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MBA (Master of Business Administration)

This programme is subject to revalidation.

Swansea Business School (SBS) has delivered its MBA (Master of Business Administration) programme to students from around the world for over 20 years.

This internationally respected general management qualification enhances the skills and competencies of experienced managers and provides a launch into a management career for more recent graduates.

MBA (Tourism Management) and MBA (International Hospitality Management) pathways are also available within the MBA.

UWTSD's flexible, modern approach to delivering this well-established and successful qualification gives our MBA students the choice of studying on-campus, online and/or through blended modes (a mix of on-campus and online modules).

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why study this course?

  • Develop the key leadership and management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • Gain a leading management qualification in a flexible, supportive learning environment.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The MBA programme covers the general business/management curriculum, with an opportunity to specialise.

Pathways in Tourism Management and International Hospitality Management are also available. 

All students are encouraged to apply concepts learned, as well as become familiar with theoretical paradigms.

The content will improve students’ potential to manage and lead organisations effectively through the development of abilities and the extension of knowledge, and understanding, of a wide range of management skills, ideas and theories. The course delivery integrates practical project work and academic rigour.

This programme is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds who are seeking international career opportunities through the development of their managerial abilities.

There remains an opportunity for the programme to be awarded by the University of Wales.

MBA (Level 7)

The MBA will provide students with an opportunity to study broad-ranging areas of business management that will enhance both their academic and employability skills. Students will address high level global and strategic issues that face organisations in the 21st century as well as contemporary issues in a wide variety of different business areas. Examples of modules studied include those in the fields of strategic management, human resources, financial management and marketing.

FULL-TIME study pattern:

Part 1 = 120 credits

  • 6 compulsory modules + 2 electives
  • Part 1 is taught as follows:
  • September starters – September to June
  • January starters – January to January

Part 2

  • The dissertation element is completed as follows:
  • September STANDARD starters – hand in the following September
  • September EXTENDED starters – hand in December or May of 2nd academic year
  • January starters – hand in the following September or December 

PART-TIME study pattern:

  • STANDARD part-time study (2 calendar years) – on-campus/mixed-mode scheduled over 2 calendar years divided into 5 semesters of approx. 4 months' duration (no tuition during summer of year 1).
  • EXTENDED part-time study on-campus/mixed-mode scheduled over 36 months and divided into 6 semesters of approximately 4 months' duration



Examples of modules studied include those in the fields of strategic management, human resources, financial management and marketing.

FULL-TIME study pattern:


  • Dissertation (60)

Part 2

  • The dissertation element is completed as follows:
  • September STANDARD starters – hand-in December or May of year 2.
  • September EXTENDED starters – hand-in December or May of third academic year.
Module Topics

Part I (PGCert, PGDip & MBA)

  • Managing Marketing Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Finance for Business Managers (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Global Business Challenges (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Managing People in Organisations (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Business Research (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Strategic and Agile Business Management (20 credits; compulsory).

Part II (MBA)

  • Dissertation (60 credits; optional)
  • Integrated Case Study (60 credits; optional)
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional).

Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the dissertation. Students on the full-time programme, or who are not currently in employment, may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work-based assignments.

Related Links

Swansea Business School MBA Booklet

Key Information

Entry Criteria

For International students, an overall English Language level is equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no lower than 5.5 in reading writing, listening and speaking.  The other academic entry requirements are the same for all students: (home, EU, international).

Applications from individuals of all disciplines are encouraged as long as they hold a degree and/or professional qualifications. We also encourage applications from individuals with professional, leadership and managerial experience who may be admitted onto a master's programme at the discretion of the programme director.

Applicants must be over 21 years old and possess one or more of the following:

  1. Recognised honours degree (minimum of a 2:2) or equivalent.
  2. Professional qualification.
  3. The university’s diplomas/certificates in business management.
  4. Applicants who are over 25 years old and do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed appropriate.

Certain exemptions from taught modules may be considered and will be decided on an individual basis in accordance with UWTSD’s Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning process.

For further information contact one of the following team members:

Career Opportunities

Past students have enhanced their career advancement in the private, public and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors in the UK and overseas.

Full-time students also participate in a programme of organisational visits, workshops and CPD events (in liaison with the Chartered Management Institute) to provide application and networking opportunities. They are also supported in finding appropriate work experience opportunities and in planning and progressing their careers after graduation.

The content of the programme is vocationally focused, using real case studies of current organisations. Students are encouraged to share their own work experience and apply their knowledge and skills in creative and innovative ways.

Additional Costs

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum, with additional activities being optional.

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK and International trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year. 

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place and three months before departure for travel and visa costs for overseas placements.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.