Full-time MBA programme content
The Bath MBA combines the latest teaching techniques with practical projects. You’ll be able to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to real business situations.
Leadership and personal development forms the backbone of the Bath MBA. You’ll do an individual leadership project, and develop your personal skills through our programme of workshops.
- our guest speaker series
- company visits
- the optional international business experience activities
- an optional paid internship
Please note that modules and course information below refers to the 2020/21 academic year. 2021/22 content is likely to be similar but is subject to change.
With our unique Multi-Project Suite, you’ll complete five different projects instead of doing a final project focusing on one topic.
The multi-project suite lets you work on a range of business problems with a variety of organisations. It includes individual and group work. Immerse yourself in topics like entrepreneurship, change management and consulting.
The multi–project suite lets you apply what you've learned from your core and optional modules, and think creatively about solving real business challenges. You will:
- improve your research and consultancy skills
- get exposure to different types and sizes of organisation
- have real-world project work to add to your CV
Work as a team on a new business idea which you’ll pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
A two-week real consulting project, usually for a small local business or third sector organisation.
Work in groups on different aspects of a complex change initiative.
Explore different perspectives on leadership. Includes:
- a series of skills workshops and masterclasses
- one-to-one career coaching
- a personal leadership development plan
The culmination of the multi-project suite. Work in groups with a corporate client on a detailed business challenge.
"The multi-project suite is a big differentiator for Bath. Instead of just doing one big dissertation, we do five independent projects, providing a much broader experience. I have worked with three companies, ranging from a large corporate, to a travel start-up and an award-winning app."
Class of 2017
We’ve designed our core modules to give you a solid foundation in the fundamental areas of business. These six modules are worth one third of your degree (36 credits).
Gain an in-depth appreciation of strategic management thinking and decision-making. You'll explore strategy issues and how to resolve them. You will also develop your strategic thinking, analysis and judgement skills.
An introduction to the theory and practice of marketing management. Learn to recognise the complexity of buying behaviour in global markets, investigate managerial practices in marketing and develop a contingent approach to markets and managerial options.
Analysis for decision-making
Learn informed decision-making through collection and analysis of data. Develop your critical skills and learn how to gain insights into decision problems through data.
Gain a knowledge of finance to support the general management function. You'll learn to appreciate how specialist activities can help meet financial and business objectives.
Managing people - strategy and practice
You'll learn about the strategic role of human resource management in organisations. You will gain knowledge of environmental contexts of the sector, technology, legislation, social institutions and cultures.
Managing operational processes
An introduction to the principles of operations management. This module illustrates how all organisations are essentially defined through their operational capabilities.
International business experience
You will have the opportunity to take part in exciting activities that provide additional insight into international business.
These are optional elements of the MBA and are open to all students. Participation in some of these activities may incur additional costs, such as for travel or accommodation, if relevant. You should budget between £1,000 and £1,500 for this.
International business activities may include:
- trips to a city, region or country where we can meet with businesses and academics to understand their cultures and approaches to business
- virtual visits and interactions with business leaders, company representatives and academic thought-leader
Some of the firms that we interact with through these activities may also be interested in hiring MBA students or providing internships.
While we aim to deliver the same learning experience each year, the location of the trips and whether or not they are conducted in-person, online or cancelled altogether, will depend on the circumstances at that time and may be beyond our control.
Add to your CV with an optional internship at the end of your MBA.
With over 300 business partners, our MBA Careers team will help you find the right placement for your career goals. Recent MBA students have interned at Grey Advertising, Perrigo and Bath-based social enterprise The Genesis Trust.
Internships start in September, after you have finished your studies. They can last from three to six months.
Internships are not guaranteed. Places are competitive and we advertise opportunities to students.
Teaching and learning
Occasionally we make changes to our course in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies or the requirements of accrediting bodies.
You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised course, in accordance with our terms and conditions.
You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the fields of business, management and finance. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.
The Bath full-time MBA is a campus-based programme. Most modules are taught in-person, on campus. Occasionally, we may teach individual lectures/workshops online. Should in-person teaching not be possible due to Covid-19, this will be done remotely.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:
- online resources
- practical sessions
Methods of assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework/essays, presentations, in-class participation and portfolios.
Your tuition fee includes the cost of:
- essential textbooks
- case material
- journal extracts
We provide all course materials in digital format.
Some modules involve visits away from the University campus, and you may need to pay some or all of the costs of meals on such trips. We will pay for your transport.
If you choose to take part in the optional international business programme, you will have to pay some expenses such as flights or associated travel costs like visas and some meals. You should budget between £1,000 and £1,500 for this.
This course is regulated by the Office for Students.
News and events
Real business is central to the Bath MBA. During your time on the course you’ll be connected with business leaders and organisations to put what you’re learning into a real business context.
Discover what life is like as a postgraduate student at Bath with our Masterclass on 12 March 2021.
In 2020 Bath became a University of Sanctuary in recognition for our efforts to welcome refugee students, including through our Sanctuary Scholarship.
Bath MBA graduate Ritika Israni has beaten an impressive shortlist to become MBA Student of the Year at the AMBA Excellence Awards.