MBA Strategic Leadership - University of Portsmouth

MBA Strategic Leadership

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An exciting MBA opportunity for current and aspiring senior leaders

Course Overview

Why take this course?

For working professionals, this part-time Master’s in Business Administration degree course develops your leadership and management skills so you can fulfil your career ambitions.

It provides access to development opportunities at postgraduate level for senior managers and those aspiring to senior management in private, public and third sector organisations.

It allows you to develop your capabilities as a leader and manager, gives you the confidence to improve your performance and can transform your future by developing the skills to progress your career and increase your impact.

Many students who graduate from this course accelerate their careers and progress into senior management and leadership positions. Others choose new directions, including launching their own business ventures.

After you complete the course, you can apply through the ‘qualified route' to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience. We will provide you with further information about the options available and the processes involved during the course. 

Benefits for employers

MBA students have increased capabilities, confidence and morale as they learn the skills required to develop into senior leaders.

They transfer the knowledge and the skills they develop during the course to the workplace. This supports talent management initiatives and develops organisational capability.

Degree apprenticeship option

We also offer a degree apprenticeship MBA Strategic Leadership course at the University of Portsmouth. The entry requirements are the same for both courses and both enable participants to achieve a globally recognised business management degree.

You can also achieve a professional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification after completing the MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship.

The key differences with the degree apprenticeship option are:

  • Students complete the degree apprenticeship course as a degree apprentice, which offers day release to attend classes.
  • Students don’t pay their tuition fees on degree apprenticeships – they’re funded by the apprenticeship levy fund or the student’s employer and the Government.

What will I experience?

  • Integrated management subjects – links theory and research to management practice
  • Applied project – delivers practical value for your own organisation or another as you analyse a particular challenge and opportunity and provide useful recommendations
  • Integrated strategy project – hones your analytical and research skills and brings together your knowledge and learning from various units
  • Guest lectures and business events sponsored by the Faculty of Business and Law – learn from industry experts while expanding your network

Come to an open evening

To find out more about our MBA courses, see our facilities and meet with members of the MBA team, come to one of our regular open evenings where you can also meet teaching staff and current students.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MBA programme is a transformational journey.

Some MBA graduates accelerate their careers by progressing to more senior levels of leadership. Others use the MBA to prepare for their next career change, such as exploring the potential of entrepreneurship to set up their own business.


Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of Solent LEP

The MBA gave me a more rounded understanding of business as a whole and this now underpins much of my client-facing work.

Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of Solent LEP

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Structure & Teaching

The Portsmouth MBA Strategic Leadership course is a flexible part-time course. It’s mostly delivered on campus one day a week on alternate weeks over two academic years.

The pace of learning enables you to focus on your learning in the MBA classroom, then take what you have learned back into the workplace for even better results.

Because study is part-time, there is minimal disruption to your work and home commitments. Our MBA academics and professional staff, who understand the pressures of combining work and study, fully support you throughout the programme.

The MBA Strategic Leadership course structure includes six subject units and two project units that focus on professional development.

Year one

  • Strategic Management
  • Coaching for Leaders and Managers
  • Corporate Communications
  • Financial Management
  • Applied Learning Portfolio
  • Integrated Strategy Project
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism

Year two

  • Strategic Leadership and Change
  • Applied Learning Portfolio (including the Work-Based Learning Project)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and assessment

You will receive regular feedback on your development throughout the course.

Our collegial, supportive learning environment makes use of lectures and seminars, business simulations, group discussions and case studies that help you analyse complex problems, evaluate opportunities and risks, propose solutions and plan their implementation, drawing on current management research and practice.

Academic performance is assessed through course work and work-based learning projects.

Alumni view

Katie Ilincariu is Europe and South America sales manager for Fosse Liquitrol – a company which provides spill control systems to industries such as aerospace and engineering.

She decided to embark on the MBA at the University of Portsmouth Business School to further develop her knowledge and understanding of business and established business practices.

Katie Ilincariu

Katie Ilincariu
Sales and Marketing Manager and MBA alumna

The MBA is a key to unlocking the doors to senior and executive level management roles. The pace of the course allowed me to carry out a full-time international sales role at the same time as studying.

Alumni view

Paul Vine, a firefighter from Southampton, had often thought about pursuing a postgraduate degree. 

Paul Vine

Paul Vine
Watch Manager and MBA alumnus

I have always wanted to complete an MBA. I’ve seen others within the organisation complete the course and had heard how rewarding, interesting and appropriate it was. The fire service is going through a period of huge rapid change – as is most of the public sector – and all the areas of the course, including finance, marketing and operations, are playing an important role as the public sector increasingly has to behave like a business. My advice to anyone thinking about doing an MBA is do it.

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Facilities & Features

Leadership residential

The leadership and coaching development residential launches the programme’s focus on strengthening your capabilities as a leader and manager. This two-day conference introduces you to the MBA coaching scheme, assesses your strengths and opportunities as a leader, and sets the stage for your executive coaching and leadership development planning.

Work-based learning project

A work-based learning project uses your management knowledge and skills to complete a business project, exploring a strategic challenge to create value for your employer or another client organisation. Participants define the project aim, scope and objectives, then plan and implement the project, making recommendations based on the findings.

Applied Learning Portfolio

An Applied Learning Portfolio encourages and supports critical reflection on your learning throughout the course, and it demonstrates how you are applying new knowledge and behaviours in a work-based context. 

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Make a future for yourself
Make a future for yourself

MBA students review and refine their future career plans throughout the programme supported by course tutors, executive coaches and Career Services staff.

Some of the roles MBA graduates have taken on after completing the course include:

  • Chief Executive
  • Global Director
  • General Manager
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Finance Director

Career planning and support

One benefit of studying at Portsmouth is the strong support provided by the University’s careers and recruitment services team, who offer career advice and planning services. Portsmouth alumni may call on Career Services for up to five years after graduation.

Additionally you may get assistance with a job search, volunteer opportunities and business start-up advice. Career planning is also supported by a leadership development workshop and by executive coaching sessions offered as part of the MBA course.

Our Enterprise and Employability Week, professional networking events and local job fairs give you the opportunity to explore potential opportunities and hear from talent management experts.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your management profile. Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research skills, including senior leadership roles and business consultancy, particularly target those with higher level qualifications such as the MBA.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

MBA Open Events

Find out if the strategic leadership MBA is right for you by visiting us. Take a look at our facilities, meet staff and speak with current students at one of our regular MBA open events and information sessions.

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Fees and Funding

Find out about various tuition fee discount schemes and learn more about fees and funding at the University.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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