MBA Masters in Business Administration

Course summary

Overview
A Masters in Business Administration is one of the most highly respected business degrees available. Graduates often report that an MBA has helped them secure their dream job. You'll learn essential skills and knowledge from the best in business, who will help you develop into a leader of the future.

Why choose this course?
Whether you're looking to progress your existing career, change career direction or give yourself the best possible start to a business career, an MBA can transform your prospects. This course is available part-time or full-time, so can you can fit it around existing commitments.

You will benefit from:

  • experienced lecturers
  • live industry case studies
  • using academic research to solve real-world problems
  • an enduring and supportive network
  • dual accreditation – CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • a focus on enhancing your investigative and research skills to solve business/management problems.

We also aim to help you develop professionally by combining intellectual, analytical, strategic and critical thinking skills with professional drive and ambition. This will prepare you to become an entrepreneur or succeed in businesses across the world.

Career and study progression
This degree can take you anywhere you want to go. You could decide to set up your own business, progress to senior management, or start a career in an area such as marketing, accounting or finance.

You may also wish to undertake further study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.
For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

Our MBA aims to improve your effectiveness as a manager or leader and so transform prospects for managerial careers or help encourage individual entrepreneurship. The course has been designed with input from employers from large to small firms, from both public and private sectors.

The course provides you with a comprehensive overview of international management and business issues within a framework that allows you to develop particular areas of expertise through a choice of optional modules and a personal dissertation.

Modules

  • Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Global Marketing and Digital Business
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing People
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Ethics in Action
  • MBA Dissertation with Research Methods.

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Marketing Challenges
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Employment Law
  • Advertising and Corporate Communication
  • New Venture Development

Module information

Accounting for Decision Makers
This module introduces the theory and practice of management accounting in relation to organisational decision-making, planning, control and assessment of performance.

Global Marketing and Digital Business
The module is designed to provide you with an understanding of global marketing and digital business theories and concepts. You will gain comprehensive understanding in key areas such as global strategic analysis, the impact of culture on global marketing strategies, strategies for online businesses, pricing strategies and marketing communication.  The focus will be on using and applying these and other academic principles to real market situations.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship
This is an innovate module in which you will focus on company and organisation strategic analysis and decision making in the context of changing industry structures, and the uncertain business environment in which organisations function.

Managing People
Modern organisations are increasingly challenged by the search for effective leaders and the development of leadership talent. This module provides diagnostic tools that enable you to develop a greater self-awareness and understanding of your own leadership potential. It will help you improve your own and others' performance.

Business Intelligence
This module  is concerned with using business intelligence for decision making. It includes data processing and knowledge management and business success through the systems and information technology taking into consideration associated risks.

Business Ethics in Action
In this module the role of business ethics will be analysed from a very practical perspective. How to build trust in organisations and how to “rebuild” trust will be addressed in the first sessions. We will also examine how to manage business ethics and the role of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental ethics.

Study themes will include:

  • The role of ethics in business legality, morality and beliefs (bribery, ‘pseudo-bribery’ co-op/green). The importance of trust in organisations.
  • Consequences of human actions. Decision making process. Triple Font theory.
  • Ethical judgement and evaluation of decisions. Role of Normative theories and models.
  • Understanding and explaining ethical decisions. Role of descriptive theories. Individual and situational factors that influence decisions.
  • Wisdom in leading organisation. Ethical leadership. Virtue ethics. Role of prudence and main virtues of a leader.
  • Organisational Ethics. Stakeholders. Managing Business Ethics. Corporate governance. Ethical codes. Ethical training programmes.
  • Human work. Employees as stakeholders. Ethical issues in the workplace.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility. Non-profit sector. Corporate volunteering. Social enterprises.
  • Frequent ethical issues in Business.
  • Marketing ethics. Ethical consumption. Sustainable consumption.
  • Sustainability. Environmental business ethics.

Dissertation with taught part in Research Methods
Your dissertation is your opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject area by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Its aim is to develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic in business and management and then present your findings in a 15,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree 2.2 or equivalent.
  • Relevant work experience, usually a minimum of two years postgraduate work experience, is also expected.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£11,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,250
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

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International students

Complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

What our students say

Radovan Manko, MBA graduate

'I graduated from UWL in 2010 with First Class Honours in Business Studies. I decided to further enhance my business knowledge and management skills and enrolled on a part-time MBA course. The MBA program was a fast-paced course; therefore it was often very challenging to manage my work commitments, private life and my studies at the same time. However, in this respect the university/MBA leadership was often able to show flexibility and great support. The MBA course was well structured and allowed to me attend evening classes during the week and do self-study mostly during the weekends which suited me perfectly.'

Sam Herbert, MBA

'Three words to describe my university experience: The Wonderful People!

The favourite aspect of university life for me was meeting so many different people and making new friends.

I really enjoyed studying Enterprise Innovation.

Next step for me is working hard!

In five years' time I would like to have completed my PhD.'

Francisco Sousa, MBA

'My course has given me much enjoyment and has already helped me in my job. Generally, the teachers are very friendly, helpful and motivational. The Claude Littner Business School is very good and I've made many good friends.'

Shreya Pandit, MBA

'It's a very nice university with a very friendly atmosphere. The infrastructure is amazing.'

Jobs and placements

Many of our students make good use of our careers office and placement services our lecturer and alumni network and connections we have through both The Chartered Management Institute and also The Institute of Directors.

Career and study progression

Upon course completion our MBA students feel more confident and many have moved into growth areas such as banking, consulting, Government and not-for-profit sectors in the international arena while others are running their own successful businesses.

Our MBA postgraduates now work with companies such as:

  • Citibank
  • Accenture
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • NHS Trusts
  • BBC
  • Yahoo
  • Starbucks
  • Continental Tyres
  • The Times India
  • Jarvis Hotels
  • The Guardian.

Study progression

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Doctorate study enables you to develop research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher.

See our Research degrees page to view the research courses on offer by our Claude Littner Business School.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 96% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.


With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.


Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.