Master of Business Administration MBA
Facts about Master of Business Administration
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time (executive weekend programme): 2 years
Distance learning: 3 years (find out more)
|Attendance||For full details see Attendance and timetables|
|Assessment||Case study-based examination; MBA project|
|Start date||September and January (27 January 2014)
Choose Kingston's MBA
"We believe in experiential learning – bringing your life experience into the classroom. When you can relate your experiences to concepts, you can embed the concepts in your mind." – Dr Kent Springdal, course director
Kingston Business School's Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification is the smart choice for professionals looking for an intensive, practical, good-value education to fire up their career progression.
The Kingston MBA is an academically rigorous and career-focused course which can be studied either full-time or part-time. Teaching takes place during the week for full-time students, while the part-time executive programme takes place on weekends across two years, so it can fit around your work commitments.
Ethical, responsible business
The business landscape is changing rapidly and our curriculum is led by values. We want our MBA graduates to be able to successfully tackle the issues that will affect businesses in the future, including best practice, sustainability, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. These values are incorporated into all of our modules.
The Kingston Business School MBA focuses on the global nature of business and recognises the importance of new modes of operative media to keep up with it. You will look at strategies for future-proofing business models and how to scale up operations while remaining aware of local variations. The international mix of students can add first-hand accounts and insights to class discussions on these topics.
What's special about a Kingston MBA?
- Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation (since 1985)
- Tailored learning: select modules which fit your needs and goals
- Dedicated MBA career support service
- Life-changing experience
- Small, personal class sizes
- Excellent value for money
- Emphasis on sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- Week-long field trip in Europe (full-time students)
- Residential leadership weekend (part-time students)
- Option to study in Moscow on the top-ranked MBA in Russia
- Flexible learning
- International mix of students
- Close proximity to London for networking and MBA Consulting Project
Find out more about how this course is structured and assessed.
London location, international degree
The Kingston MBA achieves a global reach from it's location. Kingston Business School is proud to have a truly international student body with students from a wide range of countries and cultures. This adds international insight to class discussions and working groups, and contributes to a strong global alumni network.
In addition, there is the opportunity to travel and study abroad. UK MBA students can choose to study some of their elective modules in Moscow and Berlin. The Kingston MBA is the top-ranked MBA in Russia at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
To make sure your MBA fits you perfectly, it is tailor-made to fit your needs. The Kingston MBA is a highly flexible programme of study, in which you select your core and elective modules from a wide range of possibilities. This means you can specialise and focus your learning on the areas which are the most relevant for your career now, as well as for the career path you want.
AMBA-accredited course and content
The Kingston MBA was one of the first in the UK and it has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1985. When you join Kingston's MBA programme you are given lifetime membership of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), giving you access to a global alumni network.
This is a broad degree with content and lectures from industry experts and top academics. You will study a wide range of modules covering global business, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, operations, finance and leadership. Throughout this course you will examine how corporate social responsibility and sustainability influence operations and strategy.
High-quality teaching, high-quality students
Students are selected carefully and must have a minimum of three years' business experience (full time) or five years of managerial experience (executive). This ensures that all participants can bring a wealth of experience to class discussions and learn from each other.
Kingston Business School offers a number of bursaries for our MBA students for both February and September start dates. Find out more about this and other funding opportunities for the Kingston MBA. Find out more...
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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
The Kingston MBA is a highly flexible programme of study. You need to gain 180 postgraduate credits overall, but you select your modules from a wide range of possibilities. This means you can specialise in the areas which are the most relevant for your career now, and for the career path you want.
How your 180 credits break down:
- 90 credits: choose nine core modules (each worth 10 credits) from the core modules list.
- 30 credits: choose four elective modules (each worth 7.5 credits) from the elective modules list.
- 60 credits: your final piece of work will be your MBA Project – a specialised piece of research and a consulting report (dissertation). This substantial piece of work will be the culmination of all your learning on the MBA. You will have one-to-one supervision for module and can carry out the project on any topic of your choosing.
Elective modules: please note that this list is indicative. Option modules will only be run if enough students wish to study them and therefore not all of these will be run every year.
This module will help you develop and enhance your critical understanding of a range of topical issues associated with financial management. You will do this by reviewing and analysing the position and performance of organisations as revealed in their financial statements and stock market indicators in the case of listed companies or key performance indicators in the case of not for profit organisations. In addition you will explore recent theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence concerning financial management issues in the academic literature. You will then translate this knowledge into practical context. You will engage with a broad range of issues, from financial reporting, through accounting for management decision-making in the short and long term, to considerations of decision making in the context of responsible capitalism and accounting for and with sustainability issues.
International Business Environment
This module introduces the concept of the international business environment and how it can be analysed for strategic decision-making. You will investigate how differences in economic, technological, cultural and ethical factors play roles in the development of strategy by organisations. You will examine the geo-political factors between US, Europe and emerging economies such as China, India, Russia and Brazil and assess their impact on the future development of international business trends.
You will explore the significance of the international business environment and the impact of key factors on it. You will learn to apply appropriate micro- and macroeconomic concepts that underpin key business factors and affect an organisation's environment to evaluate risks that affect organisations in international contexts. This module also examines and evaluates the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational performance in advanced, emerging and transition economies.
Marketing in a Digital World
Marketing is an essential business skill for all organisations in both the private sector and in the public (not for profit) sector. Marketing is the management discipline which identifies and tracks customer and consumer expectations and needs, then gears the organisation to meet those needs.
Today, marketing strategy and practice is dominated by technology, more specifically by the Internet, which continues to transform the ways in which marketing is practiced. For example, the Internet is not a one way broadcast medium but allows for two way communication between marketers and customers.
This module introduces the concept of marketing at both a strategic and tactical level, to business professionals drawn from across the business disciplines such as Marketing, Sales, Purchasing, Production, Logistics, Finance, IT, HR etc, and offers insights to fundamental marketing principles and practice. It then compares and contrasts traditional marketing practice with more contemporary marketing issues.
This module will examine the strategic contribution that effective Operations Management can play within organisations. You will look at how the operations functions within both public and private sector organisations can successfully integrate with other organisational features, and evaluate and differentiate key operational processes in both service and manufacturing sectors.
You will develop an understanding of innovation, creative and entrepreneurial approaches to improving and developing operations, and propose and substantiate operational improvements within a given operational context.
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership Development
This module will introduce you to a systemic approach to identifying, understanding and analysing macro-, meso- and micro- issues which have significant implications for the successful management of people and organisations. You will look at the best methods to produce appropriate, detailed recommendations for organisational implementation.
In addition to the organisational focus, you will also focus on your own leadership development needs which may be required to achieve such organisational objectives, and thus progress your career.
Managers face major challenges in the globalised and rapidly changing business environment. In this module you will reflect on your prior management experience, aspects of the programme so far, and the cultural contexts which you have worked in. That experience (and the experiences your classmates bring to discussions) will provide a basis for learning from differences, and developing leadership.
Responsible management involves going beyond the legal minimum, for example in corporate social responsibility. Management is located in an ethical context, and with the long term perspective of sustainability. There is a central role for knowledge, and in particular tacit knowledge. Managers need to develop skills in dialogue, and the orchestration of reflection.
Strategic Decision Making
The success of an organisation depends on the ability to make fast, widely-supported and high quality decisions on a frequent basis. Many such decisions affect the long-term ability of the organisation to succeed and remain sustainable.
This module looks at a mixture processes which social and economic organisations can use to assimilate and process information; interpret their environments and imitate and differentiate themselves from others and learn by doing so.
Students will examine a number of conceptual and analytical approaches and models to understand the assets and capabilities of an organisation and its relationships with suppliers, customers, regulatory bodies and other firms. This module will then consider the issues involved in understanding and designing strategic options.
Strategic Information Systems Management
Strategic Information Systems Management is concerned with how organisations use information systems to add value. In particular you will look at how information systems have moved from day-to-day support activities to play a critical role in the strategic direction of an organisation. This module emphasises the need to take a balanced perspective that includes business, technology and people's views, as well as a global view that is necessary in a modern international setting.
This module initially focuses on the strategic approaches that are appropriate to a technology-driven world, then looks to methods that can exploit those technologies. You will critically examine the management, development and use of information systems/ information technology (IS/IT) by considering some of the key areas of concern to organisations, eg system development strategies, e-business, managing knowledge, IS benefits and the impact of emerging technologies.
Strategic Execution and Implementation
This is a 'capstone' module and it complements the strategic decision making module. On this module explores how organisations can translate strategy into action. It will help develop your ability to engage with the challenges involved in implementing strategy.
Strategy changes are often necessary to ensure sustainable success in a rapidly changing environment. The module will introduce a number of ideas about how to execute strategy and understand and relate it to different activities of the organisation. You will examine how the implementation relates to an organisation's different strategic options in terms of people, processes and technology.
This module will take place at the end of the course and is the culmination of everything you have learnt so far. You will select an issue affecting an organisation and carry out an independent research project with one-to-one support from your adviser.
You will begin with taught sessions on business research methods and supported activities to help you develop your individual project. You will identify a suitable topic, how to position the research among existing literature, and design an effective methodology. Your tutor will help you select appropriate methods for data collection and analysis, the operational aspects of writing a proposal and a report.
You will carry out your research in an organisation of your choice. For full-time students this is an opportunity to make contacts and colleagues in the field of your choice by carrying out this consultancy project for them. For executive students this is an opportunity to make a real difference in the organisation you currently work in.
Option modules (choose four)
Business Forecasting and Modelling
This module is designed to extend your understanding of the different methods and techniques used in strategic and tactical forecasting and business modelling. You will learn to apply relevant modelling and analytical techniques to strategic decision-making in businesses and organisations. You will learn to construct effective forecasts and interface these with real business problems and strategies. For this reason a large proportion of this module's teaching time will be spent in computing labs, where you will practice applying modelling methods to business problems.
Finance is based on a set of simple and intuitive core ideas and principles. A thorough understanding of finance is essential for corporate survival and success. Mastering the principles of corporate finance not only advances personal career prospects but also offers students an exciting intellectual challenge.
This module is designed to offer a unique combination of major cotemporary theoretical and empirical developments. There is a substantial quantitative element in this module and students will find it useful to refresh their knowledge of maths and statistics knowledge. The coursework requires students to explore a real-life case study by collecting relevant data from the Datastream and other sources.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Every organisation requires innovation in that every organisation has a need to "make new things happen". This may be to create profit and wealth, or it might involve a social innovation of benefit to a particular community. Both are required by an economy to ensure the prosperity and wellbeing of its citizens.
Entrepreneurship is a pattern of behaviour capable of application to all types of organisations – public sector, not-for-profit and commercial organisations. It can therefore be taught in the classroom up to a certain point.
This module gives a solid grounding in the concepts and function of both entrepreneurship and innovation within organisations and nations today. Entrepreneurship is defined using the management approach as a characteristic pattern of management behaviour, which has innovation outcomes.
This module will enable you to analyse the key factors determining competitiveness in different economies and make appropriate strategic recommendations.
You will learn how to interpret the significance of the complex system of rules affecting international organisations and construct models and frameworks dealing with different circumstances. Studies are divided into three main sections – the global business, the evolution of global industries, and global business strategy.
This module will help to develop your understanding of the management consulting industry from the client's perspective, including the reasons why organisations hire consultants, how they choose between competing firms and how they can extract better value from the consultants with whom they work.
This module will focus on the strategic issues facing consulting firms, including branding, changes in the client-consultant relationship, and the internal challenges. You will examine the consulting process in practice, including the tools and techniques used by consultants, managing projects and clients and handling problems.
Management of Change
Why organisations change? And can we manage change? Change is a defining feature in contemporary organisations and poses key challenges and questions for all sorts of organisations and their members. This module examines what people mean by change, how organisations change and whether change is manageable at all. You will study the complexities involved and see how change becomes an essential component in the study of organisation and the improvement of its activities and relationships – with its members and the wider community. All of these exciting issues are explored in this module focusing on both the epistemological and ontological aspect of change.
This module will develop your understanding of the major theories and concepts underpinning approaches to change management, and enhance your ability to act as a change agent within organisations.
Public Service Management
This module explores the current challenges facing who work with and within public and nonprofit organisations. It aims to support managers by helping them develop a tool kit to address these issues. This module draws on the considerable expertise of professional practitioners in the field, who will also be actively involved in the teaching and delivery of the module and the supervision of the coursework.
This module is also supported by the Public Service Management Interest Group, which is a Kingston Business School Alumni association. Through the expertise of working professionals in public service management you will gain direct input from a wide range of practitioners and expand your professional network.
This module aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and practice of project management. You will focus on the technical and commercial knowledge and skills necessary to manage projects within time and budget constraints and to a desired quality.
You will examine case studies and become familiar with project management software (MS Project). Nearly half of the teaching time for this module is spent in computer laboratory practical work to give you a solid skill base in this increasingly popular business area.
Strategic Operations Management
This module will introduce you to the nature and scope of Strategic Operations Management within private and public sector operations in both service and manufacturing environments.
This module focuses on the strategic view of an operation and the decisions that influence the configuration of its resources. This focus builds upon the models and concepts you will have learned in the Operations Management module and will develop your ability to examine and explore 'the bigger picture' when considering operational issues within your organisation.
Strategic Project Management
This module will introduce you to project management and the role of project managers in an organisational environment. This encompasses a number of strategic issues such as time planning, cost and quality planning when resources have to be shared amongst a number of demanding projects. This module will also pay careful attention to risk management and the range of issues which can arise in the course of managing projects.
You will look at case studies and examples of successful and unsuccessful project management from real life situations, and use group discussion to examine the rationale for using different approaches. You will examine the subjective nature of project management, in contrast to the scientific approach of project planning, and develop methods to overcome barriers to effective project management.
Winning and Retaining Customers
This module introduces you to the core concepts of customer acquisition and retention, and analyses them in the context of customer relationship management and key account management.
You will examine the importance of segmentation, multi-channel architecture and new communications media in the process of winning and retaining customers. The module analyses the marketing and financial metrics that need to be used to ensure effective management of the customer/business relationship. Classes will cover a mixture of formal lectures, case studies discussion and exercises.
A distance learning version of the Kingston MBA is also available.
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