Business Administration

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Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, September start
13 Months
Start date:
26 September 2022

Research Excellence Framework 2021

100% of our business and management research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

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17th in the country for research impact

In business and management (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Develop and master core competencies in support of your management and leadership ambitions. The Staffordshire University MBA is designed to accelerate your professional and personal development and to contribute to the journey of being the best you can be.

From risk management to leadership and performance, this course will help develop the core competencies required to succeed.

To reach your potential, we know you need to understand more than theory alone. That’s why we’ll challenge you to think on your feet, consider the challenge of different organisational contexts, and act as consultants to a real-life start-up business.

You’ll be taught by a team of senior academics and professional practitioners with years of experience. They’ll share insights into the industry to help you develop a problem and practice-based approach.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have grasped skills you need to succeed as a leader, senior manager or entrepreneur.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MBA Business Administration

Part-time study

You can study full-time over one year, or part-time over two years*, but either way, be prepared for a challenge - the pace will be fast. Our MBA focuses on a problem and practice-based learning, where real and live business issues are discussed and evaluated. The part-time course has two start points, one in September and one in January.


*pending course approval

Course content

For this course, you’ll complete six core modules that build your leadership profile, boost your knowledge of risk management and performance techniques, and develop your understanding of marketing strategies.

You’ll also complete three optional modules that are relevant to your career goals. For example, you might work with a local enterprise to create a business plan to build your leadership skills and test your entrepreneurship qualities. Or you might practice your management skills in a financial management situation.  

We’ll also put your ability to cope under pressure to the test in a final project. You’ll pick a subject that demonstrates your skills and prepare a 15,000 word dissertation on the topic. This piece of work can be further developed into a doctorate if you want to take it further and we offer the DBA route as well as the PhD.


Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Managing People And Organisations 15 credits
Performing In Organisations 15 credits
Project 60 credits
Risk Management 15 credits
Strategic Management 15 credits
Strategic Marketing Management 15 credits
Show 11 optional modules

Entry requirements

This course has been developed for professionals from any discipline who are looking to advance in their current role or enhance their career to progress into senior management and leadership roles.

You will have a achieved an honours degree with a minimum 2:1 in any discipline from a recognised University/HE institution along with one year of relevant work experience.

Business and Management REF 2021 Results


Business and Management research has been highly rated by peers and stakeholders in the HE sector.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Check our entry and English language requirements for your country.



Think Tank

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Transition Room

A space dedicated to you. The room has all the tech you need to work in groups on assignments, project plan and talk through your ideas.


A cleverly designed room to allow you to work together in teams, communication is key in business and this space allows you to practice team dynamics in a safe space.


After completing the Staffordshire MBA, you’ll be equipped to take on a variety of management and leadership positions in a range of fields including:

  • Accounting and financial management 
  • Consultancy
  • Human resource management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing management

Graduates from this course now work at Harley-Davidson, Airbus, Corus Hotels, British Telecoms Global Service, IBM, Expedia, Adelphi Research and the ACH Group.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Teaching and assessment


We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment, called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your final project.


From written assignments to presentations, we’ll assess your learning using a range of techniques.

For example, you’ll demonstrate your skills in oral viva exams. This type of assessment is designed to test your ability to think on your feet and quickly make decisions.

You’ll also carry out a final project where you’ll apply your management and leadership competencies to a real business challenge, draw meaningful conclusions and suggest constructive recommendations.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.


We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days. The format will vary for each module.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Independent learning

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework and presentations
  • Getting ready for exams

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffs.


You’ll be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge closely match to the content of the modules on the course.

Bharati Singh

Senior Lecturer

Bharati is the Course Leader for the MBA and undergraduate Business Management and Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses. She teaches across the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes within the Business School.

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For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MBA-Full-time, September start
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £11,000 per course £15,500 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

ILM Registration fees

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

Any optional study trips

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Our students

I have used the International Study Tour module as a unique selling point on my CV when applying for marketing based roles, and this module in particular has been very helpful with securing my new job. They were very impressed with the work that we undertook in Prague, and it is similar to the work that they carry out!

Gurdeep Bahra

MBA Graduate

I used the tutorial presentations and the tools you provided to secure employment and career advancement. It gives me great pleasure to say I recently accepted a senior leadership position as Director of Lifestyle Hospitality for a private equity and real estate investment trust, where I am in charge of a £150m portfolio. 

Mark M. Johnson

MBA Graduate

I would definitely recommend the Staffordshire Business School MBA, there is a very healthy international mix and the lecturers are well prepared in terms of knowing how to teach international students. They are open-minded, approachable and get their message across well. Everything about Staffordshire University is very passionate, from the teaching to the students and staff.

Jo Lynn Chan

MBA Graduate


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MBA Full-time, September start 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations

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