USW's MBA Global programme is a unique two-year MBA which offers students the opportunity to gain up to ten months' worth of work-experience in the UK.
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 leadership and strategic thinking skills required 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 environment.
The University is host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides excellent opportunity for you to gain global perspectives on business and management.
Plus any one of the options below depending on specialism choice:
Project Management and Consultancy Skills (general)
Students will learn to evaluate the strategy and scope of a project while gaining an understanding of the project management process and the incumbent and emerging structural and leadership issues. Students will also be exposed to the process of identifying and selecting projects and managing projects using appropriate project management tools.
Accounting and Financial Control (Finance)
The module aims to provide an understanding of the most important financial decisions of a firm, covering the recent developments in the field of global corporate finance.
International Management of Employee Relations (HRM)
This module focuses on these activities, focusing not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.
Commercial Relationships (Supply-Chain Management)
This module encourages participants to go beyond the study of theory and become active participants in the debate that is at the leading edge of strategic thinking and practice. The module will help students identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries and markets, explore the structure and management of a global and international logistics and supply networks and examine the main activities involved in global and international logistics and supply chain management.
Social and Sustainability Marketing (Marketing)
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the key constructs associated with Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing; a critical understanding of how Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing interfaces with business strategy; and the differentiation between Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, and normative marketing planning and management, from the context of strategic business model development within a technologically driven business environment.
The Entrepreneur in a Global Environment (Entrepreneurship)
This module will explore issues associated with HRM, people management and high performing teams. It will explore leadership theory in an entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship context and will discuss the changing role and skill set required from entrepreneurial founder to entrepreneurial leader (of the business, within the business community, in society).
At this stage:
Students have the option of a six-to-ten-month internship or work placement in either:
An external work-placement
We will provide a range of competitive work-placement opportunities. Students may be required to attend an interview, develop a personal statement and demonstrate strong academic performance in order to secure one of these placements. Placements may range from large corporations and MNCs to SMEs.
An internal consultancy-based internship
Students will also have the option of a business analyst role within the USW Business Clinic, the business school’s consultancy division, where you will carry out a clinic-based consultancy project for a client company. A range of projects are identified each year and students will be matched against these projects based on their interests, specialism and requirements of the client.
Note: the course does not guarantee external work placements as these are limited and competitive.
This block allows the student time and scope to develop a professional project report based on their work-placement or consultancy project internship to highlight and report their impact on the respective client organisations.
Business research project
Students are required to produce a report based on their internship or work placement, highlighting their ability to apply knowledge to solve complex problems within the industry and demonstrate research/investigative skills, project management and consultancy skills. Students will provide evidence of their impact on the organisation in the form of a professional business report.
Enterprise research project (only for Entrepreneurship pathway)
This module provides students with the knowledge, skills, capacity and personal outlook required to be a successful intrapreneur, owner or director of an entrepreneurial organisation. Enterprise project adopts a student-centred approach to innovation and entrepreneurship based on learning through a range of experiential projects that addresses real-time issues within the industry. A newly developed Incubator space in the heart of Cardiff will be made available for students developing business plans.
USW's MBA Global students will be taught across four block deliveries, each concentrating on a specific theme:
This block will focus on building upon existing knowledge of the business functions, while bringing students up to speed with contemporary perspectives and practices within various management verticals.
Students will select their specialisms from the available options which range from Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management.
This block will focus on providing the students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-time, identifying and solving problems within organisations while developing project management and consultancy skills.
Business Research Project
Depending on the length of the internship or work-placement, this block allows the student time and scope to develop a professional project report based on their work-placement or consultancy project internship to highlight and report their impact on the respective client organisations.
Contact time and independent study hours will vary across blocks.
An MBA Expert Speaker Series will expose the students to guest lectures and seminars conducted by industry and academic leaders.
Besides traditional essay and presentation-based assessments, the MBA Global course involves a unique and innovative approach to assessment called the ‘client-consultant’ scenario wherein students will be acting as consultants helping regional companies solve problems and help growth.
This approach involves carrying out research in real-time, attending client brief events, conducting organisational research and inquiry, writing professional business reports and presenting to company boards in the USW Barclays Boardroom. One such assessment will provide the necessary ‘practical’ exposure in each block of delivery.
Formal written examinations are kept to a minimum and will only be used in relevant modules such as Finance.
Students will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive internship or they may prefer an internship opportunity in the USW Business Clinic, working on local and international consultancy projects.
The USW Business Clinic enables students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our clients. Students get to the root of the problem, which results in a detailed report and presentation of their recommendations.
These internships develop key employability skills such as team-work, resilience, communication, problem-solving, planning and organising.
The MBA Global features an international field trip which will involve a visit to a global company.
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.
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.
Full-time UK and EU: £10,000 per course, Full-time International: £13,700 per course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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: