From blue chip companies such as google and IBM to SMEs across a range of sectors, professionals with MBA qualifications are highly sought after for the breadth of their business knowledge and the dynamism they bring to organisations. An MBA not only opens up opportunities across a variety of sectors but also develops the skills you need to take your career to the next level.
Our MBA is designed to prepare students for the challenges of management, exposing them to the latest thinking in business across a variety of sectors within an international context. You will engage with the key principles of business, including finance, economics, strategy, marketing, operations and leadership, as well as gaining insight into the context in which managers operate. The ever increasing role of CSR and ethics in the business environment is a core element of the learning on the MBA, with consideration given to the benefits of this highly relevant field.
Fundamental to our approach is a focus on both theory and its application to practice. You will engage in activities from workshops, talks and a field trip, all part of developing your skills in negotiation, entrepreneurialism, team building and leadership. Complementing this activity is a business simulation, ensuring you gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategic and operational thinking required to succeed in dynamic business environments.
The course covers six major management themes which comprise the following - human enterprise, strategy dynamics, products and processes, finance and economics, customer focus and management perspectives. You will be involved in a two day team building and leadership course within the first three weeks and join fellow full-time students in an international residential field trip.
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.
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.
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 .
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 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.
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.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Distinctive to the MBA, your learning experience will include a mixture of formal lectures, case study discussions, guided and independent research, workshops, debates, student presentations alongside simulations and role plays. We use a variety of methods to develop your cognitive and practical skills alongside assessing your understanding of key concepts and theoretical knowledge. Group work develops your capacity for working in teams and thereby providing a realistic organisational context for you to develop your own interpersonal skills and test your own capacity for teamwork and leadership.
Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and exams although the bias is towards the former as we seek to test not only theory and its application to practice but also the depth of an individual’s understanding. All students are further required to undertake a final project on a topic of their choosing. This project can take a number of formats from working with a host organisation to developing a business plan. Throughout each term, classes and workshops are designed to ensure you have numerous opportunities to receive formative feedback to help you progress your learning.
An MBA is unique amongst Masters degrees as it is designed to deliver intellectual, practical and personal benefits. Our curriculum is tailored to ensure that you develop your knowledge of all key areas of running the business. In particular, to ensure that you develop the deep understanding required to apply this knowledge to practice. Careers that this course will set you on the path towards include;
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.
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.