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Global MBA

Boost your career and learn to manage the challenges of global businesses on this MBA course. With in-depth modules on global business topics, a range of specialisms designed to help you stand out in the job market, and the option to complete an industry placement, you'll graduate from this degree fully prepared to make an impact in industry. 

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Fast track your career and embrace the challenges of global business on this Global MBA degree with industry placement.

Study a core curriculum that combines global business principles with an in-depth understanding of local market dynamics. To start, you'll cover modules in areas such as Business Consultancy, Responsible Leadership, and Change Management.

From here, you'll choose an area of focus from our specialist pathways, developed in conjunction with our research centres: 

  • Sustainable Business
  • AI and Digital Transformation
  • International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

Then, you have the option to complete a second year as an industry placement anywhere in the world. You’ll be fully supported by our placements team at every step, whether you want to undertake your placement in the UK or abroad. 

You don’t need to have a business related undergraduate degree to study this Master's in global business. Your scheduled teaching activities will be arranged for specific days so you have periods of free time each week to consolidate your learning or secure part-time employment.

This course prepares you for career success in high growth industries, and equips you with a versatile skillset that is in demand by employers so you stand out in the job market. 

Course highlights

  • Explore and apply global business principles through both learning activities and assessments 
  • Choose a specialist pathway that interests you, from options designed alongside our research centres
  • Complete an industry placement year with a company
  • Learn from a teaching team with experience and expertise from industries including global corporations, dynamic start-ups and non-profit organisations
  • Graduate ready for a range of careers in high growth industries, and a transferable skillset in demand by employers

This is a new course and we're finalising the detailed information for this page. 



Accredited by: 

The University of Portsmouth has earned business accreditation from the AACSB in recognition of the outstanding quality of its business and management education. Less than six percent of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

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Entry requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (or equivalent, including professional qualifications), not necessarily in a business related subject.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. On this course you'll study 6 modules worth 30 credits each.

What you'll study

Core modules: 

  • Business in Action — 30 credits
  • Global Business Environment — 30 credits
  • Responsible Leadership and Management in a Global Context — 30 credits
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing — 30 credits
  • Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation — 30 credits
  • Consultancy Project — 30 credits

Optional modules: 

  • Specialist Module — 30 credits

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2024, January or May 2025 start)

  • Full-time: £12,200

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  • Full-time: £18,100


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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

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After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

Finalising this course

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.