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The MBA (International Development) is a unique and ideal choice for anyone seeking to develop a career in managing business, leading programmes or projects in an international development context, or a combination of these two.

You will also expand your critical knowledge and strategic understanding of the current changes in both the business and geopolitical environment, and apply your learning to successfully lead resilient businesses with awareness of own impact locally and globally, and practical plan for effecting positive change through corporate social responsibility.

The programme is appropriately tailored to respond to the skills and knowledge needs of a range of learners, from practitioners in international development and business leaders from the corporate world, to those with limited work experience, or seeking to change professions. The diversity of the learning environment, with the majority of students coming from outside the UK, provides an ideal platform for engaging in stimulating discussions and innovative thinking on solutions to help business and international development agencies deliver global targets.

The delivery is flexible you have the option to study either full time or part-time learning over one and two years, respectively. By the end of the programme, you will have gained a critical understanding of the principles and concepts in business administration, and mastered key techniques and skills in designing and managing projects and programmes in any sector. The programme also emphasises development of generic business skills, including research, networking and effective communication.

What happens on the course?

Those on the International Development route (co-delivered by the Business School and the Centre for International Development and Training) will take the Contemporary Issues in International Development and the Project/Programme Management for International Development options, designed to expose students to the contemporary issues facing the developing world, and equip them with the practical skills to design, implement, monitor and evaluate international development projects and programmes, whether these be led by government, civil society, private sector or development aid (donor) institutions.

Why Wolverhampton?

The MBA (International Development), a first of its kind to be offered in the UK, is a unique course that situates international business within the complex and dynamic global geopolitical and environmental context. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness of global and local issues, and understand how these are connected to business, government and international development. For example, in our Contemporary Issues in International Development module, students will critically examine the implications of the changing landscape of UK aid strategy on the UK’s ability to deliver meaningful development results- and be stimulated to develop innovative solutions that engage the business sector in addressing challenges ranging from poverty and malnutrition, to education, maternal health and climate change.

Career path

Successful completion of the MBA (ID) provides a much sought after academic qualification which will enhance your career prospects in a number of managerial roles across a wide range of international business sectors. The MBA(ID)may provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources) as well as further academic study such as a PhD.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Critically analyse the use of the key functional areas of marketing, HR, finance, accounting and operations management in support of wider organisational activity
  2. Analyse strategic perspectives regionally, nationally and internationally at organisation and sector levels.
  3. Obtain the practical skills required by managers actively engaged in initiating and managing projects and programmes.
  4. Design and execute research, investigative or development projects to deal with new problems and issues
  5. Critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management in an international setting that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters level

Visit the Business Administration (International Development) - MBA page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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