The MBA is designed for those who would like to study while they work, and supports promotion and progression within existing careers. It is also an opening to a change in future career direction. Our MBA will improve students’ effectiveness as a manager or leader and will transform their prospects for rising up the corporate ladder.
The course aims to develop individual strengths in leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, self-knowledge and working with others in the contexts of stability, uncertainty and change. Students will also develop skills in the use of appropriate technology for analysis and communication.
The course has been designed with input from employers from large to small firms, from both the public and private sectors. This course will ensure that students will be ideally equipped for the challenges of the workplace by encouraging innovation, achievement, intellectual rigour and excellence. Our MBA caters for the needs and aspirations of students who have experience of working across various business sectors.
You will study eight core modules, two electives, Management Enquiry and Research Methods and a Dissertation. The elective modules will allow you to customise your MBA to suit your career aspirations and personal strengths by studying a particular discipline in depth.
- The Developing Leader
Modern organisations are increasingly challenged by the search for effective leaders and the development of leadership talent. This module will provide you with access to the diagnostic tools that will enable you to develop greater self-awareness and an understanding of your own leadership potential. It will help you identify and focus on your strengths, improving the performance of yourself and others.
- Interactive Behaviour at Work
You will explore the dynamics of organisational behaviour, looking at the nature and functioning of organisational environments. You will also be involved in and contribute to solving structural, cultural, managerial and leadership issues, which are fundamental to the functioning of the employees both at operational and strategic levels.
You will explore the nature of strategic marketing in creating long-term shareholder value in the context of a rapidly changing competitive environment. This module will develop your understanding of the changing nature and role of marketing at corporate level discussing the challenges of the information era, globalisation, changing industrial structures, the information revolution and growth in consumer expectations and their potential impact on business strategy.
- Accounting and Control
This module will introduce the manager to the basic financial reports and budgeting for decision making. It will also look at financial management and help you to develop a model for budgetary planning and control. You will be able to develop the ability to read financial statements, contribute to the budgetary process, and make appropriate decisions based on financial and non financial factors.
- Managing Operations and the Supply Chain
This module examines what organisations actually “do”, their contribution in terms of added value, and the issues which they face in managing their supply chain and their position in supply chains managed by others. The module takes a strategic and action oriented approach, analysing performance objectives and core competences to relate operational issues to customers and markets.
- Corporate Responsibility
Corporate Responsibility is concerned with developing an understanding of the nature of business ethics, corporate governance and social responsibility. It deals with the issues raised for achieving effective corporate performance through an organisation’s ability to manage values and beliefs, it will also help you to formulate and apply norms and codes of ethical behaviour to operations and conduct.
- Creative Strategies in Context
Creative Strategies in Context focuses on company and organisational strategic analysis and decision making in the context of changing industry structures. You will examine theoretical and management issues underpinning merger and acquisition strategies, the formation and operation of joint ventures and strategic alliances, supply chain management techniques and competitive positioning.
Students will need to choose two of the following to help them customise their MBA to suit their career aspirations and personal strengths:
- Relationship Marketing in the Digital Age
You will examine and critically appraise current developments in the theory and practice of marketing. Current emphasis will be placed on the strategic marketing significance of brands, innovation, alliances and relationships and e-marketing in a global context.
- Managing Organisational Transformation
Organisations are constantly undergoing either small scale change or corporate transformation. This module will focus on the changing nature of the organisation where new entrants are revolutionising industries and sectors and thereby forcing organisations to transform. You will develop a thorough understanding of triggers of change, how to manage resistance to change and how to implement successful change.
- Business Finance
This module is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in finance. The module will focus on advanced corporate finance issues as the money market securities, bond market and the yield curve, share markets, foreign exchange strategies, derivative securities, portfolio theory and financial market efficiency.
- Managing Global Talent
You will investigate the key elements involved in Managing Global Talent in global enterprises today and identify core integration activities engaged in by the International HRM function.
- Project Management:
This module examines contemporary issues relating to effectively managing projects and investigates the diverse methods and approaches needed to understand and analyse project management in various sectors to developing successful strategies and processes for implementation.
Research and Investigative Study:
- Management Enquiry and Research Methods
This module provides a grounding in research methods at Masters Level. It will address core content areas appropriate to research in a management context and supports participants to achieve appropriate levels of competence in these areas.
The Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area by the completion of an extended piece of self-managed research. The aim o
Applicants will need an honours degree 2.2 or equivalent.
A minimum of two years’ postgraduate work experience is also
International entry criteria
IELTS 6.5 overall and a (UKBA required) minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)
Students on this Programme will come from very diverse academic, cultural and work backgrounds. This academic range will include Business and Management, Engineering, Accounting, Information Technology, History, Philosophy, Medicine etc. Students will also have worked a minimum of two years (full-time equivalent) and will range from senior managers to supervisors. They will have worked across the sectors (public, private and voluntary) in local and international organisations. This diversity in academic, cultural and work backgrounds is one of the most notable aspects of the UWL MBA and currently provides a dynamic learning environment for the students and will continue to enhance their learning experiences. It is designed for graduate students with the equivalent of at least 2 years full time postgraduate work experience – who either aspire to leadership roles within the workplace or are already in some form of lead
During the course
This course has the following features:
- guest speakers
- access to conferences held at The University of West London
- free student membership of the Chartered Management
Institute (CMI) (full-time)
- graduate Membership of the Chartered Management
Institute upon successful completion (full-time)
- careers advice and assistance with CV preparation and job
applications from both internal department and external
- access to databases which will provide information on
national and international job opportunities.
- Careers advice and assistance with CV preparation and job applications.
Throughout the MBA programme, you will be encouraged to learn through a range of teaching and learning methods. Formal contact sessions will involve a high degree of participation, with group activities continuing outside the classroom as you and your fellow students work together on case studies (some of which will involve employers providing the raw material) and exercises. You will be expected to use your work experience as an integral part of the learning process.
Detailed knowledge in a selected topic will be assessed via a supervised dissertation.
There will be a combination of assessed programme work, examinations, individual and group presentations for the taught modules.
On course completion
- Students will have demonstrated the acquisition of almost all of the knowledge, understanding and skills in the core areas and the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the completion of the electives.
- The ability to communicate and advise in a professional context.
- The qualities necessary for professional employment at a supervisory level.
- To develop your individual strengths in leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, self-knowledge and working with others in the contexts, of stability, uncertainty and change. You will also develop skills in the use of appropriate technology for analysis and communication.
- The course has been designed with input from employers from large to small firms, from both public and private sectors. This course will ensure that you will be ideally equipped for the challenges of the work place by encouraging innovation, achievement, interllectual rigour and excellence. Our MBA caters for the needs and aspirations of students who have experience of working across various business sectors.
- Employers look for leaders and achievers who understand moral and ethical correctness in the 'post-Eron' environment. This course not only teaches this as a specific subject but it is also pervasive through the course.
- The UWL MBA students are drawn from a wide range of academic and work backgrounds. Traditionally our MBA has attracted students from all corners of the world. This diverse student body contributes to a dynamic learning environment through the sharing of personal experiences and knowledge.
Graduates have moved into growth areas such as banking, consulting, government and not-for-profit sectors in the international arena such as Citibank, Accenture, GlaxoSmithKline, NHS Trusts and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).