Postgraduate study
Business, Accounting, Leadership & Management

MBA Master of Business Administration

In a challenging and complex economic climate, there is an ever-increasing demand for business leaders with the requisite skills, understanding and acumen to tackle the difficult demands facing organisations of all sizes. Our MBA is designed to build on your existing management experience to develop and enhance your strategic leadership skills. You explore topics such as strategic human resource management, strategic marketing, financial management, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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Note: this course will run from January 2017 for the part-time route and from September 2017 for the full-time route.

By studying an MBA, you not only gain an internationally renowned qualification but you also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to make an immediate impact in the workplace. If you aspire to make a significant contribution by leading at a strategic level, this is the course for you.

The MBA is a strategic leadership programme that builds on your existing management and leadership experience. You will study a range of core strategic topics designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the internal and external factors impacting strategic decision making and also enhance your entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Modules

Core modules

Dissertation

You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.

Entrepreneurship

By focusing on the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, this module enables you to understand entrepreneurship in society, organisations and your own life. It provides a strong theoretical foundation and conceptual frameworks to underpin real-world case studies and personal experience.

Financial Management

The module examines the principles and practice of financial and operations management within organisations. It focuses upon the need to manage resources efficiently and effectively within a dynamic environment and to demonstrate its achievement through the provisions and use of operational and financial information. The module reflects the environment within which organisation find themselves and examines the pressures and impact this has upon organisational control.

Issues in the Global Economy

This module examiners a wide range of contemporary global economic issues including: the changing structure of the world economy; international trade relations; the nature and efficiency of the market system; developments in the macro economy; the determinants of long-run economic performance; the influence of regulatory and environmental policy; and the effects of changes in corporate governance and CSR. The emphasis is on understanding the nature of these issues and their implications for businesses and other organisations. The module approaches the issues from a variety of perspectives – economic; political, socio-cultural and ethical – and drawing primarily on economics as the underlying discipline, develops the concepts, theories and analytical tools useful for assessing the dynamics of the world economy.

Managing People Through Change

This module covers Management in the context of the changing workplace. Both Strategic Human Resource Management and Strategic Change Management will feature as core concepts in exploring the changing role of the manager along with the changing attitudes to Management and to work within an International context. Embracing and coping with changes in the workplace is critical along with sustaining and enhancing performance levels through the efforts of the workforce. Managers are facing many challenges, one of which is how they can train and develop their workforce to respond to these challenges and changes in times of economic hardship and uncertainty not only today but in the future.

Operations Management

Operations Management examines the challenges facing organisations providing products and services to meet client expectations. The challenges are to do this in a dynamically competitive global market place to the contemporary measures of performance of cost, time and quality.

Strategic Management

You cover the strategic management of the key business functions including finance, HRM, marketing and operations management and how the interaction and contributions of these functions in the business contribute to the whole organisation and its competitive strategy. You also covers the strategic improvement of organisational performance.

Strategic Marketing Planning

The aim of this module is to equip students with the relevant academic knowledge and skills to become strategic marketers, rather than functional marketers. The module will take a critical approach to strategic marketing theory and its application in organisations. Drawing on a variety of cutting edge theorists, both past and present, and the ideas of leading practitioners’, the module will critically appraise and challenge marketing orthodoxy. The module recognises the dynamic nature of marketing and will therefore examine the latest trends and theoretical developments and their impact on the marketing process. Ultimately, the module will equip participants with the necessary academic knowledge and practical skills to be successful strategic thinkers, a skill that is vital for success in marketing.

 

Full-time pathway

Business Management Research

The primary objective of this module is to provide a foundation of knowledge in a range of research strategies. The sessions are designed to develop an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research whilst allowing you to pursue your own research interests through a range of workshops. This module will illustrate the significant role that theoretical principles play in the research process and the importance of presenting clear and credible argumentation and evidence to support both the research design and the study's findings. Good research is also dependent on strong inter-personal and project management skills. These elements will be illustrated throughout the course. This module serves two purposes: firstly, it will provide course participants with an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research and, secondly, it will provide a foundation of knowledge which will facilitate the design and completion of a dissertation.

Cross-cultural Leadership

The module will explore the meaning of culture and the nature of culture with emphasis on cross-cultural dimensions. Students will be exposed to leadership concepts, approaches and styles in order to give a more strategic view of cross cultural leadership and management, and will consider the relationships between culture and leadership and the impact this can have on conducting business in other countries.

 

Part-time pathway

Applied Leadership: The Leader Practitioner

This module has a HRM perspective and will facilitate the development of a high level awareness of leaders and leadership. The module articulates the relationship between the learner, the university and the workplace. Through negotiation with the University and the workplace the learner will demonstrate application of leadership theory to their own professional and workplace experience.

Management Research

This module explores the different management research ideologies and methodologies to enable you to design and implement a business research plan.

Managing Innovations

This module explores management in the context of the innovation change. The underlying business model elements (value proposition and business paradigm, product/service, process and market position innovation) will feature as core concepts in exploring the role of the manager to facilitate the innovation process and capture the value created.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A variety of delivery methods are used including lectures, seminar activities, group work and presentations.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include business reports, formal examinations and reflective portfolios.

Career opportunities

Typically graduates move into general or senior management and strategic leadership roles, internal consultant/project leadership roles or into external consultancy roles. You build on your existing management and leadership experience and skills, and the course enhances your ability to lead and manage change.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be managers with at least two years' relevant work experience and have one of the following qualifications:

  • a good honours degree or equivalent
  • a postgraduate qualification
  • a relevant professional qualification.

However, those without an honours degree who have significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

Direct entry to year 2 may be gained if you have already completed the CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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