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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years or 1 year (block)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


Course content

his applied MBA takes a holistic approach to strategic leadership, responding to business change, globalisation and organisational complexities. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage and lead change – and to create sustainable competitive advantage.

7 reasons to take your MBA here

1. Flexible delivery modes: Designed to suit busy senior professionals - Block Mode - complete in 12 months, with classes Friday (day and evening) plus Saturday.
2. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.
3.Two residential weekends: intensive learning, life coaching, networking and skills development weekends - where you can learn from (and with) your fellow MBA participants.
4. Live case-study learning: consolidate and apply your learning to real business situations and propose clear, evidence-based solutions to contemporary business problems.
5. Personal growth: develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem solving and critical thinking.
6. CMI professional accreditation: opportunity to obtain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
7. Consultancy practice and start-up advice: you'll be able to gain hands-on consultancy experience through the Business Solutions Centre, offering advice to SMEs, as well as accessing business start-up advice for your own entrepreneurial ventures.

An MBA develops...

• your analytical understanding of international business through the critical analysis of new concepts, managerial practices and alternatives
• your strategic thinking applied to a business context
• your skills for leading change, making decisions, adapting to changing circumstances, enterprise and sustainability
•your cultural intelligence in an increasingly multicultural globalised business environment
• the business analysis techniques you'll need, including the ability to select the appropriate analytical tools.

On completion...

• you'll understand business stakeholders, resources and financing; maximising efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
• you'll be able to critically analyse and take informed decisions within the constraints of complex global business environments
• you'll integrate functional knowledge and apply your strategic management skills to successfully manage, negotiate, lead and manage teams through the constantly changing environment to achieve organisational goals
• you'll operate ethically and effectively, acting with integrity in cross-cultural settings and understanding the nature of globalisation
• understand how you can enhance their career and have a commitment to lifelong learning
• as an MBA graduate you can be confident that you'll succeed in a wide range of management, leadership roles and entrepreneurial roles, independent of industry or sector.


Inside the modern organisation
Creating transformational organisational strategy
Leading change, performance and effectiveness
Applied management consultancy
MBA business project

Optional modules:

Managing virtual work
Intercultural management
Everyday sustainability for business
Managing across cultures
Business ethics
Integrated marketing communications
International brand management
International banking
Institutional fund management
Corporate governance – principles and practice
Global operations and logistics
Business data for decision making
Enterprise and entrepreneurial management
International trade policy and analysis
Leading continuous quality improvement in healthcare
Mentoring and coaching for leadership in healthcare
Leading in patient and public engagement
Public management and policy
Management in Not for Profit organisations

Teaching and learning

The core areas of study are based on the following key themes:

• Inside the Modern Organisation
• Creating Transformative Competitive Advantage
•Leading Change, Performance and Effectiveness
• Applied Consultancy

Each of these four themes is informed by six strands of subject specialist knowledge: Economics, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations and Project Management, Marketing and Leadership and Strategic Management. The delivery of the modules is sequential so that you're able to apply the latest managerial theories to a real life situation in a holistic approach from the outset.

Although the acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies, the use of real life case studies is central to our teaching and learning strategy.

Strategy for teaching and learning

Real life case study:
At the start of the course each participant chooses a case study (or case studies if one does not cover all scenarios) based on their disciplinary background and/ or the chosen MBA flavour. The teaching methods are integrated throughout the four core modules and demonstrated in examples and applied to the case study. For example, under the first module-Inside the Modern Organisation – the case study is used so that the participant can address the key issues across the various disciplinary streams.

Master classes:
A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields will be delivered throughout the academic year enabling our students to engage with contemporary management issues.

Residential weekends:
Two residential events will support students learning

Lectures, seminars and workshops:
Each of the four core modules will be delivered by a team of academics from each of the subject discipline stream. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.

Self-managed learning:
Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE). LSBU has recently been appointed, as one of a small group of universities, to Buying Solutions Pan Government Framework Agreement of study and qualifications in Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA). We are the only London-based university to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff on a part-time and executive basis.


Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!




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