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Course content

The Kent MBA provides students with the knowledge and skills to become transformational leaders with innovative mindsets, who understand and can embed responsible management for the advancement of local and global communities.

Overview

Fast-track your career by choosing Kent Business School’s AMBA and CMI accredited MBA programme.

As a student of the Kent MBA, you are encouraged to think, question and find solutions alongside academic staff, organisations and fellow students. The Kent MBA programme builds upon three pillars; Observe, create and practice. The Kent MBA will allow you to understand organisations and the context in which they operate (observe), help you to re-interpret these organisational frameworks (create), and consolidate and apply this acquired knowledge to your own organisation (practice).

We combine rigorous business theory with relevant practical application, using:

  • A Case Study-based Teaching Method
  • A European Study Tour
  • Consultancy and Negotiation Skills Week
  • Business Start-Up Week
  • Business Skills
  • Business Simulation
  • 1 to 1 Executive Coaching
  • Guest Speaker Series (in collaboration with various organisations and clubs)

Throughout the programme you engage with organisations; small, medium and large, regional to multinational, to test theories immediately in real-world situations. You will connect with strategic thinkers with commercial flair and global perspectives. The connections you make during this time will be with you for life.

Our MBA is based on our Canterbury campus. It is designed so that full-time and part-time students can study together and learn from each other. The course brings together creative minds and experienced managers who are keen to make a difference. Our intimate class size offers an environment fostering discussion and networking, led by internationally recognised scholars from around the world and by our network of successful and innovative practitioners.

You can develop an entrepreneurial outlook, an international perspective as well as a commitment to responsible management. You will also benefit from a range of value-added experiences, such as master classes and opportunities to study a language.

Kent Business School has joined forces with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to give you the opportunity to gain, alongside the Kent MBA, the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership on the successful completion of your studies. The CMI is committed to excellence in management and leadership and the CMI qualification is highly sought after by employers.

Course Structure

The Kent MBA can be studied in one year of full-time study, or part-time over two to three years. As a part-time student you join current full-time students on week long programme modules.

View our current Module list.

Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, as well as online tests, evaluation of contributions to discussions, presentation and group work.

Careers

We maintain close links with the corporate world and are committed to giving our students wide-ranging experiences across the spectrum of small, medium and large organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Corporates have direct access to our students through our case study programmes, internships, consultancies, guest lectures and executive in-residence sessions. Our effective corporate relationships guarantee you valuable exposure to the business world and provide organisations with the opportunity to work with and recruit talented future leaders.

We provide you with recruitment events, such as corporate presentations and on-campus interviews, actively supported by a robust platform of career-focused skills development throughout the programme.

Business Start-Up Week

The Business Start-up week is an opportunity for students to further enhance their understanding of the various systems required to create a successful start-up. There is a focus on team unity and collaboration; this synergetic culture is often attributed to both start-up and organisational success. During the Business Start-Up week students discuss ideas’ generation, creating content, start-up finance, fin-tech and investing in innovation, and finish by pitching their ideas to established entrepreneurs.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Attend an MBA Briefing

MBA Briefings are held regularly. We personalise the information you receive about the Kent MBA and how it may impact your career and indeed your life. We also give you advice on gaining ‘buy in’ from your employer. All briefing sessions are held at Kent Business School, Canterbury campus.

If you are interested in attending an MBA Briefing, please let us know. View dates and register.

You can also arrange a personal meeting with the MBA Programme Director, Professor Thanos Papadopoulos.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, and the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

The Kent MBA scholarships include:

  • Women in Leadership Scholarship
  • Leaders in Sustainability Scholarship
  • SME Entrepreneur and Innovator Scholarship.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 20 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html


Visit the The Kent MBA page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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