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Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MBA

Today's fast-paced and complex business environments demand creative and innovative mindsets and leaders and managers with the ability to build sustained business growth.

The University of Gloucestershire's MBA programme provides you with an enhanced management and leadership skill set to ensure you are well-equipped to meet these challenges. It offers a distinctive approach using the way designers think and work to nurture your entrepreneurial skills and ability to solve complex business problems in creative ways. The programme takes an international perspective which is enhanced through the opportunity to undertake an international management project outside the UK.

In addition to the Master of Business Administration, the University of Gloucestershire offers five separate pathways tailored to the needs of specific sectors:

Whichever option you choose, you will benefit from a rich collaborative learning experience where you can exchange views with other participants, interact with research active tutors, and be challenged to become a reflective leader and manager.

You will develop your view of leadership and management through teamwork, group interaction, case studies, business simulation and work-based learning and reflection. Drawing on personal experience and applying your newly acquired skills and knowledge are key elements of the programme.

Typical Modules

  • Leadership by Design
  • Innovation and Change by Design
  • Delivering Value: Networks, Relationships, Trade and Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • International Management Project
  • Strategic Management


  • offers a unique focus on business innovation and change delivered through design-centred leadership with modules that are designed to combine intuitive, as well as analytical, approaches to business decision-making
  • develops a skill set for tackling complex business problems based on deep understanding of client needs, collaborative working, cross-disciplinary thinking, personal reflection and renewal, and rapid prototyping of new ideas
  • offers the flexibility for students to choose between the standard MBA programme and four industry-specific pathways.

Career Paths

Management and consultancy roles including:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Programme Management

How will the course be assessed?

The course will be assessed through presentations, independent projects, essays and portfolio review, business cases and business venture proposals.

Entry requirements

  • you will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • we will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification
  • ideally you will have a minimum of two years management/supervisory experience however applications will be considered on an individual basis
  • international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Study Options

Full-time / Part-time



Programme Specifications

Profile: Jim Onions

Jim Onions

"Whilst the university has excellent buildings and facilities, its key strength is in the quality of its people..."

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

I was aware that to progress within the Fire Service, I needed to not only expand my understanding of strategy and its application, but also to underpin this with academic learning and accreditation. The MBA at the University of Gloucestershire targeted the key areas of development that I required; business strategy, financial management and human resource management. I felt, and still believe, that an MBA from Gloucestershire fulfils these needs and carries a great deal of credibility in the marketplace. 

Whilst the university has excellent buildings and facilities, its key strength is in the quality of its people - the academic and other university staff and also the students. I think that the diversity of disciplines from the public, private and voluntary sectors across Gloucestershire attracts students who provide a broad perspective on many of the issues and subject matter discussed and debated in the MBA. The Human Resource and Financial Management programmes fulfilled my development needs and the Strategic Management sessions were excellent. All of the learning was brought together by the dissertation, particularly the one-to-one sessions with my assigned mentor, who helped me both to shape the subject matter of the research piece and to challenge some of my preconceptions regarding my theme which related to culture, equality and change management in the fire and rescue service. My mentor’s challenge and guidance led me to explore other sectors, where people work in close-knit teams, and where the underlying cultures were similar to that of the fire and rescue service.  I continue to use my dissertation as a reference piece and I now consistently try to view problems from multiple viewpoints and draw from as many references as posssible.  Public services are facing particular challenges at the present and we are each trying to resolve the conflict between an increasing demand for our services, combined with shrinkage in our staffing, finances and resources.

I feel that the MBA has equipped me to be more challenging towards accepted practices, to seek new opportunities through partnerships and collaboration, to re-design how services are delivered and engage staff and communities along with other stakeholders to work with us to deliver our priorities. In my role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer,  I lead the Service support function which manages the vehicle fleet, operational equipment, premises, procurement, operational procedures, training and development. I also lead on the project to migrate to the West Midlands Regional Control Centre and the Service's Improvement Plan.


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Open Day Dates...

Postgraduate and Professional:

  • 12 February 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 11 June 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 26 September 2015
    Open Day for Teacher Training ONLY at our Francis Close Hall Campus.
Fees - 2014/15 Academic Year
Home and EU Students  
MBA Full Course Fee£9900
Master's stage£3370
Postgraduate Diploma stage£3265
Postgraduate Certificate stage£3265
Non-EU Students  
MBA Full Course Fee£12500
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