Master of Business Administration (Part-Time) MBA

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Valued by both students and employers, the MBA is the most popular Masters qualification in the world. Awarded by the University of Chester, this programme offers you the opportunity to complete your MBA in three stages:

Certificate in Management Studies (CMS):

Designed for early career managers, those wishing to accelerate their management careers, and those wishing to gain a postgraduate qualification after a break from study.

Diploma in Management Studies (DMS):

Designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA):

Designed for aspiring managers and those wishing to accelerate their management careers. The CMS, DMS and MBA will provide you with the knowledge and capability to think and work strategically, as well as the skills needed to be successful in leading organisational change with people. University Centre Shrewsbury has strong links with private and public sector organisations in the region which inform the curriculum design and development of the MBA programme, in order to meet the global challenges of 21st-century enterprise.

Why study a CMS/DMS/MBA at University Centre Shrewsbury?

The modules that you will study have been delivered for many years by Chester Business School at the University of Chester, which has a highly successful track record of delivering Masters-level programmes to managers and leaders in national and international, private, public and not-for-profit organisations. The curriculum of the University Centre Shrewsbury CMS and MBA wholly aligns with the standards set out for advanced level management education by international accreditation bodies such as the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The learning methods we use will enable the application of business and management principles and theories by developing your workplace performance to bring about organisational transformation. Our programme will particularly equip you with the problem solving and creative thinking abilities required to act as an ethical leader in meeting the challenges of the turbulent global economy.

Features:

  • Highly competitive course fees
  • Dedicated online learning resources
  • Membership of a cohort of leaders from diverse organisations
  • Research-active and business-engaged
  • International links
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Learning support from peers through action learning methods

Learning

Programme Structure and Delivery

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

The part-time MBA will require attendance on a Tuesday afternoon and evening over an academic year. Teaching will take place in the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions, seminars and presentations with your tutors. In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study involving reading, research, personal investigation and completion of tutor-directed tasks. Learning methods incorporate a manager exchange programme, action learning sets and independent guided study involving the application of the latest theoretical knowledge to practical workplace situations. You will also be given access to a dedicated MBA portal on the University’s virtual learning environment.

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) (Stage 1 of an MBA)

(60 credits)

  • Leadership in Action
  • Marketing Across Boundaries
  • Finance for Managers

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (Stage 2 of an MBA)

(120 credits)

  • Leading and Managing Ethically
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Excellence in Processes and Projects

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

(180 credits)

  • Preparing for Research Consultancy
  • Management Research in Action

Assessment

Assessment for each taught module is normally by submission of one or two pieces of work, totalling 4,000 words or equivalent. The Research Methods module will involve the submission of a research proposal. The Dissertation itself is between 12,000-13,000 words. This is an important element of the MBA programme which enables you to further customise the MBA. You will undertake this project independently, but with support and guidance from your dissertation supervisor.

Careers

This programme will enhance your prospects when applying for senior positions within management, as the in-depth academic and practical knowledge you have gained will be evident to your prospective employer. It also opens up opportunities outside your chosen programme of study, as it demonstrates both your ability to learn and intellectual capacity.

Entry Requirements

Extra Information

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies (CMS):

  • An honours degree or equivalent, i.e. professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.
  • You will be required to attend an interview to satisfy a requirement of a minimum of one year’s appropriate management or business experience with an ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it. Individuals will also be selected on the basis of the contribution they may be expected to make as well as the benefit they receive.

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS):

  • An honours degree or equivalent, i.e. professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution
  • You will be required to attend an interview to satisfy a requirement of a minimum of one year’s appropriate management or business experience with an ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it. Individuals will also be selected on the basis of the contribution they may be expected to make as well as the benefit they receive.
  • Credit exemptions can be given where applicants have achieved a postgraduate certificate in a business-related subject at another institution or have achieved accreditation at Level 7 from a professional body, e.g. CMI, CIM, CIPD, ACCA.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA):

  • University honours degree or equivalent qualification
  • Normally a minimum of two years’ work experience in a leadership position
  • Evidence of senior leadership potential

Course content enquiries

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Enquiries

  • Email: businessschool@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)1244 511000