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Master of Business Administration (Full-time)

Course Description

Course Description

The Cranfield full-time MBA is an intensive one-year programme beginning in September. It is a general management programme with a focus on real-word learning and leadership development. It will give you the opportunity to:

- Create and implement your own leadership development plan, setting a vision for where you want to be professionally and how you are going to get there.
- Prepare for and find a professional role that suits you based on your personality, skills, experience and career aspirations.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of core aspects of business and finance, as well as enhance your soft skills such as self-awareness, teamwork and resilience.
- Discover the confidence and competence to take on new challenges, and raise the level of your ambition.
- Build relationships with and learn from experienced, like-minded professionals from all around the world.

Course overview

The Cranfield MBA covers all the core management subjects in a series of 16 modules, but is also highly flexible, allowing you to choose 8 electives and tailor projects to suit your individual interests and professional aspirations.

The programme emphasises real world learning and includes a consultancy project, International Business Assignment, crisis management simulation, and pan-business school business plan and venture capital competitions.

Leadership development and career development activities run throughout the programme, and include working on your self-awareness, personal effectiveness and leadership style, as well as looking at challenges such as leading change, leading ethically and managing performance.

Group project

The programme includes a compulsory consultancy project. Working in small groups, you will apply what you have learnt in your core and elective modules to the project. You will help an organisation to tackle a contemporary challenge, researching the problem, analysing data and making recommendations for action.

Individual Project

Internships and company-based projects allow you to apply your learning in a real business environment, get experience in a sector of interest, gain international exposure and can support your career progression. You can source an internship or project yourself, or use the School's alumni network or dedicated Career Development Services to help you find the right organisation.


The programme is structured in two main parts. The first part comprises 13 core management modules, including a consultancy skills module and a group consultancy project. In the second part, you will take a further 3 core modules including an International Business Assignment. You will then choose 8 elective modules (half-theme worth 10 credits), and have the option to complete an internship or company-based project. Leadership development and career development activities run throughout the programme.

Core -

Strategic Marketing
Strategic Operations Management
Economics of Organisations and Strategy
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Venture Capital Investment Competition
Decision Making and Data Analytics
Global Macroeconomics and Business Environment
Project Management Introduction
Strategic Management
Financial Management
International Business Assignment
Developing Leadership
Managing People and Leading Change
Challenges for Leaders
Leadership in Action
Company-based projects

Elective -

International Strategy
Managing Project Uncertainty
Business Law
Investment and Risk Management
Managing International Mergers and Acquisitions
Managing Strategic Innovation
Strategic Human Resource Management in the 21st Century
Negotiating in Business and Organisations
Corporate Finance Transactions
Corporate Financial Strategy
Driving Value Through the Supply Chain
Identifying Hidden Needs
Entrepreneurial Finance
MBA Consultancy Project


You will be assessed through a mixture of exams, written projects and presentations. Assessment of core modules generally takes the form of an examination and these are timetabled at the end of each term. The majority of elective modules are assessed by group and individual projects. Written projects come in a variety of forms: individual essays, group reports and 'Written Analysis of a Case' assignments.

Career opportunities

We will help you not only to secure your first role post-MBA, but to plan for a successful lifelong career. With the support of our career development team, you will work out where you want to be professionally and how to get there. You will learn to identify the fit between what you have to offer and what is required by employers, to differentiate yourself and pitch yourself.

- Average exit salary £63,929
- 64% of students changed country after graduation
- 65% of students employed in the UK after graduation
- 71% of students changed industry sector after graduation
- 87% of students employed 3 months after graduation.

Companies recruiting Cranfield MBA students include:

- Accenture
- AT Kearney
- Bank Mandiri
- BNP Paribas
- Infosys
- Johnson & Johnson
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Prime Minister's Office (GB)
- Saint-Gobain
- Schlumberger Business Consulting
- Shanghai Shenhua Holding
- Third Horizon Consulting Partners
- United Drug
- US Department of State.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/mba

Visit the Master of Business Administration (Full-time) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marco Marioni

I chose Cranfield because if its high rankings.
Life on campus is like a little universe of it own. The academics that taught me and the career service are fantastic. The Cranfield alumni network is very powerful and I am pleased to be part of it.
I did a consultancy project whilst studying with an external client which was great experience.

Marco Marioni, Danone Ltd (London), MSc Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time

(Student Profile)

Allison Alassan

I chose Cranfield for its great reputation which has been formed by the many industry leaders who have studied or worked there. I believe that the knowledge I have acquired will be an invaluable asset to any organisation and be beneficial to my career.
The environment is next-to-none for studying and the lecturers are very experienced. For our group project we worked with a marketing consultancy in London on one of their real-life business problems. Connecting with business in this way brings learning to life.

Allison Alassan, Nigeria (MSc, Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time)

(Student Profile)

Miss Yue Zhu

I studied full-time at Cranfield, which I chose because of its good reputation in the field of logistics and supply chain management.
I found its close relationships with industry gave me opportunity to work on real things which bring true value for my future career. The research environment is focused and mature.

Some of my experiences when I was at Cranfield were tough but introduced me to new items like popular topics in industry. I found the time constraints for assignments and projects brought challenges but helped me to improve my own processes to deal with tough times.
I learned how to solve complicated problems in a much more effective way. So, all in all, my course has helped me to be more positive when facing difficulties by teaching me how to get over them.

At the beginning of the year we did group assignments. Then, for my thesis project, I worked alone. My thesis project was sponsored by British American Tobacco (BAT) and focused on a procurement-related topic. The company was very supportive - both regarding my project and my career development. My professor at Cranfield also guided me with clear structure and direction. With their help, I reached outcomes I didn't expect I would be capable of when I first arrived.

Miss Yue Zhu, Business Navigator, Carlsberg Supply Company, UK

(MSc, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2014, full-time)


Entry Requirements

- A minimum of three years' post-qualification work experience.- A good degree and / or professional qualification.- Applicants who do not have a degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential.

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