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 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 2017/18 academic year. 2018/19 content is likely to be similar but is subject to change.
|October 2018 to December 2018||Core modules|
|January 2019 to May 2019||Optional modules|
|January 2019 to September 2019||Multi-project suite|
|June 2019||Business in context – Global Residency|
|October 2018 to September 2019||
|September 2019 to March 2020||Optional paid internship|
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
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
A two-week real consulting project, usually for a small local business or third sector organisation.
Led by: Professor Mike Lewis
Work in groups on different aspects of a complex change initiative.
Led by: Professor Ian Colville
Explore different perspectives on leadership. Includes:
- a series of 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 2016
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.
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.
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.
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:
- online resources
- practical sessions
Methods of assessment
Units are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework/essays, presentations and portfolios.
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.
Business in context stories
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.
We visit countries across the world throughout the year. This means you can meet us, and ask any questions you have about studying for an MBA at the University of Bath and living in the city.
Halley Liao worked in highly varied roles as a freelancer before pursuing her full-time MBA. She speaks about how Bath embraces professional diversity and its role in stimulating creative discussion
The Bath MBA is among the top 50 programmes in the world for entrepreneurship, according to the Financial Times.