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MBA Business Administration (MBA)

University of Gloucestershire The Business School

Full time & Part time January, September MBA See website for details

About the course

Develop a creative approach to business that leads to true innovation in today’s fast-paced business world and become an outstanding business leader.

Through design thinking and practical exercises that build on theory, you will enhance your management and leadership capabilities and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. You will benefit from the expertise of committed and research-active teaching staff with excellent academic and business experience.

Visiting guest speakers, with a range of specialisms, and the course’s links to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) will enhance your knowledge. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with diverse entrepreneurial experience, contributing to a dynamic learning experience that includes business simulations, problem-solving and

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Entry Requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject - we will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification.

Ideally you will have a minimum of two years’ management/ supervisory experience; however, applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Students coming from a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) entry route will be exempted from four modules.

EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Jim Onions

1262.jpg Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

I was aware that to progress within the Fire Service, I needed to not only expand my understanding of strategy and its application, but also to underpin this with academic learning and accreditation. The MBA at the University of Gloucestershire targeted the key areas of development that I required; business strategy, financial management and human resource management.

Whilst the university has excellent buildings and facilities, its key strength is in the quality of its people - the academic and other university staff and also the students. I think that the diversity of disciplines from the public, private and voluntary sectors across Gloucestershire attracts students who provide a broad perspective on many of the issues and subject matter discussed and debated in the MBA. The Human Resource and Financial Management programmes fulfilled my development needs and the Strategic Management sessions were excellent. All of the learning was brought together by the dissertation, particularly the one-to-one sessions with my assigned mentor, who helped me both to shape the subject matter of the research piece and to challenge some of my preconceptions regarding my theme which related to culture, equality and change management in the fire and rescue service. My mentor’s challenge and guidance led me to explore other sectors, where people work in close-knit teams, and where the underlying cultures were similar to that of the fire and rescue service. I continue to use my dissertation as a reference piece and I now consistently try to view problems from multiple viewpoints and draw from as many references as posssible. Public services are facing particular challenges at the present and we are each trying to resolve the conflict between an increasing demand for our services, combined with shrinkage in our staffing, finances and resources.

I feel that the MBA has equipped me to be more challenging towards accepted practices, to seek new opportunities through partnerships and collaboration, to re-design how services are delivered and engage staff and communities along with other stakeholders to work with us to deliver our priorities. In my role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer, I lead the Service support function which manages the vehicle fleet, operational equipment, premises, procurement, operational procedures, training and development. I also lead on the project to migrate to the West Midlands Regional Control Centre and the Service's Improvement Plan.

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