Apply by: 16 October 2023 | To start: 30 October 2023
180 credits • 2 years part-time • QS 5-Star university • £9,840 total fees
Entry requirements for home and international students
Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement
This module aims to equip you with a critical appreciation of how organisations can enhance competitiveness through stakeholder engagement. It introduces marketing management from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. It emphasises the need for a critical and analytical perspective and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.
Marketing within a global environment is explored, alongside a consideration of how the impact of environmental trends and customer demands shape companies’ marketing strategies.
Corporate Communications and Financial Analysis
This module teaches you how to read, analyse, and interpret financial information using statements provided by companies and prepared using generally accepted accounting principles. You will examine the role of an annual reports’ narrative in interpreting the company’s performance and its approach to issues such as ethics, sustainability and the environment, employees, its future, and the needs of users of accounting information. You will apply both quantitative and qualitative techniques to the information and analyse if it meets the needs of all stakeholders.
You will also be introduced to the stock exchange information available for listed companies and how this might complement the information in the annual financial statements. The module blends theory and practice with particular focus shed on day-to-day practical problems related to interpreting financial statements and the limitations of that information.
Strategy in Practice
This module explores key concepts of strategic decision-making to explore how strategy is conceived by integrating theory, practice and experience. It examines how strategy affects organisations and how an organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively, given the understanding of the internal structures, processes and culture, and the external conditions.
You will explore how mission, vision, and values are shaped in an organisation. The module covers topics related to organisational structures, business models and how the external environment impacts on current and new strategies.
This module is designed to build your skills in strategic decision-making, in terms of assessment, information and resources, conceptualisation of strategies, implementation, and monitoring of the results. You will be asked to perform research based on complex information and constructs, analyse real-life business situations challenging the status quo, and reflect on your own practice.
Finance and Management
This module develops the background and understanding that managers and leaders need in financial applications. It details the basis of financial and management accounting, introducing concepts which lead to the development of a more competent understanding of budgeting and other associated resource allocation problems.
Financial accounting is explored separately from management accounting, to enable an understanding of the financial reporting statements which firms must produce to be compliant with the regulations of their company structures. You will review financial analysis, including trend identification and concepts or issues that firms face from their funding choices. This can lead to a greater understanding of the financial consequences of the decisions taken by management.
This module provides a background to corporate finance. Corporate finance is concerned with how firms get money (raise finance) and how they use it (investment and management) in ways that allow the company to fulfil its aims and objectives (often to increase shareholders’ returns investment returns).
It explains what businesses should consider when they are making the financing decisions that their success or even survival can sometimes depend upon. For example, an organisation that needs to raise funds to finance its expansion. Decision makers should consider what the most effective financing options could be and what implications they may have in the organisation’s overall financial performance. Several tools and techniques that support corporate finance decision making are also presented.
Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking
This module explores entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, creativity and intrapreneurship, culminating in the development of a business case. It considers the innovative and creative process, both at an individual and a corporate level. As well as identifying the potential business benefits of intrapreneurship, the module explores strategies to encourage, nurture and lead intrapreneurship within an organisation. You will create a strategic project plan which will enable the implementation of an innovative solution to a business issue.
Governance and Risk Management
This module examines corporate governance, developing key skills to support good governance, risk management, control, and stakeholder dialogue across an organisation. It offers an overview of the role of boards and directors in corporate governance and develops an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in governance worldwide.
The module aims to develop students who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond financial information and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies sustain long-term success. It also evaluates techniques to manage cybersecurity risks within your own organisation and the wider environment.
Leading and Developing People
This module focuses on leading and developing individuals and high-performance teams within an organisational culture. Consideration will also be given to workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, as well as diversity and inclusion. The module explores leadership theory and practice, communication, and decision making, as well as the impact on strategic workforce planning. There will also be an appraisal of your own role and capacity in these areas.
Negotiated Learning Project
The Negotiated Learning Project is the final part of the MBA Finance and allows you to demonstrate your mastery of business management and leadership in a ‘capstone’ project for an organisation. It is an individual and independent project in which you can bring together all your learnt knowledge and skills from the programme to help solve a chosen business problem or challenge, demonstrating your understanding of leadership and management and its application within an organisation through synoptic assessment.