Higher Education Management MBA

This masters degree will:

  • offer an intellectual and professional challenge as a component in the professional formation of future senior higher education managers
  • develop your understanding of the key concepts in the academic literature and in the field of professional practice relevant to higher education management
  • increase your capacity for critical reflection on your own professional practice, drawing on a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives
  • create a community of practice, committed to mutual support and to enhancing and sharing professional insights.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • access high-level professional development in the area of higher education management
  • gain a relevant, portable management qualification
  • develop insights into new areas of management, to enable you to change career orientation if you wish
  • become part of a senior higher education management network.

Who is this programme for?

People with management responsibilities in higher education.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree and appropriate experience of higher education management.

Core topics

  • The strategic management of higher education institutions
  • The management of financial resources in higher education
  • The management of teaching and research in higher education.

Related topics

  • The environmentally sustainable university
  • Human resource management in higher education
  • Institutional governance in higher education
  • Internationalisation in higher education
  • The management of physical resources in higher education
  • Managing third stream activities in higher education
  • Managing the student experience
  • Marketing in higher education.

How are you assessed?

By coursework, including presented syndicate work, and a 10,000-word report on a consultancy project or a 20,000-word dissertation.


The set fees are for the whole two-year programme, not including residential costs. The fee for international students does not include costs for travel to and from the UK or for accommodation.


Five face-to-face one-week intensive residential sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • university pro vice-chancellors
  • head of university administration
  • director of policy for a national higher education organisation.

More information

Download our course brochure 2013-14 (pdf, 0.3mb).


Core modules

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