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Master of Business Administration (MBA) full-time

Why choose this course?

Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

  • Benefit from the programme’s excellent reputation, which ensures students are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Learn from a highly dedicated team with business and academic backgrounds
  • Work closely with staff with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas
  • Enjoy the opportunity to develop both personal and managerial understanding
  • Take advantage of modules designed to provide a rich and varied learning experience, improving future employability prospects
  • Teaching is conducted by a highly dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, and close links to business and industry.

Course overview

The MBA is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience. This course focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global economy. Critical knowledge of organisations and their management, creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues and developing knowledge of improving business and management practice are all part of this course.

Applicants will study full-time over three trimesters, which is a full calendar year.

The programme seeks to develop:

Intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a masters’ level dissertation.

Academic and professional skills to allow for opportunities for career development and further study.

Lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

About the course

No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the MBA course will assist you in gaining a critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential solutions. These qualities are sought by prestigious employers.

A variety of teaching and learning methods provide access to learning to meet a range of learner needs and are aimed at; widening participation amongst learners, avoiding exclusion and developing learner skills in both academic and workplace arenas. The methods employed include: lectures; workshops; tutorials (group and individual) and guest speakers.

However individual tutors are free to introduce techniques that they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. The learning and teaching strategy for each individual module is detailed in the module guides that you will receive at the beginning of each semester.

Special features

  • The MBA offers you the chance to join a well established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management.
  • In addition, teaching and supervision is offered by a well qualified and dedicated team of experienced staff drawn from business and academia. The university enjoys excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas.
  • All students studying for the MBA will be provided with access to a research and study skills module which will assist them in their academic studies.

Course overview

The MBA is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience. This course focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global economy. Critical knowledge of organisations and their management, creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues and developing knowledge of improving business and management practice are all part of this course.

Applicants will study full-time over three trimesters, which is a full calendar year.

The programme seeks to develop:

Intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a masters’ level dissertation.

Academic and professional skills to allow for opportunities for career development and further study.

Lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

Professional recognition

After successfully completing your MBA programme you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute. Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/

Course overview

The MBA is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience. This course focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global economy. Critical knowledge of organisations and their management, creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues and developing knowledge of improving business and management practice are all part of this course.

Applicants will study full-time over three trimesters, which is a full calendar year.

The programme seeks to develop:

Intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a masters’ level dissertation.

Academic and professional skills to allow for opportunities for career development and further study.

Lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

Careers & professional development

An MBA is widely seen as the most prestigious qualification for business and management throughout the world. The qualification will give you a highly competitive edge – whatever industry you are in or wherever your future career takes you. The Bolton MBA course is designed to enhance your lifelong learning, transferable skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and confidence to help businesses prosper.

The University of Bolton has a long-standing reputation for working closely with industry and professional bodies.

In recent years our graduates have gone on to a wide range of management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Others have opted to commence studying for a research degree (MPhil, DBA or PhD).

Award(s)MBA
Admissions (MCR) codeBAM0054
Mode of attendance Full-time: this course is available by a combination of day and evening teaching (mostly day).
Duration(s) September intake: 12 months
January intake: 12 months
Start date(s) September
January
Entry requirementsYou must have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a UK honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent).

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.

You will normally be interviewed at some point during the application process. This may be by one of the course tutors, one of the University's international officers, or by an agent appointed by the University to assist international students with their application.

Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) University of Bolton:
Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

What you will learn

You will study a contemporary curriculum which focusses on the key functional areas of management: Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Strategic Management and so forth, many of which will be beyond the borders of your current, familiar management responsibilities. The aim is to stretch your management competencies into new areas of potential responsibility.

What you will study

The MBA programme offers a suite of contemporary modules which allow you to develop your knowledge of organisations and their management in today’s fast-moving global economy, in order to reflect and improve your own management practice.

The modules are:

Research and Study Skills;

Leadership Management;

Sales Management and Marketing;

Financial Management and Decision Making;

Human Resource Management;

Change Management;

Strategic Management;

Research Methods;

MBA Dissertation

Each module is worth 20 credits except for the dissertation which is worth 40 credits.

Assessment is by essays, case studies, reports and presentations as well as the practically based dissertation.

To obtain an MBA you are required to achieve 180 credits. The postgraduate diploma in management studies is an interim award (120 credits). The postgraduate certificate in management is also an interim award (60 credits).

A description of each module follows below.

Research and study skills

This module supports your success on the MBA programme as a whole and allows you to develop your academic skills including writing skills, information literacy skills and presentation skills.

Leadership Management

This module is designed to enable you to explore your values, attitudes, style and interpersonal skills and to provide a platform for continuing personal development as managers and leaders. It invites you to critically evaluate theories pertinent to personal development, management and leadership; and to develop your interpersonal and team working skills to enhance the current and future roles as managers and leaders.

Sales Management and Marketing

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the sales management and marketing processes and the opportunity to develop and refine relevant skills in the practice of sales management and marketing. You will gain experience of evaluating and analysing the challenges managers face in the development and deployment of sales and marketing planning, and you will develop an advanced awareness of the need to consider a range of alternative approaches to dealing with planning and management issues in order to achieve competitive advantage and successful sales.

To gain and enhance your critical knowledge and understanding you will consider and critically evaluate key stages of the organisations’ marketing and sales planning process. By the end of the module you will have developed a superior appreciation of the processes and outcomes in the implementation of the strategic choices facing an organisation with regard to marketing and sales management

Financial Management and Decision Making

This module is designed to introduce managers (usually who have no previous background in finance) to the concepts of financial management, and to explore the corporate aspects, and their differing organisational contexts, that determine sources of corporate funding.

The module will also consider legal and other key issues, affecting corporate financial management. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts of financial management, and enable you to analyse and evaluate financial statements to provide a basis for informed decision making. You will develop an understanding of capital budgeting, strategic financial issues and control systems and how they can assist more informed decisions.

Human Resource Management

This module aims to provide a general introduction to HRM in organisations. It will show an awareness of the merits and difficulties associated with new and different forms of work patterns and job designs aimed at enhancing performance, motivation and commitment. It will contribute to the wider debate by examining the organisational functions that are attributed to human resource managers.

Change Management

This module will introduce you to managing change. You will investigate the types of change that affect modern organisations and their scope and scale. You will analyse the structural and cultural accelerators/impediments to change, the notion that organisations can learn to innovate faster than their competitors and the prominent roles of strategy and leadership. Throughout this module you will be called upon to exercise and improve your powers of critical evaluation as applied to conceptual models of innovation and change and both internal and external contingencies that impinge on organisational efforts to innovate.

Strategic Management

The module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the strategic management process, and will integrate material from other parts of the course within a strategic management framework. Initially lectures will be used to develop knowledge of the concepts underpinning the study of strategic management. As your knowledge increases you will participate more fully in a critical exploration of the concepts. The case studies will enable you to explore the application of strategic management concepts and models, apply them to complex business problems, and evaluate the strategic issues within the case study, while critically assessing the applicability and usefulness of the theoretical models.

Research Methods

This module prepares you for the dissertation. It will enable you to make informed decisions about which research methods are appropriate under particular circumstances and specifically in relation to your own research. You will develop your knowledge of a range of research tools and analytical techniques. You will also receive guidance on the structuring of your dissertation.

MBA Dissertation

The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught modules and to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of a strategic issue relevant to your organisation, your recommendations following the research process and a proposed implementation plan.

Careers & professional development

An MBA is widely seen as the most prestigious qualification for business and management throughout the world. The qualification will give you a highly competitive edge – whatever industry you are in or wherever your future career takes you. The Bolton MBA course is designed to enhance your lifelong learning, transferable skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and confidence to help businesses prosper.

The University of Bolton has a long-standing reputation for working closely with industry and professional bodies.

In recent years our graduates have gone on to a wide range of management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Others have opted to commence studying for a research degree (MPhil, DBA or PhD).

On completion of your MBA you will also become a member of the University’s alumni association. You can be a lifelong member of the University's community, able to access careers information and guidance, as well as the University's library and other facilities.

Professional recognition

After successfully completing your MBA programme you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute. Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/

Fees, funding and finance information

There are no fees to display for this academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Contact us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Ann Pendleton (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903693

For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

You can also download an application form and guidance notes here.

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