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|Course Length:||1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2020, September 2021|
|Subjects:||Business and Management
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
This MBA has been designed for those ready to make the leap into management roles from an existing job and those who are aspiring to become managers. The course has a particular focus on the human resource elements of business and will help you to develop the skills needed to contribute to the management and development of staff to further the organisation’s goals.
Importantly, we take a strategic perspective on business and management and help you to develop the skills to contribute to major decisions made by organisations about their future.
Applicants are welcomed from any discipline and from a wide range of job roles. Many entrants to an MBA have a science or technology qualification and so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.
What will I study?
This MBA is designed to allow you to develop an understanding of the key aspects of business and management. You will study topics relating to accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing and strategy. By the end of these modules you will have an understanding of these critical aspects of business. Those who major in HRM will also study critical perspectives on managing human resources.
Teaching is set within an international context with examples and illustrations being drawn from the global economy. The course will also take a strategic focus, concentrating on the major decisions that organisations have to make to determine their overall direction. Finally, you will be exposed to a range of contemporary issues that are of interest to all managers. These will include such things as globalisation, ethics and social responsibility.
How will I study?
As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.
How will I be assessed?
Throughout the programme, there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working and utilises case studies and problem solving exercises. Examinations take a variety of forms, with both seen and unseen questions.
Who will be teaching me?
All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The MBA is delivered by specialists in human resource management and experts in accountancy, marketing, e-commerce, and small and medium sized enterprises. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject area.
A Great Study Environment
A stunning £8m building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.
The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.
Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.
BUS4031Strategic Marketing Planning (20 credits)
Strategic Marketing Planning is designed to provide you with an understanding of marketing planning including the synerginistic planning process and its links with the delivery of effective and sustainable competitive advantage. Effective marketing strategy and planning is essential for all organisations. The module considers the complexities of the marketing environment and the impact this has on the creation of marketing plans and their successful implementation and execution. This will enable you to contribute along with other directors and senior managers to an organisation’s competitive strategy.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
BUS4038Strategy: Foundations and New Perspectives (20 credits)
Strategy: Foundations and New Perspectives provides a critical, reflective and evaluative examination of historic and contemporary debates relating to business strategy and strategic planning. The module focuses on the decision-making process with regard to strategy formulation and implementation and contextualises and evaluates the process through examination of business approaches and practices. You will develop the ability to formulate and implement strategy in order to maximise organisational effectiveness and business performance. In addition, you will be encouraged to evaluate the impact and influence of sometimes complex strategic decisions and actions on a range of organisational stakeholders.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
BUS4039Human Resourcing as Competitive Strategy (20 credits)
Human Resourcing as Competitive Strategy recognises that the effective management of people is of fundamental importance to any organisation, as is a coherent, well-thought-through company strategy. An increasing number of organisations are recognising the need for strategically integrated people management policies that inform all major decisions. This change requires greater strategic awareness from Human Resources (HR) managers. Indeed, the UK HR professional body, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has encouraged all HR professionals to be cognisant of their role in the effective achievement of organisational strategy. This module will enhance your knowledge of, and competence in, strategic human resource management to help you meet increasing demands for a strategically sensitive approach to people management.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
BUS4040Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
Financial Decision Making briefly reviews the main financial information produced by organisations, before moving on and focusing on how this information can be used by managers. The module provides a platform for managers, developing from basic financial systems to evaluating financial information and its uses in making decisions. The module will allow you to reflect on some of the current critical debates about the role and positioning of financial information in organisations; being able to place financial information and decision-making in the wider context of organisations and their roles in society.
Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.
BUS4042Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources (20 credits)
Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources centres on how human resources, as a source of organisational competitive advantage, has been widely accepted as an organisational strategy aimed at increasing organisational growth and efficiency. Within such ‘hard’ approaches, people can be considered more as an organisational asset comparable to other technological artefacts which contribute and interact to deliver efficiency and competitive advantage. Drawing on labour process theory and socio-technical systems approaches, the module will critically evaluate how the interaction between employees, management and technical systems interact in contemporary organisations.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
BUS4519Dissertation (60 credits)
Dissertation requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific topic or issue related to a relevant organisational or management development matter. You will provide a theoretical rationale for the dissertation, collect and organise research data, present it within a coherent, rigorous and analytical framework, and reach a well-argued and integrated conclusion.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
BUS4522Organisational Research (20 credits)
Organisational Research develops your skills and awareness in research methodologies and techniques that are specifically appropriate for undertaking, analysing and writing-up academic research in the form of a dissertation or practitioner/consultancy research. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methodologies and develop the necessary conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical skills necessary for management studies research.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required.
Ideally you should also have two years of relevant work experience gained after graduation, although well qualified and motivated candidates without this will be considered.
English Language Requirements
International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
An MBA helps to equip you for a range of career opportunities in both general management and specialist functions. Typical MBA careers include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, marketing, public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MBA are:
- £11,000 for UK and EU students and £13,775 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21;
- £11,160 for UK students and £14,050 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. Tuition fees for EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this MBA are:
- £61 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £1,220 per 20 credit module;
- £62 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £1,240 per 20 credit module. Tuition fees for EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced.
180 credits are required to complete an MBA.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2020.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.
Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
How to Apply
There is an online application process for this programme.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.
Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.
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