The University of Sunderland MBA is designed as a top-up programme for those who have completed the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies and gained appropriate management experience. During this programme you will develop your modelling techniques, strategic management knowledge, competence and problem-solving ability. You will also become familiar with international management practice, and the development of effective business cultures and performance enhancement.
1. Global Corporate Strategy
This module seeks to establish the ‘holistic’ nature of corporate strategy and how this affects organisational decision making processes. By examining aspects of the internal and external environment and associated forces on the organisation, you will develop an appreciation of business and management within a global setting.
2. International Business Environment
This module will explore the different frameworks in which organisational decisions are made. You will identify key forces of globalisation and analyse the impact of economic, social, cultural and political factors on business operations and structures in a variety of national environments. You will also relate theories of internationalisation, innovation and competitive advantage to differing industries and locations.
You will complete a research proposal of 1,500-2,000 words and a 20,000 word dissertation. You will explore the nature of business/management research, ethical issues in business and management research, and deductive and inductive research methods. You will use and compare qualitative and quantitative research methods to enable you to write research projects and report research findings. Following this you will be required to undertake a research investigation into a contemporary management issue, utilising primary and secondary investigation, techniques and data sources.
The University of Sunderland MBA (Top-Up) is assessed by one written assignment after studying modules 1 and 2 and a dissertation. This dissertation will feature a research proposal of 1500-2000 words weighted at 20% and dissertation of 20,000 words weighted at 80%.
Intake dates for this programme are: January, April, July and September
“I considered all options - even changing my job to fit around my studies, but decided that distance learning would fit in better with my full time job and I could go at my own pace. The enrolment and course selection process was straightforward and very quick, no lengthy processes involved. I have had great study support over the past 15 months from tutors on the various subjects, without it I would have struggled.
The course can be very relaxed and intense depending upon how much study you put in but if you put the hard work in pays off, with 3 distinctions to my credit I am very pleased with my work. The MBA program has given me a greater understanding of the business world and has enabled me to do develop myself further in my current job role. My future aspirations are to use the MBA qualification amongst others, to secure a higher managerial position either in the UK or abroad.
The RDI Team have been extremely helpful and approachable. At times you do feel as though you are on your own but the RDI team are only an e-mail or phone call away to resolve any queries that arise. The tutors are also very approachable, often working long hours and at weekends to respond to my queries via e-mail. I have thanked the team at RDI personally for their help and support to enable me to achieve such a great milestone in my career. I have recommended the RDI programme to many people because of the flexibility it offers in the study programme and also it will fit in with probably most full time careers.”
Jihmmy Bach Friis
“I'm married, have children and a full-time job, so distance learning suits me, otherwise I would not be able to study. RDI staff are always very helpful in answering my queries. The most important and surprising thing to me about the Bradford MBA has been the personal development - you cannot imagine how much I, as a person, have changed since October when I started. I have no objection in recommending RDI to others!"
“I chose distance learning as it offered the only viable route to gaining management qualifications without taking significant time away from normal work. It also offers greater flexibility for students with significant other commitments such as work and family. Enrolment was straightforward and the financial process was simple. I haven’t required lots of support but where there have been issues they have generally been dealt with well.
My relationship with RDI staff is good e.g. e-mails are answered promptly. The course is very interesting. Though I work in the public sector (NHS) I wanted to undertake studies with a more general outlook rather than health /public sector specific as I thought this would actually be more informative and valuable - this has been the case. I have a much clear and better understanding of business processes and areas that need consideration in order to make a business successful. The course helps build confidence in the management field and will help me lead my practice in the coming years. I am happy to recommend RDI - distance learning is a very different process to learning on campus, but if you have the skills and capabilities to manage this it is ideal."
“Giving up employment to study full time was not an option.RDI allowed me to study while earning and proved an extremely flexible solution. The support I received was superb, any queries I had were resolved quickly and easily, my student support co-ordinator was extremely helpful and professional.”
“As teachers I strongly believe that in order to ensure continued good practice, we need to reflect critically on the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. Studying for my MA Ed enabled me to achieve a ‘helicopter’ perspective on my personal and professional development.
The modules that I have studied have not only been interesting, enjoyable and manageable alongside a full time teaching commitment and given me a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction, but have also enhanced the quality of my own and others’ teaching and learning within and beyond my classroom and school.”
“Allowing a student to work at a different pace where they may have knowledge gaps has certainly been of significant benefit to me. I have been able to adapt my learning and continuous professional development requirements to suit a busy working and family schedule. The overall time frame for achievement is flexible and adaptable and meets the needs of mature students.”
To gain entry to the University of Sunderland MBA Top-Up you must possess the Edexcel Diploma in Management Studies or a CMI Executive Diploma. You must have at least two years appropriate management experience.
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