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The University of South Wales' Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader.
It builds on a strong ethos of helping managers to solve real problems, and is designed for professionals who will make a strategic difference to the organisations in which they operate.
Whether you work in a public or private sector organisation, you will learn how to integrate cutting-edge research and practice across all key business areas to achieve business transformation.
During the MBA you will develop key leadership skills such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and problem solving and be introduced to innovative business theory in a practical context.
There are also MBA pathways available in marketing,
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A minimum 2:2 Honours degree from a UK university, or recognised international equivalent qualification.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
"Working for Torfaen County Borough Council, my role of Curriculum Lead oversees the work-based learning curriculum, subcontracts, and teaching and learning. I undertake self-assessment reports and tendering for the government. I’m also responsible for practitioners delivering essential skills to apprenticeships.
My job fits into the profit arm of the council. It’s my responsibility to try and bring in as much revenue as possible. I achieve this through various initiatives, such as delivering work-based apprenticeship training. Any profit made through commercial services contributes towards the protection of front-line services. That’s why it’s so important to meet targets.
Being on an academic rollercoaster, I joined the MBA (Master of Business Administration) following the successful completion of a PGCE, the ILM Level 7, and a Coaching and Mentoring certificate. I felt the Masters was a natural progression. I was drawn to the opportunities it presented. I was also keen to network with like-minded people working in different sectors of business.
During tutorials I was fortunate to learn alongside individuals working in areas such as operations and finance. There was a real mix of expertise and we learnt so much from one another. I was able to adopt best practice from their organisations to my job role.
The MBA has changed my thinking and the way I approach my work. I now challenge things rather than taking them for face value. Following the course, I consider myself a strategic thinker. I also plan my work up to three years in advance. This is something I wouldn’t have considered beforehand. My colleagues have recognised this new strength. It’s part of the reason why I advanced from Training and Developing Coordinator to my current role.
Finance was the area I dreaded on the course. It was also the topic I found most difficult. In hindsight the Strategic Financial Management module was, without a doubt, the most useful. I used to shy away from number crunching in the workplace. Following the course, I now manage my own budget and regularly undertake cost and benefit analysis. With my new-found financial knowledge, I make it a priority to analyse figures. I also find myself questioning: Can we afford to undertake certain activities? Do the activities fit into a long term or short-term plan?"
"When I was accepted on the MBA at USW, I left my job to study in the UK. As a wife, mother and professional, I had to make this tough decision, as company policy did not allow me to take extended leave or study leave. Being here, I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made.
The learning style is very different in the UK. Back home we are assessed through exams. Here, we mainly submit assignments and perform live case studies. Even though the learning environments are different, both require you to focus and work hard. I've learnt that you are just being challenged in different ways. Being an international student, you learn to be adaptable and to embrace new ways of doing things. This broadens your mind-set for when you return home, not only in a professional advancement, but also in decision-making and judgement on things that affect your daily life.
I have studied modules such as strategic systems thinking, strategic tools analysis and technique, leadership and management theories, strategic operations management, strategic marketing and research methods. These modules have given me the tools to make informed decisions in the workplace. You gain an awareness of the change that organisations face and how best to plan and respond proficiently to minimise its impact.
Prior to the course, I worked in customer services, after studying a degree in Computer Sciences back in Tanzania. I realised that my technical background and experience was not enough to be able to progress in management as I wanted to. The course has taught me about business acumen, and the ability to make crucial business decisions based on analysis of the current market.
When I graduate, I’m planning to return home to Tanzania and work as a director in customer care management, exercising the knowledge I've gained from the course. This will give me the experience I need to start up my own company, specialising in the field. The sky is the limit!”
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