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MBA Master of Business Administration Students | UWS London | University of the West of Scotland

Overview

Our internationally respected Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree reflects the evolving nature of business and the global challenges facing business leaders. Our MBA will develop your: 

  • Strategic analytical skills 
  • Business intuition 
  • Enquiring and adaptive thinking

Essential core business knowledge and understanding is provided, alongside a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills vital for effective business leaders.

The selection of option modules offers one of five specialist areas: finance, leadership, enterprise, health service management or risk management.

This MBA produces high calibre graduates who can effectively respond to unpredictable challenges in globally competitive business environments. It provides essential core business knowledge and understanding with a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills vital for effective business leaders. Your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be nurtured and enhanced.

Our Unique MBA

The MBA programme is supported by its own virtual learning environment - the MBA Online World which provides access to MBA core text and allows students to study online with their peers.

Our MBA course is world leading in its pedagogical approach in vicarious learning were students identify contemporary business practices and relate these back to theories and concepts.

Key to this is peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of professional and business experience and reasoning and reflection. In doing so, we believe that this provides an integrated approach to understanding the role of the business functions and the challenges faced by the discontinuous business landscape. The use of practical examples and cases studies enables the UWS MBA graduates to develop the skills needed to be successful managers.

There are no exams in the UWS MBA, only coursework; the MBA team believe that we want to produce graduates who can do not can remember.

Finally, our Strategic Business Project module (60 credits) gives our students the flexibility to do a traditional dissertation, or in company research or a business plan.

Graduating from the MBA you will be able to effectively respond to unpredictable challenges in globally competitive business environments.

“People recognise the MBA as a credible course that gives you a very good understanding of business. I mentioned to a contact that I had completed the MBA and he immediately asked me to send him my CV. Through that connection I was able to secure my current job”

Jason Fernandes, MBA Graduate and Investment Analyst at JB Equity

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will normally be expected to satisfy at least one of the following admission requirements:

  • Have a degree awarded by an appropriate institution 
  • Have a postgraduate award (passed at an appropriate level) 
  • Have an appropriate professional qualification such as those from ACCA or CIMA
  • Have passed a pre-Master's, or other foundation course 
  • Be a mature student with relevant work or professional experience

You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed equivalent.

NB: International students may be interested to note UWS work in partnership with Olympia College to deliver the MBA course in Malaysia.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

A recognised innovative feature of our MBA programme is the fact it is supported by its own virtual learning environment - the MBA Online World which provides access to MBA core text and allows students to study online and interact freely with their peers.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Integration of Business Functions (core, 10 credits)
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision Making (core, 20 credits)
  • Managing Organisational Health (core, 20 credits)
  • Influencing Organisational Strategy (core, 20 credits)
  • Creativity and Business Wealth (core, 20 credits)

To complete the PgDip, you will require to successfully pass another 30 credits made up from optional modules which include:

  • Leading change (optional, 10 credits)
  • Influencing Organisational Culture and Change (optional, 10 credits)
  • Business Creativity (optional, 10 credits)
  • New Venture Creation (optional, 10 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Functions (optional, 10 credits)
  • Global Finance (optional, 10 credits)
  • Risk and Resilience Management (optional, 20 credits)
  • Responding to Health Service Challenges (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's dissertation module:

  • MBA Strategic Business Project / Dissertation (core to MBA, 60 credits)

This module gives you the option to undertake a traditional, research-based dissertation, or an in-company research investigation / business plan development.

Teaching & Assessment

A recognised innovative feature of our MBA programme is the fact it is supported by its own virtual learning environment - the MBA On Line World which provides access to MBA core text and allows students to study and interact online with their peers.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

  • Scheduled learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 82%

ASSESSMENT

  • Coursework: 100%

Irrespective of your mode of study, you will receive the same content albeit in different formats, i.e. if you are studying full-time then you will have face-to-face lectures, whereas if you are studying online then you will have the same content but a via a series of vignettes and explanatory content. The format in which it is delivered may vary depending on the specific mode of study.

Course Structure

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

MBA 2019/20

MBA Taught

£11,450 per year of study

MBA Online

£5,500 per year of study

MBA Online Dissertation Only

£2,340 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & Post-experience courses (BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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