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Business Administration, MBA

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Full time | Bay Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MBA - Master of Business Administration

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Course Summary


Do you want to make an impact on society?

Join us on our new MBA: a different programme for a different approach to management

A concern for human values as well as shareholder value is at the heart of the Swansea University MBA.

The course is designed to equip learners with global skills for organising and collaborating, as well as competing, in the private, public and third sectors. We place emphasis on imagining future possibilities - such as hybrid organisational forms, new business practices and responsible consumption trends - to meet the challenges of securing human values in increasingly uncertain times of global transformations.

Our programme philosophy is to address the gap between practice and theory that can exist in management. The MBA challenges students to be critical thinkers, reflecting on theory and management practice in order to identify where change can be made to the global business landscape.

The MBA aims to open up awareness about the possibilities and limitations of different opportunities for inclusion and change in areas such as creative innovation, organisational hybridity, entrepreneurship and experimentation for graduates to shape the future.


We draw on expertise from across the School of Management to encourage a ‘what works’ mind-set for challenges that cannot be solved by single individuals or organisations acting in isolation.

You will work with expert academics as well as leaders in business and society to identify and appraise various creative possibilities for entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusion, rather than just being satisfied with a ‘critique’ of problems.

Our MBA is premised on the co-production of relevant knowledge using existing academic research from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives alongside your own experience and that of external business and societal leaders.

The pedagogical approach of the programme connects knowledge generated by different disciplinary fields - represented by the different departments in the School of Management - to guide and inform practical action and develop leaders to bring about positive impact in meeting human needs, transforming social relations, and collectively empowering business to shape a better future.


Whether you want to remain in your current career field or carve a new career path, you will graduate with the advanced skills and knowledge to become a future leader who is up to the challenge of taking actions that benefit business, society and the environment simultaneously.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.


This module is designed to help the learner to understand their role as leaders in addressing the challenges that modern enterprises face. Today’s businesses face unprecedented rates of change, whether from access to big data and sophisticated technologies, or the speed of social and political change on potential and existing markets, suppliers and consumers. In these times the role of the leader is challenged constantly, requiring informed and strategic leadership at all levels of an organisation. Modern business requires leaders with integrity to address the potential pitfalls of fast moving global change, the challenges of operating in diverse contexts, and to understand the ways of doing leadership that is inclusive. This module will enable you to be that leader. This module starts by exposing you to a critical view of traditional and contemporary leadership theories and practices. In the second part you will use key scenes from films and similar multimedia to identify and explore challenges and dilemmas that today’s leaders face. The third part is a series of workshops and review sessions designed to help you address the challenges that you either experience or foresee in your own organisation to enable the application of leadership frameworks to varied contexts

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have three years’ relevant industrial experience. Students are also required to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent with at least a 2:1.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more