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Course content

The Cardiff MBA is designed to help you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become a successful manager. Its practical outputs will equip you with the insight into business practice you need for your future in a changing global environment.

Studying as part of an international cohort you will build a deeper understanding of the core disciplines in business and management and how they are linked to make businesses work.

The combination of theory and practical application provides you with problem-solving management skills of immediate and enduring value.

The MBA will develop your interpersonal skills, your business intuition, your sense of entrepreneurship and your ability to tackle everyday challenges, within a supportive environment of friendly competition and collaboration.

It will provide you with evidence of personal dedication and commitment, an international orientation, presentation and communication skills and greater confidence in your overall managerial abilities.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• The Cardiff MBA takes a strong international perspective in all areas.

Structure

There are four stages:

• Foundation,
• Application,
• Specialisation
• Business Project.

You will take six modules in each of the Foundation and Application stages; each module is compulsory and carries 10 credits. In the Specialisation stage you will take a further three 10-credit elective modules.

Subject to satisfactory completion of these stages you will progress to a 30-credit major project.

• Phase 1 - Foundation Stage (core) – September to December:

Designed to give you a strong grounding in the basics of business management, the Foundation stage introduces you to the core components that make organisations function.

You will understand the resources that an organisation requires, the processes that control organisational operations, and the approaches through which organisations relate to their international and external environments. It also develops the skills you will need to complete your MBA study successfully.

• Phase 2 - Application Stage (core) – January to March

The Application stage provides you with the opportunity to advance your thinking and knowledge by developing and applying the core themes studied in the Foundation stage.

This stage focuses on the strategic business context, the development of organisational human capital, the management of the marketing function and the analysis and control of financial and business operations.

Group Business Plan:

You will undertake a business plan that is group-based, giving you the opportunity to develop team working skills. You will work in an international, multicultural team where you will solve complex business problems, integrating the skills and knowledge gained in other modules.

Each member of the group takes on a formal leadership role for a period. The task requires groups to identify and plan the first five years of a start-up business. The group business plan will involve input from external business mentors, giving you the opportunity to test your ideas and to develop further understanding of the dynamics of businesses.

Judges in previous years have included senior managers from industry, leading professional firms and government agencies.

• Phase 3 - Specialisation Stage – April to June

Increasingly, MBA students want to focus their studies on specific areas of business and management.

In response, we offer different optional pathways: Accounting and Finance, General, Human Resource Management, and International Management, Marketing and Strategy, Operations Management and Logistics.

• Phase 4 - The Business Project – June to September

Replacing the traditional dissertation, the Business Project provides the opportunity to test the theories you have learnt in a practical environment. Knowledge from across the subjects studied in the Foundation and Application stages will be integrated within this project.

You will be supported by a member of faculty who will act as your internal project mentor throughout the duration of the project.

Please visit the website for information regarding the modules taught on this course:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/business-administration-mba

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called syndicates, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

We are aware that the majority of our students undertake postgraduate qualifications to improve their prospects in the job market. The MBA is widely regarded as the necessary business qualification to develop the skills that modern business managers need. After leaving us, the vast majority of our students go on to employment or further study. Many of our graduates now hold key positions in major corporations across the globe.

Major firms regularly visit the School to recruit our students. Whilst studying with us you will be able to attend recruitment fairs and presentations, see our team of specialist careers advisors and gain help with CV writing, interview skills and aptitude tests.

Visit the Business Administration (MBA) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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