University of Chester

Programme Specification
Master of Business Administration MBA
2015 - 2016

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester, University Centre Shrewsbury, Isle of Man College (IOM), Kensington College of Business, Dimensions International College, Global College Malta, and corporate sites

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory, Work-Based inc.(practice / placement)

Two years part-time and one year full-time

6 Years

Variable - January - September

N/A

N100

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Business and Finance

QAA Masters Degrees in Business and Management

N/A

Postgraduate Awards Assessment Board for Master of Business Administration

Wednesday 29th April 2015

The MBA programme currently operates at the Business School and is designed to provide knowledge and skills for general managers and management graduates. It is envisaged that MBA graduates will use this qualification to enhance their management careers. Moreover, it should also endeavour to challenge (reflectively) their own career path, provide inspiration and ‘watershed’ moments of significance in their professional and personal life. It should aim to be a life-changing experience. The content and delivery is essential, but so too are the experiential elements achieved through undertaking an MBA. In that respect, the MBA (Type 3) should be unique to other generalist master’s degrees (Type 1 and 2). Relevant changes from the “2007 subject benchmarks include current context for master’s degrees in business and management, and the clarification of the ranges of degrees covered by types 1, 2 and 3” (QAA Subject Benchmark Statements (2007) Masters in Business and Management).

The programme develops the participant's intellectual and skills abilities in line with QAA subject and discipline benchmarks. Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an insight into the complexities of business and management and the potential value of theoretical frameworks (All modules)
  • Understand how to interpret and use sound financial data to aid management decisions (BU7403 and in some cases BU7407)
  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence by developing requisite personal skills enabling them to work effectively with other people in a variety of contexts (BU7401, BU7404, and BU7406)
  • Develop their abilities to recognise, understand and cope with conflict, complexity and change (BU7404 and BU7405)
  • Understand and assess the significance of both global and national markets, and be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace (BU7402 and BU7405)
  • Demonstrate an insight into strategy at a global and national level. Develop abilities to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate policy and strategy within an ethical framework (BU7405 and BU7402)

Learning outcomes will focus on both knowledge and skills. Participants will be able to apply aspects of their learning in their place of work. The cross-cutting values of the MBA underpin the overarching educational aims of converting theory into practice, or the process of praxis, but more so ensuring that teaching, learning and assessment targets theory into practice, measured by personal and professional impact. This is demonstrated by the action-orientated teaching and assessment strategy. 

Programme Outcomes and Staged Exit Awards 

The overall Programme Learning Outcomes are indicated in below, in addition to which the learning outcomes for individual Modules are indicated in the Module Descriptors.

Students completing the Programme at specific stages will have achieved the following outcomes:  

Knowledge and Understanding  

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will have the ability to translate and apply appropriate business skills and knowledge gained from the Programme to the context of their role in a business environment.

  • the ability to undertake work related projects on business issues concerning organisational development and objectives (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • outputs demonstrating their management practice and/or organisational understanding (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • knowledge of ethical research methods applicable to a business context (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • knowledge and understanding of management tools and techniques that underpin professional practice BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • the ability to undertake research and to communicate this effectively to others (BU7402)
  • an understanding of research as it applies to professional practice which can be transferred to work related issues to contribute to organisational development (BU7406, BU7407, BU7401, BU7402)
  • the ability to conceptualise management strategies within the context of the social, political and ethical complexities of the work environment (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will have the ability to translate and apply appropriate higher level business skills and knowledge gained from the Programme to the context of their role in a business environment. 

  • the ability to undertake self-directed work related projects on business issues concerning organisational development and objectives (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405)
  • outputs demonstrating their management practice and/or organisational understanding (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7405, BU7408, BU7409)
  • high level knowledge of ethical research methods applicable to a business context (BU7406, BU7407)
  • knowledge and understanding of management tools and techniques that underpin professional practice (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • the ability to research and to communicate this effectively to others (BU7406, BU7407)
  • a high level understanding of research methods as it applies to professional practice which can be transferred to work related issues and contexts to contribute to organisational development (BU7406, BU7407, BU7401, BU7402)
  • the ability to conceptualise management strategies within the context of the social, political and ethical complexities of the work environment (BU7402, BU7405, BU7411)

Master of Business Administration

Learning outcomes for the individual modules of the MBA can be found in the individual module descriptors. More specifically a graduate of the Programme will possess:

  • the ability to undertake significant self-directed work related projects on complex business issues concerning organisational development and objectives (programme wide but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405)
  • a variety of outputs demonstrating new perspectives in relation to their management practice and/or organisational understanding (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7405, BU7408, BU7409)
  • extensive knowledge of ethical research methods applicable to a business context (BU7406, BU7407)
  • advanced knowledge, understanding and evidence of the application of management tools and techniques that (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)underpin professional practice 
  • the ability to research and to communicate this effectively to others (BU7406, BU7407)
  • advanced understanding of a variety of research methods as it applies to professional expertise and which can be transferred to work related issues and contexts to contribute to organisational development (BU7406, BU7407, BU7401, BU7402)
  • the ability to conceptualise, design and implement management strategies within the context of the social, political and ethical complexities of the work environment (BU7402, BU7405, BU7411)

Thinking or Cognitive Skills 

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to deal with complex problems in a rational manner and will have the ability to apply these skills to real-world business situations.

  • convert theoretical thinking into practical action in the context of management practice in the business environment (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402)
  • evaluate ideas and information and other sources of knowledge in response to business issues (BU7402 and BU7401)
  • demonstrate an analytical approach to work related matters
  • undertake critical self-reflection in order to act critically within the business environment
  • develop an understanding of effective ethical management practices in a work based environment

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to deal with a variety of complex problems in varying contexts, and will have the ability to:

  • conceptualise and contextualise issues from the academic world to the business environment and within the context of management practice. (programme wide - but specifically BU7401)
  • critically evaluate concepts, theories, research findings and other sources of knowledge and make informed judgments about their application. (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7408 and BU7409)
  • adopt an analytical approach to work related ethical challenges (programme wide - BU7401 and BU7404)
  • undertake critical self-reflection in order to act critically within the business environment and in such a way that it has advanced their understanding of 'self' as manager in a work based environment (BU7401)

Master of Business Administration

The graduating student will have highly developed cognitive skills, and will have the ability to think and evaluate complex situations in an analytical and critical manner.  In addition, they will be able to:

  • apply high level cognitive ability from an academic to a strategic business context (programme wide but specifically BU7405, BU7402, BU7410, BU7411 and BU7412)
  • analyse and synthesise theoretical thinking and information within the context of their management practice. (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • critically evaluate concepts, theories, research findings and other sources of knowledge and make informed judgments about their application. (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • adopt an analytical approach and undertake critical self-reflection in order to act critically within the business environment and in such a way that it has advanced their understanding of 'self' as manager in a work based environment. (BU7401, BU7404)
  • engage in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, enabling them to engage in dialogue with others on complex matters where alternative solutions to problems and practices are being sought (BU7402, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411)
  • undertake deep level critical reflection in relation to their own and others' actions enabling them to arrive at new understandings and/or to plan and execute new approaches to ethical professional practice. (BU7404, BU7406 and BU7407)
  • communicate ideas effectively internally and externally to business professionals, demonstrating knowledge and expertise connected to their sector. (BU7402, BU7403, BU7405)
  • make independent judgments and manage their own learning within the context of a community of practice where they will regularly independently and with others critique and evaluate their own practice ((BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412).

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies

The graduating student exiting at this level will be equipped to apply a hands-on approach to managing people and resources in the business environment. 

  • apply academic and theoretical thinking in a business context (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • display creative and systematic reasoning to challenges related to the business environment (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • make sound and reasoned decisions based on evidence (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • effectively communicate ideas to others (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • deal with challenges in the workplace with appropriate options and potential resolutions related to matters of professional practice (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)
  • use existing and recently acquired knowledge in professional contexts (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403)

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The graduating student exiting at this level will be equipped to apply a hands-on approach to managing people and resources in a complex business environment in a broad range of contexts and across sectors.

  • apply academic and theoretical thinking in a strategic business context. (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
  • apply creative and systematic reasoning to challenges related to the business environment (BU7401, BU7402 and BU7405, BU7409)
  • make sound and reasoned decisions based on academic research and evidence (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
  • effectively communicate advanced ideas to others (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
  • learn and work independently as well as with others especially in solving problems and dealing with matters of professional practice (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
  • use existing and recently acquired knowledge in new professional contexts (BU7401, BU7402 and BU7405, BU7409)

Master of Business Administration

The graduating student exiting at this level will be equipped to apply an extensive range of practical management skills to deal with a wide variety of complex business challenges in a plethora of contexts and across a broad range of sectors.  In addition, graduates will be able to:

  • apply high level academic and complex analytical thinking in a range of strategic business contexts. (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
  • demonstrate creative and systematic reasoning to complex issues related to the business environment. (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • make sound and reasoned decisions based on academic research and evidence (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • learn and work independently as well as with others especially in solving problems and dealing with matters of professional practice (programme wide - specifically BU7406, BU7408 and BU7409)
  • use existing and recently acquired knowledge in new professional contexts (BU7401, BU7402 and BU7407)
  • exercise a high level of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in professional contexts (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
  • take a leadership role in their field, demonstrating confidence of mastery of a complex body of knowledge relating to management practice, with the ability to communicate it effectively to others both within and outside the work place (BU7401, BU7402, BU7404, BU7406, BU7407)
  • deploy resources relevant to their professional practice effectively in complex and sometimes new contexts taking into account social, political and ethical considerations (BU7402, BU7405, BU7411) 

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to apply a number of communication skills – verbal and non-verbal – to managing real-world business situations.

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to apply practical communication skills – verbal and non-verbal – to deal with complex real-world business situations in a variety of differing contexts.

Masters in Business Administration

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to apply a wide-range of practical communication skills – verbal and non-verbal – to deal with a wide-range of complex real-world business situations in a variety of differing contexts. In addition, they will be able to apply these skills from academic to the strategic business context.

Communication is one of the many key skills the graduating student will exit with.

Transferable skills:·       

  • Communication       
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology       
  • Improving own learning and performance        
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving 
  1. Communication skills written and oral  (Programme wide, but particularly in BU7401, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406).
  2. Application of Number particularly in presentations of research evidence  (Programme wide, but specifically in: BU7403, BU7406, BU7405).
  3. Information Literacy and Technology particularly handling and retrieving information from a wide range of sources  (Programme wide, but specifically in BU7403, BU7406, BU7405, BU7411, BU7412).
  4. Improving own learning and performance particularly the ability to be reflective  (Programme wide - but specifically in BU7401, BU7404)).
  5. Working with others (particularly in the modules BU7401, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406). 
  6. Problem solving  (Programme wide but particularly in: BU7401, BU7404, BU7405, BU7406, BU7409, BU7408, BU7410). 

Key skills are embedded within the induction and orientation phases as well as the Programme content and assessment preparation workshops in order to provide focus for skills development and to explicitly identify outcomes for students. A culture of a supportive and challenging learning environment is encouraged throughout the programme. Communication and problem solving skills are enhanced throughout the programme. For example in one to one, large and small group work; through presentations; through oral, written work and pragmatic activities. Information technology and numerical skills are addressed through written assignments, in critical analysis of relevant research literature, through searching the intranet/internet accessing relevant online journals and data bases.  Key skill acquisition is progressive with students expected to demonstrate greater proficiency in either depth or breadth as they progress through the Programme. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to demonstrate a number of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management. They should also demonstrate relevant personal and interpersonal skills.

  • Develop the ability to solve complex problems through decision making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Marketing across Boundaries" module to solve a marketing issue
  • Develop skills in numeracy and quantitative techniques including the use of models of business situations; qualitative research skills. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7403 Finance for Managers" module to evaluate a financial aspect of organisations
  • Develop skills in two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leadership in Action” module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
  • Develop skills in personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; the ability to continue learning. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Leadership in Action" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to demonstrate a significant number of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management. They should also demonstrate a significant number of relevant personal and interpersonal skills.

  • Develop the ability to think critically and creatively: managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7408 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for managers" module
  • Develop the ability to solve complex problems through decision making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Marketing across Boundaries" module to solve a marketing issue
  • Develop skills in numeracy and quantitative techniques including the use of models of business situations; qualitative research skills. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7403 Finance for Managers" module to evaluate a financial aspect of organisations
  • Develop skills in two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leadership in Action” module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
  • Develop skills in personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; the ability to continue learning. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Leadership in Action" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
  • Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in-group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7404 Leading & Managing Ethically" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities
  • Develop skills in leadership and performance management: selecting appropriate leadership style for situations; setting targets, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching and mentoring, continuous improvement. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leading & Managing Ethically" and "BU7405 Strategic Management" modules whilst considering leadership initiatives to facilitate strategic change
  • Develop ethics and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices. This is embedded in all modules throughout the programme, but highlighted in “BU7404” and all modules

Masters in Business Administration

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to demonstrate a wide-range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management – with particular reference to strategic issues. They should also demonstrate a wide range of relevant personal and interpersonal skills, and be able to apply high-level business skills and knowledge from academic to the strategic business context:

  • Develop the ability to think critically and creatively: managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7408 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for managers" module
  • Develop the ability to solve complex problems through decision making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Marketing across Boundaries" module to solve a marketing issue
  • Develop practical skills relating to information and knowledge: scanning and organising data, abstracting meaning from information and sharing knowledge. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7406 Preparing for Research Consultancy" module to critically appraise an information systems issue
  • Develop skills in numeracy and quantitative techniques including the use of models of business situations; qualitative research skills. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7403 Finance for Managers" module to evaluate a financial aspect of organisations
  • Develop skills in two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leadership in Action” module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
  • Develop skills in personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; the ability to continue learning. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Leadership in Action" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
  • Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in-group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7404 Leading & Managing Ethically" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities
  • Develop skills in leadership and performance management: selecting appropriate leadership style for situations; setting targets, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching and mentoring, continuous improvement. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leading & Managing Ethically" and "BU7405 Strategic Management" modules whilst considering leadership initiatives to facilitate strategic change
  • Develop ethics and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices. This is embedded in all modules throughout the programme, but highlighted in “BU7404” and all modules
  • Develop the ability to conduct research into business and management issues. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7406 Preparing for Research Consultancy” and “BU7407 Management Research in Action” module whilst undertaking organisational research
  • Develop skills in learning through reflection on practice and experience. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7406 Preparing for Research Consultancy” and “BU7407 Management Research in Action” module whilst reflecting on the overall research project

To achieve an MBA, participants need to gain 180 level 7 credits.

Students must undertake the following modules that are compulsory but are mutually exclusive: BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU706 and BU7407. All other modules offered can be selected as their elective module.

Within the award of the MBA candidates may, subject to availability and level of demand, undertake a specialism to complement the general management knowledge and understanding acquired. This specialism will require candidates to study 20 credit of taught content within the specified area and complete their Preparing for Research (20 credits) and Management Project (40 credits) within that chosen specialism area.

Whilst these specialism pathways are subject to on going review and development currently they are listed as (with pathways modules indicated):

  • MBA with a specialism in International Marketing; Leadership in Action (BU7401), Marketing Across Boundaries (BU7402), Finance for Managers (BU7403), Leading and Managing Ethically (BU7404), Strategic Management (BU7405), Preparing for Research Consultancy (BU7406), Management Research in Action (BU7407) and one elective International Marketing (BU7411) 
  • MBA with a specialism in International Business; Leadership in Action (BU7401), Marketing Across Boundaries (BU7402), Finance for Managers (BU7403), Leading and Managing Ethically (BU7404), Strategic Management (BU7405), Preparing for Research Consultancy (BU7406), Management Research in Action (BU7407) and one elective International Business (BU7412) 
  • MBA with a specialism in Service Management; Leadership in Action (BU7401), Marketing Across Boundaries (BU7402), Finance for Managers (BU7403), Leading and Managing Ethically (BU7404), Strategic Management (BU7405), Preparing for Research Consultancy (BU7406), Management Research in Action (BU7407) and one elective Strategic Service Management (BU7410) 
  • MBA with a specialism in Project Management; Leadership in Action (BU7401), Marketing Across Boundaries (BU7402), Finance for Managers (BU7403), Leading and Managing Ethically (BU7404), Strategic Management (BU7405), Preparing for Research Consultancy (BU7406), Management Research in Action (BU7407) and one elective Managing Excellence in Processes & Projects (BU7409)

When undertaking a nominated pathway route candidates are required to undertake contextualised work within their Preparing for Research (BU7756) and Management Project (BU7757) modules.

To achieve an MBA award with distinction participants would normally be expected to gain a minimum of 70% in at least 50% of their taught modules. Similarly, to achieve an MBA award with merit participants would normally be expected to gain a minimum of 60% in at least 50% of their taught modules. Awards with distinction will be considered by the teaching team and recommendations will be submitted at the Programme Awards Board by the programme leader.

The programme structure has been designed to ensure that participants cover the core modules that underpin the MBA and to equip them with the skills and competencies necessary for higher-level management. The elective modules allow an element of choice to enable participants to attain knowledge, understanding and skills within areas they might wish to specialise in or have a particular interest in. It is important to note, the drivers of internationalisation and global business context is underpinned and reinforced throughout all of the MBA modules. 

The Management Research Project is the culmination of the programme and is an integrated piece of work of a strategic nature combining a wide range of elements from across the taught modules. It enables the participant to carry out independent research into an organisation or sector of choice and apply both knowledge of understanding of contemporary issues. It will also act as a component means of entry onto the proposed DBA programme

The programme is delivered as a part-time and full-time pathway. It will also be delivered on a block/modular basis subject to demand. Modules may be delivered in parallel or sequentially in line with student needs.

The programme is delivered at University premises at Chester and Warrington. It will also be delivered at other appropriate client (or international partnership) organisations subject to Faculty approval.

Delivery and assessment of the programme will be by university tutors or associates approved by the Faculty. 

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BU7401 7 Leadership in Action 20 Comp
BU7402 7 Marketing across Boundaries 20 Comp
BU7403 7 Finance for Managers 20 Comp
BU7404 7 Leading & Managing Ethically 20 Comp
BU7405 7 Strategic Management 20 Comp
BU7406 7 Preparing for Research Consultancy 20 Comp
BU7407 7 Management Research in Action 40 Comp
BU7408 7 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for Managers 20 Optional
BU7409 7 Managing Excellence in Processes & Projects 20 Optional
BU7410 7 Strategic Service Management 20 Optional
BU7411 7 International Marketing Strategy 20 Optional
BU7412 7 International Business 20 Optional

60 credits for a Post Graduate Certificate in Management Studies

120 credits for a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies

180 credits for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

These three clear exit points enable participants to gain awards and leave or defer their studies. Normally, it is envisaged that the majority will gain the MBA award. However, in line with current best practice it is recognised that with the increasing mobility in the working population studies may be disrupted or delayed by work re-locations or personal circumstances. The award of Post Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies gives participants the opportunity to gain an award and also to continue their studies at an appropriate time.

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This will be consistent with the University's Widening Access and Participation Strategy.

All applicants must normally:            

  • Possess an honours degree or equivalent e.g. professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, validated by the University International Office            
  • They must also satisfy a mandatory requirement of a minimum of two years’ appropriate management or business experience  
  • Applicants for the full-time programme without the minimum of two years’ appropriate management or business experience may be admitted but must first successfully complete the pre-MBA orientation programme. This orientation programme has been updated and improved with the alignment with accreditation units, which provide additional training. Additionally, the programme have updated the provision of study skills support at the start of the MBA to embed the skills and culture required to successfully complete the MBA. The entry of such potential candidates is on a case by case basis. 
  • Essential criteria for the admission to the MBA are the applicant’s ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it. Individuals will also be selected on the basis of the contribution they may be expected to make as well as the benefit they receive

Under QAA typology the MBA is defined as a type-3 career development M-level programme requiring significant relevant work experience. Mature candidates with significant management experience may be admitted to the programme without degree or degree-equivalent qualifications if they can demonstrate their potential to meet the learning requirements of the programme. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview, and in some circumstances, a project-based written assessments determined by the MBA programme leader. All such students must provide written references for their work and academic experience. The orientation, dual accreditation is in advanced planning to ensure those with a lack of prior work experience are not excluded.

Applicants for whom English is not a native language must also demonstrate proficiency in English language. Such applicants will be required, normally to achieve scores of 6.5 on IELTS

Dimensions International College: At least IELTS 6.5 or DIMENSIONS CAE Level 6 or have completed Intensive English at equivalent level. 

Entry with Credit 

Entrants with CIPD accreditation will be given 60 credit exemptions from the following modules: Manager Learning and Continuous Professional Development, Leading and Managing People and Strategic Management.

Entrants with ACCA accreditation will be given 60 credit exemptions from the following modules: Finance, Strategic Management and Learning & Managing People.

Under QAA typology, the MBA is defined as a type 3 career development level 7 programme requiring significant relevant work experience.

"2.12 The MBA is defined as a career development generalist programme for those who have significant post-graduation and relevant work experience on which the learning process should build. Normally, the experience required will be at least two years with the typical entrant having substantially more than this. The main emphasis of these programmes is on leadership through strategic management. While the academic level is positioned no differently from that of Type 2 programmes, there is a strong practical and professional orientation to the curriculum and they may be linked to professional institute qualifications. Due to the maturity and work experience of the students, MBA programmes are expected to be different in their objectives, recruitment and pedagogical processes to other master's degrees in business and management". (QAA, 2015)

The MBA is firmly grounded in reflective action-based learning approach and is demonstrated by its teaching and learning methods and the experience of the teaching team of academics and practitioners. Many of the teaching team hold professional qualifications in addition to academic qualifications.

"2.13 MBA degrees should be essentially generalist in nature although a limited amount of specialisation may be included" (QAA, 2007).

The MBA has a distinctive identity, which clearly reflects the aim for market positioning. Through our international partners, and international source markets, it clearly has an international recognition and resonance for providing high-quality broad-based postgraduate management education to post-experience students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The existing MBA programme meets the requirement of University regulations for standard approved structures of postgraduate programmes. The model of 20 credit modules is a model seen as satisfying both QAA subject and discipline benchmarks. In particular, it will ensure the tradition of breadth in MBA programmes but still enable student choice of options, which is cost-effective.

"3.1 There is an expectation that generalist degree programmes covered by this subject benchmark statement should provide a broad, analytical and integrated study of business and management. The specialist programmes will be expected to set the specialism within the context of the broader field of business and management" (QAA, 2007).

"3.2 All master's graduates will therefore be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed (see below). There is likely to be an emphasis on understanding and responding to change and consideration of the future of organisations, and the external context in which they operate" (QAA, 2007).

The MBA culminates in the Management Research in Action (as well as Preparing for Research Consultancy), this major piece of work gives the student an opportunity to demonstrate and comply with this QAA benchmark and also enhance their own career development within a working environment. The core values of the MBA offer include: (1) transformational leadership; (2) integrity and ethics; (3) and reflective action learning, which are cross-cutting across all the teaching and assessment. All have been developed in alignment with the QAA subject benchmarks i.e. Section 3. 1 to 3.7 and 3.13.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

This is in line with both Faculty plan and University guidelines. There is a strong emphasis on action-based learning in the workplace and teaching informed by research active academics and practitioners. 

An overview for the introduction of a value-based MBA:

 Core values:

  • Transformational leadership - driving and inspiring personal and professional impact
  • Ethics and integrity – ‘how we do business is just as important about what we do’
  • Reflective action learning – developing ‘camaraderie of culture through collective (including peer-to-peer) learning

These values are embedded within the module titles, content and assessments. Moreover, they reinforce the wider Faculty values, and other University initiatives, such as the ‘Responsible Future’ and ethical audit. There is a clear action and impact journey: 

  • Starts:  BU7401 Leadership in Action embeds the values of reflective action learning, cultivating a camaraderie culture, of why the MBA is distinctive. Reinforces collective learning.
  • Reinforcing: all values underpin all modules (e.g. BU7404 Leading and Managing Ethically) and challenge all students to think about how they currently manage and lead, or want to in the future.
  • Ends: BU7406 ‘Preparing for Research Consultancy’ and BU7407 Management ‘Research in Action’. These modules solely focus on making some form of impact through scenario/live projects, to delivering ethical research projects for business-driven problems. This distinctive approach prioritises research-action-impact..

These core-values are integral in inspiring the programme team developing innovative assessments through ‘reflective action learning’ by having assessments that have an impact for business and themselves. 

A combination of the following learning and teaching methods are used:

  • Action-centred learning
  • Work-based activities
  • Formal lectures and briefings
  • Workshops
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Seminars and group discussions
  • Case study analysis
  • Self-reflective learning diaries
  • Directed and independent study, e.g. using online materials

As the programme progresses, the emphasis shifts from conventional knowledge acquisition to the development of concepts, the exercise of judgement and the application of skills. Delivery styles will reflect this: didactic methods will be used less and participant-centred learning processes will predominate.  

Although formal teaching styles will be used where appropriate, the responsibility for learning lies with participants. The role of academic staff will be mainly that of facilitators in the learning process. Participant-centred methods will be used whenever possible. The formal teaching processes will make use of directed study, seminars, group exercises and work-based activities and case studies to inform the learning process.

During the induction sessions, students will be assisted by the Programme Director/Tutors to form Learning Action Groups comprising five/six students. The purpose of such groups will be to enable the students to gain support from one another in matters relating to the programme and exchange information relevant to the learning process. Group members will be encouraged to share work-based experiences, explore issues arising from the academic content of the programme, and will work together outside the classroom on group assignments used for formative assessment purposes.

The formation of Learning Action Groups (LAGs) will help to stimulate participation and involvement among students on the programme as peer-group learning takes place. Although group work is important, the needs of the individual will not be overlooked and both learning and teaching will be individualised through the mechanism of continuous personal and professional development and interaction with tutors on an individual basis.

Moodle, discussion forums, e-mail and other electronic communication systems facilitate the exchange of information among students and staff. This is accessible externally as well as internally to the University. Special workshops and/or weekend sessions are arranged as the occasion and demand from students arises.

Assessment Strategy and Methods

The programme will make use of diagnostic, formative, and summative forms of assessment and will be derived from self, peer, mentor, and/or tutor input. Assignments will usually be focussed on the workplace and where appropriate, case studies and simulated activities will be used to reinforce the academic and theoretical underpinnings delivered on the course. Assignments across all modules are designed so that they meet both the QAA subject benchmarks (see section 27) and the programme's learning outcomes (see section 23).

Consistently across all of our 20-credit modules, there will be consistency in assessment components. This is to fit all modes of delivery and ensure quality in delivery; each 20-credit module will have an assessment equivalent to 4,000 words. The module descriptors provide a clear indication of the relationship between individual assessment components and learning outcomes, both in terms of knowledge and understanding and different skills.  The weightings of module assessment are typically 25% component 1 and 75% component 2. This method allows learners who may have been out of education for some time, developmental space and incremental assessments, in terms of weighting. 

A wide range of assessment methods will be employed in the assessment of the participants. These specifically support the cross-cutting core values of the MBA, targeting action-orientated for personal and professional impact:

  • Personal Reflective learning diary (BU7401, BU7406 and BU7410)
  • Competitive environment report (BU7402 and BU7405)
  • Marketing strategy  (BU7402 and BU7411)
  • Financial decision-making memorandum (BU7403)
  • Strategic impact report (BU7403, BU7405, BU7412)
  • Group presentation on organisational approach (BU7405)
  • Ethical leadership impact strategy (BU7404)
  • Problem identification and action report (BU7406, BU7408, BU7409)
  • Research consultancy proposal (BU7406)
  • Management Research Project - dissertation (BU7407)
  • Critical application of theory to practice essay (BU7410)
  • There are also a number of summative group presentations programme wide - but specifically linked to formative assessments (BU7402, BU7405, BU7406 and BU7407)

All modules must be successfully completed in order to gain the MBA qualification. This is in line with our membership of (EFMD) European Foundation for Management Development.

Class Attendance

The philosophy of the MBA has a strong emphasis on professionalism. It is the expectation that students will attend all lectures at on respective sites, unless they have made suitable arrangements with the programme leader. As referred to the in the Programme Overview documentation, for instance, whereby there is a strict attendance-register protocols, aligned with UKBA regulations.

Students will also be expected to honour obligations to other students and staff when engaged in group work or work placements. Non-compliance may result in students being withdrawn from the programme. The full-time MBA programme operates over a 12-month period (or an extended period e.g. 15 months, if students need to undergo an orientation, but this would be driven on case-to-case circumstances related to visa restrictions.). Therefore, students engaged on Masters dissertations will be required to make themselves available to attend tutorials on campus.

The developed body of knowledge gained from this programme will facilitate a systematic, scientific and reflective approach to management enabling graduating students to be adaptive, strategic thinkers able to evaluate critically and respond to complex business issues, and apply high-level business skills and knowledge from academic to the business internal and external context. The overall outcome from a student engaging with the programme of study will be a manager who is able to add value to the market place by meeting the expectations of employers, via the application of acquired transferable, integrated skills.

Graduates will be qualified to enter on the Faculty’s established professional taught doctorate DBA and DProf programmes.

The programmes of study in the Department of Leadership and Management fully embrace the University's commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity. The University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students. This programme is designed fully embracing the University's commitment to diversity and equality. The programme is developed and delivered with the following aspects in mind:

  • Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality
  • Each module and programme is developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning
  • There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Department works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans
  • The induction week activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues. Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality
  • Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills
  • In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met, any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and removed or reasonable adjustments will be made based on requirements
  • All learning materials and teaching and learning sessions are designed to be free from racist, sexist and other discriminatory assumptions and practices

All tutors and support staff are aware of diversity issues and discharge their roles with knowledge and sympathy. At induction, all students are made aware of the Department structures to discuss issues should a concern arise.

Participants are provided with student membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and upon graduation are encouraged to attain full-chartered status. Close links with the Institute are maintained and several key events each year are promoted by the Faculty. Similarly, the programme team are in advanced discussions and planning with the Institute of Leadership and Management and Charted Institute of Marketing.

The underlying philosophy of the MBA is one of self-reliance, reflection, and turning this learning into professional and personal impact. Students are expected to take responsibility for their continuous professional self-development. It is, after all, their MBA; for instance, the programme leader challenges them through the Management in Action module to produce action research for a real business problem.

The underpinning cultural context is that of the Chartered Management Standards with a focus on ethical business practice, honouring obligations to others and competence in business and management skills. There is also a strong emphasis on action-centred learning in the work place, supported by experienced tutors who are academics and practitioners. The majority of staff, who are teaching on the MBA, are all working toward doctorates, completed doctorates or Professors, all are research-active building specialism around their research outputs. Indeed, some are currently working on andragogy research collaborations. All of this adds value to the student experience, by bringing theory to the classroom to be converted into action-based learning.

It is envisaged that students will be able to apply best practice gained on the programme to their place of work. They will also have developed a personal philosophy of management as a creative and innovating function.

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