Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Taught Higher Degree, Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Years
  • Full Time
Business Admin

Overview

Why study this course?

Centred on a critical and ethical approach to the theory and practice of business management principles this course builds on our successful undergraduate programmes in business management.

You’ll explore key areas which are fundamental to a successful business career: Managing People and Processes, Financial management, Leading and Managing, Managing Tools and Technology, Management Strategy, and Contemporary issues in Global Business.

You’ll acquire the fundamental skills needed to achieve success in the business world and to be attractive to a wide range of major employers across the global economy. The course will validate your developing expertise and understanding of a broad range of modern business issues and the skills and knowledge required to deal with them.

After successfully completing this course you would be equipped to take up effective business specialist and management roles within a wide range of organisations.

Our teaching staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise.  You will also receive support from a supervisior throughout the final project phase of the course.

Assessment

Assessment is through a range of methods including online discussions, video presentations, and short question and answer sessions, along with more traditional essays, reports, and time constrained assessments. The course culminates in a research project based on your original research. It will be conducted in an area of interest to you using the research skills acquired throughout the course.

Contact

For more information please contact:

Gautam Rajkhowa, Senior Lecturer in Business Management e-mail: g.rajkhowa@newman.ac.uk tel: 0121 476 1181 ext 2658

Entry Requirements

BA/BSc (Hons) at 2.2 or above or equivalent in an appropriate business and management related subject.

We also welcome applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research study.

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Contact: Gautam Rajkhowa, Senior Lecturer in Business Management Tel: 0121 476 1181 ext 2658 Email: g.rajkhowa@newman.ac.uk

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Course Fees

2017/18: Home/EU full-time - £7,000, part-time £3,500 per year. Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full masters degree programme.

Fees may rise subject to inflation for 2018/19

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Modules

As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.
  1. MANAGING PEOPLE AND PROCESSES
    (Compulsory) bem701
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module provides an introductory framework to the course curriculum by taking a focus on both the people and operations functions of often complex organisations and in doing so looking at the management and leadership needed to achieve success in a constantly changing environment. 

    The main issues in the functional specialisms of people and operations management and their characteristics are identified, assessed and analysed. Using organisational case studies and guest speakers, the interplay between the leadership and management of the people and operations of the organisation are examined in detail, potential conflicts and collaborations anticipated and key concepts and practices evaluated.  Approaches to performance measurement are critically analysed within an environment of ethical and economic constraints. 

    The characteristics of “high performing teams” are considered and approaches identified to developing these in a wide range of organisational settings.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to: 

    • Use initiative and take responsibility in the analysis, design and implementation of business processes in a case study scenario
    • Identify, evaluate and improve the business operation
    • Solve case study business process problems in creative and innovative ways
    • Make decisions on how to resolve people related issues in challenging situations      
    • Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally
    • Communicate issues of people and processes effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to: 

    • Critically analyse the features and characteristics of business operations in both production and service sector and the approaches that may be adopted in their design, delivery and improvement.
    • Research, apply and critically evaluate people management techniques for the delivery and control of the operations function.
    • Select, appraise and implement appropriate strategies and methods for the quality control and improvement of operations making effective use of the people resources available to them.
    • Identify, apply and evaluate frameworks and techniques to develop strategies, to design, plan and control service and manufacturing operations.
    • Critically evaluate and apply a range of business process techniques and research methods applicable to a professional setting.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Portfolio of Evidence (5000 words)

  2. MARKETING MANAGEMENT
    (Compulsory) bem702
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the contextual factors which influence and determine marketing environments and appreciate the nature of marketing issues arising in the context of different organisational and market contexts.  The module provides the knowledge and information of the theory and practice of contemporary marketing management, the way in which organisations are using digital marketing social media marketing to develop and promote themselves.  Whilst emphasising the importance of ethics in marketing the module introduces students to the concept of social marketing.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enables students to: 

    • Identify and evaluate the relevance of marketing concepts to organisational contexts  whether commercial (for-profit) or non-profit
    • Undertake research to identify customers and consumers needs
    • Critically evaluate the role of relationships in adding value to market-led organisations.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to: 

    • Appreciate and evaluate the relevance of the marketing concept and critically review the practice of marketing
    • Conduct appropriate environmental analysis  and  critically evaluate the impact of the business environment on marketing decisions
    • Identify elements of the marketing mix in marketing planning and critically evaluate its use
    • Critically evaluate the use of target marketing (segmentation, targeting, positioning)
    • Appreciate the significance of ethics and social responsibility in marketing decisions and demonstrate application of social marketing principles
    • Develop convincing written arguments for the use of a range of marketing techniques. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Time Constrained In-Class Assessment (1500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Case Study Analysis (3500 word equivalent)

  3. MANAGING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    (Compulsory) bem703
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip students with the skills to understand and critically evaluate the financial accounting information of business organisations and apply appropriate techniques to make short and long term business decisions. This module will develop an appreciation of the value, usefulness, application and limitations of the key principles of financial accounting, management accounting and finance which guide investment and financing decisions of managers. It enables managers to be financially literate and confident in participating in decision making and assessing financial performance.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enables students to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main financial objectives of the firm, and the constraints which impact on those objectives.

    • Show a clear, practical understanding of the basic concepts and ideas and the need for accounting information for management planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and control.

    • Be able to apply in practice the main theories and concepts upon which a firm’s investment and financing decisions are based.

    • Exhibit a working knowledge of the financial reports of different types of business entities and structures, and the use of accounting ratios together with their interpretations and limitations.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module students should be able to:

     

    • Critically appraise and evaluate the financial performance of an organisation using financial information

    • Apply appropriate costing and budgeting techniques in order to assist in making management decisions

    • Critically appraise and evaluate investment projects using a variety of appropriate techniques

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Individual Assignment (3000 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 40% Examination (2000 word equivalent)

  4. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
    (Compulsory) bem704
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The strategic problems organisations  face are typically ambiguous and do not lend themselves readily to solutions using formulae or models. To be successful in a competitive environment,  managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets both traditional and emerging. The way in which organisations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. Strategic management solutions are required to answer questions such as: What products should an organisation make?   Which markets to enter? What type of organization should one build? How should an organisation respond to competitors’ behaviour?

    This module introduces the concept of strategic management and considers the basic direction and goals of an organisation, the influence of the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global) factors, industry and market structure, and organisational strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is on the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of firms across industries whilst recognising the importance of business ethics and sustainability in formulating corporate strategy.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to: 

    • Identify and evaluate the internal and external influences on an organisation’s strategy.
    • Appreciate the significance of both the internal and external environments in deciding the strategy adopted by an organisation.
    • Work on case studies and suggest possible solutions to organisational challenges and issues.
    • Undertake research to critically examine and explore emerging issues affecting the environment in which organisations  operate and the possible strategic directions  they may adopt.
    • Examine the suitability feasibility and acceptability of strategic decisions in an organisational context.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to: 

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts, models, paradigms, and techniques of strategy and explain what is meant by strategy and strategic management
    • Appraise and evaluate the role of strategy within organisations and formulate creative approaches to meeting organisational challenges within an ethical framework.
    • Critically evaluate the role of  structures and processes, the importance of business ethics and stakeholders’ expectations in shaping organizational strategy.
    • Critically analyse and evaluate the notion of sustainable competitive advantage and apply appropriate concepts  and principles of strategic management within the context of business ethics in an organisational context.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Time Constrained In-Class Assessment (1500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Case Study Analysis (3500 word equivalent)

  5. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GLOBAL BUSINESS
    (Compulsory) bem705
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the major contemporary, and recent historical, factors which influence and determine the global business environment; and also to appreciate the nature of issues arising in different national, regional, international, and transnational business contexts. In doing so, the module is designed to enable and equip students to critically evaluate some of the generally-accepted politico-economic policies, protocols, and practices that shape contemporary global business activity; and with ethics, governance, and regulation recurring themes throughout the course.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to: 

    • Identify and evaluate the relevance of the development of prevailing modern politico-economic structures and institutions as they determine global business activity.
    • Undertake research to critically examine and explore emerging contemporary issues affecting global business
    • Critically evaluate the generally-accepted policies and protocols associated with the conduct of global business

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to: 

    • Understand and be able to contextualize the development of the modern world economy from 1945 to the present day through identifying and evaluating the relevance of prevailing modern politico-economic structures and institutions as they determine      global business activity.
    • Understand, and be able to critically apply to contemporary global business, the prevailing economic structures and transnational institutions that determine global economic activity. through critically examining and exploring emerging contemporary issues affecting global business.
    • Be able to identify, and critically evaluate, relevant contemporary issues in global business.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Time Constrained In-Class Exercise (1500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Written Essay (3500 word equivalent)

  6. LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE
    (Compulsory) bem706
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module commences by focussing on the differing concepts of leadership and by examining the contexts within which leaders work. Examining organisational activities in a contemporary, local, regional and international context, the module focuses on understanding how organisational culture, values, change paradigms and change approaches can be used to support leaders in their job role. 

    The module further examines organisational change theoretically and practically, emphasising how such an approach is used to improve an organisation’s competitive advantage within its business environment. Throughout, change is presented in the context of the organisation’s culture, values, approaches and paradigms.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to: 

    • Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of leadership and change within the principles of sustainability, ethics and change
    • Critique leadership and change initiatives in business        
    • Formulate and argue a case for a new sustainable entrepreneurial activity
    • Critically evaluate their leadership and change within organisations.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to: 

    • Research, investigate and apply the key tools, theories, models and framework theories of leadership, change, culture and the values, capabilities and approaches that link each together
    • Support students in their self-appraisal for their roles as business leaders
    • Identify and critically explore the relationships between the leadership, culture development and change capabilities necessary to fulfil an organisation's vision, mission and objectives.
    • Explore and examine the personal development needs of students as change leaders and practise the core skills of leading change
    • Support students towards a highly developed ability which recognises the  complimentary notions of sustainability, enterprise and change and how they can be applied within business practice
    • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to critically analyse and constructively critique theories and research in the area of leadership, sustainability and change.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Group Presentation (20 minutes, 1500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Written Submission Based on Case Study (3500 word equivalent)

  7. RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) bem707
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how to critically evaluate the findings of a research project in business and management. 

     

    In doing so the module aims to provide students with the necessary skills to plan, devise and undertake a personal programme of academic research. The module will also enable students to design and implement a research project using methods and methodologies appropriate to research questions. The module aims to help students further enhance their study skills and critical reflection and skills in project planning and presentation.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to:

     

    • Be able to distinguish and apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research methodologies in developing a research proposal for a business management topic.
    • Critically evaluate and determine  appropriate techniques for research within a contemporary business management topic
    • Identify and apply  appropriate ethical principles in conducting research
    • Prepare and articulate a cogent and coherent research proposal.

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to:

     

    • Demonstrate an  understanding and application of quantitative research methodologies in a business and management context
    • Demonstrate an  understanding and application of qualitative research methodologies in a business and management context
    • Identify, contextualise and justify an appropriate project for business / management research
    • Have an appreciation of the ethical issues to be considered in conducting any research
    • Prepare and present a coherent research proposal
    • Articulate & defend their choice of project, including its context & significance in business and management practice.
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    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Time Constrained In-Class Assessment (1500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 15% Time Constrained In-Class Assessment (750 word equivalent)

    Component 3 - 55% Research Proposal (2750 word equivalent)

  8. RESEARCH PROJECT
    (Compulsory) bem708
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of research, research methodology ethics and effective knowledge and understanding to a practical context.  Students will be expected to be working independently under the guidance of a supervisor in implementing and evaluating their research.  Students will undertake a small scale business / management research project which could be based on either pre-existing secondary data or on an empirical study involving collection of primary data.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 72.00 Independent : 328.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable students to prepare and present a research project that:

    1. identifies and evaluates key theories, concepts and models

    2. demonstrates  the ability to collect, assimilate and present data

    3. organise, synthesise and present  findings of research in an appropriate format.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    On successfully completing this module, students should be able to:

     

    • Critically evaluate and select appropriate research methods to undertake an extended piece of research with minimal intervention, using either pre-existing secondary data or by conducting an empirical study.
    • Present a robust research report including a critical reflection of the research and implications for praxis
    • Present a reflective account of their individual research journey and experience.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Research Project (12000 words), including completed Ethics Approval Form