Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University Campus Suffolk

Program Description

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University Campus Suffolk

Overview

This course is also available for February 2016 entry.

To apply complete our online application form.

The MBA is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the world. It represents significant value to both private and public sector organisations. The MBA offers sophisticated business knowledge at a senior level of management and significantly advances leadership skills. Undertaking this qualification demonstrates determination to succeed in a chosen career area and will bolster your confidence.

The course aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines. This enables students to respond creatively and effectively to the challenges presented by a global business environment, and to broaden the range of management responsibilities they undertake.

Longevity and Reputation

The MBA offered at UCS is one the longest running MBA programmes in the UK. It will be celebrating its 30th birthday next year. It is also formally accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) . This means our MBA graduates receive two awards upon graduation: their MBA degree and their Level 7 CMI diploma. This qualifies them as formal members of the Institute.

Flexibility

At UCS, you can choose to study your MBA on either a full-time or part-time basis. The programme is modular and is completed at a pace dictated by the student. The flexible structure of the MBA programme provides an opportunity to build up credit over time towards a full MBA.

It incorporates intermediate awards including the Postgraduate Certificate in Management (three modules, 20 credits per module) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (six modules, 20 credits per module).

The full MBA is achieved upon completion of seven modules and a dissertation (a total of 180 credits). Alternatively, you can also opt to take just one module as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme. On passing, this will give you 20 Masters Level credits, which may be used to build up an alternative Masters qualification.

Coverage

The core programme is wide-ranging and includes modules in Operations and HRM, Financial and Risk Management, Global Economic Trends, Strategic Change Management, Strategic Marketing, Consultancy Management, International Business Strategy, and Research Methods. Students are also required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

Tuition

You will be taught by knowledgeable professors and lecturers, each of whom has extensive experience in both senior management and academia.

Critique

Many MBA degrees offered elsewhere are principally formulaic ‘how to’ courses. At UCS, however, we actively encourage students to fundamentally question generally-accepted management and leadership wisdom by drawing upon the full range of social scientific knowledge. Not only does this develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of organisations and their functioning, but it develops the transferable skills of evaluation and analysis required of senior management.

Practice-based learning

Students will be involved in live management issues through various projects and assessments, developing leadership and management skills, and undertaking both group-based and individual work. Students are also invited to guest lectures by practicing managers, each of whom has extensive experience in their particular field.

Facilities

The course is delivered in the award-winning Waterfront Building in Ipswich. This is an inspiring location not least because of its views over the Marina, and is the focal point of an extremely well-resourced campus. Class sizes are small (typically between 10 and 15 students).

Distinctive

The MBA at UCS not only embraces the international dimensions of business and commerce, but – for those students who opt to study the International Business Strategy module - includes a week’s consultancy experience in Boston, Massachusetts.

Content and Modules

Full-time students complete the course over one calendar year, with attendance, typically, on an afternoon and evening basis 2pm – 9pm, two days per week. Naturally there is also a significant level of independent study required at Masters’ level.

Modules Studied

(with Leadership, Enterprise and Tourism pathways only available to part-time students).

Full and part-time modules include:

This module addresses four significant and related management topics, which together provide a foundation in both content and learning for subsequent modules. The topics are; managing people in a technological environment, managing technology, managing responsibly and managing operations.

Financial and Risk Management

This module provides an appreciation of a wide range of financial and risk issues as they impact on the business world. The initial focus is on the basic application of financial statements, financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages students to see the financial and risk implications of the decision making process.

Global Economic Trends

Of interest here are the external factors that affect the strategy and operations of businesses such as regulation, political and economic actions as well as social forces. The module enables students to develop a critical awareness of the implications of those factors. Contemporary issues such as employment law, globalisation and its impacts, contract law and environmental regulation are also covered.

Strategic Change Management

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of organisational strategy, and to apply this to different contexts, including commercial and not-for-profit organisations of various sizes. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, drawing on skills developed in other modules. The content will cover contextual analysis, culture and stakeholder analysis, approaches to organisational change management, and methods of implementing and evaluating change interventions.

Strategic Marketing

Marketing is fundamental to profitable business operations, achieved through strategic analysis, strategy formulation, strategic implementation and control. It is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value propositions to targeted customer segments, helping to sustain competitive advantage in the longer term. It is desirable for the contemporary MBA programme to contain a designated marketing module, which demonstrates a customer-facing approach, integrated across and throughout a business organisation. As a set of principles and practices, marketing also has relevance to public sector and other not-for-profit sectors.

International Business Strategy

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of how to plan for the internationalisation of firms, including suitability criteria, methods of overseas market entry, cultural aspects of operating internationally and practical marketing considerations in international markets. The content will cover trends in the global economy, carrying out international market research and planning, international advertising, product policy and pricing issues. The module will be partly taught in the USA, at Suffolk University in Boston, where students will participate in a consultancy exercise with an overseas company.

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the wide variety of approaches and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research and to equip students with the skills required to collect, collate, analyse, present and interpret data. It also aims to provide a firm foundation for the dissertation. The content will cover the context of qualitative research, data collection techniques, qualitative data analysis techniques, statistical analysis or relationships and trends, sampling, and exploratory and descriptive research.

Dissertation

The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in an area of particular interest and to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of research methods and their application. It also provides an opportunity for students to relate their learning in taught modules to the analysis of a problem relevant to their Masters programme. On completion of the dissertation students will have designed an appropriate and feasible research plan, developed appropriate research instruments and written a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Full-time only modules include:

Students choose between either Business Seminars or International Business Strategy (see above).

Consultancy Management

This innovative module will encourage the application of skills and knowledge to real time business problems or to case studies, through problem based learning. Students will develop their ability to acquire, analyse and evaluate information, and to look for feasible solutions to business problems which they must communicate effectively. Guest lecturers drawn from a range of businesses and other academic institutions in the region will contribute to the seminars.

Part-time only modules include:

The Leadership Elective

The Operations and Functions of Management (as above) Financial and Risk Management (as above)

Leadership Development

A challenging module that encourages students to develop many of the practical skills and behaviours associated with leading people effectively. By acquiring an informed understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses as leaders and devising strategies to address areas for development, students will increase their confidence in the work place and be well equipped to encourage the development of others.

Creativity and the Management of Change

This module provides an understanding of how change can be managed more effectively through the exercise of leadership and creative thinking. Concurrently students develop skills of analysis and problem solving. It also enables students to develop a critical awareness of organisational change theory and practice.

The Enterprise Elective

This elective will suit students who have a background in small and medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurship as well as those with less experience who wish to learn about these challenging areas. Students will find the modules highly relevant if they are considering setting up their own business or wish to develop a more entrepreneurial culture within their current organisation.

The Operations and Functions of Management (as above).

Enterprise Management

Enterprise management is a complex exercise for managers in both existing businesses and new ventures. The module aims to equip the student with a more in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurial environment and how to maximise their approach to growth and planning. The structure of the module has three elements; developing the manager, understanding the venture environment and exploring how best to exploit the environment. Within this structure the student is encouraged to develop an interdisciplinary, integrative and holistic approach to the resolution of business problems.

Decision Making for Entrepreneurs

Decision making as an entrepreneur consists of taking risks but in a structured and managed way. This module aims to both explore the entrepreneurial decision making environment, as well as providing the student with the techniques and skills required to optimise their choices in this complex venturing environment.

New Venture Development

Successful new ventures require a viable product or service, energy, a strategic plan, initial funding and a potential for growth. This module aims to explore the processes and challenges of starting a business, assessing opportunities, the development of convincing business plans, raising venture capital and the process of starting a company.

The Tourism Elective

This elective aims to develop analytical and strategic management skills using concepts derived from a wide range of academic disciplines within the context of the travel and tourism sector. This will enable managers to respond creatively and effectively to the challenges of the global business environment. Wherever possible, real organisational issues are used both for development and assessment purposes. Group work ensures that participants receive maximum exposure to current practices within a variety of organisations.

The Operations and Functions of Management (as above).

Financial and Risk Management (as above).

Contemporary Issues in the Travel and Tourism Environment

This module examines external factors that affect the strategy and operations of businesses in the travel and tourism sector. It enables students to develop a critical awareness of the implications of these factors and facilitates their development of an academic understanding of the strategic and operational implications to business organisations. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop skills of analysis and problem solving which they can use in their own organisation.

Strategic Change Management in the Travel and Tourism Industry

The module provides an academic understanding of the strategic issues in business in the context of the Travel and Tourism industry. It is an opportunity to develop skills of analysis and problem solving. It also enables students to develop a critical awareness of tourism policy and planning, thus enabling them to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in the development of effective strategies. It encourages students to develop their own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice, through exploring issues such as sustainability and development within the travel and tourism industry.

You can take your own pace through the programme by choosing to do fewer modules in a year. You can also opt to take just one module as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme. On passing, this will give you 20 Masters Level credits, which may be used to build up a Masters qualification.

Typical Entry Requirements

Prospective students should:

  • Hold a degree or professional qualification of graduate status, or;
  • Hold an HNC or HND and have three years management experience, or;
  • Have five years significant management experience.
  • Demonstrate an ability to discuss and debate pertinent business issues during your interview.

Typical International Entry Requirements

Prospective students should:

  • Hold a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution;
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, or;
  • A B2/C1 in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
  • Demonstrate an ability to discuss and debate pertinent business issues during your interview.

Duration

This course commences in February and September

Full-time: One year (180 credits)

Part-time: Typically takes two and a half years (180 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma: Typically takes one and a half years (120 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in Management: Typically takes one year (60 credits)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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