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Master of Business Administration

Course Description

This MBA has been designed for those ready to make the leap into management roles from an existing job and those who are aspiring to become managers.

The programme will give you a broader understanding of business by considering issues such as human and financial resources, customers and the business environment.

Applicants are welcomed from any discipline and from a wide range of job roles. Many entrants to an MBA have a science or technology qualification so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.


Making decisions in organisations requires that you consider a broad range of issues. These include human and financial resources, customers and the business environment.

As such, this MBA will help you to gain a broader understanding of business by exposing you to different aspects and also showing you how it all fits together. Importantly, we take a strategic perspective on business and management and help you to develop the skills to contribute to major decisions made by organisations about their future.

This course will have an additional focus on the marketing discipline and help you develop the skills needed to contribute to strategic marketing decision making.

The MBA is not, however, simply an academic course. Organisations will present real-life problems for you to resolve and there is a requirement that you have a short placement within a company towards the end of the programme. At Edge Hill Business School you will not simply learn about management - you will practice it.


Full support will be provided to help you get the most from your learning experience. You will be assigned a personal tutor and there is a range of other support options available. Extensive use is made of information technology to support classroom activities.

For students from overseas, the Centre of International Education exists to help you deal with any problems you may have and provides support to ensure that you get the most benefit possible from your stay.


The MBA is designed to allow you to develop an understanding of key aspects of business and management. You will therefore study aspects related to accounting and finance; human resource management; marketing; and operations. By the end of these modules you will have an understanding of these critical aspects of business. Teaching is set in an international context with examples and illustrations drawn from the global economy. Throughout we will also take a strategic focus, concentrating on the major decisions that organizations have to make to determine their overall direction. Finally you will be exposed to a range of contemporary issues of interest to all managers. These will include such things as globalization; ethics; and social responsibility. At the end of the taught element you will undertake a work placement during which time you will undertake a project on behalf of the host company which you will then write up as a report.


As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations.

Working with business is a strong theme of the programme and the workplace will be brought into your study as well as you having the opportunity to go out into the workplace. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.


The course provides a placement opportunity after the second semester. This is an unpaid period of time spent with an employer, either singly or in a group, where you will undertake a project of strategic value to that organization. On completion of the project you will then write-up the work as the final piece of assessment undertaken on the programme. This is a vital part of the MBA. It allows you to demonstrate what you have gained from your study and allows you to show some UK work experience on your cv when applying for jobs.


All our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The degree is delivered by specialists in Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resource Management, E-Commerce and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, among others. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, and academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject areas.


Throughout the programme, there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working. Case studies and problem solving exercises are used. Examinations take a variety of forms, using both seen and unseen questions.


An MBA helps to equip you for a range of career opportunities in both general management and specialist functions. Typical MBA careers include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, marketing, public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise.

Visit the Master of Business Administration page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this MBA you should have a degree equivalent to UK lower second class honours. For overseas applicants, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Ideally you should also have two years relevant work experience gained after graduation although well qualified and motivated candidates without this will be considered.

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