Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The new UWS MBA has been redesigned to reflect the ever-changing nature of business, and the global challenges which business leaders are facing. The MBA will be delivered at UWS Hamilton Campus full-time from February 2014 and offered part-time from September 2014.


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The course focuses on developing strategic analytical skills as well as business intuition and enquiring and adaptive thinking. The new MBA has been structured and designed to allow you, through the selection of option modules, to focus in one of three areas: Finance; Leadership; or Enterprise. This allows you to align your MBA studies to your current career, or career aspirations.

The UWS Business School has been providing MBA education to a global audience since the late 1980s primarily through part-time and online/distance learning modes of study.

The new MBA has been designed to replace all variants of our Business Administration provision and can be undertaken on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis. Removing the traditional barriers between different cohorts of learners means that the new MBA will create a unified model of learning for all students regardless of your preferred mode of study. So, for example, full-time students will learn and engage with part-time and online/distance learning students based in the UK or overseas.

This new model of engagement will take place through adopting a dynamic, virtual learning hub, through which all MBA learning and exchange will take place: the UWS Online MBA World. All learning will be serviced through the UWS Online MBA World and as all students will be engaging in modules at the same time, opportunities exist for all students to engage and collaborate within their modules on a truly international basis.

The new UWS MBA is designed to produce graduates of the highest calibre who can respond creatively and effectively to often unpredictable future challenges of globally competitive business environments.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree, or a postgraduate award (passed at an appropriate level), or a final qualification of an appropriate professional body. In addition, all applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of two years’ work experience at managerial level in a relevant field of industry, the public sector, teaching or a government establishment. 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Course content

As well as providing essential core business knowledge and understanding, the course modules place a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills that are vital to be an effective business leader. Using a variety of methods such as role play exercises, case studies, and in-company analysis etc., your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be developed and enhanced throughout the course. The modules will be assessed through a variety of techniques including online tests, reports, presentations and  projects.

You can tailor your MBA studies to your current career, or career ambitions through your selection of module options. It is possible to focus your MBA in one of three areas: Finance; Leadership; or Enterprise. The new MBA modules (Core and Options) below are shown in terms of stages; in terms of a one year, full-time, course of study, this relates to three trimesters (i.e. Trimester 1-3). However, the module listing and staging is the same for all modes of study:

Stage 1 (PG Cert)

Core Modules

Plus one 10 credit module from the options list*

Upon successful completion of this stage, you may choose to exit your studies with the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Management.

Stage 2 (PG Dip)

Core Modules 

Plus two 10 credit modules from the options list*

Upon successful completion of this stage, you may choose to exit your studies with the award of Postgraduate Diploma(PG Dip) Strategic Management.

Option List*

*Notes on Options selection

If you plan to focus your MBA studies on Finance, you should choose:

If you plan to focus your MBA studies on Leadership, you should choose:

If you plan to focus your MBA studies on Enterprise, you should choose:


Stage 3 (MBA)

Core Module

The Strategic Business Project forms your MBA dissertation and will most likely be undertaken within your organisation and/or on a consultancy basis and will require you to bring to bear all of the knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout the MBA on a significant business issue affecting your/an organisation. It may require qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis. You will be required to develop a suitable proposal which is acceptable to the host organisation, as well as your project supervisor.

Successful completion of all three stages leads to the award of MBA

Personal Development Planning

Please Note: as part of your MBA studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake a non-credit bearing element which is spread over the three stages. This has been designed to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner. It is expected that this will, in turn, allow you to develop and enhance your personal and professional performance and reputation. This element will comprise a mixture of online lectures, workshops and reflective activities. You will be able to record your progress in the UWS Mahara platform; a fully featured electronic portfolio system with social networking features to create online learning communities and to record your progress throughout the course.

Career prospects

The new UWS MBA will develop you as a leader. It will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for you to operate effectively as a strategic general manager in a variety of environments. Graduates with an MBA may also undertake a programme of research such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a particular branch of business/management or a taught Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)



Start date(s)

  • February and September

Qualifications and durations

MBA (full-time/part-time): 1 Year / 2 Years / 5 Years (maximum)


How to apply

Course contact

University Direct
UK Freephone: 0800 027 1000 or +44 (0)141 849 4101

Useful Information

  • This course is matched to the U.K.'s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) subject benchmark for Business and Management, as well as to the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and to the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) European Quality Link (EQUAL) guidelines for MBA courses.


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