Master of Business Administration MBA - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MBA Master of Business Administration

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Business Administration
PGCert Business Administration

Professional recognition

Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA64001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PKA64003 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

MAHON Christopher (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide a programme which is both educationally sound and directly relevant to those areas of industry, commerce, the professions and the public sector which MBA graduates tend to enter and from which MBA candidates are to be recruited
  • To develop analytical abilities, using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines, directed towards business problem solving in an international and digital environment
  • To develop international business leaders with the vision, knowledge, creativity, skills, ethics and entrepreneurial ability necessary to take an integrated, critically aware, dynamic and strategic view of organisations and to play an effective role within them
  • To provide students with managerial competence in a variety of applied skills

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Understand the concept of leadership through strategic management K PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Know and understand organisations and their stakeholders, the external context in which they operate and how they are management from a sustainable and long term perspective K PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Integrate their learning from a comprehensive range of managerial subject areas to understand and address complex situations holistically K PGDip, MBA
Understand global management issues K PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Be able to analyse, synthesise and solve complex unstructured business problems C MBA
Integrate new knowledge with previous learning and experiences C PGDip, MBA
Apply consistently in depth knowledge and understanding, based on previous work experience and advanced study, to complex business situations P MBA
Apply strategic management skills at a senior level in changing business environments P PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Transform organisations through strategic leadership, intellectual rigour and professional ethical values P PGDip, MBA
Lead and develop people in organisations P PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Act in a self-directed and autonomous manner in planning and implementing projects P MBA
Communicate effectively and interact with a range of groups and individuals through interpersonal skills T PGCert, PGDip, MBA
Make sound judgements with incomplete data and communicate conclusions clearly to a range of audiences T MBA
Take responsibility for the continuous development of their knowledge and skills T PGCert, PGDip, MBA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The Surrey MBA provides students with a highly relevant and up-to-date management and leadership studies learning experience.

Employability: The programme is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required senior management and leadership roles. The programme includes activities, assessments and a bespoke careers element specially designed to enhance students' employability in a competitive labour market.

Global and cultural capabilities: Students and staff on the MBA programme come from diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. As such students broaden their own world view, perspectives, and interpretations by interacting and engaging with this diversity on a daily basis. Additionally, several modules in the portfolio have a specific global focus with activities and assessment strategies designed to prepare students for the global marketplace that awaits after graduation.

Digital capabilities: Most MBA students join the programme with significant digital capabilities, but these are enhanced over the course of the programme. In addition to hone basic digital skills (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), MBA students engage with several specialist simulations during taught modules. Examples of these include SimVenture, a business development simulation; StratX, a strategic marketing simulation; and Miro, an application that supports ideation and creativity.

Resourcefulness and resilience: Our programme is an intensive learning journey designed to enhance students' continual professional development as senior managers and leaders. Student performance and progress is facilitated and assessed by both formative and summative assessments, supported by coaching and mentoring elements designed to assist in the development of individual and collective resourcefulness and resilience in the face of challenges and adversity. By the end of the programme, students have developed necessary attributes to progress their careers as senior leaders.

Sustainability: Sustainability is embedded in the MBA programme. In addition to a module focussed on preparing senior leaders to lead organisations in keeping with Sustainability principles and best practice, the programme also provides students with insight into how these principles interact with all of the core management disciplines. The Surrey MBA teaches responsible management and leadership above all.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.