Master of Business Administration (full time) MBA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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.
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

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

You must have at least three years management experience in a professional work environment.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

CV detailing your management experienceYes
GMAT scores

If you have sat the GMAT, please submit your scores to us (although GMAT is not expected at Sussex).

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Interviews by Skype or at the UniversityYes
Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

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.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

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.

Options

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

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

Our experts

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

Prof Katie Bailey

Professor Of Management

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

View Katie Bailey's profile

Prof Constantin Blome

Prof Constantin Blome

Professor Of Operations Management

Research interests

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

View Constantin Blome's profile

Dr Petros Chamakiotis

Dr Petros Chamakiotis

Lecturer in Information Systems

Research interests

Digital transformation, leadership, Online Communities, qualitative research methods, Virtual Teams, work-life balance

View Petros Chamakiotis's profile

Dr Benjamin Everly

Dr Benjamin Everly

Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Research interests

Diversity management, gender and management, Intergroup relations, Race and gender equality

View Benjamin Everly's profile

Dr Michael Hopkins

Dr Michael Hopkins

Senior Lecturer

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

View Michael Hopkins's profile

Dr Nikolaos Karouzakis

Dr Nikolaos Karouzakis

Lecturer in Finance

Research interests

Asset Pricing, Bayesian Inference, Derivatives, Finance, Financial Markets, Interest rates, Term Structure Models

View Nikolaos Karouzakis's profile

Prof Iqbal Khadaroo

Prof Iqbal Khadaroo

Professor of Accounting

Research interests

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

View Iqbal Khadaroo's profile

Prof Emmanuel Mamatzakis

Prof Emmanuel Mamatzakis

Professor of Finance

Research interests

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

View Emmanuel Mamatzakis's profile

Dr Mohammad Moeini Aghkariz

Dr Mohammad Moeini Aghkariz

Lecturer in Information Systems

Research interests

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

View Mohammad Moeini Aghkariz's profile

Dr Josh Siepel

Dr Josh Siepel

Senior Lecturer in Management

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

View Josh Siepel's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 873522 
mba@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Business, Management and Economics

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£21,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£21,500 per year
International students:
£21,500 per year

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

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

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

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)

“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

MBA Final Project

  • 45 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to social science research. 

You examine the research process and the considerations given to the advantages and limitations of three of the most widely-used research strategies - case studies, questionnaire surveys and personal interviews, and the statistical analysis of secondary data. 

You will be taught how to carry out and write a good literature review and how to write a Management Project Report in the style of a research paper.

You also look at:

  • basic concepts and terms
  • ethics in research, objectivity
  • research planning, including structuring of research
  • problem identification
  • source of information, primary and secondary
  • discussion of research topics, evaluation of conclusions
  • practical application of statistical methods to research including data analysis
  • presentation of research projects with discussion
  • case studies. 

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

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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.

Many organisations are looking globally for their suppliers, collaborators, and customers – so influences at regional, national and international levels are increasingly important to identify. This module explores how economic, social, political and cultural environments shape the external environment for organisations.

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)
  • theory and tools for analysing information on the external environment (including ways of understanding markets, risks, regulations, and competition).

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBA)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 organisational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and effectiveness of other organisations.

We argue 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. We also cover how to protect innovation ideas for the betterment of the organisation. 

Conceptual foundations are matched with practical training to enable you to formulate and explore entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

Managing People and Organisations

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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.

Managing Operations and Quality (MBA)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 organisational 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.

Marketing Management (MBA)

  • 15 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

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.

Strategy

  • 15 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you explore the strategic planning process, including environmental scanning, strategy formulation and implementation, and strategy evaluation and control.

Through case study analysis you look at how leading firms use strategy to gain competitive advantage and examine how they relate strategy and leadership in a range of different organisations and contexts.

You study core leadership skills including:

  • communication
  • motivation
  • the creative construction of goals and options
  • negotiation.

You learn the fundamental concepts and skills in negotiation, and the challenge of developing negotiating capabilities in a modern organisational context.

Corporate Financial Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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.
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