MBA Masters in Business Administration

Course summary

The University of West London Business School MBA is designed for graduates and business professionals who want to develop their business acumen and competitive edge. Available part-time or full-time our MBA will help transform your future prospects by supporting your existing career progression, or by opening up new opportunities.

You will be taught by experienced practitioner lecturers - using live industry case studies - who will mentor you to apply academic research to solve real-world problems.

UWL Business in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute have taken the time to carefully map our course. When you successfully complete our MBA and also register with CMI, for a small additional fee, you will automatically be eligible to receive CMI's Professional Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership without any further study. This ensures that all our MBA students who wish to can gain a very valuable dual award, which clearly demonstrates both academic credibility and professional accreditation.

Throughout our MBA FT or PT students also develop a useful and supportive network of relationships with fellow students that endure beyond the course and many of our past students become active alumni.

Course detail

Course overview
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.

Our Graduate MBA with Internship is the perfect option for applicants who do not yet possess the relevant work experience for our MBA course. This course has the added advantage of a 7-month internship to enhance your professional development and career prospects. The curriculum is designed to help your continuing professional development and to develop a critical understanding of corporate strategic development and functional perspectives on business activities, both locally and globally.

Modules

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Global Marketing
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Business Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Optional modules:

  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Global Business Practice
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Employment Law
  • Management Decision Making
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Global Public Relations.

Corporate Financial Management
This module introduces you to basic financial reports and budgeting for decision-making. You will look at financial management and models for budgetary planning and control, and develop your ability to read financial statements, contribute to the budgetary process, and make appropriate decisions based on financial and non-financial factors.

Global Marketing
You will explore the nature of global marketing in the context of a rapidly changing competitive environment. This module develops your understanding of the dynamic nature and role of marketing at corporate level, discussing the challenges of the information age, globalisation, changing industrial structures, the information revolution and growth in consumer expectations and their potential impact on business strategy.

Corporate Strategy
The art and science of strategy is vital for business. This module considers company and organisational analysis and decision-making in the context of changing industry structures.

Awareness of the external and internal causes of change underpins theoretical and management strategies for corporate planning, strategic decision-making and sustainable business development.

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 Strategy
This module provides a rigorous introduction to the concepts and frameworks used in strategic decision-making and equips students with the necessary tools to undertake strategic management.

Throughout the module, the emphasis is placed on enhancing understanding and application of concepts in order to develop the ability of students to appreciate the role of strategy in any management context and improve the ability of students to contribute to strategic development in their organisations.

Research Methods
This module provides 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.

Dissertation
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

Applicants 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

UK fees

Main fee
GBP11,250

International (non-UK/EU) fees

Main fee
GBP11,250
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Find out more about funding, scholarships and bursaries

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

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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

From follow-up conversations, we know our MBA students feel more confident in their business life and many have moved into growth areas such as banking, consulting, Government and not-for-profit sectors in the international arena. Our MBA postgraduates now work with companies such as Citibank, Accenture, GlaxoSmithKline, NHS Trusts and the BBC. Many are working with and for leading brands such as Yahoo, Starbucks, Continental Tyres, The Times India, Jarvis Hotels and The Guardian, while others are running their own successful businesses.

Study progression

On completing the course, graduates are eligible to apply for a doctoral programme.