MBA Strategic Leadership MBA
MBA Strategic Leadership
This part-time MBA Strategic Leadership course for working professionals prepares you for senior leadership and management roles in private, public and third-sector organisations.
As well as developing your leadership, management and entrepreneurial capabilities, you’ll build expertise in key business areas such as corporate communications, financial management, business strategy and change management. You’ll network and share ideas with peers from other industries and immediately apply what you learn in your current role, boosting your performance and increasing your impact.
After you complete the course, you can apply to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience. You’ll accelerate your career progression and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to go into senior management and leadership positions in roles such as chief executive, general manager or finance director. You could also launch your own business.
Degree apprenticeship option
You can do this Strategic Leadership MBA as a degree apprenticeship. If you choose this option, you'll attend University on day release from your job and your employer and the Government pay your tuition fees.
What you'll experience
On this MBA course, you'll:
- Link theory and research to management practice by applying what you learn to your current role and workplace
- Learn from staff with research and consultancy experience, and links with industry
- Work on an applied project to deliver practical value for your own organisation (or another) by analysing a challenge or opportunity and providing useful recommendations
- Hone your analytical and research skills and bring together your knowledge and learning by doing an integrated strategy project
- Use your Applied Learning Portfolio to demonstrate how you’re applying new knowledge and behaviours in a work-based context
- Participate in a Leadership in Action Forum to assess your strengths and opportunities as a leader
- Learn from industry experts while expanding your network with guest lectures and business events sponsored by the Faculty of Business and Law
- Explore opportunities and hear from talent management experts at our Enterprise and Employability Week events, professional networking events and job fairs
- Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which are available 24/7 and include access to thousands of e-journals
- Get access to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) materials throughout the course, including useful articles and scenarios
You can review and refine your career plans throughout the programme with support from course tutors, and Careers and Employability staff. The course also includes a leadership development workshop and our Careers and Employability team can support you with starting and growing a business.
After you leave the University, you can continue to get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability team as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll have the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to fulfil your career ambitions, in your current company and beyond.
Recruiters for roles that require specialist knowledge or research skills, including senior leadership roles and business consultancy, particularly target those with higher level qualifications such as the MBA.
Previous MBA graduates have progressed to roles including:
- chief executive
- global director
- general manager
- programme manager
- business consultant
- finance director
Other graduates have used their entrepreneurial skills to start up businesses as well.
You can apply through the ‘qualified route' to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience, when you complete the course.
- A second-class honours degree (or equivalent, including professional qualifications), not necessarily in a business-related subject, plus at least 3 years of work experience at a professional or managerial level.
- Alternatively, applicants without formal qualifications, but with a minimum of 5 years of management experience, are welcome to apply.
- Applicants may be subject to interview and/or be asked to submit a portfolio in support of their application.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – to be confirmed
- International students – to be confirmed
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
There may be additional costs for communication, transportation or accommodation related to project research work and group collaboration, although these are likely to be minimal.
What you'll study
The course structure includes 6 subject units and 2 project units that focus on professional development.
Core units are:
- Strategic Management
- Coaching for Leaders and Managers
- Corporate Communications
- Financial Management
- Applied Learning Portfolio
- Integrated Strategy Project
- Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism
Core units are:
- Strategic Leadership and Change
- Applied Learning Portfolio (including the Work-Based Learning Project)
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- business simulations
- group discussions
- case studies
Teaching is structured to encourage you to analyse complex problems, evaluate opportunities and risks, propose solutions and plan their implementation. All teaching draws on current management research and practice and the pace of learning enables you to focus on your learning in the MBA classroom, then apply what you've learnt in the workplace.
How you'll spend your time
Most teaching takes place on Thursdays every other week throughout the academic year (September–June). On rare occasions, you may need to come to University on an evening or weekend for special events or group projects.
Because study is part-time, there's 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.
How you're assessed
You'll get regular feedback on your development throughout the course. You'll be assessed through:
- work-based learning projects
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- Business management and marketing