MBA (Master of Business Administration)

This dynamic MBA course will be of interest if you are in, or aspire to, a managerial position and will build the vision needed in today’s business climate. It builds on a strong ethos of helping managers to solve real problems, and is designed for professionals who will make a strategic difference to the organisations in which they operate. Whether you work in a public or private sector organisation, you will learn how to integrate cutting-edge research and practice across all key business areas to achieve business transformation.

During the MBA course, you will develop key leadership skills such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and problem solving and be introduced to innovative business theory in a practical context. There are also MBA pathways available in marketing, human resource management and public service management, so you can specialise in a particular area which will lead to a named MBA award. The University is host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain an international perspective on business and different cultures and practices.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd

The MBA will expose you to core areas of business with an emphasis on the strategic nature of decision-making through a diverse range of modules.

As well as the standard MBA course we also have pathways available in marketing, human resource management and public service management. You will study 180 credits from your chosen pathway:

MBA

  • Leadership and Management Theories
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of leadership and management theories and their contemporary application in a range of organisational settings.
  • Strategic Financial Management
    Gain an understanding of the issues and techniques of strategic financial management from both an internal and external stakeholder viewpoint.
  • Strategic Analysis Tools and Techniques
    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.
  • Strategic Systems Thinking
    Go beyond the study of theory and become an active participant in a debate that is at the leading edge of strategic thinking and practice. On completion of this module you will be able to contribute to strategic thinking within an organisational setting.
  • Strategic Marketing
    Understand and critically evaluate how strategic marketing interfaces with general business strategy. In addition, appraise the difference between good strategic marketing practice and practice that falls short of professional quality.
  • Strategic Operations Management
    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.
  • Managing Professional Development
    Undertake personal and professional development for a business related professional career. You will personally manage and sustain employability through critical reflection to understand yourself and others.
  • Research Methods
    Conduct a proper scientific investigation and present it in a written format. This will develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context.
  • Management Project
    Explore the concept, theories and practice of project management and consultancy skills whilst building on the research methodological skills and requirements of critical debate established throughout the program. Learn how these key skills are vital within a business context to ensure rigorous decision making.

MBA Human Resource Management

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management Theories
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Analysis Tools and Techniques
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Operations Management
  • Managing Professional Development
  • Research Methods
  • Management Project

MBA Marketing

  • Brand and Reputation Management
  • Trends in Marketing
  • Leadership and Management Theories
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Analysis Tools and Techniques
  • Strategic Operations Management
  • Research Methods
  • Management Project

You will also study one of the following options:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Managing Professional Development

MBA Public Service Management

  • Public Policy and Innovation
  • Partnerships, Service Improvement and Delivery
  • Leadership and Management Theories
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Analysis Tools and Techniques
  • Strategic Operations Management
  • Managing Professional Development
  • Research Methods
  • Management Project

Teaching

Taught sessions are delivered through self-guided study, lectures, seminars, group work, case studies and exercises. You will have the opportunity to strategically analyse organisations, deliver presentations and prepare marketing and business plans.

Alongside your studies, you will also be part of a study visit to see first-hand how different companies operate. You are also encouraged to attend the many guest lectures organised by the Business School, to broaden your understanding of important subject areas.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written assignments, presentations and project work. The MBA involves the completion of a business research project which will develop your communication and consulting skills.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree from a UK university, or recognised international equivalent qualification.

International applicants will need a good command of English at the equivalent of an IELTS score of 6.5.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9700 
  • Full-time International:  £12900 

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Field Trips - Visit to European City £100
Cost of the Study Tour Trip is free, but students will be expected to pay for normal expenses whilst away e.g. lunch, evening meals, social activities, etc.  Approximately £100.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

Employability is at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to ensure that our students are innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, which helps make our graduates employable across the globe.

This demanding and dynamic course is designed for those looking to take their career to the next level. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader and equip you with an insight into the business practices you will need for a future in an ever changing global environment.

Developed in close consultation with a range of employers who have contributed significantly to making our graduates more effective in the workplace, the University of South Wales MBA is recognised globally as a qualification due to its relevance within the world of work. The completion of a management project gives you the chance to showcase your knowledge and analytical skills that are essential to top employers.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.