The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most widely recognised management qualification in the world. It enables practising and potential managers to think critically and develop themselves and their organisations.
Typical MBA candidates are individuals seeking a broad management education plus the opportunities for career expansion that the qualification offers. This course will integrate learning about the major business disciplines with work-based projects to enable you to apply theories and action learning for developing reflective practice. The transfer of knowledge and ideas from course to workplace benefits employers in addition to equipping students with personal, professional and strategic capabilities.
The rounded programme integrates the study of major business disciplines with work-based projects. At the end of the course, you can fulfil your potential in relation to:
• Your development as a manager
• Organisational improvements
• Your current role and future career.
The programme comprises an induction where you will meet fellow MBA course members, acquire an overview of the course and the study facilities offered by Brighton Business School. The course is split into three phases of study, which are divided into two modules each. Students complete module reports for their phase 3 assessments.
Students are now offered the opportunity to study the part-time MBA form the cohort as a two and a half year MBA with the flexibility to choose modules between the generic and Public Service Management routes in order to build an MBA which meets the individual’s preference of focus and modes. Electives will also be offered to both phase 2 and phase 3 students.
Phase 1 begins with a research methods workshop and literature review. The emphasis is on developing analytical and critical capability. Divided into two modules, it provides a sound foundation of management skills and knowledge:
The Organisation in its Environment (30 credits)
• Management environment and economics
• Organisational behaviour Managing Performance (30credits)
• Quantitative methods workshop
• Managing business processes
During phase 2 students have the opportunity to attend a research methods workshop, business research methods and a two-day consultancy skills workshop. This phase concentrates on providing students with an understanding of the major management areas. It introduces the disciplines which underpin strategic thinking in organisations:
Managing Systems People, Information and Knowledge (30 credits)
• Information systems management
• Human resource management.
Strategic Planning and Marketing (30 credits)
• Business strategy
• Marketing planning and strategy.
The final phase focuses on strengthening students’ strategic thinking and planning abilities:
Developing Strategic Capability (40 credits)
• Financial strategy
• Corporate strategy
• Organisational dynamics and change.
Elective study (20 credits)
• This module offers the opportunity to explore a management topic of particular interest (eg employment law, consultancy, ebusiness, supply chain management, international marketing
• Subject to negotiation with tutors, an option to complete an extended dissertation which assesses both phase 3 modules. Examples of MBA students‚ previous projects include:
• Introducing a new cosmetic brand into China after it joins the World Trade Organisation
• A review of current sales force structure based on the business strategy and the impact of customer requirements
• Development of a relationship marketing strategy in a leading insurance company
• Mentors for magistrates
• Growth and success factors in a small property company.
The university has an international reputation as a centre for excellence in action learning. Your study will be supported in a number of ways:
• Action learning sets of six or seven students
• Workshops in consultancy skills and research methods
• Weekly sessions which provide feedback and opportunities to learn about other organisations
• Opportunity to network, both on the course and via the BGA alumni website.