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The Cass Full-time MBA course is a challenging 12-month journey combining intensive learning and practical application that will sharpen your performance and give you the clarity to design the next decisive phase of your career. Read more

The Cass Full-time MBA course is a challenging 12-month journey combining intensive learning and practical application that will sharpen your performance and give you the clarity to design the next decisive phase of your career.

An engrossing mix of lectures, workshops, live projects and overseas ventures make for an exhilarating and hugely rewarding year. At the end of your MBA journey you will emerge more capable, confident and most importantly, sought after. The programme attracts exceptional students from across the world to take their education to the next level.

Located in the City of London with unparalleled links with international businesses, the Cass Business School Full-time MBA programme is one of the most highly respected and prestigious MBAs in the UK and Europe.

Full-time MBA Course outline

The MBA programme allows you to tailor your skills and learning around a Core General Management Programme. This will develop your core knowledge and skills in business and management giving you the base skill set to succeed for the remainder of the course.

The MBA has a large number of modules that will cover all areas of business and management.The links below act as a guide on how you will be spending your 12 months on the Cass Full-time MBA programme.

September - April

April - September 

Throughout the year

Tailor your MBA: Electives

It's your Full-time MBA programme and we give you every opportunity to tailor its content through a wide choice of electives, a personal and professional development programme and one-to-one career coaching so that your MBA course takes you where you want to go not just after your MBA, but over the lifetime of your career.

Elective modules cover the following areas:

  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing.

There are also several international modules available, including a UAE International Study Tour, China International Study Tour and Strategic Marketing in Action: Exploring Location Brands.

Learn more about the elective modules.

You will run two projects alongside the core and elective modules - one Strategy Project in the first half of the MBA programme, followed by a Business Mastery Project in the latter half. These challenging yet rewarding projects are integral to your MBA study.

Our London Full-time MBA course is fully accredited by:

Full-time MBA Careers

Dedicated to your success

At the Career and Professional Development Centre our aim is to offer training and guidance in employability skills enabling you to make the most of your MBA and increase your chances in the jobs market. We will guide you on how to prepare and implement your strategy to achieve your own career objectives, whether you are progressing in your current career or changing direction.

The support we offer can be tailored to your individual needs and career objectives through our comprehensive range of lectures, workshops, personal advice and online resources. Our self-assessment sessions will help evaluate your strengths, motivations and values, and enable you to relate these to your career strategy.

Career Impact

The Cass Business School MBA is ranked in the top 3 for career progression in the UK and our Class of 2015 reported significant career impact three months after completion:

  • 53% average increase in salary
  • 61% changed job function
  • 59% changed sector
  • 87% reported an increase in salary
  • 62% working within the UK

Not only will you gain invaluable business knowledge, key abilities and skills, but also have access to leading careers support and advice.

One-to-one support

From the start of term you will work with a member of the Careers Team who will be available to support you throughout your time at Cass. In particular, they will help you focus on your job search strategy as well as providing you with expert CV, interview and networking advice. Industry specialists and career coaches are also available to help build a clear picture of your career options.

Cass Careers Online

Cass Careers Online (CCO) is your personal career management tool. With everything from booking events to job vacancies, you'll find invaluable assistance to aid every step of your career search.

CCO enables you to:

  • View and book upcoming careers events and workshops
  • Apply for jobs, projects and work placements and keep track of your applications
  • View company profiles and information
  • Choose to allow employers to view your CV by having it featured in our MBA CV Book

All Executive part-time, modular or EMBAs, in London and Dubai benefit from a suite of online resources on Cass Careers Online. These include careers advice videos, practice psychometric tests and job and networking sites specifically for MBAs

Professional Development Workshops

Our wide range of workshops gives you the chance to develop invaluable skills in a highly-focused, professional environment. Forming the backbone of any serious careers strategy, learn the secrets of maximising CV impact, how to impress at interviews, effective job search techniques and networking skills.

MBA Professional Development Week

Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience, and this week is dedicated to active experimentation and reflective observation.

The main event is held off campus and takes students away from a typical working or study environment. Over the course of this three day programme you will participate in a range of practical activities and challenging ‘learning metaphors’ which are used as a starting point to discuss skill traits, individual development themes and to receive feedback from trained facilitators and cohort peers.

This event provides the opportunity to explore leadership styles, the ability to create followership, examine examples of effective communication in challenging team contexts and to develop deeper insight regarding mental toughness and resilience.



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In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. Read more

In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. These organisations are actively seeking postgraduates who are disciplined in these fields. Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of UK universities to offer a Master's degree in Finance, Banking and Insurance, leaving our graduates' skills sought after on the job market.

Studying the Finance, Banking and Insurance MSc will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in the financial services industry and to study further for professional institute exams. This year-long full-time programme is designed for students who want to work in the areas of finance, financial services and banking, investment banking, retail banking, insurance, re-insurance and hedged funds as private client advisors and financial analysis both in the public and private sectors.

The course is designed to give you an essential understanding of the role and operations of the finance, banks and insurance companies. The course is delivered by highly qualified individuals with extensive research experience and strong industry links. During your studies, you will acquire essential knowledge and skills that will set the foundations for a successful career in the financial services sector, and you will gain access to our ever-growing alumni network which will support your career development following your graduation.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with peers, alumni and industry professionals.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list and an online subscription to Financial Times.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core Modules

Option Modules

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

The MSc Finance, Banking and Insurance degree is perfect for students who want options in their career in that it allows students to specialise in insurance, banking and general finance. This 1-year course is designed for students who want to work in jobs such as:

  • Commercial and retail bankers
  • Investment bankers
  • Compliance officers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Fund managers
  • Private client advisors
  • Financial analysts

Students benefit from the fact that the course is practice-focused and is therefore focused on the skill-base needed in the industry. Successful and engaged students will have developed a systematic understanding of the finance, banking and insurance disciplines, using the most up-to- date material and exposure to the latest theory and research on these topics. The elective modules also give students to the ability to further specialise in their area of interest.



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Our outstanding MBA Finance course offers you a truly life-changing experience and an exceptional opportunity to realise you full potential. Read more

Our outstanding MBA Finance course offers you a truly life-changing experience and an exceptional opportunity to realise you full potential. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world, and there's a good reason why. It is widely recognised as a passport to a successful management career, enabling managers with a functionalist role to take on a more senior, strategic position and empowering senior managers to gain the in-depth, strategic knowledge they need to climb even higher.

The MBA Finance will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical techniques, concepts and methods employed in financial and risk management. You will be exposed to different frameworks designed for the implementation of financial models. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications in various contexts with which finance professionals will be familiar and expected to be competent. Through real life case studies you will highlight limitations and strengths of financial models in terms of behavioural and technical pitfalls.

Delivered in a world-class learning environment, by internationally acclaimed academics and business leaders, the course integrates theory and practice to bring you  hands-on experience, inspiring teaching and a clear international perspective. Here at Nottingham Business School, we are proud to have developed an innovative and rigorous MBA with opportunities to personalise your learning around your ambitions. Significantly strengthening your management knowledge, leadership capabilities and understanding of global business.

Our innovative, intensive courses prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnectedness of your actions. Whichever you choose, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUISand AACSB accreditation.

What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Master’s degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.

Please visit the website to see the modules taught on this course

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Consultancy Projects

A unique feature of the Nottingham Business School MBA is the opportunity to put your skills into practice during two hands-on business consultancy projects. The first, part of your Strategic Change and Consultancy module, is a team project for a UK business. The second is in an international context, giving you the chance to internationalise your experience and develop your global business mindset while tackling fascinating, real-world challenges with a critical impact on organisational performance.

The Team Consultancy Project in the UK

You will take an integrative and critical approach, in a UK location, to applying the perspectives and disciplines covered during the course, and experience a strategic management perspective.

You'll also complete a consultancy report and give a formal executive board presentation. Projects have been completed for companies such as 3M, Boots, The Red Cross, Experian, CISCO, and British Telecom

The International Consultancy Experience

This module culminates in an international study tour, including attending workshops hosted by one of our prestigious international partners, going on company visits, and presenting to your client organisation.

Professional Development

Upon graduation you will not only receive an MBA, but also a CMI Level 7 qualification in Management and Leadership. Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institution (CMI) means that you’ll enjoy complimentary student membership for the duration of your course and first year after you graduate.

Careers and employability

Support for MBA students’ career development.

MBA students are given excellent careers support from the University’s Employability team to help them source placements and secure employment on completion of their course. Throughout the year there are workshops and skills sessions to help the students with their professional development and career management.

Examples of these workshops:

  • CV Clinics
  • Job searching lab
  • Psychometric testing
  • Interviewing in the digital age
  • Mock assessment centres
  • Employer Masterclasses

Students receive dedicated and tailored support from NBS’s Postgraduate Personal Development Coordinator and additional specialist workshops run throughout the year to respond to students’ needs. The students also have access to MBA specific on-line careers resources such as MBA Exchange, connecting MBAs and employers from around the world and EFMD’s HigherED jobs portal (for accredited business schools only).

In addition, the MBA students are each assigned an academic mentor to help them make the most of their time at NBS. The academic mentors support the students in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for their studies, career progression, professional and personal development. MBA students are also given the opportunity to be matched with an industry mentor. These industry mentors give the students insight into their particular organisation and sector and can discuss possible career directions with them.

Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PPLD)

Throughout your time with us, you'll attend PPLD workshops, developing professional, strategic, transferrable skills. Each workshop focuses on personal, professional or career development, spanning everything from emotional intelligence to creative job hunting and conflict resolution.



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This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. Read more

This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. You will learn how to apply the knowledge and theory you have gained in class to real-world problems facing the international financial services industry and the corporate financial management community. This practical application of investment and risk principles is one of the main strengths of this programme.

The learning and skills development is integrated with resources available in our Financial Markets Suite (FMS), a state-of-the-art virtual trading room environment. The FMS is interfaced with the Bloomberg system, a leading source of economics and capital markets information available to the global professional financial community. Provision of this Bloomberg resource, along with the academic and professional career development opportunities are the main reasons why our students prefer to select this programme.

The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – a financial services professional body, has recognised Westminster Business School as a Centre of Excellence based on the taught elements of this course. All students enrolled on the course are eligible for the student membership of the institute. Some of the benefits include free attendance at CPD events, accessibility to industry news and online resources. Students on the course are also eligible to sit the CISI L3 derivatives examinations. 

The course has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It's delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy.

The course consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You'll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting.

The research and project modules are designed to develop your research abilities and create opportunities to explore finance subject areas of your own interest in more depth. This will enable you to apply the analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Choose two or three of the following: 

Core elective modules

If you take two core elective modules, you then need to choose one option module.

Option modules

You may also take another module from the postgraduate portfolio, at the course leader’s discretion.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, CISI

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles. Career choices include security and financial analysis, trading and fund management, capital market sales and administration. The skills you will acquire through the teaching and learning experiences combined with a post-graduate qualification in this area of finance will allow you to expand your career in a dynamic and rapidly evolving global industry. Our graduates go on to develop careers in treasury and front office positions in investment banks and securities companies. They occupy management positions as financial analysts, finance and sales administrators or similar jobs in the global financial services sector and the corporate finance world.



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The course is designed to provide you with expertise in international finance and enable you to pursue a career within the finance profession. Read more

The course is designed to provide you with expertise in international finance and enable you to pursue a career within the finance profession. As well as the strong disciplinary base in international finance, you will draw on other cognate disciplines including accounting, quantitative methods and economics, and so be able to work with specialists in other areas and present findings and analysis to non-specialists. The course is open to people with no detailed prior knowledge of international finance, although this is desirable.

During your studies, you will have access to a significant resource in the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three from the following:

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

Our international courses will develop your knowledge and management skills to enable you to pursue a career in multinational companies, overseas trade and any international organisation in general management, in relevant aspects of the economics of international business, or as international finance specialists. Many graduates return to their countries of origin and are employed in developing international business opportunities, or government institutions, while other graduates develop their careers with international charities and other non-governmental organisations.



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This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. Read more

This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. It’s especially useful if you’re a graduate with little or no accounting experience, as it offers the opportunity to study modules which will cover this shortfall.

If you are a graduate member of a UK accountancy body, or an overseas equivalent, you may claim up to four exemptions from this Masters by applying for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning. This would enable you to complete the taught part of the course in one semester.

The course provides exemptions from 9 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. The Westminster Business School is an ACCA Gold approved learning partner and is the only UK institution to offer this many ACCA exemptions on completion of a one-year course. Furthermore, graduates of the course have the chance to enter the the Gateway route of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). On successful completion of the Gateway examination, students will gain exemptions from 11 of the 16 CIMA examinations.

As a postgraduate finance student you will have access to the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice. 

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

You can choose a total of three option modules – two or three from the following list, and a third module may be chosen from anywhere within the University, subject to the course leader’s approval.

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

As a Finance and Accounting MSc graduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in finance, banking, treasury management or accountancy, as well as general management and other senior finance-based positions. A number of our graduates have gone on to work for the "Big 4" accountancy firms.

Your exposure to the Financial Markets Suite simulated financial trading facility will mean you will be equipped in both the theory and practice of international finance.

Graduates of the course can apply to various professional accountancy bodies, which give exemptions on the basis of electives you have studied. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) allow graduates to go through a "Gateway" route. Successful completion of the Gateway exam grants 12 exemptions from CIMA's 17 examinations. You also have the opportunity to gain exemption from 9 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations during this degree.

Mentoring Programme

The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas postgraduate (MA, MSc, MBA) students the opportunity to take part in our WBS Mentoring Programme. We will match students with a senior professional (mentor) from their field of expertise to give them an exact insight into British working practices and policies. Experienced professionals in any business field share their career experiences and knowledge with students who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Marketing, General Management, Finance and Entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer 3 hours of their time over a 3 month period to the mentee (student). In addition, to one-to-one meetings, students are encouraged to keep in touch with their mentor over email and telephone.



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This MBA is an advanced qualification designed for students with an entrepreneurial spirit who wish to run their own business, accelerate their career or advance to a leadership role. Read more

This MBA is an advanced qualification designed for students with an entrepreneurial spirit who wish to run their own business, accelerate their career or advance to a leadership role.

2017-2018 Academic Year Offer: We have introduced a scholarship of £2,100 towards this MBA course for all students enrolling in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Overview

Developed in partnership with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this online MBA programme combines cutting-edge learning technology with teaching expertise from industry leaders.

Working alongside a diverse and professional cohort, students will study a broad range of business themes, management techniques and leadership qualities.

The programme encompasses a wide range of innovative modules covering a variety of industry-specific topics including entrepreneurship, managerial economics, business strategy, sustainable operations and many more.

Throughout these thought-provoking and challenging modules, students are given the opportunity to explore the impacts of internationalisation while also gaining the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

The programme also supports and develops the entrepreneurial spirit, allowing each student to build sustainable, resilient business models.

Course structure

The MBA is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

*These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our online courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

The modules you choose to undertake online as part of this programme will utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment

For all modules you undertake online, we adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment. Assessment for the online modules of the MBA is based on a combination of written coursework, discussion contributions and reflective journal entries considering the key learning outcomes and their applicability to the student. Your course tutor will make the requirements and assessments of each module clear to you before you start.

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your MBA programme, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates, and our MBA programme is particularly focused towards career improvement and development. This course gives you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and leadership potential with a mix of industry-specific and transferable workplace skills.



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Description. Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. Read more
Description

Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. The MBA Banking and Finance is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. The MBA programme provides a more practical postgraduate course to complement our long established MA course in Banking and Finance and our distance-learning MBA with Manchester Business School.

A primary objective of the MBA Banking and Finance is to develop knowledgeable and capable executives to move quickly to key positions in the financial services sector. The programme will provide executive training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in the management of banks and financial services firms.

We have long held a strong international reputation in the study of banking and finance. Our long established and highly successful MA programme has run since 1973 and over this period we have also had a strong PhD programme where research typically focuses on banking and financial sector issues. Postgraduates have enjoyed a mix of both theoretical and practical elements covering contemporary developments in the banking and financial field. The MBA aims to extend and develop advanced training relating to the practical managerial issues faced by modern financial service firms.

The main aim of our full-time MBA is to introduce a much stronger practical emphasis focussing on the strategies and financial management of financial firms. Your MBA will give you practical insight and skills in a range of strategic and management areas in financial services. We invite practitioners to share their views and experiences. Case studies and contemporary issues figure highly in the programme.

The School has a lively group of staff, who are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Your teaching staff at Bangor are active researchers, combining high levels of expertise with a desire to extend their subject area, and, most importantly from a postgraduate viewpoint, an enthusiasm to encourage others to develop their academic, financial and business skills.

We are pleased that you are considering joining the MBA Banking and Finance programme. If you decide to do so, we are confident that we can offer you the guidance, stimulation and support that will make the next year a happy and productive time for you. I wish you every success in your MBA career.

Professor Philip Molyneux
Postgraduate Director

Why study the MBA Banking and Finance?

Financial systems and financial services firms' strategies are now involved in a fundamental, far reaching process of realignment and change. The strategic priority of banks and other financial institutions has shifted away from growth and size alone towards a greater emphasis on profitability, performance and shareholder value creation. The growing economic importance of financial sectors has also re-emphasised that bankers, fund managers, multinational companies, securities firms, regulators and financial advisers must have a clear understanding of the theory and practice relating to banking and finance.

Aims of the course

The Bangor Business School aims to build on our long-established expertise in the area of postgraduate training in banking and finance by offering a one-year modular MBA Banking and Finance, which aims to develop participants' academic and managerial skills in these areas. An important objective is to provide relevant analytical training to familiarise participants with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in the financial services industry.

The MBA Banking and Finance course provides a coherent analytical framework for the study of banking and financial developments from a management perspective. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the application of contemporary, financial, managerial and strategic developments that affect real-world decision-making in the global financial industry.

We recognise that a thorough understanding of recent developments in banking and financial firm strategies, financial management, risk management, international financial markets, marketing strategies and performance evaluation are essential requirements for all those involved in financial sector activities (or those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of these important business and managerial areas).

Who should consider studying the MBA Banking and Finance?

The course will be of interest to the following people:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

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Gain the skills and expertise you need to take on senior management and leadership roles in the global business environment. Read more
Gain the skills and expertise you need to take on senior management and leadership roles in the global business environment.

Designed for professionals from all industries and sectors, this internationally recognised qualification will develop your managerial skills and give you the expertise you need to take on senior roles.

It offers a curriculum which is tailored to the dynamic contemporary global business environment, focused on developing skills in leadership, and the application of conceptual management theories to current practice.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills, and apply these to your learning about global economic principles, strategic business issues, organisational management and the realities of the competitive marketplace.

You’ll utilise and augment your written and verbal communication techniques, giving you the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world.

Your learning experience will be complemented by participation at a residential weekend and enhanced by masterclasses with guest speakers from various business sectors.

You'll be enrolled as an Affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

On graduation you’ll join our MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future masterclasses and networking.

This is a full-time starting in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Alternatively, if you're unable to study on a full-time basis then you may be interested in our Flexible Executive MBA or our Global Online distance learning MBA (see below).

Modules

• Building High Performance Organisations
• Marketing within the Global Economy
• Management and Organisational Change
• Leading Strategic Decision-Making
• Managing Innovation
• Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
• Research Skills for Managers
• MBA Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

MBA (Banking)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA---M-B-A-Banking-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Entrepreneurship)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA---M-B-A-Entrepreneurship-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Events)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Events-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Finance)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA---M-B-A-Finance-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Health Management)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Health-Management-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Human Resource Management)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA---M-B-A-Human-Resource-Management-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Leadership & Innovation)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Leadership-and-Innovation-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Leadership Practice)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Leadership-Practice-Postgraduate-FullTime

MBA (Marketing & Sales)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Marketing-and-Sales-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Tourism & Hospitality)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Tourism-and-Hospitality-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MBA (Media)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/mba-mba-media-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

MBA (Project Management)

http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/mba-mba-project-management-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

Executive MBA

http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MBA-M-B-A-Executive-Postgraduate-PartTime

Careers

The Edinburgh Napier MBA will provide you with the opportunity to realise your full career potential.

You’ll be in demand as employers worldwide seek graduates with a recognised portfolio who are able to deliver solutions in complex organisational settings.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards to a strategic role, the MBA Finance provides a distinctive path for developing new skills and will also help you to develop a critical and detailed understanding of the role of finance management within organisations. Read more
Designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards to a strategic role, the MBA Finance provides a distinctive path for developing new skills and will also help you to develop a critical and detailed understanding of the role of finance management within organisations. Working across a wide range of management disciplines - with ideas and experiences derived from organisations and thought leaders across the world - you will have the opportunity to relate theory to practice, adding immediate value to yourself and your organisation.

We believe that modern leadership requires cross cutting management skills that apply to a range of business functions and themes. Following consultation with our worldwide alumni and employers, we have developed this MBA Finance to build and hone your broad management skills in order to help you inspire and manage change within the complex landscape of modern business, with a particular focus on the role of management accounting in supporting the development, growth and sustainability of a company. You will consider your own role as a manager and how you lead people, as well as develop a strategic awareness of the commercial environment in which you operate. Within this framework you will study the key management functions, in a way that shows how they relate to each other - with plenty of opportunities to apply your learning to your own workplace and learn from your fellow classmates. Our modern, international approach means your MBA will stand out and appeal to employers all over the world.

Modules

Personal & Business Transformation
Ethical Leadership
Financial Management
Reporting Corporate Performance
Implementing Strategy
Sustaining the Business
Research Project

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Full time degree. Part time hours. You can become a student at our Ealing, Tower Hill, Holborn, Birmingham or Manchester study centre and be in the classroom for just one evening every fortnight for two years and the rest of the time progress your learning using our innovative virtual classroom. Read more
Full time degree. Part time hours.
You can become a student at our Ealing, Tower Hill, Holborn, Birmingham or Manchester study centre and be in the classroom for just one evening every fortnight for two years and the rest of the time progress your learning using our innovative virtual classroom.

Designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards to a strategic role, the MBA Finance provides a distinctive path for developing new skills and will also help you to develop a critical and detailed understanding of the role of finance management within organisations. Working across a wide range of management disciplines - with ideas and experiences derived from organisations and thought leaders across the world - you will have the opportunity to relate theory to practice, adding immediate value to yourself and your organisation.


We believe that modern leadership requires cross cutting management skills that apply to a range of business functions and themes. Following consultation with our worldwide alumni and employers, we have developed this MBA Finance to build and hone your broad management skills in order to help you inspire and manage change within the complex landscape of modern business, with a particular focus on the role of management accounting in supporting the development, growth and sustainability of a company. You will consider your own role as a manager and how you lead people, as well as develop a strategic awareness of the commercial environment in which you operate. Within this framework you will study the key management functions, in a way that shows how they relate to each other - with plenty of opportunities to apply your learning to your own workplace and learn from your fellow classmates. Our modern, international approach means your MBA will stand out and appeal to employers all over the world.

Modules

Personal & Business Transformation
Ethical Leadership
Financial Management
Reporting Corporate Performance
Implementing Strategy
Sustaining the Business
Research Project

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The Brunel MBA is a research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career. Read more

About the course

The Brunel MBA is a research-led and applied programme for experienced professionals designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career.

Whether you want to advance your existing career, move to a new field, or start your own business, the Brunel MBA can give you the tools you need. Every aspect of the programme is practical, fulfilling, integrated and, thanks to our world class teaching and research facilities, always relevant to today’s ever-changing business environment.

The Brunel MBA is a one year full-time or 2 year part-time programme with three specialisation options:

General Management
Aviation Management
Healthcare Management

A part-time MBA is now also available. The Brunel MBA part-time programme is designed to maximise your career impact in the global market over a 2 year study period, without having to take a break from work. Indicative study patterns for the part-time MBA are 12 hours per week over a maximum of three days (with some classes on Saturdays), making the programme an ideal option for full-time working professionals in and around London.

Practical Learning

Brunel MBA students benefit from rigorous corporate exposure designed to build global professional advantage throughtout the programme.

A rich calendar of internal and external events and training allows students to get the most of their MBA by activities such as annual international business tours, visits to companies in the UK, networking with companies on campus, Employee Best Practice Competencies training workshops, Business Games and Simulations, high-profile corporate guest speakers, showcase events to present student work to global companies, on-campus recruitment fairs, and many more.

Aims

The Brunel MBA recruits managers and other professionals of high calibre who can both benefit from and contribute to an intellectually challenging management programme.

Choosing the General Management specialisation can help students to become a better manager all-round – from corporate business finance to international strategy, from harnessing IT technology to marketing. Students gain a more informed output into senior management decision making or consultancy within the industry. This General Management specialisation focuses on giving students the skills of practical application of knowledge to solving contemporary business issues, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, maximizing your assets and turning them into a more profitable future.

The Aviation Management specialised MBA is deeply rooted in the Aviation industry and informed by extensive cutting-edge aviation research. It is designed for professionals working for airlines, airports authorities and supply and support services within the aviation sector such as engineers, logistics, catering, cargo, energy, safety, security, IT and travel and tourism. It is supported by our proximity to the world’s busiest passenger hub at Heathrow, Brunel’s growing reputations in aerospace and environmental research, and our close links with the aviation industry.

The Healthcare Management specialised MBA is focused on application of knowledge in the Healthcare industry and enables students to develop managerial skills to handle real-life business situations in the sector. The MBA (Healthcare Management) award is designed for professionals in strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and hospital administration, and for those working in the growing number of private health contractors, outside suppliers and consultancies.

Course Content

The richness of the Brunel MBA curriculum is based on the key business concepts that can help managers and CEOs alike to develop the expertise required to lead and manage in the international business context.

The highly commended Leadership Master Class Series and the Career Development Programme combined with over 500 hours of student-tutor direct (teaching) contact hours successfully maintain the balance between theory and practise and reflect the school’s ambitions for its graduates.

The Brunel MBA academic component comprises core modules, followed by elective modules in General Management, Healthcare or Aviation and is crowned by a Business Project.

The MBA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory Modules:

Operations Management
Corporate and Competitive Strategy
Business Economics
Leading People and Managing Organisations
Corporate and Business Finance
Strategic Marketing Management
International Business
Business Project and Professional Portfolio

Optional Modules:

Managing for the Future
Airline Management, Economics and Ethics
Healthcare Policy
Information Systems in Organisations
Managing Service Operations and Change in Healthcare
Airport Operations Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

AMBA Accreditation
The Brunel MBA is one of a distinguished group of MBA programmes worldwide to have achieved accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the leading MBA accreditation body.

Two intakes per year
The intensive full time and part-time programme starts annually in early January and late September.

Leadership Masterclasses
The Brunel MBA incorporates an innovative series of Leadership Masterclasses (LMS) which aim to help you perform better as a manager.

Sessions in the series will help you improve the ways in which you present your ideas, teach you how to manage change, negotiate conflict, as well as give you deeper insight into cross cultural issues and corporate responsibility.

Masterclasses will help you to become a better negotiator, manage projects more efficiently, resolve conflict at work more effectively and present your ideas with greater credibility. Research indicates that these are employable skills that recruiting organisations look for in a senior manager.

Company Links and Visits
MBA students undertake regular visits to companies in the UK and many companies visit the students on campus as part of the MBA Guest Speaker Series: “Let’s Talk Business”. The following companies have an on-going relationship with Brunel MBA and our students have had the chance to network with representatives from:

Barclays
British Airways
Capital & Counties Properties PLC
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
IBM
Iraq Energy Institute
Jaguar
Johnson and Johnson
Lloyd Northover
Microsoft UK
Oxford Instruments
Radley Yeldar
Xerox

International Business Tour
MBA students have the opportunity to embark annually on a Business Tour to one of the main economic hubs in the world, where they learn about operations of multinational corporations. A recent visit included a weeklong trip to one of the leading BRIC economies: India. Students had a unique opportunity to meet with senior directors of companies such as Cadburys, McDonalds and Merrill Lynch – as well as a number of local social enterprises and SMEs.

Graduate Entrepreneur programme

Brunel University is pleased to announce that we have once again been awarded ten places on this year's Graduate Entrepreneur programme, plus an additional ten places just for Brunel MBA Graduates.
Under the scheme selected graduates can stay on in the UK and work towards setting up their own business, under a special branch of the Tier 1 Route. Brunel provides Immigration sponsorship and mentoring for those graduates selected.

Teaching

You will be taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced, research active academic staff at the forefront of their field or professionals with a wealth of commercial experience. Many of our lecturers are:

Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research;
Work as consultants for major companies worldwide;
Have practical and personal experience in business/have run their own companies.

Lectures
These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Group work and presentations
Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations. There will also be research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers from the industry.

Web-learning and Support
eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard Learn.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination.
Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Career Coaching

As part of the MBA students receive advice on all aspects of career planning, including reassessment of their true strengths and weaknesses. This aspect of the MBA programme is invaluable to students who, having worked in managerial roles for a number of years may now wish to evaluate their experience to date and progress their careers into the future.

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The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top of the international banking and finance industry. Read more

The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top of the international banking and finance industry.

Birmingham Business School is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Course details

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance. The programme aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, and private equity and venture capital finance.

Many of our graduates are working at senior positions in banks and financial institutions, and in the investment industry worldwide. The programme is delivered by University faculty and industry practitioners to cater to the current and future needs of global financial services industry. MBA (GBF) attracts highly qualified and experienced students from a variety of cultures and nationalities and is highly rated by students wanting to specialise in banking and finance.

Programme content

The programme includes core modules and optional modules. Apart from the taught element of the programme, students have the opportunity to attend talks delivered by practising managers and senior executives from some of the world’s leading banks and finance houses. Students will have opportunities to interact, discuss their career-related issues and gain valuable insights into the working of these prestigious institutions.

Learning and teaching

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance and aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, private equity and venture capital finance.

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – past visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • A residential weekend business simulation requires you to manage a ‘company’ team in competition with others, against tight deadlines and with a range of rapidly changing data to assimilate and act upon (Full-time only)
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development

A bespoke learning environment

As a Birmingham MBA student, you will have exclusive access to the second floor of our new postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a Harvard-style lecture theatre, dedicated computer cluster and seminar rooms as well as breakout rooms and communal areas for studying and group work, which will look out over the Green Heart when completed in 2019.

Employability

From the very start of your MBA, you receive bespoke advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced they work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career, jointly developing a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a range of potential employer.

Employer engagement

Whilst on your MBA you will have the opportunity to engage with top international companies. Our MBA students have participated in a range of activities with employers including BP, GE, IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Unilever, Deloitte and HSBC.

Group and individual activities to enhance your skills

Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities all aimed at helping you to develop the skills and techniques which lead to highly successful employment outcomes.

A few examples of these activities that you will undertake throughout your MBA programme include online profile building, Careers in Consultancy networking event, Distinguished leaders alumni seminar series, mock assessment centre, skills coaching, and video recorded interview practice.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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The MBA (Islamic Finance) will develop your knowledge and practical training in the fundamentals of business management and the specialised world of Islamic finance. Read more
The MBA (Islamic Finance) will develop your knowledge and practical training in the fundamentals of business management and the specialised world of Islamic finance. The core modules cover accounting, leadership and marketing, while the Islamic finance modules will introduce you to more specific areas related to this growing sector used by no less than one-fifth of the world’s population. By collaborating with professionals and students from other disciplines, you’ll be surrounded by opportunities to collaborate and grow your own personal network as you progress onto a career in Islamic finance.

More about this course

Our MBA (Islamic Finance) covers the most important aspects of business administration, while introducing you to the principles of Islamic finance and exploring your potential for leadership within this industry.

The modules focus on the core of every business including strategic management, human resources, marketing, communications and operations and more. The research modules provide you with the space to conduct your own investigations into an area of business you want to focus on.

For the specialist Islamic finance modules, you’ll explore the underlying principles of sharia-compliant finance and how this influences credit risk, market risk and operational risk.

Our teaching staff and visiting academics, who you’ll meet both informally and formally through lectures and social events, are experts in areas including finance, banking, management and leadership.

Throughout the MBA you’ll collaborate with students from a variety of professions and disciplines. Your training is supplemented by regular informal learning activities including the weekly student-led Business Breakfast; a monthly dinner; networking events; meetings with business leaders; entrepreneurs and consultants and lively charity fundraising events in the City of London.

We’ll provide regular coaching sessions to help improve your career potential, while you can also make use of our Careers and Employability Unit to help you find new roles in preparation for life after the MBA.

You’ll be assessed through individual and group work. This is likely to come in a variety of forms including reports, portfolios, presentations, videos, conferences and competitions, enabling you to develop the skills to master a multitude of situations in the world of Islamic finance and banking.

Modular structure

Core modules:
-Accounting and Finance for Managers
-Leadership and Strategic Management
-People and Organisations: Principles and Practices in Global Contexts
-Marketing, Marketing Communications and Operations

Islamic Finance modules:
-Islamic Finance
-Financial Risk Management for Islamic Banking and Finance

Research-focused modules:
-Management Learning and Research
-Business Research Project

After the course

Graduates of the MBA may continue in their existing careers or choose to explore new opportunities. Recent graduates of our business related degrees are employed by companies including Oxademy, ALDI, Schwab Versand Hanau, Sapa, UBM plc, Carillion, Hanson Hispania SA, Triometric and BNP Paribas. They work in management roles in the fields of international sales, area management, business development and client services.

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The Glasgow MBA will empower you with crucial skills and knowledge and provide you with the networking opportunities you need to accelerate your career, either as a manager within the private, third or public sector, or in developing your own entrepreneurial ambition. Read more

The Glasgow MBA will empower you with crucial skills and knowledge and provide you with the networking opportunities you need to accelerate your career, either as a manager within the private, third or public sector, or in developing your own entrepreneurial ambition. We give you one-to-one support to help develop you into a successful leader.

Why this programme

  • We have been teaching the MBA since 1976. Our programme is AMBA accredited, which means our MBA is internationally recognised to the highest standard.
  • We purposefully recruit a small yet diverse cohort of students. As a result you will receive dedicated 1-2-1 teaching and support whilst also being able to take the time to learn from your fellow students’ experience and skillset.
  • Classes are interactive, striking the right balance between tuition and discussion.
  • Throughout the year we host a series of social, networking and guest speaker events to enhance your learning experience and help you get the most out of your MBA.
  • We offer an MBA Professional Development and Employability Award. This is a unique initiative which includes an opportunity for you to be mentored by one of our MBA alumni.
  • Find out more about the Glasgow MBA, including current student profiles, programme FAQ, graduate destinations and what some of our current students think about studying here.

Programme structure

The Glasgow MBA begins with laying the foundations of leadership through three core-learning experiences. You are then given the opportunity to specialise in finance, marketing or strategy. You may also explore additional business subjects such as business analytics, entrepreneurship, supply chain management and business sustainability. An important part of our MBA is the team-consulting project that happens towards the end of the year and is an opportunity for you to bring theory into practice and tackle real life business scenarios. The final stage of your MBA is your dissertation. You will work on this from May to September on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor.

Core courses

1. Decision making under uncertainty

You will learn about the intellectual perspectives and methods that underpin the practice of making decisions essential for business management. In this course you will explore the many different disciplinary and methodological traditions that should inform effective analyses of the business world. You will also learn how informed thinking and analysis will assist you in making decisions and delivering better business outcomes.

2. Business strategic management

This course integrates five key business disciplines from a strategic perspective which are covered in modules. These are strategy (dynamic strategic management), HR and operations (developing your leadership through people and resources), marketing (strategic marketing), finance (financial analysis and decision-making), and business environment (global economics). You will develop the skills expected of senior managers and be capable of developing a career in any leading organisation. This learning experience ends with a week-long intense team-consulting project where you will be challenged to cover and to integrate the areas/subjects studied both in the core courses as well as in the electives.

3. Strategic foresight

This course is designed to broaden your perspective by encouraging you to listen and think about tangible strategic challenges, in both local and international contexts, which are presented to you by experienced business leaders, entrepreneurs, consultants and/or public servants. Guest speakers cover issues such as:

  • How is technology and innovation shaping organisations? Is it disruptive?
  • Is globalisation still alive in the twenty-first century?
  • How are millennials changing or influencing organisational cultures?
  • To what extent do local (national) procedures and regulations support or inhibit a business internationalisation agenda?
  • How do risk management and responses to uncertainty present themselves in day-to-day strategic implementation?
  • How are Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental Protection and/or Ethical Behaviours embraced and introduced during strategic discussions?

Through guided discussions after each presentation and case-discussions complementing these topics, you will learn to develop skills to articulate previous and potential future responses to strategic challenges, and the likely effectiveness of these responses. 

Following the core courses you will pick five optional courses, enabling you to specialise in finance, strategy or marketing. The courses on offer vary each year and are taught by a range of leading academics and practitioners, based on their research or personal experience of the corporate world. 

Optional courses may include

  • Business scenarios for consulting
  • Business-to-business relationship management
  • Company and market failure
  • Corporate image, branding and communication
  • Credibility & networks - selling yourself and your organisation
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • International financial analysis
  • International strategy for multinational enterprise
  • Project leadership and control
  • The role of technology in innovative organisations
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Supply and logistics management.

Professional Development and Employability Award

We know that MBA students’ top priority upon graduating is employability. We run an innovative co-curricular, timetabled Professional Development and Employability Award to enhance your career. As part of this we have

  • Alumni mentors to support you during the second half of the programme and in the initial months after you graduate
  • group exercises
  • inspiring guest speakers
  • self-directed learning activities
  • workshops.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Career prospects

As a Glasgow MBA graduate you join the ranks of successful and influential professionals making a mark on organisations around the world. Our dedicated MBA Careers Manager supports you throughout the year, helping you plan for the next stage of your career and equipping you with the tools and strategies to compete effectively within the global job market. Many of our graduates have senior roles specialising in management, marketing and finance, across all industries and sectors; whilst others have established their own business. Recent alumni have gone on to employment with companies including but not limited to:

  • EY
  • Clydesdale Bank
  • Unilever
  • Halyard Health
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Scottish Government
  • IBM
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Rolls Royce


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