Master of Business Administration - MBA

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Why study this course?

Based on feedback from large organisations and business entrepreneurs, our MBA course has been adapted to suit the ever-changing business climate.

You’ll develop your understanding of business operations, the external factors affecting these organisations, plus how they can be managed effectively during various current and emerging issues.

This course is designed to prepare you for greater management responsibility, switching industries or starting your own business. 

More about this course

This Master of Business Administration incorporates feedback from the industry to ensure the content is relevant to the current business market. Our aim is for you to graduate with a broad understanding of how businesses function, how they are managed and how they are governed. This will prepare you for a leadership role and more responsibility, or to go on and create your own business.

You’ll refine your complex problem solving skills, learn how to make decisions in uncertain times and with incomplete data, as well as developing your critical thinking abilities. In addition to this, you’ll also improve the essential ‘soft’ skills needed of managers and leaders such as communication, negotiation, networking and team building.

A key element of our MBA is its focus on making sense of the current volatile and uncertain business world. You’ll study the impact of accelerating climate change, technology development and global politics on the UK’s business economy.

Insights into the wider role of businesses in addressing societal problems in a sustainable manner will also develop your understanding of ethical management and governance, preparing you for an exciting career ahead.

How the course works

Each module runs once a year and takes five weeks to complete. You do not need to take the modules in a particular order, so you can join the course at the start of each module, rather than having to wait to join the course at traditional entry points in September and January.

You can simply start in the month that most suits you, and the course will then take one year to complete on a full-time basis or up to three years on a part-time basis.

Assessment

This Master of Business Administration incorporates feedback from the industry to ensure the content is relevant to the current business market. Our aim is for you to graduate with a broad understanding of how businesses function, how they are managed and how they are governed. This will prepare you for a leadership role and more responsibility, or to go on and create your own business.

You’ll refine your complex problem solving skills, learn how to make decisions in uncertain times and with incomplete data, as well as developing your critical thinking abilities. In addition to this, you’ll also improve the essential ‘soft’ skills needed of managers and leaders such as communication, negotiation, networking and team building.

A key element of our MBA is its focus on making sense of the current volatile and uncertain business world. You’ll study the impact of accelerating climate change, technology development and global politics on the UK’s business economy.

Insights into the wider role of businesses in addressing societal problems in a sustainable manner will also develop your understanding of ethical management and governance, preparing you for an exciting career ahead. 

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

This course is aimed at individuals seeking to develop their careers in business and management. You don’t need a business management degree, but you will need sufficient work experience and be able to contribute insights in class discussions.

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a 2.2 for an honours degree in any subject discipline (or equivalent)
  • a minimum of two years’ work experience, which may have been gained during undergraduate study
  • a detailed personal statement that includes why you are applying and any relevant skills, experience or achievements that make you suitable for the course

An equivalent alternative to a degree would include a professional qualification at Level 6 or above from professional institutions such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

You should also submit a full CV comprising:

  • Work experience – List your most recent position first, continuing in reverse chronological order including the name, location, website and dates of your employment for each company you have worked for. Aim to use bullet points wherever possible to highlight your responsibilities and achievements in each role.
  • Education – In reverse chronological order, give brief details of your academic and professional qualifications along with the grades you achieved.
  • Skills – Eg include every IT package or programme you’ve got experience of using, as well as any foreign language skills. Skills such as communication and project management are harder to substantiate and should be backed up with examples.

Once we’ve reviewed your application, we may ask you to attend a selection interview.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday evening
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday evening

    The module equips students with a range of skills and knowledge essential to thinking and acting effectively as a leader. Students will review concepts and cases enabling the critical evaluation of organisational and team design for high performance.

    Increasingly, change and leadership go hand in hand in organisations and leaders constantly need to drive change as part of their role. The module will examine the nature and some of the inherent challenges of organisational change. Students will critically analyse what it means to be a change agent and they will gain the knowledge and understanding needed to design, initiate and lead change in diverse organisational settings.

    Organisational culture has been described as the third interdependent element in an organisation alongside its Strategy and Operational model. Students will critically evaluate how Organisational culture can be used by leaders to engage the emotional commitment of workers to the strategy and to the operational logic of different organisations.

    Effective leaders need to demonstrate self-confidence and self-awareness. Students will undertake a process of self-evaluation using the Strengthscope tool. They will be able to identify their ‘Significant Seven’ strengths and harness these to construct a personal development plan for career development.

    The module will also equip students to perform better in the team-working, cross-cultural contexts that are typical of contemporary workplaces and in settings requiring emotional intelligence, enhanced coaching skills and negotiation skills.
    Critical to the value of the module is the encouragement of continuous learning and reflection.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday evening
    • autumn semester - Monday evening

    This module will enable students to build skills and knowledge in problem solving and research that will support their studies throughout the programme and provide the essential foundation for their final project. In addition to developing problem solving skills students will develop a proposal for their final project that will completed during the final term of their course.
    This module will help prepare students to become well-informed and effective managers, business owners and entrepreneurs able to lead, manage and solve problems in dynamic and complex environments. The emphasis is on the practical skills of problem solving, critical thinking, presenting proposals, researching, analysing and making recommendation for a senior management or executive audience.

    The aims of the module are to ensure that students:

    • have a range of tools and frameworks for solving complex problems
    • appreciate the challenges in generating relevant evidence that improves business decision making and performance
    • can critically evaluate business research and consultancy findings and reports
    • can assess the ethical and access issues of conducting research into business and can plan accordingly.
    • can apply suitable project planning methods to research and consultancy
    • can work through and plan for the practical challenges of business research, including defending choices on the research methods

    The module is intended to prepare students to critically read and evaluate research and practice within their chosen field of study and then to design a research proposal for their final project

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday evening
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday evening

    A business adds value through its operations, which today are typically highly dependent on the use of digital technology to link together organisations within the value network, connect with customers, improve delivery, personalise products and services, and match demand and supply. It is vital that managers and leaders understand both how business operations are designed, managed and improved, and the relationship between new product/service development and operations.

    The potential for AI, the Internet of Things, big data and robotics to further increase the use of technology in the operational domain is already clear, whether using AI in legal process or robots to make burgers. An understanding of the links between technology and operations is critical for anyone aspiring to be a business manager, owner or entrepreneur.

    Throughout the course of the module consideration will be given to the need for businesses to reduce their impact on climate change and to operate in a sustainable and ethical manner.

    The module aims to:
    • build knowledge and understanding of the key challenges of building and managing operations and technology systems
    • strengthen awareness of the importance of reducing contributions to climate change and the current and emerging means to achieve this goal in business operations
    • build knowledge and understanding of the role played by people in operational delivery including Lean and Agile working
    • equip students to be able to analyse and recommend improvements to the operation of a business system, whether a start-up or a well-established enterprise

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday evening
    • autumn semester - Monday evening
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module aims to provide practical methods and approaches to enable business managers and entrepreneurs to understand and use financial information to make effective business decisions. The financial decision-making process demands the understanding of key financial management issues, performance indicators and methodologies to critically analysing accounting and financial information. Strong financial literacy is essential in business.

    The module also aims to introduce and examine the preparation and use of accounting and information to inform financial decisions. It provides the understanding of key performance indicators, cashflow management, full costing, working capital management techniques and the budgeting process to manage finances and support management decisions on investment projects and making capital investment decisions. The module concludes with a practice of developing business plan, capital investment decisions and aspects of financing businesses.

    The module aims to enable students to be able to:
    • ask insightful questions of their financial advisors, to challenge their analysis and to specify their financial information needs
    • quickly assess accounting information to evaluate business performance
    • create financial forecasts, plans and models, particularly in relation to business planning and investment appraisal.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday evening
    • spring semester - Thursday evening

    Small, medium and large business operate in very different ways however they share a common business and industry environment and often will both compete and collaborate. All sizes and types of business must understand their business and industry environment as they position themselves for success.

    This module focuses on the strategic skills and knowledge needed by executives, managers, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs and aims to:

    • development understand and skills in strategy development and in execution
    • provide the knowledge and skills to scan, analyse and interpret their business environment
    • develop skills in understanding trends in the business environment and to construct scenarios that can be used to test strategy
    • develop the ability to manage resources and capabilities and to critically evaluate their importance as sources of sustainable competitive advantage but also as potential sources of disadvantage when disruptive innovation occurs
    • take strategic decisions based on a deep understanding of their business and the market or markets they serve
    • foster and exploit innovation through the development of new products and services
    • critical awareness of the importance of environmental and social responsibility, ethical decision making and the need for effective corporate governance.

    A key element of the module is participation in the business simulation in which students will compete against each other in teams within in a simulated global market place. This will provide the opportunity to role play executive positions in a global business, take strategic decisions and gain rapid feedback on their validity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This module will enable students to build key skills and knowledge that will enable them to maximise the value they gain from the MBA and accelerate their return to studying successfully as independent learners at Level 7.

    The aims of the Boot Camp are to ensure that students:

    • have clearly defined goals for the programme and a plan to achieve them
    • understand the structure of the course, the assessments and how they will learn
    • are ready to start their first module

    The module is intended to prepare students to critically read and evaluate research and practice within their chosen field of study and then to design a research proposal for their final project

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday evening
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    Marketing is important for all organisations and is concerned with retaining customers and delivering value to stakeholders, that is, to everyone who is affected by a transaction. It directs organisations into new markets and opportunities while maintaining and developing existing customers. This module is intended to help develop knowledge concerning the nature and character of marketing as well as sales in an international context, capitalising on current and emerging technologies.

    The interdependence of economies and increasingly globalised marketing reflects the trend of organisations designing, distributing and selling products and services in many markets around the world.

    The primary role of marketing management in any organisation is to design and execute effective marketing programmes in local, international and global markets,

    The module aims to:
    • Provide a solid appreciation of marketing as practiced in the international arena.
    • Enhance understanding of the relationships between an organisation, the markets it is serving and its key stakeholders.
    • Provide an integrated overview of marketing management, using topical issues, thought leadership and research findings.
    • Offer a broad platform of marketing concepts, theories and frameworks, which can be applied in practical situation
    • Explore the impact of the drive towards digital applications and delivery

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies - Monday evening

    This module provides you with the opportunity to work on specific management and business issues that organisations are facing. Utilising your problem-solving skills and competences of handling and managing business challenges. Starting from problem identification and concluding with solution related recommendations, thus encouraging research into real world business and management issues impacting organisations.
    Building Business Insights brings together the learning processes from the whole MBA programme. It encourages the synthesis of knowledge, theories and skills developed in the modules during the previous terms in order to provide realistic solutions to contemporary business and management challenges.
    Educational Aims
    This applied module aims to allow students to:

    • Integrate their prior knowledge into an in-depth investigation of specific management and business problem or issue and present the results
    • Facilitate the identification of topical issues in the business/management area of interest
    • Assimilate theories and concepts drawn from different areas and the wider business/management literature
    • Develop and implement strategies in data collection, analysis, synthesis and in building compelling arguments
    • Apply reflective practice, ensuring models and concepts can be used effectively in the critical evaluation of your performance.
    • Synthesise knowledge, experience and reflective practice to continually develop professional skills and competences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies - Monday evening
    • summer studies - Monday afternoon

    This module provides you with the opportunity to showcase your professional skills in the execution of business-related tasks and experiential learning. When executing business tasks, successful practitioners are able to critically evaluate organisational matters from an elevated perspective and are able to draw upon a varied knowledge base to assist in the development of strategy, new ideas, recommendations and solutions that add value to their organisation. Furthermore, successful practitioners draw upon a wide range of knowledge to help shape their own behaviour, character and identity. By critically reflecting on their experiences in work, they are able to develop an acute awareness of their own capabilities and skills and have the ability to understand how they personally add value to an organisation. It is the application of knowledge and utilisation of professional skills that is explored in this module.

    Your first 12 weeks will be dedicated to producing a substantial management report that investigates a specific organisational opportunity or issue. This is a significant independent project, where you determine the subject to be investigated and the methodology to be followed.

    Your project is an ideal opportunity to seek out and draw upon a wide range of knowledge, and for you to demonstrate how this underpins any final conclusions and recommendations. Your project will help you demonstrate your ability to think and act independently when executing a complex and challenging task.

    The remaining 40 weeks of the module is dedicated to experiential learning in a work placement or project with an employer, which you will have secured during your time on programme. This practical experience will allow you to explore and test your own professional competence in a specific working environment.

    You will maintain a Professional Development portfolio of your experiences and will, ultimately, be able to articulate your understanding of how you personally add value in a professional context. Again, you will be expected to draw on a wide range of knowledge to help evaluate and explain your experiences.

    Note that:
    • Students will be contacted prior to the module commencement to be supported in securing work-based activity in good time.
    • It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and to engage with the Module and Work Based Learning teams to assist them.
    • The suitability of any opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team and all roles must meet the Health and Safety requirements for Higher Education Work Placements.
    • International students will be required to submit weekly timesheets for the hours undertaken for the work-based learning activity to meet the requirements of their visa. These will need to be signed by their line manager/supervisor
    Educational Aims

    This module aims to:

    • Allow you the opportunity to carry-out an in-depth project where you can integrate the knowledge and professional skills you have gained throughout your programme.
    • Ensure you can identify and utilise different types of knowledge to influence your thinking or action.
    • Help you develop robust business research skills and an ability to formulate new ideas and solutions through the analysis of primary and/or secondary data.
    • Allow you to explore your own skills, character and identity within a professional environment and to identify key attributes that will aid long-term success in your chosen career field.
    • Facilitate your development of good reflective practice, ensuring models and concepts can be used effectively in the critical evaluation of your performance.
    • Ensure you learn how to integrate knowledge, experience and reflective practice to continually develop your professional skills and competence.

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What our students say

"I decided to do my MBA at London Met because I think it’s a great place – I have received so much help. I believe taking an MBA course will help me grow my business, and give me the skills and knowlege I need for my business." – Ruth Baidoo

Where this course can take you

Our teaching team and visiting academics have years of business experience and are experts in areas such as finance, strategy, creativity, coaching and networking. Successful graduates will be multi-skilled, ready for a senior position or to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

You could work in a range of management and business operations roles such as business development, area management, international sales, client services and customer services.

Recent graduates of ours now work for organisations including Tesla, Aldi, Natwest / RBS, Lloyd’s Banking Group and PwC. 

Additional information

It is possible for this degree to be carried out part-time over the course of three years, but please note, you may not be eligible for student funding in the third year.?

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. You will require the use of a laptop or equivalent device throughout the course, as well as a smartphone.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Fees and funding information for EU students starting a course in January

Government guidance for EU students currently states that, as an EU national, you will be eligible for the home fee and to apply for Student Finance if your course starts in the 2020-21 academic year, which includes courses beginning in January/February 2021, provided you meet the residency requirements. This is subject to change based on decisions made by the UK government – please check the latest government guidance for EU students for the most up-to-date information.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.



When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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