Programme Name : Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Duration of Study : 1½ years
3 trimesters per year
10-12 weeks per trimester
Intakes : January and September Study Mode : Part Time; Weekend classes Assessment : Assignments
Verbal and Visual Presentation
Postgraduate Major Project
Awarding Institution : Anglia Ruskin University
- Prepares candidates for employment in management roles and to make a significant contribution to their employers
- Provides students with a broad awareness of organizational issues
- Examines the implications of management theories in understanding senior management roles and responsibilities
- Provides more functional specialist knowledge of Business Management such as finance, human resources, strategy and marketing
- Engages students in high-level strategic analysis and facilitates them in developing the personal attributes critical to leadership success
- Enables candidates to understand, respond to and lead change with a strong practical and professional orientation
- Inclusion in ARU’s extensive business and alumni networks in the UK and Europe for your future career and business success
- Benefit from links between the ARU MBA and international partner institutions fostered through international websites, residentials and conferences
- Access to the Anglia Ruskin Virtual Learning Environment to support the MBA eg. online course materials
Below are the entry requirements for Master of Business Administration:
- An undergraduate degree from a UK university with a minimum Second Class (Hons) Lower and two years of relevant work experience postgraduation
- An academic or professional qualification equivalent to a UK honours degree and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (for applicants whose first language is not English) and two years of relevant work experience postgraduation
- Prior Experiential Learning (PEL) in a post of management or professional responsibility over an extended period of time
Each credit-rated module is assessed by an assignment, often work or case-based. There are no formal examinations. This ensures that learning is context-specific and transferred to the organisation.
Assessments have a strong practical and professional orientation, enabling students to develop a range of practical management skills relevant to senior roles in their organisation. Work-based assignments are used where relevant and practical, to help them to relate their learning to their work environment, increase their knowledge of that environment, help raise their profile and ensure their sponsor gains immediate, practical benefits.
The ARU MBA is designed for students who have gained a considerable degree of subject knowledge and proficiency from their undergraduate studies, experience of the workplace, or both. Our approach to study is essentially one of critique and evaluation, using the results of current and recent research and case studies to analyse, evaluate and appraise established methods, practices or techniques.
Teaching input is provided via a wide range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, video and case studies. Particular emphasis is placed on team teaching and the setting of work-based tasks at strategic level.
Learning strategies include syndicate work, group presentations, working with local business organisations and self-managed learning.
An important component of the course is the 15,000-word postgraduate dissertation, supported by the Research Methods for Managers module, and often related to studies in one or more other modules. Candidates are expected to display a considerable degree of proficiency in research methods, and be able to apply such methods to a real-world problem in a practical and business-like manner. They are required to demonstrate knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of their chosen methods, and discuss how they worked within or overcame such weaknesses. Additionally, they are expected to criticise their own work, both from a methodological and practical standpoint.
MOD001228 (Marketing Management)
This module traces the developments in marketing (theories) and how it has, in practice, reacted to the changing demands of stakeholders and customers. It demonstrates how the market has strategically reacted to the impact of customer value imperatives.
MOD000978 (Decision Making and Problem Solving)
This module examines various approaches to making decisions and solving problems in a business environment. Theoretical, behavioural, quantitative, qualitative and practical aspects are reviewed, examined and applied.
MOD000986 (Financial Statement Analysis)
Students will gain an appreciation of the two core themes in financial management, namely, the relationship between financial risk and expected return, and the overriding objective of maximizing shareholder wealth.
MOD001120 (Organisational Behaviour)
The nature of organisations, the role of management and its relationships with the environment are issues which are undergoing continual redefinition. Leading individuals, groups and organizations effectively is the key to managerial experience. Yet, it could be your most difficult challenge as a manager. The module is designed to help you meet this challenge.
MOD001112 (Business Analysis Project)
This module simulates the problems (issues) that real-life managers deal with and requires you to test some of your proposed solutions. The focus is on some aspect of competitive advantage and how this is reported in published information and also in financial reports and statistics.
MOD001093 (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
This module assesses the significance of entrepreneurs in society and the economy. Entrepreneurs often innovate: new ideas, new methods, new products, new processes, new markets and new business models. Entrepreneurs tend to start-up and grow an idea. Some entrepreneurs sell their growing enterprise and start again – serial entrepreneurs.
MOD001115 (Strategic Management)
The success of an organisation depends on its ability to craft and execute relevant and effective strategies. However, issues of strategic importance to an organisation, whether private, public or third sector, are often very complex. In order to deal with strategic issues, managers must be able to understand and structure complex situations in systematic and useful ways.
MOD001105 (Research Methods for Managers)
This module provides the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to plan and carry out effectively a piece of small-scale business/management research. Candidates are taught the essential steps in the research process such as topic selection, literature review, research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection and analysis, and report writing. The methods learnt here are applied in the preparation of the dissertation.
MOD001170 (Postgraduate Major Project)
The dissertation allows candidates to demonstrate at an advanced level important intellectual and practical skills acquired in the Research Methods module. These skills are valued by employers and as the dissertation is the candidate’s own work, it is proof that he/she has mastered them. Length of dissertation: 15,000 words.