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The Kent MBA


Course Description

The Kent MBA aims to transform you into a responsible business leader, who understands and can embed sustainable management practices for the advancement of local and global communities.

Key benefits

- Accredited by The Association of MBA’s (AMBA), the Kent MBA guarantees a real and relevant learning experience to broaden and sharpen your skills. Together with an international focus, it is academically rigorous yet innovative with flexible learning options. There is the option to complete in one year full-time or part-time over two or three years.

- The programme is delivered in Canterbury with an innovative study tour in Paris and Brussels where students will learn about the structure, policy, law and finance of the EU as well as hearing from leading European organisations.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/291/kent-mba

Course detail

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

- Case studies
- European study tour
- Consultancy Week – working with businesses live on consulting projects
- Internships with high-profile, multinational corporations

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.

Purpose

You will be gaining tangible business connections and interacting with the corporate world as Kent MBA students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of external projects such as:

- Kent MBA Consultancy Week - working with businesses live on consulting projects
- Live Case Studies
- Key Speakers
- Internships with high-profile, multinational corporations

Format and assessment

The course structure is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new developments and innovation. You are required to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

- Marketing Analysis and Planning
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Managing Processes
- The Fundamentals of Corporate Finance and Investment
- International Business
- Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
- Leadership and Change
- Applied Business Modelling
- A Systems Approach to Managing Complexity
- Entrepreneurship
- Innovation Management and New Product Development
- International Marketing
- MBA Management Skills and Career Development Report
- MBA Business Report

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in January and May/June.

Once these are completed, students then work full time on two reports to be completed over the summer. These reports provide an opportunity to apply the techniques and insights presented in the programme and apply them to a particular problem area.

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.

Our specialist advisers deliver workshops throughout the academic year and provide individual support to guide you in your post-MBA career path. Workshops and clinics are supported by sessions on negotiation skills, leadership and how to market yourself effectively. Networking is facilitated by alumni, internships or student projects, Consultancy Week, Brussels and Paris workshops and other events delivered throughout the year.

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

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

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!

(Student Profile)

Nick Saunders

Background and why study for an MBA?

Originally I worked in the City, in Finance. If you are looking at my career as two halves, that was the first half. The second half has been involved in a family business which is in recruitment, which is for recruiting health care staff, which we supply to various organisations throughout Kent. And I've being doing that for the last half of my career up until now, so the last 15 years.

The reason for coming on an MBA was because increasingly the business I'm in is becoming more and more competitive, there's opportunities where we would like to diversify into certain areas, and I think all those things couple together, I just felt that I would prefer to have an increased my skill set to take advantage of these opportunities that are coming forward and also to have this in readiness for any potential move in the market, for example expansion. So it's basically gaining skills sets.

I looked at the MBA because I think it gives you an all-round approach to business as a whole. There might be certain elements that don't really apply to me, but as I'm doing the course now I can see where things tie in with what I'm doing or what I'm thinking, or are quite relevant to the opportunities I'm looking at. So that was the reason for choosing the MBA. Obviously, the executive format allowed me to combine the MBA with my work.


(Scholarship)

Tiered Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Scholarships are categorised into three award tiers; Bronze, Silver and Gold and are awarded based on academic merit.Criteria - Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent.
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application (below) for the Tiered Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note: Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £5,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on academic merit

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Programme Director's Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Our Programme Director scholarships are open for applications and are available for all students applying to study on a master’s programme offered within the School. There will be scholarships available per programme up to the value of £2,000 each. Programme Directors will be looking to grant these awards to students who have an outstanding academic background, can demonstrate their passion for the programme and will contribute greatly to their specialist field.Criteria - Applicants must have made a formal application to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School and be in receipt of an offer for September 2016 entry.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first class degree (or equivalent). Students with a borderline 2:1/First degree will also be considered.Application and Decisions - No scholarship application required. Awards considered on a rolling basis by the Scholarship Awarding Panel. Applicants will be notified at offer stage. Please note:Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.
Whilst there is no official deadline for applications, these scholarships are dependent upon a finite pool of funding and will deplete accordingly. The University reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £2,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

No scholarship application required. Successful applicants to be notified at offer stage.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Early Bird Discount - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Online applications received before 31 March 2016

Application Procedure

Apply before 31 March 2016 and subsequently accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 April 2016 and you will automatically be eligible

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £3,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on financial hardship

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 August 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/bursary.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html



Entry Requirements

A good degree from a UK or other approved university and/or an equivalent professional qualification; a minimum of three years’ relevant managerial work experience. English Language requirements: View Website

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