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Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) - MBA


Course Description

An MBA is widely seen as a passport to a successful career. Our MBA (HRM) builds on your previous business experience and enhances your real-world management capabilities.

Course overview

This MBA has a particular focus on Human Resource Management, giving a fast track towards senior roles in HRM as well as roles in general management. The course aims to accelerate your promotion to well-paid positions of leadership.

You will develop a deep strategic understanding of the different functions within organisations. You will also learn how to re-apply the best of international management practices.

In addition to the core elements completed by all our MBA students, you will also complete a specialist module: either ‘International Human Resource Management’ or ‘Organisation Development and Change’. You will also undertake a dissertation related to HRM.
CMI accreditation

Sunderland Business School has partnered together with the Chartered Management Institute, to offer you dual accreditation with your MBA to enhance your professional profile and add to your achievements. On successful completion of your MBA, you will be eligible for the Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership. During your study period, you will also become an Affiliate Member of CMI, which gives you access to CMI’s knowledge resources.

At the end of your studies, graduates with 3 or more years management experience will be entitled to apply for full membership of the CMI or Chartered status.

‌At Sunderland, we focus on problem-solving ability and linking theory to real-world challenges. As part of this, you will visit companies both in the UK and in Europe, and also learn from guest speakers who share their practical business experiences. We understand that your MBA is part of an onward journey. We offer extensive career support to help you gain a rapid return on your investment in yourself.

If you wish, you can choose to pursue our broad-based MBA or an MBA that has a specific reference in the award title to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance, Hospitality Management or Supply Chain Management.

Students who successfully obtain their MBA will also be awarded CMI level 7 extended diploma (which is the highest level of accreditation in the UK for an MBA from the CMI). Students will also have associate membership whilst studying and benefit from extensive networking opportunities.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

Modules on this course include:
-Financial Management and Control (15 Credits)
-Managing and Leading People (15 Credits)
-Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Marketing Management (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 credits)
-Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer (15 Credits)
-MBA Dissertation (60 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module:
-International Human Resource Management (15 Credits)
-Organisation Development and Change (15 Credits)

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

The applied nature of our MBA course will build on your previous managerial experience while moving you forward on a journey of practical professional development. The course is an investment in yourself that can lead to:
-Higher salary
-Promotion opportunities
-Greater employability
-Flexibility in an evolving job market

The most common reason for undertaking an MBA is to improve job opportunities. Previous Sunderland MBA graduates now work in roles such as:
-Financial Controller in the Gulf region
-Financial Analyst for ultra-high net worth investors
-Operations Director in an oil company
-Management Consultant with an international consultancy group
-General Manager in Eastern Europe
-Division Chief in China
-Business Development Manager for an automotive supplier
-Vice President of a Canadian corporation

Visit the Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) - MBA page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. You must have a minimum of six months work experience at graduate level and you should be able to demonstrate your ability to operate at a managerial level.

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