Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: Up to 3 years

UK fee

£1,190 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£15,000 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level


Start dates

January, September


Derby Campus

Course description

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As industries become increasingly globalised, managers need to perform and think in an international context like never before. The MBA Global and MBA Global Finance offer a transformational learning experience which equips you to excel in business, anywhere in the world.

New frontiers for your career

This dynamic new MBA provides a smooth progression route for graduates with their sights set on international business careers. It opens the doors to rewarding and lucrative roles in leadership, management and strategy, financial and performance management, operations, markets, resources, risk and logistics.

Throughout, we will strengthen your employability alongside your subject knowledge. You’ll build an impressive and versatile portfolio of transferable skills, supported by a strong focus on career planning.

In-depth knowledge, broad perspectives

Our MBA Global is challenging both academically and practically. Featuring leading-edge theory and practical application, it will give you a critical understanding of global business and management, finance, risk and logistics.

The MBA is cleverly structured so that you can move beyond a domestic business mindset to consider issues and seek solutions in a truly global context. Each module will give you advanced and applied knowledge of key aspects of international business.   

The mark of a top manager

The MBA Global and MBA Global Finance are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders, which means you will also achieve the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, and can apply for Chartered Manager status, when you have successfully completed our programme.

Real-world learning in action

Our MBA Global has practical experience and work-based learning at its heart. You will go beyond the classroom to apply everything you learn to real-world business scenarios. All your assignments are based on genuine challenges faced by organisations today.

We draw on fascinating case studies to show you international business from fresh angles. Exciting projects will take you directly into companies to galvanise your thinking and gain experience in different business situations.

You even have the option of concluding your course with a company placement project, specialising in an area which reflects your professional interests and career aspirations.

A choice of pathways

We offer two MBA pathways so that you can select the study programme which best matches your existing experience, current role and future plans. Both give you a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis.

The general MBA Global pathway focuses on key themes such as risk management and global supply chain management. Meanwhile, the MBA Global Finance pathway enables you to explore international finance, and mergers and acquisitions in greater detail.

In tune with latest business thinking

We keep your learning relevant, up to date and meaningful. Our MBA Global tutors have extensive business and management experience in a wide range of organisations. They continue to undertake research and consultancy to refresh their knowledge and share it with you.

You’ll be inspired and motivated by our thriving network of contacts from professional bodies and regional, national and international businesses. We’ll introduce you to guest speakers from a variety of sectors and professions: they will keep you abreast of latest developments and debates. You can also raise your professional profile through networking at the many conferences and business events held at the University.

An inspiring learning community

Ours is an engaging learning environment, where you’ll receive plenty of individual support from approachable and highly qualified tutors.

Our MBA Global participants come from all over the world and from all professions, so you’ll learn with - and from - a diverse group of aspiring business leaders. Everyone brings their own distinctive talents and experiences, so your discussions will be lively, illuminating and often surprising.

Fast track your learning

If you’re a full member of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), or already hold the CMI L7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership you may be eligible for exemptions from up to three modules on the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, equivalent to 60 credits. Please contact us to discuss further.

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What you will study

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

  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management – an opportunity for you to critically analyse the financial data that information systems provide and process this data to convert it into information which 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 is used to design approaches which enable the effective and timely management of performance.
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management – developing your knowledge and understanding of the principal areas of strategic management and leadership practices emanating from business research and development. This module enables you to take a holistic view of how leaders and managers formulate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies so that they respond to changes in both internal and external environmental dynamics and can develop 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.

If you are taking the MBA Global pathway, you will progress to these three 20-credit modules:

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to be able to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner so they can assess new business opportunities or potential future strategies. This module prepares you to apply your dissertation or corporate placement project in an organisational or industry context, and to undertake management interventions in the workplace. It brings your knowledge of your own area of professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue research interests, address workplace problems and report on them in a manner consistent with the demands of masters level study.
  • 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.

If you are taking the MBA Global Finance pathway, you will progress to these three 20-credit modules:

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to be able to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner so they can assess new business opportunities or potential future strategies. This module prepares you to apply your dissertation or corporate placement project in an organisational or industry context, and to undertake management interventions in the workplace. It brings your knowledge of your own area of professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue research interests, address workplace problems and report on them in a manner consistent with the demands of masters level study.
  • 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.

Whichever pathway you take, you will conclude your MBA Global studies with either a dissertation or a corporate placement project. Both are worth 60 credits.

To achieve your MBA Global you will have completed 180 credits in total.

During the programme, you will also attend two support modules to develop your personal business skills and enhance your career coaching and mentoring skills.

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

Our MBA Global tutors encourage you to contribute your own experience and opinions at every stage of the course. We use a range of teaching and learning methods to bring topics to life and help you apply the theory to real business situations. Throughout the course you are encouraged to apply your learning to the workplace so that you can deliver practical business benefits to your organisation. 

You’ll learn through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of the University’s own online teaching portal.

If you are studying part-time, you will attend sessions on Thursdays, 1-4pm and 5-8pm. These take place at our Kedleston Road site.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a British university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject, or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing.


Have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Candidates meeting this criteria may not have previously studied at university.

We welcome applications from international students.

If your first language is not English you will be expected to have IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component).

Exemptions from providing evidence of English language proficiency may arise if you have gained your undergraduate degree from a UK university.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)


£1,190 per 20 credits*

£1,190 per 20 credits*


£15,000 for the full programme


*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

MBA Global

MBA Global Finance


As the mark of a rising business star, the MBA is a highly respected and recognised qualification. With its strong international perspectives, our MBA Global brings a whole new dimension to your career prospects. It proves that you have met a high international standard in strategic leadership and management.

Our focus on work-based learning equips you to make an immediate impact - whether you are embarking on a new role or advancing your career within your own organisation. You’ll have the strategic awareness, confidence and innovative mindset to achieve success in high-level roles worldwide. 

Gaining a postgraduate degree like the MBA Global can also significantly boost your earning potential. Latest government statistics* show that postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates.

Undertaking this MBA does not merely involve achieving University credits. The experience delivers significant added value too. We have embedded two support modules – Transforming Personal Skills and Career Coaching and Mentoring - into the programme. These equip you not only with the skills you need to complete your Masters but also with vital business skills that will positively impact on your future career.

*Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2015, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Ongoing careers support

Throughout your studies, you will benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and refine your career ambitions.

Our 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.

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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† Additional information about your studies

Thursdays, 1-4pm and 5-8pm

MBA Global: September and January

MBA Global Finance: September (full and part-time), January (part-time only)

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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.

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