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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 Business in Context programme brings you together with business leaders and organisations. You’ll get great opportunities to network and build relationships through:

  • our guest speaker series
  • company visits
  • the Global Residency international study tour
  • an optional paid internship

Please note that units and course information below refers to the 2019/20 academic year. 2020/21 content is likely to be similar but is subject to change.

Multi-project suite

Instead of doing a final project focusing on one topic, you’ll complete five different projects in our unique multi-project suite.

Our projects let you work on a range of business problems with a variety of organisations. Working in groups and alone, you'll 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. It gives you:

  • improved research and consultancy skills
  • exposure to different types and sizes of organisation
  • real-world project work to add to your CV
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Entrepreneurship in action

Work as a team on a new business idea which you’ll pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Led by: Dr Bruno Oliveira

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Consulting in action

A two-week real consulting project, usually for a small local business or third sector organisation.

Led by: Professor Mike Lewis

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Change in action

Work in groups on different aspects of a complex change initiative.

Led by: Professor Ian Colville

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Individual project - leadership

Explore different perspectives on leadership. Includes:

  • a series of masterclasses
  • one-to-one career coaching
  • a personal leadership development plan

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Corporate group project

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."

Chris Frey

Class of 2016

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Core modules

The core modules give you a firm grounding 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.

Led by: Professor Michael Mayer

Strategic marketing

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.

Led by: Professor Nancy Puccinelli

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.

Led by: Dr Maria Battarra

Understanding finance

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.

Led by: Deborah Lewis, Senior Teaching Fellow

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.

Led by: Dr Yasin Rofcanin

Managing operational processes

An introduction to the principles of operations management. This module illustrates how all organisations are essentially defined through their operational capabilities.

Led by: Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones


With one-third of the programme dedicated to options, you can tailor your MBA to your personal interests. Study the subjects you need to make the Bath MBA your own with our range of 17 optional units.

You will need to complete 36 credits.

Accounting for decision makers

Explore the uses and limitations of financial and management accounting information. You'll learn to appreciate how specialist activities can help meet financial and business objectives.

Applied microeconomics

Gain an understanding of:

  • the economy as an evolving complex adaptive system of information
  • the way information is aggregated by price systems
  • how asymmetries in the spread of this information affects this process

Behavioural finance

Explore the theory and practice of the emerging area of behavioural finance. You'll learn how psychology and emotions affect investor and managerial financial decision making. You'll also explore ethical issues.

Business analytics

Learn how modern analytics techniques can support and improve business decision making. You'll gain an understanding of how data can help suggest solutions to complex problems.

Financial engineering with bonds, options, and other derivatives

Get a thorough understanding of the frameworks and instruments of financial engineering. You'll learn to evaluate different strategies relating to bonds, options and other derivatives.

Innovation management

Gain an understanding of the strategic management of product, service and process innovation. You'll learn how firms create value from new ideas and explore the experiences of successful and unsuccessful innovators.

International finance

Gain a good understanding of the financial risks involved in international trading. You'll learn how international financial markets work, the interrelationships and the language involved.

Knowledge leadership in a global economy

Knowledge management deals with the recognition of human and intellectual capital as core resources. You'll learn about knowledge management processes, and gain an understanding of the importance of knowledge for competitive advantage.

Leadership in context

An advanced leadership course. You'll use experiential learning (reflecting on practice) to examine group processes and dynamics. This will allow you to gain insights about leadership and organisations.

Risk management

Develop your understanding of the risk management function within a company. You'll learn to define a company's risk profile and develop an enterprise risk policy.

Service design and innovation

Gain a thorough understanding of frameworks used to design new services. You'll learn how to identify and answer the needs of your clients and how to make sure you're creating value efficiently.

Strategic brand management

  • Understand the principles of brand management
  • Consider the role and significance of brands
  • Examine strategies to build, grow and reposition brands
  • Examine systems for managing brand portfolios
  • Examine strategies for building a brand-driven organisation

Supply chain management

Examine the concepts and approaches used in purchasing and supply operations, management, strategy and policy.

Sustainable business practices

A workshop approach allows you to delve into the key concepts and tools that support sustainability. You'll be able to debate and 'try' concepts within a specific organisation.

The psychology of decision making

You’ll learn about processes that influence choice, and how decisions can shape organisational life. This module uses material from disciplines including:

  • cognitive and social psychology
  • organisational behaviour
  • managerial cognition

Understanding commercial law

Gain an understanding of the implications of law for business. The focus is on common commercial practice and the law in the context of the wider business world.

Venture capital finance

Gain an understanding of venture capital funding of entrepreneurial enterprises.

  • financial contracting and control
  • relationships between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs
  • differences between standard and social financing/entrepreneurship
  • ethical issues

Business in Context

Find out more about the world of business. Our Business in Context programme brings you together with business leaders and organisations.

Top speakers

We attract great business speakers to share their insights and experiences. You will hear their thoughts on current business issues, corporate strategies and complex management situations. Recent speakers include:

  • David Osborne, Global Director Digital at Dyson
  • Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman Network Rail
  • Geoff McDonald, Former VP HR at Unilever
  • Ian Rand, CEO Barclays Business Banking
  • Rowan Douglas, CEO of Capital Science and Policy Practice at Willis Tower Watson
  • Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, writer, commentator

Company visits

Learn how companies manage in a competitive global environment with our series of visits to organisations. Recent visits include Jaguar Land Rover, Amazon, Wimbledon, Wessex Water.

Our London hub

Our facility in Pall Mall, London, puts you in the heart of our capital.

Each year we host our Bath MBA London Day, with a wide range of speakers from the City and opportunities to network. Recent speakers include Barclays, Rothschild Wealth Management, Accenture, Amazon, Google, Safr and Filament.

Peer-to-peer learning

Shape your MBA and learn together with student-led peer learning. You’ll share:

  • your individual experiences
  • information about your culture and backgrounds
  • thoughts on topical leadership challenges

Global Residency

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in our exciting Global Residency programme. Spend a week abroad and improve your knowledge of international management.

Global Residency includes global company visits and guest speakers. You’ll explore different political, economic, social and technological perspectives on business activity.

You’ll also enjoy the sights with your classmates and take in the local culture.

In June 2018 students visited San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California. Previous destinations include China, France and Russia.

Global Residency is open to all MBA students. The cost of the Global Residency is included in your programme fees, although you will have to pay for flights, visas and some meals.

Optional paid internship

At the end of your MBA, you will have the opportunity to do an optional paid internship.

Internships are a fantastic chance to add further work experience to your CV. The School of Management has relationships with a wide range of organisations who you could work with.

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.

MBA internships - Pim's story

Bath MBA graduate Pimrux Prompalit, from Thailand, spent her internship at the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, in London's financial heart.

Further information

Teaching and learning

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.

All units are taught on campus.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • online resources
  • practical sessions
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

Methods of assessment

Units are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework/essays, presentations and portfolios.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee includes the cost of:

  • essential textbooks
  • case material
  • journal extracts
  • printing and photocopying

Some courses 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, accommodation and most meals.

The cost of the Global Residency is included in your programme fees, although you will have to pay for flights, visas and some meals.


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.

MBA live chat – 17 July 2019

We will hold an hour-long live chat about our full-time and Executive MBAs on 17 July at 12.00 BST. You can ask staff and students any questions you have about applying or studying with us.

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