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Master of Business Administration

Introduction

This programme is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Business and Management to develop analytical and evaluative skills. Our programme provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will also expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, innovation and stakeholder management.

By the end of this masters level programme you will be able to critically examine the use of the key functional areas of marketing, human resources, finance, accounting and operations management to analyse strategic perspectives regionally, nationally and internationally at organisation and sector levels in support of wider organisational activity. The programme will provide knowledge to evaluate the relationship between the organisation and its environment and the importance and nature of organisational change and transformation. Students will be able to critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels. Students will learn how to evaluate the role and contribution of integrative strategic and leadership approaches. Importantly, the programme synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research and applications of knowledge in real-world environment.

Students will be equipped with independent personal development skills and background knowledge needed for a wide variety of business areas. This programme aims to supply future managers and professionals to various business and management sectors as well as to provide key knowledge and skills that are vital to modern organisations. This programme prepares students for careers in accountancy and finance, personnel and human resource management, marketing and market research, business strategy, small business management and start-up, economics, e-business and information management.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to Global Citizenship and will help students form their own understandings of complex and contested notions in the business environment. Students will develop informed perspectives on their own and collective responsibilities as global citizens within their local, national and international communities.

The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop Digital Literacy skills through the use of applications software used by contemporary organisations. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of managerial systems and their impact upon organisations. Digital literacy skills are also developed through the engagement with the ‘E’ aspects of the learning process through the process of engagement with ‘E’ materials, tasks, Personal Development Planning and collaborative learning.

The University of Wolverhampton is a dynamic, innovative and business focused university in the centre of England with history of going back to mid-1800s. With over 23,000 students from 100 different countries, inclusive of 2,500 overseas students, students become part of a learning community that promotes knowledge, innovation and enterprise. Equipping students with the knowledge they require for their career progression in their chosen industry, The University of Wolverhampton maintains strong links with the business world and offers graduate & postgraduate courses that provide experience & practical skills that organisations value. The University of Wolverhampton’s various areas of research is ranked among the best in the world. Based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 8 of the 11 chose fields of research that the University pursues, is accredited as achieving global standards. This is testament to the University of Wolverhamptons commitment to advancing opportunities for students to pursue academic research as a globally acknowledged level.

Established for over 80 years, we were one of the first business schools in the country to offer MBA programmes, coaching and mentoring qualifications and have a tradition of innovation in developing courses which meet the needs of business and managers. The School has trained thousands of managers regionally, nationally and internationally. Our professional qualifications are fully accredited, recognised throughout the world, and are designed to accelerate your career progression by allowing you to demonstrate your commitment to achieving the highest professional standards. The professional linkage of the School is one of the core strengths. The School is the largest provider of Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) programmes. The School is also one of the top providers for Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) programmes. Other linkage includes Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Chartered Institute of management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Recently, the School collaborated with Institute of Directors (IoD) to offer mentorship to students. Wolverhampton Business School has several research clusters which include Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Research Cluster, Corporate Governance and Ethics Cluster, HRM and Industrial Relations Cluster and International Business Cluster.

Academic Progression

“Masters"

Course Delivery

This programme is available in full and part time modes, and will take 15 months to complete. Students will attend 3 semesters of academic study, and are expected to complete between 45 credits to 60 credits each semester. Full-time students will attend classes 5 days a week on weekdays, while part-time students will attend classes 2 times a week on weekends.

Course Structure
Course MBA Core Modules
Marketing Management
Managing Financial Performance
Leadership and Human Resource Practice in Organisation
Operations and Project Management
Sustainability and Business
Strategic Management
Independent Business Analysis Project

Independent Business Analysis Project includes Part A and Part B

Part A: This part will provide students the skills to understand masters level and post graduate work developing a general skills set related to analysis and research

Part B: the student will apply these skills and those gained on other taught modules to an original research post graduate project relevant to the award being taken

Module Synopses

Organisations face a number of challenges and opportunities which they have to respond through marketing decisions. This module will develop your understanding of the market decisions that organisations face. Through the application of marketing theory, models and tools you will gain an understanding of the importance of the organisational environment and the impact this has for analysis, planning and control in a marketing management context.

The ability to analyse and question financial information is essential to current managers applicable to a financial or general management role. This module will enable you to analyse and question financial information and financial decision-making. Through a thorough analysis of financial statements, company investment decisions and company financial decision making you will be exposed to the essential elements of company finances.

This module will explore and provide analysis of the HRM role in organisations particularly the link between people management skills at work. It addresses the rhetoric of HRM and organisational performance and contemporary management issues such as leadership, people development, diversity and downsizing. Students will be able to diagnose how HRM impacts on leading and managing people. Students can apply this diagnosis in executing roles whilst also resolving day-to-day management challenges in different types of organisation.

The module will provide a firm foundation in the principles of operations management. The module will introduce students to a broad range of operations management problems, tools and knowledge facing managers working in modern organisations. The module will develop project management skills in the global context

Climate change, resource depletion at the time of population growth and the role of business in society are amongst the most highly debated subjects today and create a profound challenge to the status quo for all organisations. But these issues also create opportunities for innovation and change, and the business case for acting sustainably is becoming more and more persuasive. In this module, you will explore the range of meta-challenges facing business, understand the social and the business case for acting sustainably, and discuss how sustainability can be managed. On successful completion of the module, you will have a critical understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities, and how businesses can manage these.

This module provides a vehicle to integrate the knowledge and skills developed in previously studied functional modules. The module introduces practical techniques for identifying emerging trends in the business environment, both in a national and international context. It encourages the use of conceptual frameworks and practical tools and techniques to improve the quality of strategic decision-making, and develops the insights and competencies needed to present strategies and business plans in a persuasive manner.

This module provides students with the skills to understand masters level and post graduate work that are related to analysis and research. Student are expected to be able show masters level standards in their ability to collect data, analysis and provide critical thinking and conclusion. Student will apply these skills and those gained on other taught modules to an original research post graduate project relevant to the award being taken.

Course Availability

Intakes for the MBA programme are available 3 times a year. All applications should be submitted to ERCI no later than 1 month before the commencement date.

Assessment Framework

The MBA classes rely on a system of continuous assessment on a module-by-module basis through the use of short essays, learning journals, annotated bibliographies, book reviews, quizzes, student presentations, research proposals and general class discussions. The coursework load for each module is set out in individual module descriptors given to students at the beginning of each semester.

Accreditation

On successful completion of the MBA you will meet the requirements of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Entry Requirements
Programme English Language Requirements Academic Requirements Remarks
Master of Business Administration • Minimum C6 in English at GCE ‘O’ Levels or;
• IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all 4 skills) or equivalent, or;
• International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (post 2011): Pass, grade 4 for English at Higher Level in Language B (English). , or
• For list of English Language qualifications by country, please visit www.wlv.ac.uk/international/international-academy/courses-at-the-international-academy/language-entry-requirements/
• Honours Degree from a recognized University with 2 years managerial work experience after qualification attainment,
• Polytechnic Diploma or Equivalent with 6 years Managerial work experience after qualification attainment,
• Mature Candidates holding a Diploma and have at least 6 years of senior managerial work experience.
• All applications are subjected to approval by the University.
• Students who do not meet the English Language Requirements are to sit for ERC Institute English Placement Test
• Students are to present their letter of employment of at least 2 years of managerial experience upon applications
• Degree without honours will be subjected to the University approval for acceptance into the MBA programme
• Students are to be at least 23 years of age at the time of registration
Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the attendance requirements (90% for International Students, 75% for Local Students), and must successfully complete, or be credited with, at least 60 credits within the stipulated period of study as set by the University.

Course Fees

For a full listing of course fees and other charges, please select one of the following:

Fees Payable for Local Applicants
Fees Payable for International Applicants

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