What you’ll learn on the MBA:
- Management strategy
- Operations management
- Financial resources and risks within an organisation
- Contemporary issues in leadership
- Marketing in a global society
- Leading and managing organisational change
- Managing across cultures
- Contemporary topics in global business
Advancing your career
When you study the MBA course, you will learn how to communicate complex information, drawing on key themes relating to diversity, sustainability, and global citizenship. You will be provided with the academic and personal skills needed to make a positive contribution to your employer, whatever sector that may be in. Reflecting on your own strengths and weaknesses will support professional development and personal growth.
As this distance learning MBA programme is studied part-time, you can continue to develop your career and earn while you learn. You will also be able to apply your learning to your current role, allowing you to progress towards your career goals without taking a study break. With six starts a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can start your studies in weeks.
- Part of the prestigious Russell Group of major research-intensive universities
- 133rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2021)
- Ranked 10th for research impact (Times Higher Education’s ranking of the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
- Ranked 16th in the UK Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2021)
- Overall, the University has over 20,000 students and 4,000 staff from 150 countries
*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014, excluding specialist institutions which submitted fewer than four units of assessment
Entry requirements for home and international students
- 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. If you earned your degree outside the UK, our country-specific pages can help you check if it’s equivalent to a 2:2.
- Three years of managerial work experience
- Applicants with no or lower grade undergraduate degree may be considered if you have substantive professional experience
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your ability, we accept:
- IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
- IELTS Indicator: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
- TOEFL Internet-based and special home edition: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
- ISE: Level 3 with Merit in all components
- PTE:61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
- CAE and CPE: 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
- GCSE: B / 6 or above
- Duolingo: 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
- LanguageCert B2 Communicator: High Pass with 33/50 in each component
Applicants who have completed a degree in English in the last two years or who have completed work experience at an English-speaking organisation within the last two years may also be considered.
Strategy in Practice (15 credits)
This module explores management strategy and focuses on being a leader for the future. It provides an overview of strategic management theories and pays particular attention to ethical leadership and global citizenship and their impact on organisations.
Managing Business Operations (15 credits)
This module focuses upon operations management and how the interplay between strategy and operations is managed. It covers the activities of modern operations management and examines how business strategy affects business operations.
Managing Financial Resources and Risk (15 credits)
This module specially aims to give you an understanding of the financial resources and the financial risks within an organisation. It enables the interpretation of financial statements from business, facilitates investment and funding decisions perspectives, and explores a range of possible financial risks.
Contemporary Issues in Leadership (15 credits)
This module explores issues within leadership and management in organisations. It provides an in-depth view on developing a team drawing on management theories. Grounded in themes such as global citizenship, sustainability and celebrating diversity and difference, this module explores contemporary issues surrounding leadership and management within organisations.
Marketing and Society (15 credits)
This module examines marketing for businesses in a global society and explores the marketing challenges that all organisations face. It aims to study marketing for businesses in global settings and to develop the capacity to learn and engage with the opportunities and challenges of communicating brand images and corporate values across national, linguistic and cultural borders to a variety of consumers. It also considers a variety of methods, including new social media, as a mechanism of distributing knowledge and information.
Leading and Managing Organisational Change (15 credits)
This module examines change practices within organisations. It aims to provide a critical introduction to theories of change and explores, through a variety of cases both real and simulated, how they can shape effective practice.
Managing Across Cultures (15 credits)
This module explores culture in organisations and how culture(s) influences organisations. This module aims to provide an understanding of how culture in all its forms influences people’s behaviour in organisations and its impact on management practices.
Contemporary Topics in Global Business (15 credits)
This module focuses on new, relevant and up-to-date macro and micro topics that affect businesses. It explores how people and processes interact to shape the global business environment while considering the political and economic factors that affect organisations.
Foundations of Business Consultancy (15 credits)
This module focuses on the research skills needed to perform consultancy within an organisation. It provides an introduction to a range of research skills which will enable consultancy work to be conducted within an organisation.
Consultancy Proposal and Pitch (15 credits)
This module encourages your creativity to produce a valid and robust proposal for a consultancy project and to pitch your idea in a Dragon’s Den style environment. It provides the opportunity to create a valid and robust proposal for carrying out a consultancy piece of work within an organisation, including rigorous consideration of the ethics process.
MBA Consultancy Portfolio (30 credits)
This module is the culmination of the MBA journey. It encapsulates all the knowledge and experience that you have learned throughout your course and is presented in the framework of a portfolio exploring a management problem or issue. It allows you to apply your knowledge and skills learned throughout the course to a specific issue(s) identified within an organisation, to establish a method of researching it and to be able to present a rigorous and sound solution.