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Master of Business Administration (Digital Transformation) (Online)

Master of Business Administration (Digital Transformation) (Online)


Course overview

The environment in which businesses operate today is extremely dynamic. The rapid development in digital technology pose myriad of challenges and uncertainty for leaders and their organisations.

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The MBA Digital Transformation (Online) course offers a lively and well balanced integrated curriculum that places a significant emphasis on the application of a broad range of knowledge, ranging from organisational setting and responsible leadership; international business and global outlook, to the ability needed for understanding and dealing with the rapid changes in the technological environment. Hence, this course is designed to empower businesses and their leaders with the skills needed for taking and evolving businesses through the transitions into the new digital world.

As a successful graduate you will develop your personal, professional, critical thinking and reflective skills to become a responsible leader. You can manage, lead and transform organisations in an entrepreneurial, digital and responsible way, be innovative and have the ability to make a positive difference to your performance and society in this dynamic, complex and digital global environment.

A topical, well balanced, integrated curriculum that places a large emphasis on the application of knowledge in the organisational setting. You will develop your personal, professional, critical thinking and reflective skills to prepare you to manage, lead and transform your organisations and make a positive difference to your personal performance, and society more generally Moreover, the digital modules offered allow you to get a balanced study of key topics from both the computing and business disciplines essential to fully comprehend the context and purpose of digital transformation.

You will be exposed to multidisciplinary case studies related to digital transformation with the aim of widening your understanding of the application of digital technologies in different business context. Some of the modules are based on a constructionist approach to teaching providing an opportunity for you to learn while experiencing a supportive environment. There are three intakes in an academic year and the length of this online course is flexible, giving you an opportunity to choose what best suits your time commitments.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Developing Self and Others

Using a range of self-diagnostic tools to evaluate your personal strengths and areas for development, you develop a strong sense of awareness of your own skills and values and are introduced to a range of alternative debates on individual, group, leader and organisational behaviour. The skills developed will help your ability to perform effectively over time, with an awareness of differing cultural contexts and operating environments.

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a change process that allows businesses and society to achieve goals such as improving accessibility and quality of digital services, increasing income generation, implementing innovative and generating a collaborative culture through the use of technology. The adoption of emerging technologies is important to businesses and can be fundamental to their survival. But digital transformation is not all about technology.

You gain an in-depth understanding of the context of digital transformation, its challenges and possible future as well as its leadership and management. You gain the skills to develop a digital transformation strategy for an organisation, by engaging in critical assessment of cutting-edge research findings to inform your solution.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

You consider the nature of entrepreneurial leadership, with a specific focus towards structure, culture and strategy. You utilise a range of case studies and live examples and inspect selected strategy development concepts, linked to public, private and third-sector organisations. You evaluate the relationship between entrepreneurial leadership and organisational performance.

Exploring Global Strategy

As the global business environment becomes ever more complex and volatile, there is a need for organisations of all shapes and sizes to think and act more entrepreneurially and creatively in order to be able to change and adapt to the myriad of exogenous factors that enter an organisation's radar on a frequent basis. This interdisciplinary module will provide you with an understanding of the internal and external factors that impact strategic decision making. You will be introduced to a variety of strategic theories, tools and concepts, but all in the context of the external environment and its impact on strategic challenges and choices. You will be exposed to a variety of academic, practical material and financial data that you can apply to your own organisations, or a live case organisation in order to appreciate the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategic plans for the success of the organisation, its key stakeholders and society more broadly.

MBA Dissertation

You integrate learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice. You work towards this through undertaking a major project related to a business issue of significance within your organisation(s).

Project Management Philosophies and Tools

Contemporary project management is an evolving and extensive discipline that has grown substantially to meet the needs of modern project management demands. This module cultivates detailed and critical awareness of this domain and its expanding range of philosophies, tools and frameworks.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the expanding discipline of project management and familiarise them with modern and contemporary project management modalities and the importance of effective project management to organisational functioning, enterprise growth and development.

The Sustainable Organisation

You are introduced to the concept of the sustainable organisation, with a particular emphasis towards socio-economic impact. You analyse the relationship between various stakeholders and evaluate the relationship between entrepreneurship, philanthropy and sustainability. You gain an understanding of business in society and contemporary issues relating to philanthropy, and consider the role of government and policy-makers in shaping the legal, fiscal and cultural context for philanthropy and classical economics, and the role of the rational economic organisation.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course will be delivered via Teesside University ODL platform (TU Online). Online tutors and campus based academic staff will deliver the teachings where appropriate.

How you are assessed

The course assessment strategy has been designed to assess both of your subject specific knowledge and your cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable in the workplace, especially in the era of the new digital-empowered world.

Within modules, assessments have been selected to match the expressed learning outcomes. The distribution of learning outcomes has been considered to ensure all course outcomes could be met by the end of the course.

A variety of assessment methods have been used to ensure the overall strategy provides a range of opportunities to demonstrate learning and abilities obtained through the course of study.

Formative assessment is a key aspect of each of the modules and will take the form of contribution to discussion boards and engagement in the virtual learning space. Formative assessments will be administered via the VLE platform through relevant discussion forums and peer engagement, auto-test quizzes, etc. These non-graded formative assessments with a developmental purpose are built into our modules where appropriate, and will take place throughout the duration.

This type of assessment will be specifically designed to help you learn more effectively and will prepare you for summative assessments by providing timely feedback on areas to be commended and those for improvement. The type, length, format requirements and timing of formative assessments will vary according to the summative assessments of each module.


Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of two years, graduate level, full-time work experience in a relevant role (for example management / professional / supervisory capacity) and at least one of the following:

An honours graduate of any discipline, with a minimum of a 2.2 obtained from a recognised university, or hold an equivalent professional qualification acceptable to Teesside University Business School. You must also have a minimum of two years, graduate level, full-time work experience in a relevant role.

You may still be considered for entry if you do not meet these criteria if you have significant management experience and/or a record of achievement in business and leadership.

Given the work-based approach to assessment that underpins this programme, there is an expectation that applicants are currently/have been employed (preferably in management roles) and will be able to refer to their roles and their organisations in the completion of their assessments.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



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 work experience and skills, and the programme enhances your ability to lead and manage change.



  • Not available full-time


2021/22 entry

Fee for all applicants
£10,530 (£1,170 for each 20 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 1 - 3 years
  • Attendance: Online
  • Start date: September or January
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