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Master of Business Administration MBA

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Code
PGN12Z
Start
October 2022
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£17,200 (UK) *
£19,000 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Jekaterina Kartasova

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
  • We emphasise personal and professional development with a compulsory module designed to run throughout the year to help you achieve your career aspirations.

Accreditation

This programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status. Upon graduating, you will be eligible for a CMI Strategic Management and Leadership qualification (subject to CMI moderation) in addition to your Middlesex University Degree*. The qualification recognises the core skills necessary to succeed in Management and aims at enhancing employability and earning potential.

*Graduates that commenced their degree from 2019 onwards will be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership qualification if they pass the programme’s mapped modules without compensation. Programme handbooks detail the mapped modules on each programme.


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

Subject to lockdown restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 (subject to lockdown restrictions).

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.

Modules

Typically 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. This teaching structure is subject to lockdown restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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 (changes for students in 2020)

    • 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.

  • Term 3 (typical structure)

    • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.

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

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.

Teaching and learning in 2021/22

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live learning

Contact time per week for each level:

8 hours

Self-paced learning time

Contact time per week for each level:

40 hours

On demand resources

Contact time per week for each level:

3 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.

Support

You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

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.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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