This MBA is designed for those professionals who want the experience of a full-time MBA without leaving their current employment. Students will study on-campus during the autumn term for three months alongside the full-time MBA students. In the second term onwards, students can return to work while continuing their MBA studies online on a part-time basis.
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.
Our Flexible 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. During your period in the classroom, you’ll engage in activities from lectures to workshops as well as an emphasis on personal and professional development including talks from visiting speakers. You’ll also have the opportunity to return during your online studies to work on a field-based consulting project (for additional cost). 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 during your first term to develop your skills in a wide range of areas such as communication, negotiation, team-building and leadership. Some workshops will be set in place, others will be chosen by you.
For those students joining us on the Flexible MBA for the autumn term, we are very pleased to be able to offer you a place in our student hall located on campus for the duration of your studies from 13 Sep 2021 to 4 Jan 2022. All students interested in taking up this offer will need to confirm their place by the middle of August 2021. For more information concerning our self-catering accommodation at Usher Hall, please see our dedicated page.
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Subject to lockdown restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, you will study three of the core modules on-campus during the autumn term and then study your remaining modules online.
Your online study will include the choice of one elective module as well as your final Business Transformation Project. You also have the opportunity to join your fellow students on a field-based Consulting Project during your second year.
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'll have developed the relevant skills to prepare you for taking your career to the next level.
In your first term, you will study all modules on campus. However, from term 2 onwards, you will no longer be campus-based be able to return to work. At this point, you will be studying all of your modules online on a part-time basis. This teaching structure is subject to lockdown restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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 mind set to analyse and identify responses to such challenges.
This module seeks to develop the mind set that will enable students to consider the challenges in relation to entrepreneurship. It will provide the opportunity for students to consider entrepreneurship in its various contexts as well as serve to develop students’ ability to evaluate entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distinctive to the MBA, your learning experience on-campus will include a mixt 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.
While all assessments are individually-based during your online studies, group work may be a component of your full-time class-based studies and assessment. The latter is 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.
Online modules include weekly online activities which you post as well as comment on the work and ideas of your peers. All online discussions are facilitated by your online module tutor.
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.
All classes and online activities are designed to ensure you have numerous opportunities to receive formative feedback to help you progress your learning.
We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.
You’ll 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 mainly be delivered online and you’ll 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’ll 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.
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.
Start: September 2022
Start: October 2022
Duration: 1 year full-time