International Master of Business Administration

Buckinghamshire New University

STUDY MODE
Full-Time
LEVEL OF COURSE
Level 7
LEARNERS
180 credits
ATTENDANCE
21 hours per week
International Master of Business Administration
International Master of Business Administration

COURSE OVERVIEW

Mont Rose College of the Management & Sciences offers International Master of Business Administration 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 to 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

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

  • Select and use appropriate problem solving and decision-making techniques including the ability to create, identify and evaluate options and to implement and review decisions.
  • Critically reflect on ones own practice in relation to published literature through an extended dissertation project

C. Practical Skills

  • Display empathetic and effective two-way communication skills including listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others.
  • Design, implement and critique research into business and management issues.
  • Conduct, under supervision, an independent piece of empirical research or problem-based learning demonstrating a mastery of the subject area.

B. Intellectual/Cognitive Skills

  • Critically evaluate and use a range of quantitative and qualitative methods for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain business environment
  • Demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of a chosen aspect of business or management through an extended self-managed dissertation project.

D. Key/Transferable Skills

  • Incorporate a critical ethical dimension to their practice, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas and works proactively with others to formulate solutions.
  • Use personal reflection to analyse self and own actions.
  • Make connections between known and unknown areas, to allow for adaptation and change. Communicate complex ideas in a written form suitable for dissemination to a wider audience.
  • COURSE CONTENTS

    Description

    Programme Structure
    Level 7:

    • MB701 International Management of Finance
    • MB702 Marketing Strategy in an Always On World
    • MB703 Leading, Managing and Developing Talent
    • MB704 International Logistics and Operations Performance
    • MB705 Strategic Leadership
    • MB706 Project Management
    • MB707 Organisational Resilience
    • MB708 Digital Leadership
    • MB709 Dissertation
  • 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 time tabled study. The programme teamwork to ensure that assessments are spread and are equivalent sizes such as word counts.

    Subject Benchmark Statement:

    QAA Subject Benchmark statement, Masters Degree in Business and Management, January 2015

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants to the International MBA degree will normally have obtained an Honours 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:

    • A Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (or equivalent) for those students wishing to enter direct onto Part 2; or
    • A Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (or equivalent) for those students wishing to enter direct onto Part 3.
    • Nonstandard qualifications will be subject to a mapping exercise against our PG Cert, or PG Dip to ensure equivalence.

    Start Date

    Two intakes in a year September and February

    Total Course Duration:

    12 to 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 careers service and alumni links. In terms of incomes, research into earnings of MBA degree graduates has shown that, on average, salaries were 50% higher on completion than pre-MBA levels (Yeaple, 2014).

    In addition, on completion of the award, students may be able to apply for Doctorate level programmes such as PhD or professional doctorate.

  • TUITION FEE

    The tuition fee is 9,250GBP per annum. Students on this course may be fully funded by the Student Loans Company. This facility is only available to UK and other European Union students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@mrcollege.ac.uk or T: +44 20 8556 5009

    For more information, terms and conditions, please visit the Student Finance website at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

    Maintenance Loan

    Subject to household income, a Maintenance Loan is also available to help with students’ living costs for full-time UK and EU students. Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/loans-and-grants

  • HOW TO APPLY

    Please apply through UCAS and for assistance, contact via email, our Admissions Department, admissions@mrcollege.ac.uk or, by post to Mont Rose College:

    Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences

    Shakespeare House Campus,
    267 Cranbrook Road

    Ilford, Greater London
    IG1 4TG.
    Admission & Study Location: Mont Rose College, Shakespeare House Campus, Ilford.