Our innovative MBA is designed for working professionals who want to gain an internationally recognised management qualification – without taking a career break It combines short intensive study periods on campus with off-site learning which you can balance with your working life, wherever in the world you are based Distinctive pathways allow you to select a broad-based MBA Global programme or to specialise with the MBA Global Finance or the MBA Global Hospitality Management Our MBA Global and all specialist pathways are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you can apply for Chartered Manager status on completion of your studies You can choose to undertake a corporate placement project instead of a traditional dissertation, tackling an important challenge that benefits your own organisation You will learn from a teaching team with extensive business and management experience and will work in small, internationally diverse cohorts of students. We offer enhanced tutor support to keep your studies on track Managers who can perform, think and act from an international perspective are in demand like never before. Our MBA Global has been designed specifically to meet that demand, nurturing leaders who are creative, dynamic and innovative – ready to excel in senior positions worldwide. Ours is a thoroughly modern MBA programme which will transform your business thinking as you work towards the world’s most recognised management and leadership qualification. Challenging both academically and practically, it enables you to analyse and solve complex business problems that are directly relevant to your job role, helping inspire change within your own organisation and industry. The Block Delivery MBA typically attracts senior and middle managers from wide-ranging backgrounds, including construction, energy, aviation and the public sector. A choice of pathways We offer three MBA pathways to match your existing experience, current role and future plans. All give you a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis. The MBA Global pathway helps you develop a broad-based, fully-rounded understanding and features key themes such as risk management and global supply chain management. The MBA Global Finance pathway enables you to explore issues such as international finance and mergers and acquisitions in greater detail. The MBA Global Hospitality Management pathway focuses on current industry trends, hospitality operations management, service quality and customer experience and satisfaction.
What you will learn
The programme is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MBA. To achieve the MBA qualification, you will complete 180 credits in total.
Among the course’s distinctive features is the mentoring and coaching support we provide. We have embedded two support modules into the programme – Transforming Personal Skills and Career Coaching and Mentoring – that will enhance your employability. They help you reflect on your strengths and progress while supporting your long-term career planning and professional development.
Who is the course for?
The programme begins with three core 20-credit modules for all MBA students:
Strategic and Financial Performance Management – an opportunity for you to critically analyse and process the financial data provided by information systems so that it can be applied to strategic planning. This module also explores the role of performance measurement systems within an organisation and how the accounting and finance function can be used in the effective and timely management of performance.
Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management – honing your understanding of the principal areas of strategic management and leadership practices emanating from business research and development. This module takes a holistic view of how managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies that respond to changes in both the internal and external business environment and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.
Global Strategic Operations, Markets and Resources – an introduction to the holistic nature of operations, markets and resources. This module approaches the subject from a strategic perspective, demonstrating how the long-term vision of an organisation can be understood, implemented and realised. This can only be possible through the appreciation of effective business operations, clear understanding of market position and relations with the market, and clarity on resource availability.
You will progress to three 20-credit modules. All students take the following module:
Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner to assess new opportunities or future strategies. This module prepares you for your dissertation or corporate placement project. It brings your knowledge of your own professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue your research interests, address workplace problems and report on your findings.
MBA Global Hospitality Management students also take:
Service Improvement and Business Performance in Hospitality – building on and challenging your knowledge of hospitality operations management, including the design of products, services, networks and facilities. Bridging the gap between theory and current practice, you will identify how a hospitality business should organise and structure its processes to improve productivity and make innovation happen. You will also become skilled in evaluating operational plans and the impact they have on business performance.
The Global Hospitality Experience – exploring current industry trends and their impact on the customer experience. This module looks at the challenges involved in satisfying complex customer demands and providing service improvements at a time when managers are under increasing pressure to ensure business operation efficiency. You will enhance your understanding of service quality and customer satisfaction – and how they can be measured – in the customer-focused, people-oriented global hospitality industry.
Whichever pathway you take, you will conclude your MBA studies with either a traditional dissertation or a Corporate Placement Project (CPP). Both are worth 60 credits.
For the CPP, you can specialise in an area that reflects your current role, professional interests and career aspirations. You will investigate and resolve a real management challenge within your organisation – bringing significant benefits to your employer before you have even finished your studies.
Recent CPP examples include:
Exploring the possible impact of a global pandemic on a multinational organisation’s IT services and recommending ways of building organisational resilience
Developing business continuity exercises and testing for a regional public sector housing provider
Assessing how Industry 4.0 technology and processes could transform a regional manufacturer’s warehouse management operations and supply chain
Devising an online social media marketing and promotion presence to support a leading regional provider of high-end hospitality and events