MBA Global

USW's MBA Global programme is a unique two-year MBA which offers students the opportunity to gain up to ten months' worth of work-experience in the UK.

The MBA Global builds on a strong ethos of helping managers and leaders solve complex business problems while developing professionals who will make a strategic difference within the context of their organisations.

It will develop leadership and strategic thinking skills required to build successful teams and navigate growth within an uncertain, resource constrained and competitive business environment.

You’ll gain key insights into how global advances in automation and data exchange are transforming decision making, and learn how to lead a business in an industry 4.0 environment.

The University is host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides excellent opportunity for you to gain global perspectives on business and management.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A

MBA Global: Block One – fundamentals

  • Strategic Marketing
    The module will help students understand and critically evaluate how strategic marketing interfaces with general business strategy. Students will learn tools and techniques used for international market selection, segment acquisition and entry strategies.

  • Strategic Financial Management
    Students will gain an understanding of the issues and techniques of strategic financial management from both an internal and external stakeholder viewpoint.

  • Strategic Operations Management and Operational Research
    Students will gain an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

  • Leaders and Followers: contemporary critical perspectives in practice
    Students will critically evaluate perspectives and practices employed for managing and leading global teams for success while identifying issues in cross-cultural management and exploring solutions.

MBA Global: Block Two – cross-functional strategy, going global

  • Global Strategy and Emerging Markets (optional)
    Students will learn to use strategic tools and frameworks to develop plans for global or international expansion while gaining a critical understanding of global issues in trade integration. The module will focus on the macro environments within Emerging markets (E7) while studying the influence of local socio-cultural mechanisms on strategic planning.

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  • Strategic Analysis tools and techniques (optional)
    Students will learn to evaluate the strategic environment of an organisation; internally and externally. Also gain the skills to direct and manage the development of business and corporate strategy in the contexts of complexity and change.

Plus any one of the options below depending on specialism choice:

Project Management and Consultancy Skills (general)
Students will learn to evaluate the strategy and scope of a project while gaining an understanding of the project management process and the incumbent and emerging structural and leadership issues. Students will also be exposed to the process of identifying and selecting projects and managing projects using appropriate project management tools.

Corporate Finance (Finance)
The module aims to provide an understanding of the most important financial decisions of a firm, covering the recent developments in the field of global corporate finance.

Developing Skills for Leadership (Human Resource Management)
The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful global management practice and to effective global organisations’ leadership.

Globalisation of Logistics and Supply-Chain (Supply Chain Management)
This module encourages participants to go beyond the study of theory and become active participants in the debate that is at the leading edge of strategic thinking and practice. The module will help students identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries and markets, explore the structure and management of a global and international logistics and supply networks and examine the main activities involved in global and international logistics and supply chain management.

Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing (Marketing)
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the key constructs associated with Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing; a critical understanding of how Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing interfaces with business strategy; and the differentiation between Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, and normative marketing planning and management, from the context of strategic business model development within a technologically driven business environment.

MBA Global: Block Three - application

Students have the option of a six-to-ten-month internship or work placement in either:

An external work-placement
We will provide a range of competitive work-placement opportunities. Students may be required to attend an interview, develop a personal statement and demonstrate strong academic performance in order to secure one of these placements.

An internal consultancy-based internship
Students will also have the option of a business analyst role within the USW Business Clinic, the business school’s consultancy division, where you will carry out a clinic-based consultancy project for a client company. A range of projects are identified each year and students will be matched against these projects based on their interests, specialism and requirements of the client. 

MBA Global: Block Three and Four – business research project

Students are required to produce a report based on their internship or work placement, highlighting their ability to apply knowledge to solve complex problems within the industry and demonstrate research/investigative skills, project management and consultancy skills. Students will provide evidence of their impact on the organisation in the form of a professional business report.

Teaching

USW's MBA Global students will be taught across four block deliveries, each concentrating on a specific themes: 

Foundation
This block will focus on building upon existing knowledge of the business functions, while bringing students up to speed with contemporary perspectives and practices within various

Specialism
Students select their specialisms from Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management.

Application
This will focus on providing the students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-time, identifying and solving problems within organisations while developing project management and consultancy skills.

Business Research Project
This block allows the student time and scope to develop a professional project report based on their work-placement or consultancy project internship to highlight and report their impact on the respective client organisations.

Contact time and independent study hours will vary across blocks.

An MBA Expert Speaker Series will expose the students to guest lectures and seminars conducted by industry and academic leaders.

As an added benefit, students will have the chance to attend workshops on a range of skills such as SEO, AGILE, Google Analytics.

Assessment

Besides traditional essay and presentation-based assessments, the MBA Global involves an innovative approach to assessment called the ‘client-consultant’ scenario where students help regional companies solve problems and grow.

This approach involves carrying out research in real-time, attending client brief events, conducting organisational research and inquiry, writing professional business reports and presenting to company boards in the USW Barclays Boardroom. One such assessment will provide the necessary practical exposure in each block of delivery.

Formal written examinations are kept to a minimum and will only be used in relevant modules such as Finance.

Accreditations

The MBA Global course will be CMI accredited post validation.

Placements

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive paid internship or they may prefer an internship opportunity in the USW Business Clinic, working on local and international consultancy projects.

The USW Business Clinic enables students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our clients. Students get to the root of the problem, which results in a detailed report and presentation of their recommendations.

These internships develop key employability skills such as team-work, resilience, communication, problem-solving, planning and organising.

Field Trips

The MBA Global features an international field trip which will involve a visit to a global company. 

There may be additional costs associated with this course

Featured Lecturer:
Dr Nihar Amoncar

Dr Nihar Amoncar

The MBA Global aims to create leaders and managers of the future who can embrace and capitalise on change, be pro-active and inculcate lifelong learning.

As the next industrial revolution happens and technologies ranging from analytics and automation to blockchain change the manner in which we conduct business, MBA professionals will be expected to develop perspectives on leadership and management that will prove effective in the ever-changing nature of the workplace.

We will teach you how to carefully balance profitability while not compromising on ethics and ensuring sustainable business and management.

The MBA course is designed to develop ‘global-citizens’ who can seamlessly cut through national boundaries to identify opportunities and drive growth while remaining open to cultural adaptation.

At USW, the MBA course team is passionate and committed to helping you develop a critical appreciation of these futuristic trends and help you assess their influence on organisations.

A minimum UK second-class honours degree or recognised international equivalent qualification.

Relevant managerial experience is preferable and all applicants would be considered on an individual basis. 

 

International Entry Requirements

The MBA course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Funding

UK and European Union graduates with a first or upper second class Honours degree (or agreed equivalent qualifications) can apply for a non-means tested scholarship worth £1,500 or £2,000. The scholarship applies to eligible full-time, taught Masters courses at the University of South Wales starting in August/ September 2019. Find out more information about our postgraduate scholarship.

Register and apply directly to the University for the MBA Global.

Admissions statement 

The MBA programme will prepare students for employment within a range of sectors including retail, international management, consultancy, marketing and e-commerce.

It is ideal if you want to:

  • progress to a managerial or leadership position within an organisation
  • work for global companies and MNCs
  • become a consultant in an area of expertise
  • complement your technical bachelor’s degree with a Business and Management masters 
  • develop an awareness of global strategic tools and techniques, global cultures and management practices
  • work in an organisation planning to expand internationally or an organisation engaging in global projects
  • work in your family business and want to expand the business internationally