Master of Business Administration MBA

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time (September starts), 16 months full-time (January starts), 24 months part-time. Part-time students will study alongside our full-time students.

MBA Part-time Day-release teaching times: Trimester 1: Mondays 9am-4pm; Trimester 2: Mondays 10am-5pm; Trimester 3: Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-2pm (over 6 weeks)


Boost your career prospects with our prestigious MBA qualification. Our course has a Level 7 accreditation from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute). When you graduate from our MBA, you will have a highly-valued professional qualification and the strategic and leadership qualities that you’ll need to be a successful manager in any organisation – or your own business.

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Our MBA will equip you with the management and entrepreneurial abilities to succeed in a wide range of business fields. When you graduate, you’ll be confident about entering the international business market and may find a senior role in a corporation or take the first steps towards self-employment.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Marketing Research
    In this module the theory of market research is combined with the opportunity to practise the associated skills. Students undertake a project involving the collection and analysis of primary data using a software package such as SPSS. The tutor acts as both 'client' and project advisor during workshops, some of which will focus specifically on the use of the computer package. There are no formal lectures. The learning will take place through the experience of conducting a survey and/or collecting qualitative data by interview. Students will use the literature to familiarise themselves with the most appropriate methodologies to use. The projects will be group-based where appropriate. The module aims to enable students to plan and implement a market research strategy. Considerable attention will be given to the analysis of market research data, and the presentation and reporting of research findings.
  • Supply Chain Strategy and Operations
    Supply chain management is a major strategic concern for organisations, it is often stated that individual organisations no longer compete, but that the impetus of competition has shifted to supply chains/networks. A number of strategic philosophies and techniques are explored on the module that focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain flow. This module highlights how the ever-demanding customer creates a need for managing the network from raw materials to end-customer across organisational interfaces. Therefore, supply chain networks rely on effective management of relationships and outsourcing arrangements. Supply chains can be fragile due to the participants and external risks, risk management strategies are applied within the module. Any logistics/supply chain strategy has to make trade-offs in terms of cost; quality; flexibility; dependability and time. These strategic priorities are explored in an intensive supply chain simulation game. The game simulations a product supply chain, including necessary functions produces results and statistics about the supply chain that the students must improve over the course of the semester. The overall aim is to provide an insight into the system consequences of decisions, focusing on operational decisions, e.g. procurement, manufacturing, distribution, transport etc. Here students will work in teams, to represent the management of the company, therefore, they must develop a strategy and work together to implement their decisions. The impetus is on real-life practice and the impetus here is on learning by doing. Within this module, students will build team-work; communication; analytical; project management; time management and presentation skills.
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
    This module prepares students to undertake a piece of business or management research for their Masters project by developing appropriate knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills. Emphasis is placed on developing skills most likely to lead to a successful closure of a research journey set within any organisational setting identified by students in the role of either academic or practitioner researchers. Skills such as the ability to frame research aims, generate research questions/hypothesis, and research objectives, the ability to generate a conceptual framework, the ability to select and justify a particular research design and methodology and the ability to act as an ethical researcher so as not to spoil the field are all central features of this module. In addition the generation of core practical skills such as the ability to generate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data are central to this module. By developing this knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills the true aims of conducting research will be realised. Students will gain confidence in a range of cognitive and practical skills suitable to conducting research projects in a range of international business contexts so as to add to knowledge and understanding. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Finance for Decision Making
    Management decision making is a complex subject involving many variable factors. This module explores the financial element contained in decisions and the techniques that may be used to assist informed management decisions. It is assumed that the student has already acquired a knowledge of financial vocabulary, the concepts behind basic financial terminology and the financial statements. The module begins by considering the availability of financial information that may be relevant to decision making and how this fits with that needed for the informed decision. This is further developed to the type of decision and differing requirements, leading to a more bespoke deliverable information set that meets the context of the decision. In order to fulfil the requirements identified as necessary for the informed decision the module explores the financial techniques developed by financial and management accountants and how they may be used and applied. Finally consideration is given to the relevance and weighting of the financial element in the decision making process and how qualitative issues may be incorporated in the overall decision. The link to corporate governance best practice is also explored. The module is designed to be contextualised for students from different organisations and sectors, and for it to be delivered to students without practical management experience. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. The module will be assessed by two written assignments. The first assignment will encourage students to reflect upon the theory and techniques that underpin financial management practice while the following assignment will encourage students to consider how accounting can inform decision making within an organisation.
  • Strategic Management
    The module explores the core field of strategic management, and how strategy contributes to organisational performance. It focuses on your organisation's internal and external environment, and addresses key issues such as competitive advantage.
  • Project Management
    The ability to manage projects effectively is widely regarded as a key aspect of management in both private and public sector organisations. This module considers the nature of the project environment, the role adopted by the project manager and the relationships between projects and the objectives of the sponsoring organisation. Throughout the module reference is made to the practical tools and techniques which underpin the activities of the project manager and support the core objectives of the project. Tutorial exercises and case studies support this approach. Students are given hands-on experience of PC software tools - deployed to facilitate planning,costing, critical path analysis (CPA) and resource management. Subsequent PC-based activities include optimisation, progress monitoring, trouble-shooting and rescheduling. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Leadership and Change
    This module will investigate and critically evaluate historical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing especially on leadership at junior to middle management level. Classical theories of leadership will be examined including traits theory, behavioural theories and contingency theories. Some contemporary theories will include issues such as emotional intelligence, psychodynamics & leader-led relations.
  • Managing People
    This module introduces future business leaders to the latest research and debates on the relationship between competitive strategy and human resource management. Particular attention will be paid to the rapid transformation of the relationship between firms and people. In this spirit, we will consider challenges and opportunities presented by the spread of alternative forms to traditional work organization such as virtual organisations, outsourcing and subcontracting, and the rise of labour market intermediaries. The module will also provide you with practical, analytic tools that will help you think strategically about how work can be organised and individuals and communities motivated (and de-motivated). Specifically, we will explore ways in which better management of workplace communities can deliver sustainable competitive advantage through recruiting and selection, development, work reorganisation, incentives and rewards, and the like. To do so, we will consider a range of competitive strategies, their links to specific practices in and beyond the workplace, and the critical issues on which the success or failure of these strategies depends. You will be given the opportunity to put themselves in the position of organisational leaders facing major human resource challenges through the extensive discussion of business cases.
  • Postgraduate Major Project - Business Administration
    This module support you in the preparation and submission of your Master stage project dissertation. The major project enables you to demonstrate some or all of the following: The ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism, depth of knowledge which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical and or research understanding; critical understanding of method and its relationship to knowledge; Awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice, the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory; the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations; and contribute to the development of best practice; the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and effective manner, as appropriate to the 'audience'; The capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.

Optional modules

  • Marketing Planning
    The module has two themes; firstly the critical understanding of the practical tools, techniques, operations and activities of the marketing process, and secondly the marketing decisions on which effective marketing management and planning are based. These two themes separate out the operational marketing activities from the management decisions, and students should be able to develop diagnostic skills in both themes of the module so that they become familiar with processes related to marketing effort. Finally, students need to be able to link external or environmental market dynamics with organisational response. Students will be able to reflect through their practitioner experience and application of the service/product-market relationships and customer/client behaviours in meeting the module outcomes. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    This module reviews the classical models of entrepreneurship and examines the main characteristics of entrepreneurs within organisations. Recent approaches to entrepreneurship are examined. Ways of fostering entrepreneurial culture, at every level within the organisation, are surveyed. The role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic growth are analysed by applying, for example, Porter's Diamond model to a selected region. The role and nature of small business start-ups is critically reviewed. Creative and integrative thinking are stimulated by application of various methods, e.g. Buzan's Mind-Mapping. The context of innovation within the modern business environment is reviewed. The significance and outcomes of the innovation process are examined. Mechanisms for protecting innovations and intellectual property are reviewed.
  • Human Resource Management in Context
    This module is concerned with the environment in which organisations operate, and how organisations have to respond to the very dynamic environment which they operate in.
  • The Entrepreneurial Proposition
    You will have the opportunity to further develop themes related to the entrepreneurial individual, organisation and task environment, in order to develop a proposition which addresses an entrepreneurial opportunity. You will need to critically reflect upon the ways in which entrepreneurial processes and practices assist in moving from idea to action and the factors impinging upon entrepreneurial success and sustainability (e.g. personal and organisational growth and development). In so doing, you will critically assess how to design, develop and present solutions to different groups of stakeholders related to the entrepreneurial opportunity. This will be underpinned by an experiential teaching approach, where students apply concepts and frameworks to a real-life entrepreneurial opportunity which they have identified themselves. Achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed via a cognitive map and supporting written assignment and poster pitch.
  • Digital Marketing Communications
    In any management role undertaken within an organisation students will require an appreciation of the power and influence of Digital Marketing. This module aims to increase employability of students by providing individuals with many of the necessary skills, as well as a critical understanding, of Digital Marketing. This will be essential as they enter employment in today’s dynamic digitally influenced business environment. The lectures in this module will encourage students to critically examining emerging theories and models within this academic field of study. Students will be asked to undertake a critical examination of Digital Marketing strategies for both profit and not for profit organisations which deliver integrated online communications for both large organisations and SME’s (Small and Medium sized Enterprises). Students will examine evidence of the change in Consumer Behaviour and increase in online activities such as social activism. They will also be required to investigate the influence of Tribes, Communities and Virtual Crowds in online behaviour and the effective use of WOM (Word of Mouth) and Viral Marketing as part of campaign tactics. Important consideration of legal and regulatory issues affecting Digital Marketing, together with emerging codes of practice and ethical issues will be addressed in lectures. An understanding and development of basic skills in appropriate use of Digital Tools such as Social Media, Online Advertising and Mobile will be addressed in seminars. This will lead to a case study assessment where students are encouraged to consider the appropriate application of these tools.


We place a strong emphasis on practical and professional skills. You’ll be assessed on work-based assignments, research projects, syndicate work and group presentations.

This is a 12, 15 or 24 month programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016-17 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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