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Got a passion for business and entrepreneurship? Hoping to boost your career prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme will help you to improve your understanding of four key areas of business: marketing, operations, HR management and finance. You’ll graduate having learnt to think critically about a broad range of business issues, using your knowledge to reach creative solutions for day-to-day business management problems.

  • Students benefit from the University’s close links with industry, working with businesses on real projects.
  • These projects provide students with realistic insight into corporate thinking, analysis and decision-making.
  • Students pick from a range of optional units, tailoring the course to their own unique career ambitions.
  • Solent’s MBA programme can be delivered flexibly over two years, ideal for students who are intending to work alongside their studies. Multiple start dates are available.
  • The course concludes with a dissertation or consultancy project, allowing students to apply their newfound skills to their own business interests.
  • Campus facilities include a 24-hour library, group working spaces and modern IT suites.

The industry 

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. An MBA from Southampton Solent University will help students to demonstrate their business knowledge and secure higher level roles with corporate employers.

The programme

Students will study a diverse range of units throughout the MBA programme. These include units in enhanced leadership, financial decision making, marketing, innovation and managerial economics. The regular curriculum is complemented by guest lectures, networking events and live client projects, giving students a genuine insight into the corporate workplace.

Students work alongside an academic team with experience in many different industries. Final project supervisors are assigned to students based on the topic they wish to study, ensuring that each student receives the specialised guidance required to succeed.

Entrepreneurs will find a number of support networks and specialist units available to them here at Solent. Our student enterprise centre is equipped to provide mentoring to students who are starting their own business, helping them to navigate any issues that they may encounter along the way. Within the MBA programme itself, units in entrepreneurship and enterprise cover the essential planning, fundraising and marketing skills that students will need to get their business off to the right start.  

Next steps

Do you think you could benefit from an MBA education? With flexible delivery option, expert tutors and close links to UK industry, Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme is the ideal way to boost your business acumen and improve your employability.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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Typical entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher



Our MBA covers all the key areas of study for a successful career in business.

  • Financial Decision-Making in Business
  • Managerial Economics
  • Contemporary Organisational Behaviour
  • Enhanced Leadership
  • The Principles of Marketing
  • Leadership for Innovation and Change
  • Contemporary Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Project and Research Skills.

Two option units from:
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Financial Strategies
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing Management.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course combines classroom-based workshops, group work and supervised study. You will also work on live client briefs with businesses.

For your project you will be allocated a supervisor who specialises in your chosen subject area.

Work experience
This course is aimed at students who are studying alongside their job, so there is no work experience option.

Assessment is through presentations, written assignments, role-play, a business simulation exercise and live briefs.

Web-based learning

Flexible learning is supported through our virtual learning environment, which provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Our MBA programme offers excellent prospects if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur or to progress your career at senior management level.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Company director
  • Managing director
  • Consultant

Links with industry

We have extensive links with industry and employers, giving you opportunities to work with businesses on real projects. In the past year, students have:

  • Helped an entrepreneur to commercialise an invention
  • Developed a marketing plan for a business
  • Worked with an events company on organisational change.

Transferable skills

You will develop your critical analysis and business-planning skills, along with experience in presentation, time management and planning your professional development.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Our MBA graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of roles, including:

  • Performance manager
  • Employability specialist
  • Researcher
  • Company director
  • Marketing manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Sales director.


Key facts


Location of study:

Study mode:

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher or an equivalent recognised degree/professional qualification will be considered.
  • Additionally, you must have two years’ relevant work experience (with devolved decision-making and management skills).
  • Part-time study is not available for overseas students requiring a student visa.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,785 

International full-time fees £12,360

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,895 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

UK and EU part-time unit fees: £815 per 15-credit unit

International part-time unit fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

Master of Business Administration September 2016

Master of Business Administration November 2016

Master of Business Administration January 2017

Master of Business Administration March 2017

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:
• First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
• 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.