Career benefits

Banner image for career benefits page in MBA website “I improved the accuracy of forecasted operating costs for my business unit, making us more competitive. I’ve since been promoted.” Rob Leonard, Rolls-Royce

MBA: The mark of a top manager

All over the world, the MBA is the recognised management and leadership qualification. When business leaders search for their rising stars of the future they look for many skills and accolades, but an MBA is often near the top of the wish list.

It’s formal recognition that you have the strategic knowledge, insight and understanding to become a successful manager and an inspiring leader. 

Career focused with a guaranteed placement or workplace project

As well as enhancing your business knowledge, we focus on honing the personal skills that will make you more employable and provide dedicated support to help you plan the next stage of your career. In fact, this is a mandatory part of our course. Through two support modules, you will have access to:

  • career coaching
  • a mentor programme, and
  • career development workshops.

In the final stage, we also guarantee you a placement opportunity if you are not already employed, providing you choose the Corporate Placement Project* – it’s a great way to gain some current, practical experience, which will enhance your CV. 

If you are employed, the Corporate Placement Project gives you an opportunity to use your new skills and knowledge to directly benefit your company.

*You will still need to be interviewed for that placement and accepted.   


Because our MBA pathways are accredited by the CMI, the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders, an MBA from Derby puts you one step ahead. It means that when you successfully complete our programme, you will gain an additional qualification: the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, and you can also apply for the prestigious Chartered Manager status. 

New skills and abilities

Many MBA participants are sponsored by their employer because these organisations value the skills and qualities the programme develops, such as:

  • strategic awareness and thinking
  • confident leadership
  • presenting logical and relevant arguments
  • innovation and the confidence to challenge traditional ways of doing things
  • critical evaluation
  • understanding and evaluating business impact.

This means MBA graduates often achieve more and get recognition for those achievements. It’s a win-win situation for you and the businesses you improve. 

What previous participants achieved

“The MBA caused me to re-evaluate the field I was working in…I realised that the academic support for the SME sector was limited and that my passion was to work with this sector. I now run my own company and I consult for several SMEs in the UK and overseas. I am making a difference by applying large corporate academic theory – learned and re-formed on my MBA course – to where it is needed most and where it can have the biggest impact.”

Prakash Bhagwat-Brown, Managing Director of Blade Consultants

"I have progressed not only in role (I have been promoted twice and also moved areas/roles twice) but also my confidence and capabilities as a leader have grown, culminating in me achieving CMI Chartered Fellow status recently. I feel I am using the very practical elements of proven leadership and management theory on a more regular basis."

Tim Slater, Campus General Manager for Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

“As part of my MBA work, I implemented a Quality Improvement Programme in my area of the NHS. The results included reduced waiting times for occupational therapy assessment and treatment, as well as improved staff morale.”

Sharman Aldridge, formerly General Manager for Specialist Services, Nottinghamshire Community Health, NHS. Now General Manager for Nottingham West, Health Partnerships, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, NHS

“I helped integrate the Marketing and Operations functions in my organisation, Honeywell Aerospace, in order to provide competitive advantage for unique service offerings.

The initiative went well and helped bring about a major realignment of the business. I’ve since been selected to run the global engineering for Honeywell and have relocated to the company’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.”

Philip Alcock, formerly Director, Field Service Engineering for Honeywell. Now Senior Director, Global Field Service Engineering for Honeywell

I implemented a new service which led to improved efficiency and patient care in nursing homes. To start a service from scratch with no forerunner and to deliver six months early on many aspects was a huge achievement. On top of that, after only one year it was already showing a return on investment.”

Julie Hughes, formerly the Project Lead and Service Manager for Nursing Homes Support Service. Now Primary Care Change Manager for East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

“I improved the accuracy of forecasted operating costs for my business unit in Rolls-Royce, by developing a robust costing model and by changing mindsets. It led to significant improvements in forecasting, making us more competitive. I’ve since been asked to help other areas of Rolls-Royce perform a similar activity and I’ve also been promoted.”

Rob Leonard, Rolls-Royce employee

“There has been a noticeable change in the way my work is received since studying at Derby Business School. This has resulted in a succession of promotions. My course taught me the level of detail I need to excel at my job and enhance my career.”

Kyle Stewart, MBA graduate and Depot Manager for East Midlands Trains