MBA (Master of Business Administration) Global

The University of South Wales's MBA Global programme is a two-year MBA that offers you the opportunity to gain up to ten months work experience with companies in the UK and overseas.

The MBA Global offers specialist pathways in Finance, HRM, Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. It builds on a strong ethos of helping managers and leaders solve complex business problems while developing professionals who will make a strategic difference within the context of their organisations.

It will develop your leadership and strategic thinking skills, including the ability to  build successful teams and navigate growth within an uncertain, resource-constrained and competitive business environment. You will gain insights into how to prepare, plan and react efficiently to a rapidly changing business world.

During the course you will enjoy an extracurricular programme – Global Choices - that includes masterclasses with leading figures from the spheres of business and government. In recent years, our guests have included Lord Jonathan Evans, former Head of MI5; Lord George Robertson, former NATO Secretary General; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Sir Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister. You will also be able to learn from the experience of entrepreneurs and business leaders in Wales, forging links we hope you will take into your future careers as MBA Global alumni.

You will also be offered workshops and simulations on core skills and competencies which are designed to support the development of your high-level awareness of the challenges facing not only business but also societies across the world.

The University is host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides excellent opportunities for you to gain global perspectives on business and management. As a USW MBA Global graduate, you will become part of a global alumni network.

MBA Global Specialisations

  • MBA Global
  • MBA Global Finance
  • MBA Global Marketing
  • MBA Global Supply Chain
  • MBA Global HRM
  • MBA Global Entrepreneurship

Please note, due to the high volumes of applications received, we are no longer accepting new applications from international students who wish to start this course in January or February 2023. Applications from students in the UK or EU are still being accepted. For more information, please visit our International website. Any new international applications received for the January/February 2023 intakes will be withdrawn. 

However, International students can apply to study this course from September 2023. Whilst there is no set deadline to apply, we would recommend making an application as soon as possible.

Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 2 Years February Newport City C
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
2024
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 2 Years February Newport City C
Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C

Year 1 - Core Modules

Global Challenges
This module will explore the main global mega-trends, driving forces and challenges for global business today, and the ways in which they impact on global business management and global value chains. During this module you will develop responsible leadership skills including strategic decision-making and problem-solving capabilities in the context of real- life situations. 

Global Marketing and Communication

This module will equip you with the knowledge and the tools required to design globally integrated marketing communications strategies and practices, including global market selection, segmentation and positioning strategies, global brand architecture and reputation management, intercultural communication and campaign measurement and evaluation.

Organisational Behaviour, HRM and Leadership
This module will provide you with a critical and integrated understanding of leadership, organisational behaviour and HRM in a global context. You will develop the knowledge, skills and mindset required for leading and managing organisational change in a global context.

Global Strategy and Decision Making
This module will develop your ability to critically understand and evaluate a range of strategic options for effective decision-making consistent in a dynamic and diverse global marketplace. During this module you will explore a range of topics including global trade and foreign direct investment, culture and multinational competitive strategy in emerging markets, entry modes for multinational corporations and corporate strategy and portfolio management.

Strategic Financial Management
The module provides an overview of the strategic financial management of an organization, from both internal and external stakeholder viewpoints. You will develop knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation of accounting terminology; theoretical frameworks; and the main principles of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management.

Operations Management in the Digital Age
This module will provide you with a critical understanding of operations management principles, practices, and methodologies and their adaptation in the digital age for enhanced operational and supply chain performance. On this module you will develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary operations management practices, including operations strategy and its adaptation in the digital age and industry 4.0 technologies for effective operations and supply chain visibility and integration. 

Project Management and Consultancy Skills (for Lexicon students only)
This module will critically explore and examine project management and consultancy skills in a business and a supply chain context. During this module you will explore relevant and key project management techniques and principles, including the concept of responsible leadership, and the impact that they have on operations, supply chain and business processes. 

Personal and Professional Skills Development 1
This module offers you an exciting opportunity to develop your professional and employability skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded professional.

Year 2 - Specialist Pathway Modules

Personal and Professional Skills Development Module

The pathway on which you enrol will determine which specialism Personal and Professional Skills Development module you will study from the list below:

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 (MBA Global Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded business professional.

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 - Finance (Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability finance skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded finance professional.

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 - Marketing (Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability marketing skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded marketing professional.

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 – Supply Chain (Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability supply chain skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded supply chain professional.

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 – Human Resource Management (Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability HRM skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded HRM professional.

Personal and Professional Skills Development 2 - Entrepreneurship (Specialist Pathway)
This module builds on the Personal and Professional Skills Development 1 module and offers you an exciting opportunity to further develop your professional and employability entrepreneurship skills via a series of practical skills workshops. Based on contemporary professional practice and delivered by industry experts and/or academic specialists the workshops will provide you with the skills needed to realise your personal aspirations become a resilient, ethical, culturally aware, and globally minded entrepreneur.

Capstone Module

The pathway on which you enrol will determine which specialism Capstone Project module you will study from the list below:

Capstone Project (MBA Global Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum.

Capstone Project - Finance (Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world finance issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum.

Capstone Project - Marketing (Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world marketing issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum.

Capstone Project – Supply Chain (Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world supply chain issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum. 

Capstone Project – Human Resource Management (Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world HRM issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum. 

Capstone Project - Entrepreneurship (Specialist Pathway)
The module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to utilise multiple skills sets, and knowledge gained in previous discipline-based modules to solve a real-world entrepreneurship issue posed by an external or internal client organisation / consultant. Working in a student team you will prepare a report and actionable recommendations for a client using the tools, perspectives and theories studied in the course curriculum.

Teaching

You will experience an innovative curriculum which incorporates real-world challenges which will provide you with an opportunity to draw on your disciplinary understanding and work with others to develop new knowledge and employability skills which are highly appropriate for the demands of the modern workplace. Informed by cutting-edge research and practice, the MBA Global curriculum will enable you to become ethical and resilient world citizens with the aspiration to make a tangible societal impact, within and beyond the workplace.

The modules will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and seminars / workshops. All modules are supported by Blackboard, the virtual learning environment which will provide students with a wide range of learning material and study guidance. For the final capstone project student teams are allocated a supervisor who will provide constructive comment on their work as it develops.

Assessment

There are no examinations on the course. Instead, you will undertake a variety of innovative assessments designed to build a portfolio of skills and competencies, from preparing scoping reports and briefings, to applying theoretical knowledge developed on the modules to a range of authentic work-related settings and challenges.

Accreditations

The MBA Global course is accredited by the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI). With its origins dating back to 1945, the CMI community is made up of over 100,000 members.

MBA Global students will be eligible to apply for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Qualifications from the CMI are highly respected by employers and dual accreditation will help graduates stand out in the job market and equip them with the managerial skills needed to lead effectively within the workplace.

Placements

The University of South Wales will provide advice on sourcing placements that reflect your professional aspirations, as well as guidance on preparing a strong application. All placements are, however, highly competitive and it is the responsibility of each student to secure their own placement.

You have the option of a work placement in one of the four placement pathways, all of which are secured through a competitive recruitment process:

External work-placement
We will provide a range of competitive work-placement opportunities. You will be required to go through an external recruitment process, attend an interview and demonstrate strong academic performance to secure your placement. Placements may range from large corporations to small medium enterprises. The duration of placements is up to a maximum of ten months.

Note: the course does not guarantee external work placements, as these are limited and secured via a competitive recruitment process.

Internal consultancy-based placement
You can apply for a business analyst role within the South Wales Business School Business Clinic. If successful in gaining a clinic position, you would work as part of a group, under the direction of the Clinic Manager, to work on a live clinic-based consultancy project for a client company. A range of projects are identified each year and the Clinic Manager will assign students to projects, taking into consideration where possible your interests, specialism and the requirements of the client.

Internal entrepreneurship-based placement
The purpose of this placement is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, capacity, and personal outlook required to be a successful entrepreneur, owner or director of an entrepreneurial organisation. It adopts a student-centred approach to innovation and entrepreneurship based on learning through a range of experiential projects that address real-time issues within the industry. 

Internal online business simulation
You will be able to join an online business simulation in teams. The simulation will offer you the opportunity to apply your knowledge, approaches and skills in leading and managing a global corporation, making strategic decisions in terms of investments in new markets, marketing campaigns, financial management and so on.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

A minimum UK second-class honours degree or recognised international equivalent qualification.

Relevant managerial experience is preferable and all applicants would be considered on an individual basis. 

 

International Entry Requirements

The MBA course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £12800

  • Full-time International:  £15500 

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Additional assessment or membership £250 - £250
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to obtain the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Students wishing to do this will be charged £250 (price correct at time of writing).

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Register and apply directly to the University for the MBA Global.

The MBA Global also offers specialist pathways in Finance, HRM, Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, respectively, and should you want to follow a pathway, you will be prompted to select this when you apply.

Admissions statement 

The MBA programme will prepare students for employment within a range of sectors including retail, international management, consultancy, marketing and e-commerce.

It is ideal if you want to:

  • progress to a managerial or leadership position within an organisation
  • work for global companies and MNCs
  • become a consultant in an area of expertise
  • complement your technical bachelor’s degree with a Business and Management masters
  • develop an awareness of global strategic tools and techniques, global cultures and management practices
  • work in an organisation planning to expand internationally or an organisation engaging in global projects
  • work in your family business and want to expand the business internationally

At the end of your MBA you may wish to progress on to postgraduate research with a Masters by Research or PhD.