Full-time MBA


Transforming ambitious, talented individuals into entrepreneurial, creative and effective leaders

Our full-time MBA will challenge and transform you. After one year you will emerge a different person with a thorough understanding of your unique leadership qualities and potential. We enable you to:

  • find and develop your own leadership style
  • unleash your ability to create and innovate
  • develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • engage with real business.

Key features of the full-time MBA

  • 8 required modules
  • 5 electives from a choice of 27, dependent on schedule
  • 3 consultancy projects
  • 10 day assessed leadership module
  • Unlimited career coaching

Our location: the best of both worlds

The full-time MBA is delivered at the Warwick campus, deep in the Heart of England and on the doorstep of historic towns such as Leamington Spa, Stratford, Warwick and Coventry, which all offer attractive, affordable accommodation options. With over 23,000 students and 5,000 staff the campus offers a busy environment teeming with activity and entertainment, alongside green open countryside and abundant space to unwind. Travelling time to London is just over an hour by rail enabling us to deliver some activities from our new base at London’s iconic building, The Shard.

Our global reputation and MBA rankings

WBS has an international reputation for the quality of its academic research and ranks amongst the top business schools globally. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) has accredited our MBA for over 22 years. In the full-time MBA rankings, The Economist places our programme top in the UK and 18th in the world, while the Financial Times ranks the MBA in the world’s top 50. As such, we attract some of the world’s leading academics alongside senior business people who join us as Professors of Practice. As a full-time MBA participant, you will benefit from their many years of board level management experience, their global network of business connections, and direct experience of developing successful careers. You will also gain a practical understanding of the complex and often messy realities of business, and how analysis and theory can help to simplify complex challenges and build effective, workable solutions.

Join us for a life-changing year; you’ll never see things in the same way again.

Find your leadership style

Find and define your personal leadership style

We are one of the few institutions to offer an assessed module in leadership.

LeadershipPlus enables you to reflect on what you personally stand for while preparing you to lead, manage and influence other people successfully. As part of this experience, you’ll participate in sessions at The Shard and spend a week in Vancouver, exploring business challenges through a global lens via visits and interactions with a variety of diverse companies in addition to lectures and seminars at the Sauder School of Business.

You can also choose specialist elective modules to deepen your understanding of leadership further. LeadershipPlus underpins the rest of your MBA experience, ensuring you continue to develop confidence and the ability to achieve your career ambitions.

Create and innovate

Unleash your ability to create and innovate

Creativity and innovative thinking, along with traditional analytical skills, are a must in the business world, whether your vision is to establish your own start-up or join a major corporate in a leadership role.

The full-time MBA offers the opportunity to step out of normal life and work for a year, promising an innovative and creative learning experience like no other, with opportunities including:

  • Identifying and pitching business ideas to companies like the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), participating in an acting workshop and visiting the RSC theatre in nearby Stratford.
  • International elective modules such as ‘Doing business in China’ at the Guanghua School of Management Beijing, China.
  • Making a film for our Business: Politics Society and Behaviour module (recently renamed Sustainability & Business Ethics), which was nominated for the MBA Innovation Award 2014. 
  • Exploring wise leadership through the use of case studies, drama performances and role play in our elective module, Leadership & the Art of Judgement.

Develop your entrepreneurial mindset

Develop your entrepreneurial mindset

Some of our full-time MBA participants have joined us with the aim of setting up or developing an existing business venture. Many have gone on to do remarkable things, from bringing safe bio-fuel to homes in South Africa to setting up an innovative digital platform for enabling easier tendering processes.

You will develop your entrepreneurial mindset and skills and benefit from tailored career coaching, whether your intention is to start your own business or to join a major corporate and innovate from within.

You can also sign up for our award-winning mentoring scheme to learn directly from inspiring entrepreneurs.

Engage with real business

Engage with the business world

We will introduce you to companies through a variety of channels. Some companies like PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs and Citibank, come to us to recruit graduates directly. Others like Virgin, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover, offer student projects, enabling MBA participants the opportunity to work on a discrete project with real deliverables. Others again, like Deloitte, offer teaching support and bring a practitioner's viewpoint to the classroom.

You will have at least three opportunities to work on client-based projects during your year with us, enabling you to gain practical consultancy, stakeholder management and influencing skills through direct experience.

In addition, you will work with experienced Executive MBAs in the classroom and network with our MBA alumni at events held throughout the year. Our global alumni network, professional networks and geographical networks also offer direct access to individuals and organisations worldwide.

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