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Are you ambitious and do you have an entrepreneurial flair with the appetite to both learn and contribute? Our MBA is aimed at those from all backgrounds - private/public or third sector - and disciplines seeking career advancement into management and leadership.

Based around core management and leadership topics, the MBA is flexible and allows you to tailor your course of study where you can choose up to three option modules from a wide variety of business related topics.

Core topics aim to embrace contemporary aspects of both leadership and management such as strategic and human resource management, strategic marketing, aspects of performance and financial risk management. A wide range of option modules enable exploration of core topics to greater depth. These include such as international aspects of human resource management, innovations in marketing and wider financial concepts. There is also the opportunity to study the dynamics of change leadership, project management, international supply chain management and such as the international dimension of the global economy, entrepreneurship and business law or more abstract topics such as psychology in business. The choice will be yours - to suit your individual career path.

All module learning outcomes in both core and option modules are designed to reflect key underpinning management and leadership competencies.

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Based around core management and leadership topics, the MBA is flexible and allows you to tailor your course of study, where you can choose up to three option modules from a wide variety of business related topics.

Core topics aim to embrace contemporary aspects of both leadership and management, such as:
-Strategic and human resource management
-Strategic marketing
-Aspects of performance
-Financial risk management

A wide range of option modules enables exploration of core topics to greater depth. These include topics such as:
-International aspects of human resource management
-Innovations in marketing
-Wider financial concepts

There is also the opportunity to study the dynamics of:
-Change leadership
-Project management
-International supply chain management

And topics such as:
-The international dimension of the global economy
-Entrepreneurship and business law
-Psychology in business

The choice will be yours - to suit your individual career path.

All module learning outcomes in both core and option modules are designed to reflect key underpinning management and leadership competencies.

Employment opportunities

In academic learning we often refer to knowledge or understanding something new. Whilst this is a key part of the MBA, it is not the entirety. We refer to skills which, when applied in context, become valuable competencies. It is a combination of what you know - the knowledge, and what you can do - the competencies, that are ultimately key in determining your employability.

For example, can you:
-Take an aerial view of business operations and assess the strategic rather than tactical implications of market dynamics and leadership decisions as they impact business performance?
-Understand the subtlety that exists within business organisations, and not just the structure but also how networks, both formal and informal, operate?
-Understand how organisation cultures impact, evolve and, critically, sometimes resist?
-Operate under pressure without all the information to hand and in situations where you have to make decisions which might have far reaching consequences?
-Take a customer perspective, so that you provide the customer (both internal and external) with what is required, even when you have to manage unrealistic expectations?

Finally:
-Do you have a career plan? Having ambition and the ability to plan achievement of your ambition is a key management and leadership competency.

Visit the Business Administration page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

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