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 and 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.
For more information please contact:
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8411 5555
The School Office
Middlesex University Business School
Tel: +44 (0)20 8411 5000
Download the course flyer for structure and content.
Find out more about the Business School and the Business and Management Department.
- Year 1
- Business Strategy (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.
- Business Transformation Project (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module provides students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA, by application to a specific organizational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process, and maintenance of leadership and vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities. It is a pre-requisite for this module that the individual have successfully completed and submitted their Project Proposal as part of the Research Methods module.
- 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.
- Information Management (20 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills about the application of advanced information technologies and systems that are currently used by organizations to manage information, business processes and decision making.
- Leadership (20 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module focuses upon people and their performance in a variety of contexts. The module aims to: - identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate the competences and behaviours associated with management and leadership; - develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance; - illustrate how the processes of contemporary Human Resource Management support organisational performance; - explore the key elements of the HR Cycle resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding performance .
- 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.
- Operations Management (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.
- Project (60 Credits) - Optional
- 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.
- Research Methods (10 Credits) - Optional
- This module provides students with a means of developing further the skills in research. It presents the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analyzing this, and of drawing conclusions. The module also introduces some of the key controversies of management research, so that the participant not only comes to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes, but also becomes a more sophisticated consumer of these in their various forms of dissemination. Success in producing the key output of this module, The Project proposal, is a requirement for commencing the final Project.
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 practice / 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 and all costs are 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.
Core teaching staff
- Dr Ioannis Bournakis - Programme Leader of Distance Learning MBA
- Dr Simon Best - Lecturer in Management
- Dr Vinaya Shukla – Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
- Dr Jatin Pancholi – Senior Lecturer in Finance
- Dr Akiko Ueno – Senior Lecturer in Management
- Anna Kyprianou – Dean of Middlesex University Business School & Lecturer in Executive Leadership
- Daniel Docherty - Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
- Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan Chari – Senior Lecturer in Management
- Nathalie van Meurs - Senior Lecturer in Business and Management
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification
We normally require a second class honours degree (2:2, 50%) or above. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of two years continuous workplace experience gained in a managerial or professional job following graduation. Applicants without an honours degree need to demonstrate relevant workplace experience.
Workplace experience should essentially be within a managerial position with responsibility for people, finances and other resources. We assess each application individually. Applicants should emphasise experience, responsibilities and the innovations they have been involved with in their personal statement. Applicants should also provide a CV for assessment.
We welcome applicants from small and medium sized businesses (including family businesses) as much as we do applicants from large corporations.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas university, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
*Managerial experience means managerial responsibility for people and/or functions and/or technical expertise.
**The GMAT test measures a candidate’s academic potential for advanced management studies and is the standard and uniform predictor of graduate-level performance we use for candidates applying from all over the world from a wide range of undergraduate colleges and universities. We may require you to take this test.
In addition to having worked within a full-time managerial or professional role for 2 or more years, ideal candidates for the programme should:
- Possess proven academic ability
- Be motivated to undertake and complete the course
- Have language ability, in particular proficiency in the English language
- Seek career potential
- Benefit from the MBA
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 [email protected]. 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.
COURSE CODE: PGN12Z
The MBA not only benefits you as an individual, thus enhancing career prospects; it also proves invaluable to employers and their development.
The MBA can significantly advance your career by giving you:
- The confidence to operate across all areas of your industry
- Enhanced capabilities to lead, think and act more strategically
- Awareness of personal strengths and opportunities for improvement
- The ability to apply knowledge as you learn it in real time and the real world
- An understanding of the challenges in other sectors, industries and locations
- A demonstrable ability to meet the challenges of a senior management role
- The academic skills and intellectual habits to continue personal development after completing the MBA
- Networking and support opportunities through lifelong alumni membership.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
The MBA can benefit your employer by:
- Significantly enhancing your capabilities across a range of areas such as business management, people management, project management, strategic thinking, innovation and change
- Improving your ability to operate at a more strategic level and contribute beyond your own functional specialism
- Providing an opportunity for a cost-effective management development programme
- Allowing the flexibility to study and participate without absence from the workplace
- Presenting the opportunity to gain value for your organisation through your Business Transformation Project, providing significant research into a relevant business issue
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 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.”
MBA Master of Business Administration
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate.
|Full time course fees 2014||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2014*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
£90 per taught credit + £45 per dissertation credit (£13,500 in total)
|£90 per taught credit + £45 per dissertation credit (£13,500 in total)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.