Quantitative methods, Risk management, SAP

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    Mr Rene Moolenaar
    Senior Teaching Fellow
    R.Moolenaar@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Royston Morgan
    Associate Faculty
    R.E.C.Morgan@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Susan Newell
    Professor of Information Systems
    Sue.Newell@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Lutz Preuss
    Professor of Strategy
    L.Preuss@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Josh Siepel
    Senior Lecturer in Management
    J.Siepel@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Design Innovation, Economics, Economics of Awards, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, Financing Innovation, Firm growth, Innovation Creativity and Design, Innovation policy issues, skills and employment, Small Business Policy, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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Participants will be challenged in real-life and highly interactive simulations, case studies, role plays, and presentations.”Professor Constantin Blome
Professor of Operations Management

Careers

Our MBA is for you if you’re interested in mid-career development or want a general management qualification. MBA graduates receive a Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma from the Chartered Management Institute.

You’ll be able to:

  • understand different approaches to business administration
  • apply a critical evaluation of these approaches to current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of your field
  • apply these methods to make sound professional judgements, and to be able to communicate these clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate originality, self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing business administration in organisations.

Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Department of Business and Management were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • business executive, Nespresso 
  • e-commerce coordinator, Hilton Hotels and Resorts 
  • contract manager for international affairs, Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

“The MBA was transformative – I’ve developed the skills and confidence to devise a strategy, implement a business plan and start my own business.” Andrew McKechnie
Consultant
McKechnie Aviation Ltd