Our MBA (ranked amongst the global top 200 MBAs) is designed for practising managers who wish to gain a generalist perspective on management and for those wishing to develop their entrepreneurial skills to progress in an established company, or set up an independent venture elsewhere.
This highly professional MBA course combines an international outlook with an emphasis on innovation and experiential learning. You will grow your skills through a series of workshops and interaction with professional consultants and industry speakers. You will enhance your previous business and management experience and leadership skills by dealing with issues using strategic thinking to ensure effective practice as you learn in real time.
You will take part in an international field trip (costs are included in the fees) where previous undergraduates have visited Cape Town, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and Hong Kong. As this MBA is project based, you will complete a project, rather than a dissertation, which will focus around a business plan or market proposal/new product and can be conducted via a real company. This project work will enhance your entrepreneurial skills or ability to act as a consultant to your own, or another organisation.
This MBA gives distinctive added value in course content as it focuses on a mixture of formal lecture sessions, case study sessions, guided and independent research, workshops, discussions, debates, student presentations and group work. You will also benefit from expert guest speakers, simulations, role plays, reflective practice and learning logs. As there is no dissertation required, you will instead take on a major project related to the core theme of entrepreneurship or consultancy.
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. Previous destinations have included Cape Town, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and Hong Kong. All costs for these are included in the course fees.
For more information about entry requirements and fees view the programme specification.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
You will attend workshops, take part in discussions and presentations, and put your theoretical knowledge into practice through work on case studies. In your own time you will use online learning resources and read books and professional journals. You can also opt to do your own project.
The course also includes career planning and personal development sessions.
As well as your project, if you have opted to do one, you will be assessed through reports, case study assessments and presentations.
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.
In addition to having worked within a full-time managerial or professional role for 2 or more years, ideal candidates for the programme should:
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
Our MBA will benefit your career prospects by giving you the ability to think and lead strategically, apply knowledge in real time in the real world, gain understanding of other sectors and comprehend the skills involved in a senior management role. If you are already in employment, the work based projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your organisation’s work objectives.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
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 Suraiya MBA
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."