Course details

Study options

Full-time: 16 months

UK/EU fee

£2,200 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£19,800 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Start dates

January, September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

The highlights

Managers who can perform, think and act from an international perspective are in demand like never before. Our MBA Global has been designed specifically to meet that demand, nurturing leaders who are creative, dynamic and innovative – ready to excel in senior positions worldwide.

Ours is a thoroughly modern MBA programme which will transform your business thinking as you work towards the world’s most recognised management and leadership qualification. Challenging both academically and practically, it enables you to analyse and solve complex business problems that are directly relevant to your job role, helping inspire change within your own organisation and industry.

The Block Delivery MBA typically attracts senior and middle managers from wide-ranging backgrounds, including construction, energy, aviation and the public sector.

A choice of pathways

We offer three MBA pathways to match your existing experience, current role and future plans. All give you a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis.

Studies tailored to you

Block delivery is a new and convenient way to continue working as you study. It is particularly popular with professionals who find it difficult to get regular time away from the office as well as those who are based outside the UK.

Taught elements of the programme entail three blocks of intensive two-week periods. Business modules are delivered at our Derby campus while hospitality modules are taught in a block at our Buxton campus, a visitor attraction in its own right on the edge of the Peak District National Park. 

The block delivery route is also ideal for our corporate clients where a group of students from the same organisation work towards the MBA and taught sessions are delivered at convenient venues in the UK or overseas.

You can also choose to study this MBA on a traditional full-time basis for one year or part-time for two years.

Accreditation

Our MBA Global and all specialist pathways are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successfully completing your programme, you will achieve the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (if you chose the MBA Global or MBA Global Finance pathway), or the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice (if you chose the MBA Global Hospitality pathway) alongside your MBA. It means you can apply to become a Chartered Manager, the highest status in the management profession.

You may be eligible for exemptions from up to three MBA modules – equivalent to 60 credits – if you already hold the CMI Level 7 Diploma or if you are a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Please contact us to discuss this further.

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Our expertise

Offering substantial business and management experience, our lecturers combine academic rigour with real-world practice. They are conducting influential research and consultancy work, ensuring the knowledge they share with you is constantly refreshed. Students taking the Global Hospitality Management pathway also draw on the expertise of our Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism.

Our teaching is underpinned by partnerships with regional, national and international employers as well as the leading professional bodies. Our networks include major names such as Rolls-Royce, Boots, JCB, Toyota, Bombardier, DHL, the NHS, Champneys, Chatsworth House, Marriott International, The Dorchester and The Gleneagles Hotel.

Global thinking

It is increasingly important for today’s managers to move beyond a domestic mindset. On this MBA, each module gives you advanced and applied knowledge of business in an international context.  

We pride ourselves on our small but truly international classroom environment where discussions will be lively, illuminating and often surprising. You will learn best practice with – and from – a diverse community of equally driven fellow students who include current and aspiring business, finance and hospitality leaders. Our MBA attracts students from countries across mainland Europe and from across the globe, including; the USA, India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria and the Arab states of the Gulf.

What you will study

The programme is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MBA. To achieve the MBA qualification, you will complete 180 credits in total.

Among the course’s distinctive features is the mentoring and coaching support we provide. We have embedded two support modules into the programme – Transforming Personal Skills and Career Coaching and Mentoring – that will enhance your employability. They help you reflect on your strengths and progress while supporting your long-term career planning and professional development.

Postgraduate Certificate

The programme begins with three core 20-credit modules for all MBA students:

  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management – an opportunity for you to critically analyse and process the financial data provided by information systems so that it can be applied to strategic planning. This module also explores the role of performance measurement systems within an organisation and how the accounting and finance function can be used in the effective and timely management of performance.
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management – honing your understanding of the principal areas of strategic management and leadership practices emanating from business research and development. This module takes a holistic view of how managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies that respond to changes in both the internal and external business environment and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Global Strategic Operations, Markets and Resources – an introduction to the holistic nature of operations, markets and resources. This module approaches the subject from a strategic perspective, demonstrating how the long-term vision of an organisation can be understood, implemented and realised. This can only be possible through the appreciation of effective business operations, clear understanding of market position and relations with the market, and clarity on resource availability.
Postgraduate Diploma

You will progress to three 20-credit modules. All students take the following module:

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner to assess new opportunities or future strategies. This module prepares you for your dissertation or corporate placement project. It brings your knowledge of your own professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue your research interests, address workplace problems and report on your findings.

MBA Global students also take:

  • Risk Management in a Global Context – providing a critical analysis of the management of risks within the global business environment, and how effective management can lead to successful performance. Using a variety of live and historic case studies, you will consider risk identification strategies, risk analysis approaches, and the management of risks.
  • Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics – taking an in-depth look at the increasing need for managing the global supply chain effectively. This aspect of an organisation is seen as a ‘strategic asset’ which can improve efficiency, customer satisfaction and financial results. As a consequence, managing the supply chain is key in terms of how an organisation performs to meet its goals and strategy.
MBA

Whichever pathway you take, you will conclude your MBA studies with either a traditional dissertation or a Corporate Placement Project (CPP). Both are worth 60 credits.

For the CPP, you can specialise in an area that reflects your current role, professional interests and career aspirations. You will investigate and resolve a real management challenge within your organisation – bringing significant benefits to your employer before you have even finished your studies.

Recent CPP examples include:

  • Exploring the possible impact of a global pandemic on a multinational organisation’s IT services and recommending ways of building organisational resilience
  • Developing business continuity exercises and testing for a regional public sector housing provider
  • Assessing how Industry 4.0 technology and processes could transform a regional manufacturer’s warehouse management operations and supply chain
  • Devising an online social media marketing and promotion presence to support a leading regional provider of high-end hospitality and events
Postgraduate Certificate

The programme begins with three core 20-credit modules for all MBA students:

  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management – an opportunity for you to critically analyse and process the financial data provided by information systems so that it can be applied to strategic planning. This module also explores the role of performance measurement systems within an organisation and how the accounting and finance function can be used in the effective and timely management of performance.
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management – honing your understanding of the principal areas of strategic management and leadership practices emanating from business research and development. This module takes a holistic view of how managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies that respond to changes in both the internal and external business environment and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Global Strategic Operations, Markets and Resources – an introduction to the holistic nature of operations, markets and resources. This module approaches the subject from a strategic perspective, demonstrating how the long-term vision of an organisation can be understood, implemented and realised. This can only be possible through the appreciation of effective business operations, clear understanding of market position and relations with the market, and clarity on resource availability.
Postgraduate Diploma

You will progress to three 20-credit modules. All students take the following module:

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner to assess new opportunities or future strategies. This module prepares you for your dissertation or corporate placement project. It brings your knowledge of your own professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue your research interests, address workplace problems and report on your findings.

MBA Global Finance students also take:

  • International Finance – covering the way the global financial system functions and exploring international sources of finance and suitable investment opportunities. This module enables you to form a critical awareness of the risks associated with international trade, and to examine how fluctuations in exchange rates affect a business.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions – a module which integrates a wide range of business functions, concepts and theories. As part of an organisation’s strategic plan, mergers and acquisitions have a long-term focus. This module therefore provides you with a strategic perspective on the management of finance and in particular the use of mergers and acquisitions in business strategy.
MBA

Whichever pathway you take, you will conclude your MBA studies with either a traditional dissertation or a Corporate Placement Project (CPP). Both are worth 60 credits.

For the CPP, you can specialise in an area that reflects your current role, professional interests and career aspirations. You will investigate and resolve a real management challenge within your organisation – bringing significant benefits to your employer before you have even finished your studies.

Recent CPP examples include:

  • Exploring the possible impact of a global pandemic on a multinational organisation’s IT services and recommending ways of building organisational resilience
  • Developing business continuity exercises and testing for a regional public sector housing provider
  • Assessing how Industry 4.0 technology and processes could transform a regional manufacturer’s warehouse management operations and supply chain
  • Devising an online social media marketing and promotion presence to support a leading regional provider of high-end hospitality and events
Postgraduate Certificate

The programme begins with three core 20-credit modules for all MBA students:

  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management – an opportunity for you to critically analyse and process the financial data provided by information systems so that it can be applied to strategic planning. This module also explores the role of performance measurement systems within an organisation and how the accounting and finance function can be used in the effective and timely management of performance.
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management – honing your understanding of the principal areas of strategic management and leadership practices emanating from business research and development. This module takes a holistic view of how managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies that respond to changes in both the internal and external business environment and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Global Strategic Operations, Markets and Resources – an introduction to the holistic nature of operations, markets and resources. This module approaches the subject from a strategic perspective, demonstrating how the long-term vision of an organisation can be understood, implemented and realised. This can only be possible through the appreciation of effective business operations, clear understanding of market position and relations with the market, and clarity on resource availability.
Postgraduate Diploma

You will progress to three 20-credit modules. All students take the following module:

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner to assess new opportunities or future strategies. This module prepares you for your dissertation or corporate placement project. It brings your knowledge of your own professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue your research interests, address workplace problems and report on your findings.

MBA Global Hospitality Management students also take:

  • Service Improvement and Business Performance in Hospitality – building on and challenging your knowledge of hospitality operations management, including the design of products, services, networks and facilities. Bridging the gap between theory and current practice, you will identify how a hospitality business should organise and structure its processes to improve productivity and make innovation happen. You will also become skilled in evaluating operational plans and the impact they have on business performance. 
  • The Global Hospitality Experience – exploring current industry trends and their impact on the customer experience. This module looks at the challenges involved in satisfying complex customer demands and providing service improvements at a time when managers are under increasing pressure to ensure business operation efficiency. You will enhance your understanding of service quality and customer satisfaction – and how they can be measured – in the customer-focused, people-oriented global hospitality industry.   
MBA

Whichever pathway you take, you will conclude your MBA studies with either a traditional dissertation or a Corporate Placement Project (CPP). Both are worth 60 credits.

For the CPP, you can specialise in an area that reflects your current role, professional interests and career aspirations. You will investigate and resolve a real management challenge within your organisation – bringing significant benefits to your employer before you have even finished your studies.

Recent CPP examples include:

  • Exploring the possible impact of a global pandemic on a multinational organisation’s IT services and recommending ways of building organisational resilience
  • Developing business continuity exercises and testing for a regional public sector housing provider
  • Assessing how Industry 4.0 technology and processes could transform a regional manufacturer’s warehouse management operations and supply chain
  • Devising an online social media marketing and promotion presence to support a leading regional provider of high-end hospitality and events

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

We deliver a dynamic study experience, enabling you to apply your learning to real-world business challenges and deliver practical solutions for your own organisation.

You will study six modules in three blocks of intensive two-week periods. For each 20-credit module studied, seminar and classroom-based activity is typically delivered from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday. This is supported by off-site learning that can be fitted around your other commitments. Our tutors are experienced in this mode of delivery so you will receive plenty of support both on-campus and off-campus.  

You will be inspired by a mix of:

We provide you with key reading and research resources, and you can make the most of the University’s online teaching portal.

How you are assessed

Our wide-ranging assessment methods are designed to enhance your transferable skills, personal and professional development. They may include:

Our structured approach to formative assessment means that you will receive ample feedback on your progress throughout the MBA.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£2,200 per 20 credits*

N/A

International

£19,800 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional costs and optional extras

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply

Careers

The strong international perspectives of our MBA bring a whole new dimension to your CV. Our emphasis on work-based learning also equips you to apply your knowledge in ways which make an immediate impact – whether you are embarking on a new role or advancing your professional practice within your own organisation.

Equally important are the integrated support modules which will help you plan the next stage of your professional development. You can boost your employability through access to career coaching, mentoring and career development workshops.

Gaining a postgraduate degree can significantly boost your earning potential. Latest government statistics* show that postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates, with a median salary of £40,000.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

*Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, Department for Education

David Orton
Programme leader

David Orton is a Senior Lecturer in International Strategy Management and the Programme Leader for the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance courses delivered in both Full-time and 'Block' modes. David's teaching and research interests are in the fields of strategy development, international strategy, risk and business continuity management.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.