MBA (Master of Business Administration)

The University of South Wales' Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader.

It builds on a strong ethos of helping managers to solve real problems, and is designed for professionals who will make a strategic difference to the organisations in which they operate.

Whether you work in a public or private sector organisation, you will learn how to integrate cutting-edge research and practice across all key business areas to achieve business transformation.

During the MBA you will develop key leadership skills such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and problem solving and be introduced to innovative business theory in a practical context.

In addition to your MBA qualification, you'll also gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

The University is host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain an international perspective on business and different cultures and practices.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

The MBA will expose you to core areas of business with an emphasis on the strategic nature of decision-making through a diverse range of modules.

MBA modules:

  • Leadership and Management Theories
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of leadership and management theories and their contemporary application in a range of organisational settings.

  • Strategic Financial Management
    Gain an understanding of the issues and techniques of strategic financial management from both an internal and external stakeholder viewpoint.

  • Strategic Analysis Tools and Techniques
    Evaluate the strategic environment of an organisation; internally and externally. Also gain the skills to direct and manage the development of business and corporate strategy in the contexts of complexity and change.

  • Strategic Systems Thinking
    Go beyond the study of theory and become an active participant in a debate that is at the leading edge of strategic thinking and practice. On completion of this module you will be able to contribute to strategic thinking within an organisational setting.

  • Strategic Marketing
    Understand and critically evaluate how strategic marketing interfaces with general business strategy. In addition, appraise the difference between good strategic marketing practice and practice that falls short of professional quality.

  • Strategic Operations Management
    Gain an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

  • Research Methods
    Conduct a proper scientific investigation and present it in a written format. This will develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context.

  • Management Project
    Explore the concept, theories and practice of project management and consultancy skills whilst building on the research methodological skills and requirements of critical debate established throughout the programme. Learn how these key skills are vital within a business context to ensure rigorous decision making.

 

Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.

 

Teaching

Taught sessions are delivered through self-guided study, lectures, seminars, group work, case studies and exercises. You will have the opportunity to strategically analyse organisations, deliver presentations and prepare marketing and business plans.

Alongside your MBA studies, you will also be part of a study visit to see first-hand how different companies operate. You are also encouraged to attend the many guest lectures organised by the Business School, to broaden your understanding of important subject areas.

Assessment

The MBA qualification assessed through written assignments, presentations and project work. The MBA involves the completion of a business research project which will develop your communication and consulting skills.

Accreditations

The MBA is accredited by the CMI Chartered Management.

Lecturers

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree from a UK university, or recognised international equivalent qualification.

The 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 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £10000

  • Full-time International:  £13700 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1100 per 20 credits

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Field Trips - Visit to European City £100
Cost of the Study Tour Trip is free, but students will be expected to pay for normal expenses whilst away e.g. lunch, evening meals, social activities, etc.  Approximately £100.
Additional assessment or membership £250
Students on this course may 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).

Employability is at the heart of this MBA, and we aim to ensure that our students are innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, which helps make our graduates employable across the globe.

This demanding and dynamic MBA course is designed for those looking to take their career to the next level. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader and equip you with an insight into the business practices you will need for a future in an ever changing global environment.

Developed in close consultation with a range of employers who have contributed significantly to making our graduates more effective in the workplace, the University of South Wales MBA is recognised globally as a qualification due to its relevance within the world of work. The completion of a management project gives you the chance to showcase your knowledge and analytical skills that are essential to top employers.