Master of Business Administration MBA

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)

Distance learning

January, September

Overview

In a dynamic world, business leaders are constantly expected to stretch and challenge the status quo by being able to respond positively to change, see opportunities and operationalise new initiatives. Anglia Ruskin is one of the UK’s leading universities for enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship. Anglia Ruskin’s new online MBA uses our unique expertise to develop leaders and managers who are equipped to face the future and create thriving projects in challenging times.

Full description

Careers

The MBA is a prestigious management qualification and an investment in your future. It will provide you with the skills and expertise to progress to the next level in your career.


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Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Strategic Leadership
    How can a leader take strategic approaches to contribute to an organisation's performance? We'll help you find out. This is a practical module that builds on your own work to provide ideas and frameworks for the design and implementation of strategy.
  • 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.
  • Organisational Behaviour
    The nature of organisations, the role of management and its relationships with the environment are issues which are undergoing continual redefinition. The purpose of this module is to provide a number of conceptual frameworks to help students make sense of their professional practice and context. The focus of the module is to seek insights into behaviour in organisations from a behavioural science perspective.
  • 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.
  • Operations and Project Management
    Operations Management (OM) involves all the activities, decisions and responsibilities for managing the production and delivery of products and services. Managing business operations is not only vital to implement and support any organisation’s strategic plans, but it can also drive strategic change and be a key source of competitive advantage. Operations strategy reconciles an organisation’s resources with international market needs by determining the right priority of the five competitive factors: cost, quality, speed, dependability and flexibility. A key part of the business operations is project management, and this module expands the theory of project management into a business context and integrates the practical tools and techniques required to manage projects successfully.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Human Resources Management and Leadership
    This module examines human resources issues from the perspective of the leader. You will explore how concepts of strategic human resource management and leadership can be applied to dynamic modern situations.
  • Entrepreneurial Action (equivalent to Postgraduate Major Project)
    Work as part of a group in an entrepreneurial business on a real-life challenge currently facing that organisation. Alternatively, take a business idea through to proof of concept stage in our Startup Lab at Anglia Ruskin, or undertake research in the area of entrepreneurial management.

Assessment

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance learning, 2018/19 (total cost with Scholarship)

£9,900

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.

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