What Are MBA Specialisations?


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Most business schools have at least one MBA programme, with most offering a range of full-time, part-time, online, and on-campus MBAs. In addition to the delivery formats, towards the second half of an MBA, students can choose a business area to focus or specialise in.

This guide will cover the types of MBA specialisation UK business schools offer.

MBAs And Specialisations

An MBA is a conversion course covering key business management and leadership areas. A typical MBA’s core units or modules cover one business subject at a time, providing a solid foundation in business thinking and understanding.

After the core units, MBA students normally have a choice of specialised modules. The specialisation units and the final project typically comprise the course’s second half.

SectionCourse %
Core Modules50%
Specialisations/ Electives20%
Final Project30%

The exact percentage breakdown can vary between MBAs, but most follow the same pattern: business fundamentals covered by the core modules, followed by a specialisation and the final, major project.

Specialisation in the Title Vs a “General” MBA

Some MBAs append the specialisation to the title of the qualification. There are no set rules around this. For these MBAs, the structure can be the same as a ” general MBA” but with only electives in the specialisation available or the larger part of the course dedicated to the specialisation area.

As always, when comparing MBAs, you need to look at the syllabus, module topics, and specialisations available to get a feel for the programme.

Which Type of MBA is Better?

There is no right or wrong answer. It depends on your career goals, interests, and what you want to get from an MBA.

All MBAs cover business fundamentals and have elective or specialisation modules. If you are planning to work in finance, you may find a general MBA has more suitable or interesting electives than another MBA with Finance in the title. Or the reputation of the university in a particular subject or industry might hold more weight for you.

Conversely, an MBA (Finance) may cover the exact areas in which you want to develop your leadership skills from a finance perspective.

Popular MBA Titles And Specialisations

Below, we have listed some of the more popular MBA titles, including examples of specialisations and possible career outcomes for MBA graduates.



The number and areas covered vary greatly between universities but below are some of the most popular elective modules for a general MBA.

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Decision-making
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • Negotiation


Career Pathways

Taking an MBA provides a way to progress into strategic, nanomagnet or leadership positions in any industry or organisation.

MBA Artificial Intelligence


  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:
  • Techniques and Applications
  • Fundamentals of AI
  • ML and Data Analytics
  • Computational Thinking for Business
  • Fintech and AI


Career Pathways

The speed of AI development means that roles are being created and businesses disrupted at a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution. Sectors and companies are looking for expertise for their leadership and management teams to help them navigate and harness this change.

MBA International Business

With a focus on global organisations and the leadership challenges involved in operating across borders.


  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • International Supply Chain Management,
  • Global Economics
  • International Legal and Tax Strategy
  • Global Accounting


Career Pathways

Career promotion and leadership roles in global companies to consulting and advisory roles for a range of corporate and not-for-profit NGOs.

MBA Finance


  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Valuation and M&A
  • International Financial Management
  • Fintech and Digital Finance
  • Corporate Finance


Career Pathways

  • Financial Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Hedge Fund Management


MBA Marketing


  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Brand Management
  • New Product Development


Career Pathways

  • Marketing Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Market Research Analyst


MBA in Business Analytics


  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualisation
  • Risk Management Systems
  • Data Analytics
  • Trading Strategies
  • Customer Insights Research


Career Pathways

  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Analytics Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Marketing Manager


MBA in Entrepreneurship


  • Creating a value-driven business model
  • Engaging and communicating with stakeholders
  • Building a successful team
  • Venture Creation
  • Platform Disruption
  • Scaling up and Business Growth


Career Pathways

  • New Business Development
  • Starting your own business
  • Consulting
  • Funding Manager


MBA in Human Resource Management


  • Organisational Training and Development
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Employee Relations and Engagement


Career Pathways

  • Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  • Organisational Development Consultant
  • Training and Development Manager
  • HR Information Systems Manager


MBA in Supply Chain Management


  • Logistics
  • Procurement
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy


Career Pathways

  • Logistics Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Consulting


MBA in Healthcare Management


  • Business Strategy
  • HR
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Health Economics
  • Digital Health Transformation


Career Pathways

  • Director of Nursing
  • Account Executive
  • Director of Operations
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Records Director


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