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Postgraduate MBA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

If you are interested in studying an MBA, or have already applied and want to find out more, book one of our MBA online briefings. Briefings generally take place on Wednesdays, from 13:00 to 14:00 (UK time). Check out the upcoming dates and secure your place.

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Overview

Are you looking to fast-track your career and become an inspirational leader recognised for cutting-edge innovative, sustainable, entrepreneurship-minded thinking? If so, Kent Business School is the place for you to realise your ambition.

The CMI and AMBA-accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a prestigious and internationally recognised degree of the highest status. Studying the MBA, you learn about organisations and the context in which they operate, re-interpret these organisational frameworks and apply this acquired knowledge, practically. MBA students frequently springboard into high-calibre roles. MBA Alumni/graduates often become entrepreneurs and launch their own ventures, or take their sought-after skills to public bodies, such as the NHS.

The MBA at Kent Business School is delivered by academics and business leaders at the highest level of their expertise. You will be encouraged to think deeply, question everything and find solutions to some of the most critical and convoluted issues facing business of tomorrow’s world.

Your expertise, business acumen and ability to think on your feet will be tested on our exciting and demanding MBA Challenge module/experience which covers four areas vital to success in business. Throughout this course you will apply your learnings via industry visits, workshops, and our MBA Study Tour.

Join a virtual MBA briefing

If you are interested in studying an MBA, or have already applied and want to find out more, then Kent Business School’s MBA online briefings offer a unique insight into the criteria and learnings of the course – if you want to get a head start on securing your place, registration is essential.

Not only will you hear directly from MBA Director, Debbie Kemp, who will run through the programme in detail, but also you will get the chance to ask current or past MBA students questions.

Briefings generally take place on Wednesdays, from 13:00 to 14:00 (UK time). Check out the upcoming dates and secure your place.

Reasons to study the MBA

  • Flexible course – study full-time (1 year) or part time over (2-3 years)
  • Receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • First-class facilities at our Canterbury campus, close to London
  • Study at a ‘Triple Crown’ accredited business school
  • Our expert teaching staff appear in the top 2% of researchers worldwide
  • Take part in the Business Start-Up Journey through ASPIRE
  • Excellent Postgraduate funding options available
  • Dedicated MBA Suite
  • Double-accredited course (CMI and AMBA)
  • Graduate at the historic Canterbury Cathedral

What you’ll learn

You’ll be gaining a broad overview of knowledge required to be an exemplary business leader, including global strategy and economics, strategic marketing, people management and leadership, innovation, business analytics and corporate responsibility and sustainability. You will end your Master's with a series of four challenges including personal development, a consultancy project, an international business challenge, a business start-up task and write an independent research project under the supervision of a expert supervisor.

Why study Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Kent?

Quality, guaranteed.

Kent Business School is within the top 1% of business schools globally to receive the 'triple crown' accreditation.

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Leading research.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 80% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.  

Get to know us.

Hear testimonials from Kent MBA students and from our MBA Director, Debbie Kemp. 

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Add clout to your course.

Our MBA course is double accredited by AMBA and the CMI. This is the hallmark of quality that makes businesses sit up and take notice.

Set your own pace.

Study our MBA on your timeline. You can complete the course in 1 year full-time or in 2-3 years part-time to fit around your professional schedule.

Your future

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Our MBA graduates become senior managers in a variety of industry sectors or go on to launch their own successful business start-ups. They also find work as entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors or for charities.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Cummins
  • NHS
  • Glassdoor
  • United Nations
  • Porsche
  • ExxonMobil
  • CISCO
  • Bank of Uganda
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • National Bank of Malawi
  • Kent Enterprise Trust

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

The MBA programme is accredited by The Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. An accreditation with AMBA is a global standard for MBA programmes worldwide.

In addition, the MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), giving you the opportunity to gain, alongside your MBA, the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership on the successful completion of your studies. The CMI is committed to excellence in management and leadership and the CMI qualification is highly sought after by employers.

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.
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First-class facilities.

Our Canterbury campus offers fantastic facilities, including the home of KBS - the Sibson building, and a dedicated MBA suite. You'll also graduate at the historic Canterbury Cathedral

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

Chevening scholarships

This programme attracts many applications from Chevening scholars. Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders, and Kent is a Chevening partner. 

For details of the funding available, see our Chevening Scholarships page.

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Top 50

Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

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Support for funding so you can focus on your studies.

Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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It’s easy to study on or off campus at Kent – discover what is right for you.