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Master of Business Administration MBA

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October 2020
1 year full-time
£16,000 (UK/EU) *
£17,000 (INT) *
Course leader
David Kernohan

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

An MBA is still as relevant as ever for those business professionals who are serious about advancing their career. Our approach will help develop your understanding in a range of management disciplines as well as equip you with the leadership skills to progress your career.

Why study MBA (Master of Business Administration) at Middlesex University?

Our MBA is designed to prepare you for the challenges of management, exposing you to the latest thinking in business across a variety of sectors within an international context. You will engage with key management disciplines including financial and economic analysis, strategy and innovation, managing and developing people, global marketing management, operations and supply chain management, and cross-cultural management and ethics.

Fundamental to our approach is a focus on both theory and practice. You will engage in activities from lectures, workshops, talks from visiting speakers alongside the opportunity to work on a field-based consulting project. Your final project will allow you to further develop your consulting skills, write a business plan or engage in a more traditional academic report.

Our strong emphasis on your personal and leadership development will be supported by regular sessions to develop your skills in a wide range of areas from communication and negotiation to team-building and leadership. Some workshops will be set in place, others will be chosen by you.

Course highlights

  • An emphasis on both theory and practice is central to our teaching approach
  • You will gain a CMI (Chartered Management Institute) qualification in addition to the University degree, without additional study and assessment
  • You have the option in the second term to study a specialist elective online in place of one of the core modules
  • You will spend up to a week on a consulting project, working in the field to address an organisational or industry-based challenge
  • We emphasise personal and professional development with a compulsory module designed to run throughout the year to help you achieve your career aspirations.

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What will you study on MBA (Master of Business Administration)?

During this course, you will study the core modules plus an online elective as well as your final Business Transformation Project. In addition, you will have a field-based Consulting Project and are required to pass a module in Personal and Professional Development which is designed to support your leadership aspirations.

What will you gain?

As well as competence and a comprehensive overview of the subject, you will also gain a thorough understanding of the disciplines central to management. You will have the skills to prepare you for taking your career to the next level.


In Term 1 and Term 3, you will study all modules on campus. However, in Term 2, you can choose between studying all three on-campus modules in the second term OR two on-campus modules plus one online elective.

  • Core modules

    • Personal and Professional Development (0 credits) - Compulsory

      This year-long module aims to support you in demonstrating significant growth in your career aspirations as a result of working towards the MBA qualification and how you intend to sustain this growth throughout your professional life.

      The primary objective of this course is for you to identify your own individual strengths and areas for development in terms of your leadership capabilities and wider professional effectiveness.

  • Term 1 - on campus

    • Strategy and Innovation (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the key developments in, and thinking derived, from the study of strategy. This is increasingly informed by the study of innovation due to the involvement in enabling competitive advantage.

    • Financial and Economic Analysis (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the knowledge, skills and theoretical understanding in a number of strategic aspects of financial management and economics. You will understand how they affect commercial organisations and also examine the interrelationships between key factors in the economic environment. You will evaluate the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational decision-making and performance.

    • Managing and Developing People (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to raise awareness in the key areas relevant to effective people management and development. You will explore how these relate to the achievement of business and organisational goals and strategies.

  • Term 2: Choose to study all 3 modules on campus

    • Global Marketing Management (20 credits) - Optional

      Marketing management involves satisfying customer needs and desires. In a globally competitive marketplace, the challenge is to select which markets to compete in, to make an integrated set of decisions about product and service design, pricing as well as distribution channels. You must also make considerations to advertising, branding, and promotions.

    • Operations and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) - Optional

      This module aims provide you with the key transformation processes and related concepts/techniques both from an individual enterprise as well as a supply chain perspective. You will also cover both planning and control perspectives.

    • Cross-Cultural Management and Ethics (20 credits) - Optional

      In order to navigate our complex, globalised environment, we need an understanding of the core values and norms of any organisation, the impact of policies and practices on all stakeholders and how to operate in a multi-cultural environment. This module is designed to provide you with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges.

  • Term 2: Or choose to study one online elective plus two modules from Term 2 on-campus modules

    • Digital Marketing (20 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your systematic knowledge and skills for understanding the complexity of the new digital landscape. This will focus on the use of e-marketing models, social media and e-tailing to produce a coherent digital marketing strategy.

    • Cross-Cultural Management and Ethics (20 credits) - Optional

      In order to navigate our complex, globalised environment, we need an understanding of the core values and norms of any organisation, the impact of policies and practices on all stakeholders and how to operate in a multi-cultural environment. This module is designed to provide you with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges.

  • Term 3

    • Consultancy Project (0 credits) - Optional (additional fee)

      This module is field-based and is ideal if you want the opportunity to further integrate your learning from previous modules, working in groups to complete a live project based on a real organisational or sectoral theme. The project will culminate in a final consulting-type presentation outlining key recommendations.

    • Business Transformation Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to further develop and integrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the course by working on a specific organisational issue or problem. You will be able to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues.

Optional modules

Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

How is the MBA (Master of Business Administration) taught?

Distinctive to the MBA, your learning experience will include a mixture of formal lectures, case study discussions, guided and independent research, workshops, debates, and 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 is also used to develop 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 coursework-based as we seek to test not only theory and its application to practice but also the depth of your understanding. You are also required to undertake a final project on a topic of your choosing which 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.

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How can the MBA (Master of Business Administration) support your career?

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 a business. In particular, to ensure that you develop the deep understanding required to apply this knowledge to practice.

Companies that our MBA graduates work for include the Bank of America, Barclays, Deloitte and Shell but this MBA will open up opportunities across a number of industries and roles. Our previous graduates work in positions such as Managing Director, Project Manager, Consultant and Finance Manager.

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