INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
International Master of Business Administration – Buckinghamshire New University
Mont Rose College of the Management & Sciences offers International Master of Business Administration this course in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.
|AWARDING BODY||BUCKINGHAMSHIRE NEW UNIVERSITY|
|Level of Course||Level - 7. Master’s Degree|
|Number of Credit Hours||Upon successful completion of the course the student will have completed at least 180 credits|
|Mode and Length of Study||Full Time: 12 – 15 months|
|Attendance||Full-time student is required to attend 21 hours per week in term time|
|Workload||A full time student will study 180 credits in an academic year|
|Exemption||No exemption is allowed for this programme|
INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
In addition to the above, on successful completion of the International Masters in Business Administration, a graduate will be able to:
A. Knowledge and Understanding
B. Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
C. Practical Skills
D. Key/Transferable Skills
International Master of Business Administration – Description
TEACHING & LEARNING
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Methods to achieve the Programme Learning Outcomes:
The structure of the programme runs across 12-15 months (depending on when a particular cohort start) with 180 credits being attained over this period.
Students study 8 modules which carry 15 credits and a final self-managed learning module (dissertation) which carries 60 credits.
Students study four concurrent modules (MB701, MB702, MB703 and MB704) in Part 1 (Semester 1) and four concurrent modules (MB705, MB706, MB707 and MB708) in Part 2 (Semester 2). Personal development and research skills are taught in both semesters but receive a greater focus in Part 2. This builds up to Part 3 which consists of the self-managed learning module: Dissertation.
Class sessions comprise of a range of activities including interactive lectures, discussions, group work, presentations and business simulation games. These relate to topics that are set in a scheme of work for each module. Learning outcomes for the programme and specific modules are applied to the content under discussion at each session. A consistent approach in this is the relationship of theory to practice. Students are introduced to theories and content; discussion applies this to their experience and to case studies. Core texts are recommended for each module.
Students are assisted to further reading by the use of Blackboard and Library databases. This provides them with continuous access to learning materials, discussion boards, wikis as well as the full range of library facilities.
Throughout the award the objective is to enhance the knowledge, skills and analytical ability of students. Learning outcomes are met by a combination of self-study, directed research and investigation, on-line tutor support and Blackboard materials as well as tutor-led sessions. Input is not limited to tutor input though – the programme team makes regular use of guest speakers from respected organisations and student presentations are also used to help develop personal research and reflection skills as well as learning collaboratively. All of these help to enable students to develop important personal skills needed to proceed with their careers in business organisations.
The assessment tasks include individual assignments, examinations, Time Constrained Assessment, case study analysis, personal presentations and postings to online discussion fora in a combination designed to assess and meet the stated aims and the required learning outcomes.
The dissertation and project modules have a regular discussion forum which will be facilitated by the tutor to check understanding, give formative feedback and allow peer assisted learning. Even though the dissertation and projects are highly individual pieces of work, some students benefit from working in action learning sets – and these will be facilitated by the tutors in addition to individual supervision meetings. These allow for peer-to-peer learning as well as peer-to-peer formative assessment. Such interactive activities help students to gain from different perspectives as well as develop their abilities to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural group.
The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and that there is a development of knowledge and skills. Independent learning is embedded within the programme and students develop a depth of understanding via synthesis, critical analysis and evaluation. Assessments are by coursework and examination/TCA with some modules being assessed by coursework only. Coursework takes several forms such as individual report, individual presentation or reflective portfolio. The importance of the notion of learning from personal reflection is emphasised by the inclusion of the need for personal reflection in many of the assessments; even though not necessarily contributing to the mark awarded, the team believes that such reflective skills are an important habit to develop. Such assessment tasks, then, help to prepare students for similar challenges in their careers – with managers at all levels and in all types of organisations increasingly needing to be able to communicate ideas in different ways: face-to-face or remotely, with or without planning time, solo or with colleagues.
Formative assessment is provided for in each module – students learn from feedforward as well as feedback. Such support is provided in a number of different ways, such as: face-to-face in class student discussions with tutors or peers, formative assessments, tutor guidance and comment on draft work. The programme team also offers remote help through, for example, Skype or similar.
Assessment loads across the programme are monitored carefully to avoid imbalance or too many instances of clusters – although this latter point cannot be totally avoided given the nature of timetabled study. The programme team work to ensure that assessments are spread and are equivalent sizes such as word counts.
Subject Benchmark Statement:
QAA Subject Benchmark statement, Master’s Degree in Business and Management, January 2015
Applicants to the International Master of Business Administration will normally have obtained an Hons degree (or equivalent) and have at least 2 years post-graduation experience in a post carrying managerial or professional experience. The broad nature of the International MBA allows us to appeal to a broad range of applicants from across a diversity of subject disciplines or professions. The global nature of the International MBA allows us to appeal to applicants from different parts of the world. Students whose first language is not English or whose language of instruction at undergraduate level was not English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency at a score of IELTS level 6.5 or its equivalent. In keeping with the nature of MBAs across many other institutions, the programme specification will retain some flexibility to enable senior and experienced students who lack formal academic qualifications to be considered e.g. via portfolio preparation and interview. In line with the university Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme, potential students can apply for Advanced Standing by Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL); their application will be considered by the Course Leader or other member of the course team.
Those applying for advanced standing via APCL should have:
Two intakes in a year September and February
Total Course Duration:
12 – 15 Months
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS AFTER COMPLETION OF THE AWARD
All Bucks Business School graduates benefit from a range of post-graduation support which could include help with developing new business ideas – via our Launchpad Clare Enterprise Centre, for example – or through our well-developed career service and alumni links. In terms of incomes, research into earnings of MBA graduates has shown that, on average, salaries were 50% higher on completion than pre-MBA levels (Yeaple, 2014)1.
In addition, on completion of the award, students may be able to apply for Doctorate level programmes such as PhD or professional doctorate.
The tuition fee is £9,250 and £2,000 bursary per annum. Students on this course may be fully funded by the Student Loan Company. This facility is only available to UK and other European Union students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or T: +44 20 8556 5009
HOW TO APPLY