Master in Business Administration (MBA)

Penryn Campus
2 years part-time
Direct line
01326 213730

We're not currently taking applications for the MBA. However, if you're interested in applying for this course in the future and you'd like to register your interest in this, or a similar course, please contact us using our enquiry form. We will keep your details on file and contact you if we think we have a course you may be interested in.

The Falmouth MBA is aimed at those in the private, public or third/voluntary sector, who recognise the need to look more creatively at their organisation, and the world in which they operate. It is for self-motived business leaders who have come to realise that much of the content taught in business schools is freely available, easily accessible and of questionable relevance to the challenges of the 21st century. The Falmouth MBA is equally applicable to those who are self-employed as it is to those in full-time employment.

Rather than a traditional MBA curriculum, which aligns with business processes or functions such as strategic planning, finance, etc the Falmouth MBA takes you on a journey through a series of roles and creative mind-sets. These different modes of thinking are used to explore and challenge existing business practices and you are supported to apply these new insights to the challenges and opportunities of relevance to your own organisation or career path. Through this journey you develop and demonstrate your business knowledge, creativity, research skills, passion, resilience, confidence and leadership through a series of negotiated work-based projects.

How the course is taught

The Falmouth MBA is a part-time, online course run over two years and is suitable for those in full-time employment. The online delivery is interspersed with the occasional residential week on our campus. These residential experiences will enable you to immerse yourself in a truly creative environment, working with your peers in world-leading creative facilities.

Course outline

Stage 1 begins with drafting your personal learning contract - drawing upon collaborative design and stakeholder analysis techniques, you develop and plan your learning journey for the MBA. The remainder of Stage 1 enables you to reflect critically on how you operate in business when working alone and as part of a team, contrasting lessons from solo performers and ensemblists with more traditional business theories of self-leadership and team dynamics.

Stage 2 is an inspirational journey through 6 creative roles/mind-sets: The Producer; The Illustrator; The Story-maker; The Gamer; The Designer-maker; The Curator. Through these modules you explore and experience how creative practitioners think, behave, and see the world. Each module has a negotiated work-based project through which, by the end of Stage 2, you will have applied these new creative insights to explore and challenge the core functions of your business. Alongside the creative input you will be supported to access and engage with 'traditional' MBA business content as part of your self-directed learning.

Stage 3 gives you the opportunity of undertaking a major research project through which you integrate and apply your learning from Stages 1 and 2 to an area of most relevance to you. This may result in a dissertation, a business plan or a consultancy report. In the latter two options you will also produce a research diary.


You will be provided access to our online MBA learning environment that will include all learning materials and forums to engage with staff and peers. You will also have access to a range of University support materials and services such a library resources, academic skill support and careers. As a student on the Falmouth MBA you are a Falmouth University student and will be encouraged and supported to access and connect with the University facilities and the 4000+ creative undergraduate and postgraduate students.


As an MBA student at Falmouth, you will have access to our career management resources and the course has a dedicated careers advisor with whom you can book one to one sessions. A core part of the Falmouth MBA is the series of negotiated projects you undertake. These offer excellent opportunities for you to work with and with build relationships with those that could have a positive influence on your career.

Interview and selection process

Once you have submitted your application, a member of the MBA team will contact you and invite you to interview. Interviews will be held in person at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, UK depending on circumstances.


Subject to eligibility, professional and career development loans ELCAS funding is available for armed forces personnel.

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