Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Top-up) full-time

Why choose this course?

    • Join a well established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management.

    • Teaching and supervision is offered by a well qualified and dedicated team of experienced staff drawn from business and academia.

    • Excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas.

    • All MBA students will be provided with access to a research and study skills module which will assist them in their academic studies.

    Course overview

    The MBA Top-up is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience which 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 also part of this course.

    Applicants will study full-time over two trimesters, which is less than 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 allow 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.

    No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the MBA top up 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

    • 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

    Award(s) MBA
    Code0751-D
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)32 weeks
    Start date(s) 25/09/2017
    Entry requirements Applicants will have at least two years relevant work experience and a HE Level 7 qualification with at least 100 credits (minimum).

    These include:

    Post-graduate Diploma

    Edexcel DMS

    ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

    Applications must be accompanied by a reference from your current employer. The reference must be on official letter headed paper and should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and a breakdown of the content, roles and responsibilities of the job.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/BAM054-F-UOB-UX

    What you will learn

    Students studying the MBA top-up must study 2 core modules and 2 optional modules during their studies. The modules and their descriptions are outlined below.

    It is important to note that whilst every effort will be made to offer students the modular choices they prefer, operational requirements might necessitate substitute choices to be made if the timetable has to be altered.

    What you will study

    Research Methods - core module

    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.

    Dissertation - core module

    The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesize 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.

    Leadership & Management - optional module

    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.

    Financial Management & Decision Making - optional module

    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.

    International Marketing Management - optional module

    This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the global marketing process and the opportunity to develop and refine relevant skills in the practice of global marketing. You will gain experience of evaluating and analysing the challenges managers face in the development and deployment of global marketing strategy, and you will develop an advanced awareness of the need to consider a range of alternative approaches to dealing with strategic planning issues in order to achieve global or regional competitive advantage. To gain and enhance your critical knowledge and understanding you will consider and critically evaluate key stages of the organisation’s global marketing 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 global marketing planning process.

    Strategic Management - optional module

    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.

    Change Management - optional module

    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

    HR in A Global Context - optional module

    This module focuses on the people dimension of international business and management. In the competitive global arena of the 21st century, people are seen as key to the success of the organisation in achieving competitive advantage. As such, the role of HRM has become increasingly important. Organisations, wherever they are based, need to ensure that they have the right people, in the right place at the right time. This module will help you to think outside of the box and develop your understanding of how organisations deploy, develop and engage their people.

    The MBA qualification is one of few academic qualifications to benefit from truly international recognition among employers. As a generalist post experience degree, it entitles the holders of it to be considered for a very wide range of industrial and commercial occupations. The skills developed on the course are deliberately focused on those highly prized by employers. In addition, holders of the degree may decide to attempt to undertake a research degree.

    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

    Home/EU Fees

    Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,000 for the academic year 2017/18

    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees

    International students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay an Overseas fee of £6,600 for the academic year 2017/18

    More International Fee information

    Contact Us

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

    Dr Peter Moran (Programme Leader)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903056

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

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

    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.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      • Join a well established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management.

      • Teaching and supervision is offered by a well qualified and dedicated team of experienced staff drawn from business and academia.

      • Excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas.

      • All MBA students will be provided with access to a research and study skills module which will assist them in their academic studies.

      Course overview

      The MBA Top-up is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience which 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 also part of this course.

      Applicants will study full-time over two trimesters, which is less than 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 allow 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.

      No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the MBA top up 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

      • 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

      Key Information

      Award(s) MBA
      Code0751-D
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)32 weeks
      Start date(s) 25/09/2017
      Entry requirements Applicants will have at least two years relevant work experience and a HE Level 7 qualification with at least 100 credits (minimum).

      These include:

      Post-graduate Diploma

      Edexcel DMS

      ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

      Applications must be accompanied by a reference from your current employer. The reference must be on official letter headed paper and should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and a breakdown of the content, roles and responsibilities of the job.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/BAM054-F-UOB-UX

      What you will learn

      Students studying the MBA top-up must study 2 core modules and 2 optional modules during their studies. The modules and their descriptions are outlined below.

      It is important to note that whilst every effort will be made to offer students the modular choices they prefer, operational requirements might necessitate substitute choices to be made if the timetable has to be altered.

      What you will study

      Research Methods - core module

      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.

      Dissertation - core module

      The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesize 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.

      Leadership & Management - optional module

      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.

      Financial Management & Decision Making - optional module

      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.

      International Marketing Management - optional module

      This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the global marketing process and the opportunity to develop and refine relevant skills in the practice of global marketing. You will gain experience of evaluating and analysing the challenges managers face in the development and deployment of global marketing strategy, and you will develop an advanced awareness of the need to consider a range of alternative approaches to dealing with strategic planning issues in order to achieve global or regional competitive advantage. To gain and enhance your critical knowledge and understanding you will consider and critically evaluate key stages of the organisation’s global marketing 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 global marketing planning process.

      Strategic Management - optional module

      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.

      Change Management - optional module

      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

      HR in A Global Context - optional module

      This module focuses on the people dimension of international business and management. In the competitive global arena of the 21st century, people are seen as key to the success of the organisation in achieving competitive advantage. As such, the role of HRM has become increasingly important. Organisations, wherever they are based, need to ensure that they have the right people, in the right place at the right time. This module will help you to think outside of the box and develop your understanding of how organisations deploy, develop and engage their people.

      Careers

      The MBA qualification is one of few academic qualifications to benefit from truly international recognition among employers. As a generalist post experience degree, it entitles the holders of it to be considered for a very wide range of industrial and commercial occupations. The skills developed on the course are deliberately focused on those highly prized by employers. In addition, holders of the degree may decide to attempt to undertake a research degree.

      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

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees

      Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,000 for the academic year 2017/18

      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees

      International students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay an Overseas fee of £6,600 for the academic year 2017/18

      More International Fee information

      Contacts

      Contact Us

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

      Dr Peter Moran (Programme Leader)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903056

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

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

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      How to Apply

      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.