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University of Sunderland

100% online International MBA

Develop the skills to lead and succeed on the international stage with a life-changing International MBA from a global university

Apply By 28 December 2021
To Start 11 January 2022
  • 180 credits
  • 1 year full-time - 2 years part-time
  • £8,880 total fees
  • Research with 'world-leading' impact

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online International MBA within 12 months
  2. Member of AACSB, CABS, EFMD and PRIME
  3. Ranked 1st for skills development in business and administration*
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. Research with ‘world-leading’ impact**
  6. Top 10 in UK for student support*** - as voted for by students
  7. Ranked 9th in UK for international***
  8. £8,880 total fees, option to pay £740 per module
*PTES Survey 2019
**Elements as judged in most recent REF for Business and Management
***WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

An International MBA to take your career to the next level

The 100% online International MBA from the University of Sunderland has been created for leaders and aspiring leaders from a wide range of industries, sectors and backgrounds who want to step up into more senior positions or who wish to take their career in a new direction entirely. The MBA equips you for strategic, cross-cultural and international roles in organisations where decision-making involves evaluation and analysis of challenging and fast-changing environments and the exploration of opportunities to implement change at a strategic level.

Underpinning this International MBA is the development of enhanced leadership skills, refined through self-reflection on personal performance. The MBA develops your ability to make informed decisions, adopt a critical perspective, communicate ideas and develop cultures that encourage and maximise the wellbeing and productivity of teams and individuals.


5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)

A global MBA that can be studied flexibly from anywhere

What is so powerful about the MBA International is that it knows no borders or geographical limits. As it is taught and delivered entirely online, it can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no requirement to attend campus at any time during your studies.

The flexible design of the MBA has been carefully built to ensure that, if you have work or family commitments, you can study around these at times that are convenient for you, on mobile or desktop devices.

If you choose to study full-time you can complete this MBA within 12 months, fast-tracking your potential career progression.

And with six start dates per year, the next start date is never more than a matter of weeks away, ensuring that there is no need to put your ambitions on hold.

A business school acclaimed for teaching, research and skills development

The University of Sunderland Business School is proud that elements of our research in business have been recognised as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally important’ (latest REF). Our teaching was rated 5-star by QS (2019), the highest rating that can be awarded and our keen focus on professional skills and career progression saw us ranked 1st in the UK for skills in business administration in the PTES student survey in 2019.

Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

What will you study?

The International MBA degree is designed to develop your ability to manage and lead holistically within organisations. You will learn how to effectively integrate cross-functional practices to address business problems, create and capitalise on opportunities and provide solutions in a wide range of international organisational contexts.

The International MBA will help grow your confidence as a leader, deepen your understanding of the dynamic business environment and develop your data analysis, problem solving and innovation skills, equipping you to guide strategic direction.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Leadership and management across global contexts
  • International trade
  • Global corporate strategy
  • Financial management
  • Organisational behaviour and cultural change
  • International marketing
  • Big data analytics
  • Operations management

A global University with specialist expertise in online learning

Our work with students from around the globe goes back over 40 years and is reflected in our campus locations in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London and strong international partnerships across the world including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We take pride in being a place for diverse learner cohorts who benefit from interactions with each other and are able to grow their global professional networks.

There are nearly 6,000 international students at University of Sunderland, 37% of the entire student population, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. The University’s accolades include being voted into the top 10 in the UK for international and in the top 20 for UK University of the Year (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019) – as voted for by students.

Our experience, our leading-edge technology and our expertise in delivering outstanding online learning experiences to an audience of global students are key to what sets the University of Sunderland and our online International MBA apart.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent) plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £740.