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IN BRIEF:

  • The course is taught via blended delivery, a mix of online lectures, online seminars and face to face teaching on campus
  • You will learn within a supportive and collaborative teaching environment
  • Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – one of only 43 in UK and 2% of Universities world-wide

COURSE SUMMARY

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme, a fully AMBA accredited degree that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in.  The AMBA accreditation is your guarantee of the quality of the programme, the teaching and the outcomes.

Delivered in a blended format, this programme combines online and on campus study and includes a work-based consultancy project and an international study visit.  You will draw on your previous management experience to join in online and face to face discussion with tutors and fellow students, then use the scholarship and research to reflect your learning back into the workplace. Our broad range of modules and unique business partnerships make this programme an ideal option for ambitious executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across a full range of advanced skill sets.

For two days each month, you will come to Salford for intensive study.  During this face to face time on campus, you will meet both academics and fellow students.  While here, you will follow a study programme but this is also your opportunity to share your experiences, learn from your peers and develop your professional network in a supportive and collaborative environment.  

The Strategic Leadership pathway is our generalist career development programme aimed at motivated professionals who wish to broaden their business knowledge and reach for a senior position.  If you are looking to follow this programme as a degree apprenticeship, visit the MBA Apprenticeship.  The MBA apprenticeship is a combination of an academic programme (similar to this MBA) and work-based learning. The University is responsible for the degree programme, and the employer is responsible for delivering the work-based learning.

If you work within the education sector, you may also be interested in the Salford MBA Education Leadership, designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies.

TEACHING

Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focussed.  The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of online lectures, online seminars and on campus tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.

There is a strong emphasis on active learning. Prior to each online lecture, students are provided with videos, examples and suggested readings via the virtual learning environment (VLE); these form the prior knowledge around which the different activities will focus each week.  In addition, there are online activities and out-of-the-classroom events such as company visits and guest speakers. In the final semester, you will work on a Business Innovation Live Project, acting as a consultant to your own or an external organisation, providing advice and solutions for a real business problem.

ASSESSMENT

Normally, each module involves two pieces of assessed work. Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work.  The Business Innovation Live Project is assessed through a final report and presentation.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

Having celebrated the University’s 50th anniversary in 2017, we take the principles that have stood us in good stead - Industry, Integrity and Initiative - and redefine them to take us forward.

In 2016, the University of Salford introduced its Industry Collaboration Zone programme to capture, share and expand existing best practice. Industry Collaboration unites colleagues, students, industry and communities through shared knowledge, learning and innovation. By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships, we lead the way in real world experiences, preparing students – at all levels - for life.

Industry Collaboration offers a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based curriculum co-created by the University and industry. Learning is authentic, active and collaborative; that is, it involves taking risks, learning from both success and failure. Our students are prepared for the real world by explicitly developing practice and self-awareness, communication skills, team-working abilities, and critical thinking skills.

For Salford MBA students, this takes the form of industry-informed teaching from academics who combine subject expertise with real-world experience. This is supported by guest lectures, real case studies and business trips. These take on a global aspect during the overseas trip which was in  Bogotá, Colombia in 2017 and 2018.

You can read about the experiences of our MBA students in Colombia over at the Made in Salford blog.

Recent business trips – normally involving tours of factories and other facilities, as well as discussions with company experts and managers – have included:

  • A-Plant, Warrington
  • Bentley Motors, Crewe
  • Nutrition Group PLC, Blackpool

Visit the The Salford MBA (Blended learning) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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