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MBA (Finance) - Anglia Ruskin University (Online Distance Learning)

Course Description

The Anglia Ruskin MBA programme is designed to consolidate your managerial achievements and to expose you to current thinking and practice across a wide range of management disciplines.

You will build on your existing understanding of management and organization, relating your business experience to contemporary management ideas and practice within a global context. This is achieved through critical thinking, creativity and personal development.The online teaching materials are derived from established academic research in order to develop critical powers of analysis, reflection and the further development of interpersonal skills in preparation for key positions in industry, commerce and the public sector.

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop specific expertise in finance.

Course Content

1. International Management
This module aims to critically evaluate the impact of a changing world environment on international business and develop a range of management solutions in response to these changes. A key theme that runs through this module is the development of cultural awareness in doing business on a global stage.

2. Financial Management
This module will provide you with the tools to enable you to interpret and evaluate financial information and utilise financial information for decision-making purposes. After completing this module you will be able to:

• Draft financial statements.
• Critically analyse information contained in published financial statements.
• Select and apply financial decision-making techniques to appraise projects.
• Evaluate complex investment decisions.
• Utilise spreadsheets to present and analyse financial information.
• Appreciate differences between financial decision-making in the public and not for profit sectors as compared to the private sector.
• Apply appropriate techniques to protect against currency loss.

3. Marketing Management
You will investigate the role and function of marketing within the context of changing markets and increasing international competition. After completing this module you will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the information needs of the marketing function in terms of its contribution to the strategic processes and tactical decision-making.
• Integrate marketing decision-making with organisational strategy.
• Establish a broad base of marketing knowledge and the strategic implications.
• Develop and implement marketing plans for a product or service.
• Reflect an international perspective and the global context of decision-making in marketing planning.
• Evaluate the appropriateness of e-business strategies.

4. Managing the Human Resource
This module will help you to develop critical awareness of the contribution the human resource can make to workplace effectiveness. It will develop your ability to apply theoretical human resource models and concepts to a wide variety of work situations. This module is also designed to stimulate your thought on how organisation design can impact on the effectiveness of people. After completing this module you will be able to:

• Critically appraise the contribution people can make to an organisation.
• Analyse how factors concerning the management of human resource vary within an organisation and across situations.
• Compare and contrast the concepts of management and leadership.
• Demonstrate how to lead and develop effective teams.
• Analyse a human resource problem and apply appropriate models to develop solutions.

5. Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts. After completing this module you will be able to:
• Critically analyse a range of strategic decision-making models.
• Undertake a strategic analysis of an organisation.
• Apply a range of strategic choice frameworks to generate and evaluate an organisation’s strategic options.
• Demonstrate the need to reflect cultural, structural and behavioural issues in the strategic process.
• Develop and justify plans for the implementation of agreed strategies.

6. Strategic Investment Management
This module will provide you with opportunities to anticipate risk and develop risk management strategies to minimise it. After completing this module you will be able to:

• Analyse a situation to identify key contractual risks.
• Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legal principles.
• Identify alternative methods to minimise risk.
• Contribute to management decision making.

7. Performance Management
This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature and role of strategic planning within an organisation and of the impact of wider global and non-financial issues on this process. You will be able to
critically examine a wide range of strategic performance measurement techniques and models including non-financial performance indicators. After completing this module you will be able to:
• Critically analyse and apply a range of strategic planning models
• Respond to the differing control needs within a product or service life cycle and within divisions of an organisation
• Calculate and interpret a range of strategic performance measures such as Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and Return on Investment (ROI).
• Use financial models to predict potential business failure.
• Appreciate the impact of strategic performance measurement on the human resource within an organisation

8. Research Methods
This module will provide you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. You will develop research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that will enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting. After completing this module you will be able to:
• Critically appraise research undertaken by others.
• Propose and justify a report for a research project in business management that will stand up to critical scrutiny.
• Critically appraise the contribution primary and secondary data sources can make to research studies, particularly with respect to sampling, statistical analysis and data presentation techniques.
• Synthesize research findings to improve the quality of decisions in management.

9. Dissertation
You will be required to undertake a 20,000-word dissertation.


You will complete two assignments with accompanying presentations, four assignments of 4,000 words, two open-book 24 hour assessments and a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Start dates

This programme has the following intakes: January, April, July and October

Visit the MBA (Finance) - Anglia Ruskin University (Online Distance Learning) page on the Arden University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Paul Dees

4.jpg “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.”

(Student Profile)

Jihmmy Bach Friis

5.jpg “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!"

(Student Profile)

Hugh Porter

6.jpg “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."

(Student Profile)

Stephen Weekes

7.jpg “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.”

(Student Profile)

Rosey Andrassy

8.jpg “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.”

(Student Profile)

Richard Luck

9.jpg “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.”


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved university, plus at least two years’ professional full-time work experience. Applications from mature candidates without an undergraduate degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate a minimum of five years professional management experience supported by references covering the five year period. English ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, for overseas candidates who have not previously studied in English

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