MBA Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Full-time)
This course is open for applications
To apply for entry to this course in January 2023 please visit the 2022/23 course page
Page last updated 2 February 2023
The Bristol MBA degree is practical, flexible and focused. This highly regarded full-time course has been designed to enhance your management career, helping you to reach new heights in business.
Fulfillment in business
Our Bristol MBA prepares managers for the changing demands of the global market and the increasing challenges of contemporary business. You will gain practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today and investigate key methodologies relevant to the real world.
We'll encourage you to think about business in a responsible way, creating sustainable value for business and society at large, and contributing to a healthy economy.
An MBA helps you towards better prospects, salaries, and ultimately, further fulfillment in business. Our MBA is rooted in the real world of business and has been carefully designed to give you a practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today in all parts of the world.
This course can have a profound impact on your career, helping you exceed your potential, and prepare you for the challenges ahead. Our well-established international links help transform Bristol MBA students into effective business leaders with a global outlook.
People choose to study for an MBA for different reasons and with different outcomes in mind. Our course is vocationally focused, allowing you to tailor your studies to develop areas of knowledge relevant to your career plan, meet your particular goals, and shape your business future.
Whatever you want to get out of the course, it's going to be demanding and challenging - dedication, energy and enthusiasm are a prerequisite.
The elective (optional) modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
The Bristol MBA will serve you well in your day-to-day business as well as giving you a passport to a higher-flying career.
You will study:
- Conducting Evidence Based Research
- Customer and International Market Analysis
- Financial Decision Making
- Leadership, Complexity and Change
- Managing People in a Global Context
- Professional and Academic Development - Integrating the MBA Learning Experience
- Strategy and Implementation
- Systems, Structures and Operations.
Plus one elective module from the below list (subject to availability):
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Creativity and Innovation
- Digital Business Information Systems
- Emerging Markets: The New World Order
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Global Financial Strategy
- Globalisation and the Law
- International Resourcing and Talent Management
- Management Consultancy
- Project Management in a Complex World
- Sustainable Procurement
- The Sustainable Organisation: Vision into Practice.
After these are completed, you will study:
- Executive Dissertation/Consultancy Dissertation.
You can choose to work on a research project that fits with your interests and ambitions. Alternatively, you can undertake a consultancy research project addressing the needs of a client, putting your skills and adaptability to the test.
In addition, the Professional and Academic Development Integrating the MBA Learning Experience Research module will support you throughout the course, developing your personal and research skills, according to your particular needs.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
The Bristol MBA is a proactive learning experience so while there are some classroom and one-to-one sessions, these are combined with individual research projects and applied study. Our approach is hands on and practical, focused on developing tangible personal and professional skills.
An important part of the course is the Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods module. This is woven throughout the programme, connecting the various elements together. Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods focuses on personal development planning, reflective learning and creating a portfolio. You are encouraged to devise a tailored programme of study that aligns with your professional and personal circumstances.
Collaboration is right at the heart of everything we do, with staff and students sharing knowledge and experience of their business worlds. Bristol MBA students learn through syndicate work, group and individual presentations, student-led seminar groups, case studies, experiential learning, role play and business simulations.
You can start the full time MBA in either January or September and complete the course in 12 months.
Assessment for the Bristol MBA is by a mixture of work-based assignments (supervised mini projects), examinations, presentations/vivas and your dissertation.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The University will pay your CMI membership giving you access to member benefits from the CMI:
- Knowledge Resource portal - ManagementDirect
- Mentoring scheme - CMI Achieve
- CMI library services
- CMI organised networking events
On the completion of your degree, you'll gain a CMI qualification.
Bristol Business School has forged close links with a broad variety of business organisations at local, national and international level. These partnerships give you the opportunity to complete a 'live' project as part of your MBA course.
As part of your practical coursework, you may get the chance to work inside an organisation for several weeks on a standalone strategic project, testing your skills and knowledge in the field. This taste of up-close management consultancy, critically analysing business problems in a workplace context, provides an invaluable form of active preparation. It helps develop decisiveness and judgment for timely, informed decisions.
Bristol Business School also has connections and affiliations with influential business institutions locally and nationally. These include Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, The Confederation of British Industry, The Chartered Management Institute, The Federation of Small Businesses, The Institute of Directors, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
As an MBA student at Bristol Business School, you'll have access to dedicated rooms with WiFi and study space for individual and group work. You'll also be able to access the Business School's Postgraduate Resource Centre, as well as the Academic Support Centre and Executive Development Centre.
You can take advantage of Bristol Business School facilities including a trading room with access to the Reuters 3000 Xtra trading platform. This facility is used as part of your learning on certain optional modules.
Get a feel for the Business Management facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.
Stimulating speakers and contacts
We organise the Bristol Distinguished Address Series, regularly inviting distinguished experts from industry and professional bodies to speak at UWE. This opportunity provides students with insight into the challenges and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.
Speakers include: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; Matthew Layton, Managing Partner of Clifford Chance LLP; Angela Knight, Chief Executive Officer of Energy UK; Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.
Bristol Business School is also actively involved in other events including the Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards, which pay tribute to the women whose determination and success are helping to drive the local economy.
These occasions also provide a valuable opportunity for students to tap into our professional networks and connections and start building their own.
Careers / Further study
The Bristol MBA course will help you move your career forward, providing you with the relevant skills, experience and networks to become a leader in your chosen field of business.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
Full Time Course
Supplementary fee information
Fees can be paid in full at the start of your course or in installments.
See our funding pages for more information.
See details of scholarship opportunities for international students.
You will need:
- an honours degree of a minimum 2:2 or above from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution, and;
- three years post-graduation relevant management/organisational experience.
Post-graduation experience is vital on the MBA programme. We draw on students' professional experience within our sessions but also within the assessments on the programme. Students learn a great deal from their peers gaining valuable insights into different industries, cultures and experiences. The MBA is as much about professional development as it is academic.
If you do not have an honours degree, professional qualifications combined with managerial experience may be sufficient, so please give full details in your application.
You are required to complete a personal statement for this course. Please read the personal statement guidance carefully and make sure that you answer the questions on the postgraduate application form within the personal statement tabs, keeping to the advised word count.
Candidates may be interviewed prior to acceptance.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the Home Office and UWE Bristol's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.
See further details about UWE Bristol's English language requirements.
UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
We are not able to offer deferrals for this programme. However, we appreciate there may be extenuating circumstances to consider and therefore we will consider requests on a case by case basis.