Plymouth Business School

MBA Master of Business Administration

Programme code 7723

1 year

Course type

Full-time, Part-time route available

Location Plymouth

Our MBA equips aspiring leaders with the skills and mindset to drive meaningful change in today’s dynamic business environment. Our curriculum integrates cutting-edge research and practical applications across all business areas to drive sustainable business transformation. You will develop a range of transferable skills such as analytical and critical thinking, research and communication skills, and a systematic understanding of theories, practices and current issues in contemporary business.

Master of Business Administration

Careers with this subject

The Plymouth MBA provides an outstanding opportunity to accelerate your career into senior managerial positions, whether in marketing, human resources management, maritime logistics, economics, supply chain management or international strategic management. MBA graduates continue to achieve high salaries, beating MBA averages from a decade ago. 

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.
Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.
We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Key features

  • A 30-credit module structure provides a readily navigable route to achieving an internationally recognised MBA qualification.
  • 100% coursework based programme – work on a combination of reports and presentations.
  • The core research project provides opportunities to solve real business challenges.
  • Project supervisors are drawn from the wide range of subject expert staff across Plymouth Business School including: digital marketing; tourism and hospitality; human resource management; international business; and accounting and finance.
  • The programme places emphasis on the development of responsible and reflective management and leadership.
  • Our curriculum is designed to bridge academic knowledge with real-world applications, ensuring that students graduate with not just theoretical understanding but also the ability to tackle complex business and global challenges head on.
  • In a world where businesses operate across borders, having a global mindset is essential. We offer a diverse and international learning environment, exposing students to different cultures, perspectives, and business practices, preparing them for success in the global marketplace.
  • We believe in the success of each of our students. That’s why we offer personalised support and mentoring, helping students identify their strengths, overcome challenges, and achieve their professional goals.
  • Our MBA programme integrates sustainability and ethics into every aspect of the curriculum, preparing future leaders to make responsible decisions that benefit not only their organisations but also society and planet.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    Managing Knowledge, Information and Finance (ACF7005)
    This module is designed to give managers a complete understanding of the need for and use of knowledge and information within the enterprise, with emphasis on the contribution made to strategic decision making. It will investigate how IT developments such as communication and information systems, the role of and use of financial statements and the use of quantitative methods need to be integrated in the provision of information.
    Leading Change, People and Projects (HRL7007)
    This module will examine the complexities of leading change, people and projects within organisations. Effective and responsible leadership, particularly in times of uncertainty and change is core to success and sustainability of organisations and the world. Through an exploration of both relevant theory and practice, the module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management and the opportunities for leading change and developing people. The module provides insights and practical knowledge through the acquisition and application of tools to enable students to lead successful projects.
    Strategy and Marketing Management (MKT7005)
    In this module, you will develop an understanding of the role of marketing and strategy in a range of contemporary organisations, examining the major themes within the strategy and marketing arenas to enable you to evaluate and recommend appropriate actions to fulfil objectives. The module introduces key concepts and frameworks of strategy which will develop your ability to apply appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making. You will explore the relationships between marketing and strategy and other business functions, using case studies to provide an integrative perspective on aspects of marketing and strategy within organisations.
    Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management (STO7011)
    The effective and strategic management of global logistics, operations and supply chains is critical to the success of organisations. Combining theory with practical knowledge, this module provides students with an in-depth examination of the tools and techniques required to tackle the challenges faced by organisations.
    Capstone Project (PBS7000)
    In this capstone project, you will synthesise and apply learning from the taught element of the programme to a project of your choosing. There is scope for you to undertake a broad range of project types, including consultancy, business analysis, business development or academic study.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

Master of Business Administration Prog Specification 23 24 7723

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree
Normal minimum entry requirements are a Lower Second / 2:2 class honours degree or equivalent.
Other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Applications for the accreditation of prior learning will be considered by the Programme Leader on a case-by-case basis in accordance with published University of Plymouth regulations.
Language requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Find out more about English language requirements . If the applicant's English language does not meet the above standard at point of application there may be an opportunity to complete one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses.
Employment history
Minimum of 12 months' employment history in a relevant role.

Fees, costs and funding

Student 2023-2024 2024-2025
Home £11,000 £11,600
International £17,500 £18,400
Part time (Home) £610 £640
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

How to apply

When to apply
Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full.
Before you apply
Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance. 
Disability Inclusion Services
If you have an impairment, health condition or disability, learn about the additional support the University provides.
International students
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office. Take a look at our how to apply information or email
Submitting an application
Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page). 
What happens after I apply?
You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeksof us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.
We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. 
If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Admissions policy
More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our admissions policy which can be found on the student regulations, policies and procedures page. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Student success 

Mark Taylor graduated with a master's in business administration and is now Chief Executive Officer at Taylor Consulting Group Limited.
“As a 'mature' student, I was already at Deputy Director level when I undertook my MBA. The qualification and the specialist subject matter knowledge gained at University of Plymouth enabled me to take the next step in my career and become a CEO.
This MBA put the academic cherry on top of a 30-year vocational cake. It has, undoubtedly, enhanced my academic and career portfolio.”
Mark Taylor alumni

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