MBA MBA (Leadership Practice)

Postgraduate, Full-time

MBA (Leadership Practice) MBA



Enhance your leadership and managerial skills and gain the practical experience on placement through this course

Overview

Are you a recently-qualified ambitious graduate who has acquired experience in areas such as the voluntary sector or family businesses or held leadership positions in associations such as student unions, sports clubs or societies? If so, then this innovative MBA programme is for you.

It recognises the rise of young entrepreneurs and demand from graduates to acquire higher-order managerial skills to develop their careers quickly.

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

SepJan

Placement:

Yes


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Course details

Our MBA programme is designed to develop your skills as a manager and leader on an international stage.  We do this by supporting your study in analysing environments, formulating strategy, taking decisions and leading change programmes.

The course incorporates a placement to help you develop practical experience and insight as well as build valuable links between theory and practice and enhance your overall employability.

Through this placement, you’ll formulate a project plan with the aim of introducing a new approach or strategy into a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.

The programme covers the full range of MBA skills as well as additional action learning and critical reflection skills – essential for the modern manager.

You'll acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills, and apply these to your learning about global economic principles, strategic business issues, organisational management and the realities of the competitive marketplace.

You'll develop your written and verbal communication techniques, giving you the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world.

You'll be enrolled as an Affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

On graduation you’ll join our MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future masterclasses and networking.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group discussions and other interactive learning experiences.

    Classroom-based learning is complemented by attendance and participation at a residential weekend, and enhanced by masterclasses with guest speakers from various business sectors, keeping you in touch with contemporary business solutions.

  • note and pen Assessments Exams, reports, essays, presentations – they are all present in the assessment of the modules.
  • briefcase Work placement

    You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a six-week placement where you will put into practice the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout your programme.

    Through the placement, you will formulate a project plan with the aim of introducing a new approach or strategy into a public, private or voluntary sector organisation. If you are unable to secure a placement you will be given the option to take part in an online simulation business scenario.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Action Learning in Organisations ( HRM11121 )

Students will attend a number of briefing sessions with staff where the aim, goals and outcomes of the module will be outlined. Students will be introduced to the principles of action learning and introduced to a series of mechanisms and tools for evaluating the performance of an organisation. Students will also be introduced to a series of project planning and project management tools through which they can investigate, define, negotiate, plan and lead the project through to completion.

Further information

Global Business Economics and Finance ( SOE11144 )

The large majority of businesses today operate in a variety of economic environments and their leaders must make economic decisions taking into account market specific information. This module covers the most essential analytical tools required for economic decision making such as: the concepts of economic systems, profit and utility maximisation, demand elasticity, market equilibrium, market structures, macroeconomic objectives, government policies’ (monetary, fiscal and trade policies) tools and their impact on businesses etc.
Businesses also require funding from shareholders and lenders at the outset and subsequently need to profits and positive cash flows for investment. They are in competition with other businesses for funding, just as much as they are competition for labour and market share. On this course, you will learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages to the business of a range of sources of finance. You will also learn how managers report on the financial affairs and financial position of the business and how financial reports can be analysed to evaluate business performance.

Further information

Leading Strategic Decision-Making ( HRM11120 )

The module will cover the following content:
1. Organisation Strategy and Strategic Leadership
2. Determining the Strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values
3. Strategic Decision-making in Practice
4. Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence
5. The Leader-Follower Relationship
6. Team Leadership
7. Strategic Decision-Making in Innovative Contexts
8. Creating Systemic Innovation
9. Authentic and Sustainable Leadership
10. Current Trends in Strategic Leadership


Further information

MBA Practice Project ( HRM11123 )

The following content will be covered within the module:
• Conducting a Literature Review
• Research Philosophy
• Research Ethics
• Research Design
• Collecting and Recording Qualitative Data
• Analysing Qualitative Data
• Collecting and Recording Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Making Conclusions and Recommendations

Further information

Management and Organisational Change ( HRM11117 )

The material covered in the module relates to two broad areas of study: the examination of organisational behaviour, including attitudes, perception, motivation, groups, teams and leadership; and understanding managerial processes, and the development of skills important in the management of people and processes - such as corporate social responsibility. Change management is increasingly important and therefore you will examine the topic by looking at both incremental and transformational change, and the importance of power, politics and conflict.

Focusing on the behaviour of people in a work environment the module places an emphasis on understanding the vital role and importance of people in the change management process. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment, specifically the significance of organisational culture. This in turn develops your ability to plan and carry forward sustainable system-wide change programmes.

Further information

Marketing and Building High Performing Organisations ( MKT11109 )

Overall the module emphasises the concept of the integrative nature of business and what matters most in the need and desire to build high performing organisations that can endure in the complex, global business environment.

Introduction
In the first instance the module introduces a number of tools and models that can be used to measure the success, or otherwise, of an organisation. This includes a review of relevant performance management approaches (e.g. the Balanced Scorecard, EFQM), which provide a holistic and integrated set of measures that gives a fast but comprehensive view of the business. Performance measurement approaches endeavour to collate important elements that reflect a business’s strategic position e.g. product and service quality measures, product and service development time, customer satisfaction, productivity and so on. Although, performance measurement models and approaches are introduced as a “whole”, this module focuses on two particular aspects:
• Customer/stakeholder focus - How does a business’s customers see the business? This section investigates just how well an organisation is meeting the needs of, and satisfying, its customers. The focus is on managing marketing matters, sales management initiatives and the relationship management challenges for both the selling and the buying organisation.
• Internal business processes - What must a business excel at? This section takes an internal process perspective and investigates both the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. The focus is on Operations & Supply Chain Management including lean thinking, quality and improvement and role of information technology and e-business.

Customer/stakeholder focus
Building and managing stakeholder resources will be covered in this section. Market entry and market development decisions will be introduced. Tools such as value chain analysis and market research resources will be introduced with a focus on critical evaluation of an organisation’s value proposition, potential competitive advantage and USP’s. The impact of digital communications and contemporary issues - such as personal data management collected by organisations and the importance of word-of-mouth - will critically discussed. Consumer focused tools will be introduced to help identify consumer journeys and wider societal concerns (i.e. consumerism, environmentalism, diversity). Recent research around stakeholder engagement, including employee engagement and co-creation, will underpin discussions around authentic stakeholder engagement and branding.

Internal business processes
The context and principles of operations management and operations strategy are introduced. This is followed by a discussion of the main facets of planning and control processes, with a focus on modern methodologies, such as the philosophy and principles of lean thinking. Following this we examine one of the most significant elements of modern operational practice – Supply Chain Management. This includes examining the various aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, supply chain relationships, and logistics activity. The nature of “Quality” and improvement in an operational context is outlined and underpinned by the premise that all operations – regardless of quality - are capable of improvement. A variety of models and procedures of performance measurement will be evaluated and continues to consider a variety of methodologies for performance improvement.

Emerging Issues and Sustainability
Capability development will be considered in line with emerging issues and the latest thinking in business sustainability, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and local initiatives. This includes the need to involve the customer/stakeholders in the co-creation of solutions and realising the potential in the supply chain to create shared value.

Further information

Reflection on Practice ( HRM11122 )

This module will focus on the importance of reflection and will examine the role of reflection in relation to experiential learning, self-awareness, self-efficacy and the “thinking performer”. It focuses on the student’s professional development and the role that reflection plays in informing continuous professional development (CPD) priorities for managers/leaders. Students will be introduced to the importance of professional development planning and the need to regularly capture tacit knowledge and incidental learning as a means of improving performance.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. Comparable alternative qualifications or professional qualifications, and experience may also be considered at the discretion of the Programme Leader.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,025 tba
Overseas £8,075 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

The Executive MBA (Leadership Practice) will provide you with the opportunity to realise your full career potential. You’ll be in demand as employers worldwide seek graduates with a recognised portfolio who are able to deliver solutions in complex organisational settings.

In recent years, students have come to our MBA with first degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/ not-for-profit sectors.