Master of Business Administration
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a globally recognised programme that encapsulates the educational requirements of senior and executive level management. Whilst it includes typical business subjects such as finance, operations management and marketing, the core themes which run through the whole programme are strategy and leadership.
An MBA is a practical management guide as well as a passport to enhanced professional effectiveness. We offer one of the longest-running programmes in the UK and it is specifically designed to support your career by developing your strategic and decision-making capabilities and giving you the underpinning knowledge necessary for leadership roles.
The Portsmouth MBA is an intellectually stimulating, challenging and rewarding executive programme which can have a dramatic effect on your life. It is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and this provides an important external assurance of the quality, standards and reputation of the programme.
Whatever your expertise or sector, you will find our programme intellectually stimulating, challenging, relevant and rewarding. This programme is intended for professionals who take time out of their management careers to study on a full-time basis for 12 months.
MBA (with Business Placement)
The Portsmouth MBA's sister programme is a new and unique two year degree specially designed for MBA students who wish to combine study and work in the UK on an AMBA accredited, internationally recognised MBA programme to improve career prospects and personal development. The programme is intended for students wishing to apply their skills and knowledge of current business practice through a PAID BUSINESS PLACEMENT where they will complete a project for a UK or international company.
Why join the Portsmouth MBA?
The programme is structured to develop your strategic abilities through a process of applied problem solving. Complex problems and real cases are explored, together with issues of strategy, change and leadership. * You will undertake group consultancy projects with local/regional organisations. * Your projects can be applied to organisations internationally. * Evening Hot Topic seminars encourage you to exchange ideas and present you with opportunities to network with managers from outside the University. * There will be talks by visiting speakers on topical themes and organisational visits both of which are particular features of the MBA European residential week. * Applied coursework offers you the opportunitity to develop soft-skills and apply new concepts and theoretical knowledge to complex situations in real organisations making a direct contribution to your effectiveness. * "Master Class" programme supports your development of highly specific areas of knowledge in a concentrated manner. * We also have strong ties with the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute.
Who should join us?
The Portsmouth MBA is designed for experienced graduate managers from any discipline who aspire to pursue an executive programme which focuses on interdisciplinary perspectives.
What is the commitment?
The high quality standards of an AMBA accredited MBA provides 500 hours of academic contact. In order to make the most of the programme, we would expect you to spend a further 25 hours a week of self-learning. Self-learning might entail reading around the subject, preparing for classes, working on assignments, preparing for exams and thinking and applying knowledge in the workplace.
Association of MBAs (AMBA)
The accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in graduate business education and demonstrates the quality, reputation and comparability of our programme.
Portsmouth Business School is a member of the Association of MBAs Group Membership Scheme, which means that Portsmouth MBA students and alumni are entitled to free extended individual membership of the Association. Membership provides you with exclusive access to a global network of over 5000 AMBA members and information with regards to MBA specific careers, networking and knowledge services for support throughout your studies and your career. Further information on the Association and membership services can be found on the AMBA website here www.mbaworld.com/ourservices.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English - IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0 or equivalent.
US students who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. We are an eligible Federal Loan institution - our school code is G21159.