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MBA Programme
Surrey European Management School - SeMS

About the MBA

The MBA is widely recognised as the most appropriate educational qualification for future senior managers and executives. In keeping with the ethos of the University, the SeMS MBA aims to provide a programme which is both educationally sound and directly relevant to those areas of the professions which MBA graduates tend to enter. The overall objective of the SeMS MBA is to develop analytical abilities using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines directed towards business problem-solving in an international environment. This aim is achieved through the provision of six core modules of study, plus individual choices of two focus modules from a wide range of specialist options, followed by a dissertation.

About the Department

Surrey European Management School (SeMS) was established in 1990 as a result of a proposal contained in the University's Strategic Vision document. The purpose of SeMS is to provide post-experience, postgraduate management education with a view to preparing individuals to perform effectively in a rapidly changing and competitive world. The educational approach adopted is flexible, but consistent with the standards expected from postgraduates of the University of Surrey.

SeMS is the postgraduate business school of the University of Surrey. The School offers both general and specialist management programmes, from virtual study - using sophisticated learning tools - to a range of full and part time Masters degrees and research degrees. The School also offers an open access course to provide non-graduate managers access into its MBA and MSc programmes. Its vision is to provide a global, high value collaborative personal development environment that creates quality-learning experiences to a broad range of students wherever they are located. SeMS embraces the University's essential vision of offering its education to a broad and global audience.

SeMS is a successful business school. It has a core of approximately 800 students of which some 40% are overseas, based in a geographically dispersed manner in multiple countries. SeMS has amassed vast experience and knowledge of e-learning technologies culminating in the launch of its virtual business school and first virtual MBA programme in January 2001. e-Learning technology is also used to support the full and part-time MBA and MSc programmes. SeMS is fortunate to be able to draw on accomplished academic and research staff resources - they have between them a wealth of experience, which they share, and exchange with various global enterprises. SeMS' special style of teaching, delivery methods and research provides first hand opportunities for students to discuss the latest trends and ideas with University management lecturers and professors, as well as fellow students. The range of disciplines represented in the School neatly spans the business spectrum and is complemented by the abilities of leading external consultants and research associates with whom the School carries out its work.

About the Institution

Situated on a green and peaceful site just outside Guildford; the University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. With its strong entrepreneurial focus, the University is developing a leading role in innovation and wealth creation in the South East of England. The University prides itself on its wide ranging partnerships with individuals and organisations spanning the globe. Over 10,000 students from 120 countries have chosen Surrey for their studies; a sizable number of whom are on postgraduate programmes. The University's successful postgraduate business school has over 800 students of which half are based overseas utilising distance learning methods and e-Learning technology.

Address Information

Address SeMS, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1483 689347
Fax No. +44 (0) 1483 689511
E-mail address
Course director Mr. Alf Crossman
Courses MBA
Type of courses Full-time 12 months
Part-time 24 months
Virtual 30 months
Intensive 12 months
Distance Learning 24 months
Date of commencement Full time September each year
Part time September each year
Virtual On going intakes throughout the year
Intensive January each year
Distance Learning Dependent upon distance learning centre
Student accommodation Student accommodation is available to overseas students on payment of full fees
Cost/fees For academic year 2001/2002 the fees are as follows:
Full-time - £11,450
Part-time - £11,750
Virtual - £9,000
Intensive - £11,450
Distance Learning Dependent upon distance learning centre please see website for details
Financial assistance SeMS does not offer any scholarships or studentships. Some students may be able to get sponsorship from their company. Other possible sources of finance for overseas students are awards from the British Council and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Students who live, or intend to train in the UK, may be eligible for a Career Development Loan
Admission requirements We do not require applicants to take the GMAT test, but those whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit the results of TOEFL (score 550+) or IELTS (band 6+).
MBA applicants need to have at least three years' postgraduate work experience.
Student profile 1. Countries of origin (number) - Approximately - 65
2. Ratio men:women - 60:40
3. Age range - 30 - 45
4. Average age - 37
5. Average work experience - MBA applicants need to have at least three years' postgraduate work experience, although the average is much higher

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