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    MBA (Master of Business Administration)

    Management School, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Triple Crown accreditation means we meet the high standards of three of the world’s most prestigious accreditation bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
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    Course description

    Experiential learning is at the heart of the Sheffield MBA. Our programme is designed to provide unique learning experiences that maximise the potential of each individual as part of a close-knit community. At Sheffield you are not viewed as a number, but as an ambitious individual with unique attributes ready to take on the challenge of reaching your full potential.

    Our MBA programme is diverse and tailored to each student’s journey, individual development needs and career aspirations. Our world-class academics will inspire and challenge you to apply your learning to live organisational issues.

    We understand that the challenges of the 21st century require globally minded individuals who can adapt to rapidly changing environments, understand situations and then lead their organisations forward. To this end, we have designed our MBA programme around three core pillars of consultancy, entrepreneurship and leadership.

    Triple Crown accreditation means we meet the high standards of three of the world’s most prestigious accreditation bodies.


    This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs, EQUIS, AACSB, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Core modules:

    Marketing Consultancy Challenge

    This module integrates consulting with marketing through application on a real company project. Students will become familiar with the practice of marketing and important managerial decisions including those about the choice of the target market, the nature of the offer (product/service), pricing, distribution, promotion and finally communications. While marketing will provide a set of principles and context, consultancy will provide students with an opportunity to apply theoretically grounded consulting principles into a client based marketing problem. The rationale is that many business consulting projects are driven by the initial need for improvement in markets, products and channels to customers, branding and the design of associated processes.

    20 credits
    The Intelligent Organisation

    An intelligent organisation knows how to use data and information, effectively and efficiently, to achieve organisational goals. Where once technology was the key driver of organisational processes and innovation, today we have entered into the second machine-age where technology is simply a basic requirement for operations, deployed like a good personal assistant. The challenge today is in effectively managing the giant pools and streams of data, information, and intellectual assets that are essential for operational effectiveness and the key drivers of innovation. From enabling a digital workplace, to managing, using and securing its intellectual assets, the intelligent organisation is also cognisant of evolving digital transformations and scans cautiously and tactically for disruptive technologies (e.g., social, mobile, analytics, cloud) while adopting an effective digital strategy. Using case studies, pseudo simulation and discussion, this module will examine and ponder the breadth of digital issues facing todays organisation.

    10 credits
    Managing Organisational Behaviour

    This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of a systematic set of behavioural science concepts for analysing human behaviour in organisations. The major theories and research findings in this area derive from the academic disciplines of psychology, sociology and anthropology and students will be expected to familiarise themselves as directed. Further, the unit provides the opportunity to relate these theoretical concepts to realistic organisational problems and to consider appropriate managerial responses. In this way, the unit is designed not only to increase the ability to analyse behaviour but also to develop the skill to draw on appropriate concepts to influence and manage others effectively in organisational contexts.

    10 credits
    Global Managerial Economics

    This module focuses on the analysis of factors that affect strategic decisions and performance of firms from an economic perspective. This includes organisation-level factors and issues such as the contractual relationships among the different stakeholders of firms and optimal boundaries of firms, as well as the structure and contestability of markets within which they operate. There is particular emphasis on strategic interactions with competitors, designing of contracts in an environment of imperfect (asymmetric) information, and the role of transactions cost in influencing key strategic decisions involving both domestic and international operations of firms. Finally, there is discussion about the factors that influence the regulatory and macroeconomic contexts in which firms operate, including the relevance of interconnectedness of economies for domestic macroeconomic and regulatory environments. As such, the aim of the module is to provide a coherent picture of application of economic principles to different aspects of managerial decision making.

    10 credits
    Accounting and Financial Management

    This unit examines the basic principles of both financial accounting and finance. The financial accounting part of the unit is concerned with the techniques needed to prepare the financial statements of a limited company, the use of the financial statements to appraise the performance of a company, the ways in which profits can be managed and the regulatory environment and the usefulness of financial statements. The finance part of the unit is concerned with the basic theoretical foundations of asset pricing models, the concept of efficient capital markets and its implications for financial analysis, and the different types of derivatives and their role in managing risk.

    10 credits
    Operations Management

    This unit is concerned with the effective and efficient marshalling of the organisation's resources to meet its objectives. An understanding of basic concepts and techniques will be provided and used by students to tackle cases which apply to manufacturing and service industries in both private and public sectors. The systematic and logical approach of Operational Research to the solution of management problems is also introduced.

    10 credits
    Career Accelerator Programme

    The Career Accelerator Programme (CAP) is a core element which runs throughout your MBA programme. Designed to complement the other academic modules taught in the programme, it focuses on professional development activities, supporting students in achieving their career aspirations. The core elements of the programme enable students to develop skills in team working and negotiation, enhance their interview skills and utilise their networking skills through attending guest speaker events. In addition, students will construct their own professional development plan from optional activities including workshops and visits. Individual support is provided via CAP tutorials.

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    1 year full-time


    • Lectures, seminars, workshops and guest speakers
    • Industrial visits and projects


    • Individual and group assignments and presentations
    • Project report
    • Formal examinations

    Entry requirements

    • Minimum 2.1 undergraduate honours degree.
    • At least three years’ full time postgraduate work experience. This should include
      appropriate management experience and show good career progression.

    Your application may be considered if you do not meet the academic requirement but have significant professional and/or management experience.

    You will be invited to attend an interview if your application is successful at the initial review stage. If you are unable to attend the interview in person we will arrange with you for this to be online.

    Find out more about the MBA application process

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Fees and funding


    The Sheffield MBA scholarship

    We're offering a limited number of scholarships worth £10,000 each for Home and International students starting their MBA in 2023.


    We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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