Our core MBA programme cover the broad fundamentals of business management in ten modules.
You can customise your MBA in line with your own interests and career goals through your selection of three option modules. If would like to further expand your management insight - you can attend any additional modules and optional extras without assessment.
The Leading Change module runs alongside your core and option modules. You will also be required to complete an MBA Project.
- Introduces understanding and interpretation of an organisation's financial information including financial statements, the preparation of accounts, principles of costing, budgeting and variance analysis.
- The module also explores the use of accounting information for planning, performance measurement and control.
- Introduces asset valuation techniques such as discounted cash flow and real option analysis.
- Addresses the financing of real asset investment through debt and equity, and reviews business performance using performance ratio analysis, economic value added and other value metrics. Also stresses the importance of risk management.
- Introduces Human Resource Management (HRM) at both a conceptual and practical level.
- Provides models of HRM for analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of human capital management and the impact of HRM policies and practices on firm performance.
- Applies economic analysis to the management of the business enterprise, considering the role of the firm in the market economy, and the influence of internal costs and organisational objectives.
- Demonstrates the relevance of fundamental economic concepts including optimisation, opportunity cost, risk and uncertainty, market structure and interdependent decision-making.
- Examines the theory and practice of organisational change in order to develop understanding and skills in respect of diagnosing change and managing change.
- The module addresses change at individual, group and organisational levels, evaluating how the processes of knowledge and learning contribute to organisational adaptation and effectiveness.
- Introduces the marketing concept and the role of marketing management.
- Considers marketing research, consumer and organisational buyer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, product, distribution, promotion and pricing decisions, and strategic market planning.
- Examines the core concepts of international business and their application to the dynamics and constraints of international business strategy.
- Considers the potential and the uncertainties for the international expansion of the firm, and the formulation of coherent international plans in the contemporary global economy.
- Considers theories of organisational performance and effectiveness; market, institutional and cultural influences on organisations; organisation form and structure and well-being at work.
- Covers behaviour of individuals, including individual differences, motivation, group dynamics and processes of power and influence.
- Explores how organisations, individually and in networks, innovate, design, implement, manage and improve their operations and information systems. Focuses on the role of technology.
- Demonstrates how business processes can be aligned to meet the needs of key stakeholders.
- Introduces strategic management concepts, research and theories, and explores strategic issues, planning and implementation in complex business environments, helping to refine analytical, decision-making and critical thinking skills.
LEADING CHANGE MODULE
The Leading Change module runs alongside the taught modules of the MBA and is designed to develop your skills in this key area of management.
This module is designed to extend your ability to manage issues arising from organisational change, in particular the management of human resources in the context of change. Embedded in the module are three group activities to enable you to hone your leadership and team working skills.
- Shows how an organisation can achieve excellence through its people, processes and activities, and how self-assessment - the regular and systematic review of an organisation - often represents the start of the journey to business success.
- Introduces the major theoretical and practical approaches including, management and organisation of multinational companies; globalisation and industry structure and strategy in the global environment.
- Explores the key issues in cross-cultural management and the interaction of culture and corporate activity in different business systems.
- International Marketing
- Examines the nature and composition of the international marketplace and the implications for marketing strategy when organisations operate beyond national boundaries, including the impact of culture on consumption and consumer behaviour, and standardisation versus adaptation.
- Examines how knowledge is created and communicated both within and across organisations and considers applications of knowledge management, such as the sharing of product development expertise, improving competitor intelligence and the dissemination of best practice.
- Examines the quality of individual and group decision making and the ways in which decision making may be enhanced through the development of decision-making skills and the use of decision-aiding techniques. Covers decision theory, intuitive decision making and negotiation.
- Considers the two primary phases (strategic and tactical) in the process of management of major projects, exploring the link between project strategy and corporate strategy, and the value that may be added to a business through the strategic management of a portfolio or programme of projects.
- Investigates innovative entrepreneurship and new business models, introducing a variety of views on entrepreneurship and developing the student’s entrepreneurial behaviours or processes.
- Develops students’ understanding of the key characteristics of the consultancy industry and of its market; the challenges in organising and managing management consultancy firms; and the distinguishing features of successful consultancy projects.
- Explores key concepts, models and stimulus for globalization, in particular exporting.
- Examines the nature and composition of the export marketplace and the implications for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate beyond their national boundaries.
- Provides a thorough understanding of the modern sales function within a strategic context, covering effective sales management practices in a variety of industry sectors.
- Introduces the development of a strategic sales plan and assesses the challenges of implementing and controlling sales strategies.
- Explores the meanings of leadership and change and its changing role in contemporary business.
- Introduces different models and recent theories of leadership and change management skills, including traditional approaches and tools for thinking that will aid analysis and reflection.
- To develop knowledge and understanding about the interconnected systems required to bring about a sustainable planet, and the role of, and challenge to business in this context.
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the relationships among science, business and society.
- To develop an appreciation of the significant features of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development and an understanding of the wider concepts of Responsible Management
This unit aims to develop the students’ critical faculties by inviting them to examine the challenges to business offered by adopting strategies encompassing Corporate Social Responsibility, and by looking critically at existing structures of Corporate Governance.
The module content is organised to provide, first, an overview of business ethics and corporate responsibility and then, focus on the application of ethics to specific areas of business, such as international management, Human Resource Management, advertising and corporate reporting. The module will use concepts from the ethics literature such as responsibility, duty, accountability, respect, justice, fairness, truth and trust as a lens through which to consider the behaviour of business and the relationship between business and society. The syllabus will cover:
- The Application of Ethics to Business and to Business Strategy and Corporate Responsibility
- The Extent of Corporate Ethical Responsibilities
- HRM and Ethics
- Corporate responsibility for the supply chain
- The Ethics of Advertising
- Ethical Issues in International business
- Business regulation and the financial crisis
- To introduce the key ideas, theories and concepts in the domain of systems thinking
- To apply these theories and ideas to a variety of problems in a range of application domains
- To gain an appreciation of how both theory and practice can be improved with systems thinking
- To understand how these ideas may have more impact on practice and policy
The lectures will cover -History of systems thinking, Socio-technical systems theory, Soft systems analysis, Principles of systems thinking, Applications of a systems framework
To provide a sound theoretical and empirical basis to an understanding of the international financial system, international financial institutions, concepts of risk exposure and management (hedging) in financial markets.
- The development and nature of financial systems
- The role of central banks, financial regulation - potential and problems
- Theories of exchange rate determination, managing exchange rate risk, risk and return in financial markets, hedging in financial markets using financial derivatives.