For working professionals, this part-time Master’s in Business Administration degree course develops your leadership and management skills so you can fulfil your career ambitions.
It provides access to development opportunities at postgraduate level for senior managers and those aspiring to senior management in private, public and third sector organisations.
It allows you to develop your capabilities as a leader and manager, gives you the confidence to improve your performance and can transform your future by developing the skills to progress your career and increase your impact.
Many students who graduate from this course accelerate their careers and progress into senior management and leadership positions. Others choose new directions, including launching their own business ventures.
After you complete the course, you can apply through the ‘qualified route' to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience. We will provide you with further information about the options available and the processes involved during the course.
MBA students have increased capabilities, confidence and morale as they learn the skills required to develop into senior leaders.
They transfer the knowledge and the skills they develop during the course to the workplace. This supports talent management initiatives and develops organisational capability.
We also offer a degree apprenticeship MBA Strategic Leadership course at the University of Portsmouth. The entry requirements are the same for both courses and both enable participants to achieve a globally recognised business management degree.
You can also achieve a professional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification after completing the MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship.
The key differences with the degree apprenticeship option are:
To find out more about our MBA courses, see our facilities and meet with members of the MBA team, come to one of our regular open evenings where you can also meet teaching staff and current students.
The MBA programme is a transformational journey.
Some MBA graduates accelerate their careers by progressing to more senior levels of leadership. Others use the MBA to prepare for their next career change, such as exploring the potential of entrepreneurship to set up their own business.
The MBA gave me a more rounded understanding of business as a whole and this now underpins much of my client-facing work.
Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of Solent LEP
The Portsmouth MBA Strategic Leadership course is a flexible part-time course. It’s mostly delivered on campus one day a week on alternate weeks over two academic years.
The pace of learning enables you to focus on your learning in the MBA classroom, then take what you have learned back into the workplace for even better results.
Because study is part-time, there is minimal disruption to your work and home commitments. Our MBA academics and professional staff, who understand the pressures of combining work and study, fully support you throughout the programme.
The MBA Strategic Leadership course structure includes six subject units and two project units that focus on professional development.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will receive regular feedback on your development throughout the course.
Our collegial, supportive learning environment makes use of lectures and seminars, business simulations, group discussions and case studies that help you analyse complex problems, evaluate opportunities and risks, propose solutions and plan their implementation, drawing on current management research and practice.
Academic performance is assessed through course work and work-based learning projects.
Katie Ilincariu is Europe and South America sales manager for Fosse Liquitrol – a company which provides spill control systems to industries such as aerospace and engineering.
She decided to embark on the MBA at the University of Portsmouth Business School to further develop her knowledge and understanding of business and established business practices.
Sales and Marketing Manager and MBA alumna
The MBA is a key to unlocking the doors to senior and executive level management roles. The pace of the course allowed me to carry out a full-time international sales role at the same time as studying.
Paul Vine, a firefighter from Southampton, had often thought about pursuing a postgraduate degree.
Watch Manager and MBA alumnus
I have always wanted to complete an MBA. I’ve seen others within the organisation complete the course and had heard how rewarding, interesting and appropriate it was. The fire service is going through a period of huge rapid change – as is most of the public sector – and all the areas of the course, including finance, marketing and operations, are playing an important role as the public sector increasingly has to behave like a business. My advice to anyone thinking about doing an MBA is do it.
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The leadership and coaching development residential launches the programme’s focus on strengthening your capabilities as a leader and manager. This two-day conference introduces you to the MBA coaching scheme, assesses your strengths and opportunities as a leader, and sets the stage for your executive coaching and leadership development planning.
A work-based learning project uses your management knowledge and skills to complete a business project, exploring a strategic challenge to create value for your employer or another client organisation. Participants define the project aim, scope and objectives, then plan and implement the project, making recommendations based on the findings.
An Applied Learning Portfolio encourages and supports critical reflection on your learning throughout the course, and it demonstrates how you are applying new knowledge and behaviours in a work-based context.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
MBA students review and refine their future career plans throughout the programme supported by course tutors, executive coaches and Career Services staff.
Some of the roles MBA graduates have taken on after completing the course include:
One benefit of studying at Portsmouth is the strong support provided by the University’s careers and recruitment services team, who offer career advice and planning services. Portsmouth alumni may call on Career Services for up to five years after graduation.
Additionally you may get assistance with a job search, volunteer opportunities and business start-up advice. Career planning is also supported by a leadership development workshop and by executive coaching sessions offered as part of the MBA course.
Our Enterprise and Employability Week, professional networking events and local job fairs give you the opportunity to explore potential opportunities and hear from talent management experts.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your management profile. Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research skills, including senior leadership roles and business consultancy, particularly target those with higher level qualifications such as the MBA.
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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Find out if the strategic leadership MBA is right for you by visiting us. Take a look at our facilities, meet staff and speak with current students at one of our regular MBA open events and information sessions.