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Master of Business Administration (Global Online MBA)

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September 2022
£15,800 (UK) *
£17,800 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Dr David Kernohan

This course is no longer accepting applications for October 2021 entry. The next start date will be 2022.

An MBA is still as relevant as ever for those wanting to advance their business, management and leadership skills to further their career. Our  flexible mode of studying means you can gain a professionally-recognised qualification while continuing to work.

Why study the MBA (Global Online) at Middlesex?

With an emphasis on practice, our MBA focuses on 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.

In your second year, you have the option to study a specialist elective online in place of one of the core modules as well as join other MBA students on a consulting project (for an additional fee) working in the field to address an organisational or industry-based challenge.

Your MBA culminates in a final project where you have the option to develop your consulting skills, write a business plan or engage in a more traditional academic report.

Course highlights

  • An emphasis on both theory and practice is central to our teaching approach
  • Distance learning provides the flexibility to work when you want, where you want
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

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What will you study on the MBA (Global Online)?

You will study the six core modules or five core modules plus an online elective in addition to your final Business Transformation Project. In addition, you will have the option of joining a field-based Consulting Project towards the end of your second year.

What will you gain?

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


  • Year 1 - Term 1

    • 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.

  • Year 1 - Term 2

    • Managing and Developing People (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to raise awareness of 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.

  • Year 1 - Term 3

    • 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.

  • Year 2 - Term 1

    • Global Marketing Management (20 credits) - Compulsory

      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 including considerations of advertising, branding, and promotions.

  • Year 2 - Term 2: Choose one of the following modules

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Year 2 - Term 3

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

      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.

    • 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.

  • Year 3

    • 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 (Global Online) taught?

The course's online delivery means you can study without having to travel or compromise your employment status. You'll be able to engage with tutors and fellow students, receive online materials and e-learning tools and achieve group interaction during lectures and seminars.


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 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, online discussions and activities provide numerous opportunities to receive formative feedback to help you progress your learning.

  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 (Global Online) support your career?

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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