MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Course length: 1 year full-time
Course starts: Induction week from 1st Oct, international students from 26 Sept.
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Ranked amongst the global top 200 MBAs, our programme is unique in combining an international outlook with an emphasis on innovative, experiential learning, including simulation games, role play, workshops and interactions with professional consultants and industry speakers.
Who is the Middlesex MBA for?
Our MBA is designed for practising managers who want to gain a generalist perspective on management. It has been developed for those wanting to develop their entrepreneurial and consultancy skills to progress in an established company or to set up an independent venture. It is an MBA for those who are serious about practice. We do not ask you to complete a dissertation instead we have a project module worth one third of the course's credits which enhances your entrepreneurship skills or your ability to act as a consultant to your own or another organisation.
Study part time
The Modular MBA course, starting in September, is studied part-time over three years. You replicate the experience of the full time MBA and join a new full time cohort for each of your three years.
What is distinctive about the Middlesex MBA?
- Being based in London, it allows you easy access to the world centre of the financial services sector.
- International experience with a well-established international field trip for full-time students. Previous trips have taken place in Cape Town, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and Hong Kong - all costs are included in the fees.
- Emphasis on coaching and personal development for part-time students.
- A project-based MBA means that you undertake a significant project at the end of your taught content, rather than a dissertation. This could be a major business plan or new product/market proposal and can be done through a real company.
- Guaranteed membership of the CMI on successful course completion.
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Middlesex University Business School
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Find out more about the Business School and the Business and Management Department.
- Year 1
- Finance and Economics (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- Financial and economic factors affect organisations in many ways. This module aims to provide knowledge, skills and a theoretical understanding in a number of strategic aspects of financial management and economics and how they affect commercial organisations. It also examines the interrelationships between key factors in the economic environment, evaluating the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational decision-making and performance. The inter-connections between the economic and financial environment are also explored.
- Human Enterprise (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- The aim of this module is to explore and develop the personal and professional knowledge and skills so that programme members are able to manage themselves and other people effectively through dynamic change.
- Management Perspectives (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- One of the central features of modern management is its location in a fluctuating intellectual context, in which theories, practices, thought and values continue to evolve new understandings of the management task. This module embeds the knowledge and skills developed in other modules in this ever-changing context. It therefore contributes to fulfilment of the key aims of the programme as a whole, most notably the aim that successful participants will be equipped to operate effectively in the modern corporate environment, and to contribute to the evolution of different priorities and practices. The module deals primarily with values - of enterprise, of social responsibility, and of cultural diversity - and the manner in which professionals can help the implementation of these in organisations, whether via consultancy, entrepreneurial activity or via internal leadership. Issues such as social responsibility, managing with diversity, managing across cultures and, above all, the way in which the programme s two key themes of enterprise and consultancy are elaborated in organisations are therefore the prime areas of the module. The intention, though, is to ensure that this module retains a cutting-edge element. This therefore implies that as the corporate environment develops - and thus too the values we apply to organisations and the different ways in which these are reflected in practices will develop - so the content of this module will evolve to ensure that graduates of the programme will re-enter the marketplace fully equipped to engage with current managerial imperatives.
- Marketing Management (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- Marketing is fundamental to every society and a significant part of our lives, even though we may not always be aware of it. Marketing management is a creative activity that involves satisfying customer needs and desires. This includes selecting markets to compete in, and making an integrated set of decisions about product and service design, pricing, distribution channels, advertising, branding, and promotions. When customer needs are satisfied in a way that is worth the cost to the purchaser or end user value is created. Value can reside in the utility of the product or service itself, the way that it is delivered, the perception of the status of users/owners, the feeling associated with using the product, the relative price, and more. This module aims to: 1. explain and define the discipline of marketing and its key concepts; 2. explain and use conceptual frameworks for understanding marketing phenomenon; 3. explain and do relevant financial calculations and integrate them into decision making; 4. conduct analysis of consumer need, company capabilities, and competitive positioning to build a growth strategy; and 5. allow students to apply, in a risk-free environment, the strategic concepts of marketing and to test real strategies in a modelled competitive space using a simulation.
- Products and Processes (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- The aim of this module is to offer in-depth exploration of the operations function, emphasising those issues that contribute to business performance; to relate business theory and practice, including the integration of participants professional experience and to prepare participants for general management careers through role play and exercises.
- Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides students with a means of developing further and integrating the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by application to a substantial applied project related to consultancy or entrepreneurship. The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organizational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to the scope of the relevant issue s identified, consider relevant literature relating to the project, collect and apply data, consider the financial implications including any cost/benefit analysis in relation to justifying specific recommendations as well as consider any other relevant implementation issues.
- Strategy Dynamics (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- Strategy concerns those actions that determine whether an organisation survives, prospers or dies, and our focus in this course is on understanding the strategy process to understand how firms achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Successful strategy design and implementation requires an understanding of the firm s external environment and its internal resources and capabilities. It also requires an integrated view of the firm that spans functional areas such as operations, marketing, and finance and, as such, this course will build on and integrate learning from other MBA modules. A central aim of this course is to achieve a balance between theory and practice and to use strategic tools to address the level of complexity and uncertainty facing organisations.
The Middlesex University MBA gives unique added value in course content.
MBA sessions rely on a mixture of formal lecture sessions, case study sessions, guided and independent research, workshops, discussions, debates, student presentations, group work, guest speakers, self-managed learning, simulations, role plays, reflective practc / learning logs, consultancy activities as well as a major project related to the core theme of entrepreneurship or consultancy.
Added value in course content
The course covers six major management themes: human enterprise, strategy dynamics, products and processes, finance and economics, customer focus and management perspectives. Each of these themes is taught through four five-week units providing you with an intense, extensive coverage of management.
- Two-day team building and leadership course within first three weeks included in the course fees.
- A residential field trip to examine international business and management. Previous locations have included Cape Town, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and Hong Kong included in the course fees.
- Additional sessions on career and personal development ranging from presentations and negotiations training to networking skills.
- Business simulation workshops.
- Interaction with industry -the project module involves taking on a major piece of work, consulting for an organisation or developing a business plan for a new venture.
- Corporate placement opportunities are offered to high-achieving students on a competitive basis.
The fee for the MBA for the academic year 2013/14 is as follows:
Full time students: £13,500
Part-time students: £113 per taught credit
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Why sponsor an MBA?
Our MBA courses prepare capable managers and executives for leadership roles within their organisations.
Our MBA equips individuals with a broad range of management skills, and in doing so, you will gain an innovative leader able to inform and support organisational strategy. Sponsoring an employee will add high value to the organisation's human resource management strategy and assist employee relations. Skilled executives offer strategic value to companies looking for growth opportunities.
To apply for the MBA please download an application guide and information for referees guide. You can apply online.
Normally a second class honours degree or above, or an overseas equivalent qualification. You should also have a minimum of two years managerial or professional experience in a full-time position since graduation. Candidates without an honours degree need to demonstrate a significantly successful managerial experience and may be required to complete a GMAT test obtaining a minimum score of 550. AGMAT test will help your application even with a degree. Managerial experience means managerial responsibility for people and/or functions and/or technical expertise, e.g. accountancy
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL paper based 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL internet based 90 (with no less than 19 in each component) Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email email@example.com.
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
How to Apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. The quickest way to apply is by making an online application, once you have created your account and completed your application, you will be able to track the progress of your application online. Alternatively, you can fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application.
We have a select number of staff teaching on our MBA, all of which have considerable teaching and professional expertise in their subject areas and there is a thriving culture of research and consultancy.
Key MBA staff include:
Dr. Daniel Doherty -Full time MBA Programme Leader
Find out more about the Business School and the International Management and Innovation department.
The aim of the ALEs (Applied Learning Experiences) are to provide students with as broad a range of learning experiences as possible to maximise students’ learning and development on the programme.
The Applied Learning Experiences are as follows:
ALE 1 Team-building and leadership
Two-day course with external consultants covering Leadership and organisation development.
ALE 2 Business planning
Two-day workshop run with Business Link and a range of internal staff and external consultants, covering topics including:
Why start your own business?
What does success look like?
Where do ideas come from? - The process of innovation.
Motivation and aligning personal and business ambitions.
What are your customers thinking but not asking you?
ALE 3 Business simulation
The aim of this two-day Applied Learning Experience is to enable students to apply theory to a practical situation through a business simulation.
ALE 4 International field trip
This one week trip gives students the opportunity to work with strategic issues at a practical level. To date students have worked with clients within the Italian and French fashion industry, champagne houses in France, and the financial markets in New York. In 2009/10, a new field trip focusing on developing sustainable strategies was launched, where students worked on live projects for small businesses in Cape Town. This field trip is part of the Strategy dynamics module, and the trip will culminate with students giving a presentation that provides 8 per cent of the final module.
(All 4 of the ALE experiences are incorporated in both the full-time and part-time modules, and are included in the programme fees)
Find out more about the Business School and the Business and Management Department.
Sudent and Alumni Profiles
Executive MBA (Part Time)
Kanta works as a consultant for KP Training & Consulting Ltd
“From my MBA studies, I was able to progress to lecture on the MBA programme. From there, it allowed me to set up my own business as it enabled me to gain business knowledge, experience and the professional skills required to grow locally, nationally and internationally through my work with individuals, private, public and not-for-profit organisations.”
“My business has survived its first two years since start-up and I have broken into the construction industry. My professional highlight has been working with highly professional people at various levels in business and politics. I have had the opportunity to campaign alongside The Mayor of London in 2012 and received the IBBF’s AAA Business Award 2013 at The House of Commons.”
Varun works for his family business as a business executive in the field of international trade and entrepreneurship.
“After doing my Bachelor of Science in Economics with Mathematics, I took a job with HSBC related to Hedge Fund N.A.V. calculations and then worked in my family business. After three years working, I decided to do a Master of Business Administration.
The Middlesex University MBA course is one of the older ones in the United Kingdom. The MBA touches upon all subjects including HR, operations, finance, strategy, marketing and management perspectives. As my aim is to be an entrepreneur, it is best I have an understanding of all subjects rather than going through one specific avenue. The course allowed me to do my project in consultancy and has a number of practical case studies, which allows us to think on the lines of the real world rather than being immersed in our books and theoretical knowledge.
The Applied Learning Experiences were very productive with the Management Games/Team building workshops and our International field trip. I personally enjoyed the international field trip, the exposure to another country and continent is immense.
After completing my MBA I will continue as a business executive within my family business. My main goal and interests lie in international trade and entrepreneurship.”