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Our International MBA has been developed to address business leadership in an uncertain world of continuous disruption. If you are interested in making the shift from manager to leader in your organisation this programme could be for you.
High Wycombe Campus
September & February
Are you concerned to make sure that your organisation can adapt and evolve to meet changing global contexts and threats? Are you keen to take full advantage of commercial opportunities that are opening up globally and at an accelerating pace? Our International MBA will help you to achieve your ambitions.
If you are already an experienced manager, but aspire to work in more senior positions, this course will enhance your understanding of global businesses, problem solving and creative thinking skills.
This programme covers all the key business functions but with a unique perspective: resilience, and core skills for future-proofing your organisation. Your final project may take the form of a dissertation, consultancy project or work based learning project, and this flexibility will mean that you can tailor your learning to suit your needs.
This course has been developed to address business leadership, providing a strategic and global view of business, with a focus on building your problem solving, creative thinking, and empathy skills; all within an international context.
From international finance to marketing strategy, and digital leadership to project management, by the end of the programme you will have developed a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on organisations and management. You will be confident in your leadership capabilities, and prepared for senior management career progression.
You will explore the issues that many organisations face today, including:
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This module is aimed at stimulating debate and thus understanding of the impact of globalisation and internationalisation on organisations from a financial management perspective and their responsibility to stakeholders. The module will broaden students' understanding of the international financial environment and the financial instruments used by organisations in an international context to minimise risk. The reporting and harmonisation of financial information around the world will also be considered. International management of finance will also enable you to develop a broader understanding and appreciation of the concepts and theories relating to an entity's expansion beyond national borders and the financial, ethical and social implications and risks of such expansion. With financial statements as a reference point, this module will provide an overview of an acquisition, financing and management of business assets.
Whilst all marketing aims to identify, anticipate and satisfy customer needs, designing strategies to deliver this is increasingly challenging since;
We will consider how to brief external marketing agencies to deliver the strategy and maximise customer/consumer engagement.
All organisations are founded on people - we need talented staff to undertake the various activities needed to achieve strategic objectives. Accordingly, talent management is increasingly recognised and acknowledged to be a significant lever in achieving economic, social and cultural aspirations, ambitions and objectives of governments, work organisations and individuals. In an increasingly turbulent and competitive work environment, the ability to lead, manage and develop talent is a vital role of all managers and professionals. This module will develop a critical understanding of the contribution that talent management can offer to organisations. It will explore the various notions of talent and the way it can impact on organisational policy and strategy in variable and changing contexts: local and global, niche and mass markets, unionised and non-unionised, group and individual levels. It will then examine alternative approaches to leadership, management and development which will allow students to explore different themes such as managing values and culture, staff engagement, coaching and mentoring. It will also explore the role of professional Human Resource functions in helping address these functions. The module will require and help students to critically reflect on theory and practice from different standpoints: ethical, professional, organisational. And will continue the theme of developing students' thinking, problem-solving and empathetic skills within an international context.
This module aims to equip students for careers in international businesses, by focussing on the contribution of logistics and operations management to business performance. During the module, students will learn about the different operations management techniques and the role of logistics and e-commerce in managing in an international context. Students will also have the opportunity to gain some 'practical' experience of the implications of operational decisions through, for example, a business game or case study.
In the fast paced business environment of today, project management can be termed as equivalent to fiscal power. Project management is about systematically incorporating customers' requirements, prioritising efforts and resolving trade-offs between time, cost and performance. Good project management ensures that the associated risks are identified and managed and objectives and benefits are achieved within budget - and are not limited to large scale projects but apply equally to smaller scale tasks that have to be achieved.
This module is designed to produce professional business managers who possess the capability of making efficient project management decisions. In this module, students will explore the analytical and organisational principles underlying project management to equip them with the skills used during project initiation, planning, co-ordinating and evaluating projects. They will also gain practical experience of key project management techniques and industry standard methodologies including PRINCE 2 and Microsoft Project. The embedded PRINCE2 element will help prepare students to sit the PRINCE2 foundation exam. Through various case studies, students will also gain an insight into an understanding of the various components and constraints (such as cross-border, cross-time zone, cross-culture and cross-organisation) which apply to the creation and execution of a project.
Business organisations are vulnerable and exposed to threats from malicious or accidental events on a constant basis. In order to be able to manage the impacts of any risks upon an organisation and its assets, there are multiple levels of planning which should be considered. Planning and subsequent management and operational activities must ensure that the business can not only anticipate, but also respond effectively and efficiently to a major incident. Effective, competent responses must occur both during the major incident, and beyond until full recovery has been achieved and verified. The need for organisational managers and leaders to fully understand and put in place capabilities to effectively counter wide-scale disruptions and risks, and also maintain alignment with strategic business objectives, is essential for a business's survival, corporate reputation and profitability. Due to the fusion of digital communications, heightened public accountability, global supply chains, and accelerated trends in decision-making, a holistic leadership approach to delivering organisational resilience is not only desirable, but an essential modern business approach.
For most businesses, the kinetic growth of 'cyber space', and the creation of a near-borderless, global digital marketplace, has broken down trade barriers, opened up supply chains and heightened public awareness of their products. This profound and exciting business environmental change has occurred in a fluid and often-unpredictable manner, which is complex to understand or to competently exploit by many firms.
Conversely, businesses and corporate executives are increasingly exposed and vulnerable to theft of important data (such as Research & Development plans), malicious cyber-attacks, and insider (employee-generated) risks - whether malevolent or otherwise - around the use of company IT systems and in-house digital technology. Furthermore, increased corporate accountability arrives with increased business visibility.
Therefore, identifying and setting the right balance between a creative, unencumbered, approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, on the one hand, whilst delivering a safe and secure approach to protecting company assets (people, information, assets) on the other, is now a major strategic decision-making test for business leaders. Avoiding markets by focusing too much on cyber and information security risk can lose a firm many major opportunities for profitability and kudos. However, business leaders' who are poorly prepared for their digitalised marketplace will, perhaps inevitably, hit personal career and commercial barriers, given the emerging suite of national and supranational laws which are being introduced to strengthen workplace information security policies, and the reputational impact of mismanaging an incident online.
This module prepares today's leaders to be able to effectively anticipate, manage and respond in a dynamic and continuously disrupted global business environment that is underpinned by digital infrastructure.
This is the final piece of work that the student must complete to gain their MBA. It is a major piece ofself-managed work, where the student must identify their own research question, set research objectives, gather and analyse appropriate literature, secondary and primary research to meet those objectives. The student will be given a suitable competent supervisor in their subject who will be able to advise and guide the student through the process of completion through to submission
To complete successfully, the student must analyse and evaluate the theories and concepts around the chosen subject as well as show proficiency in the design and conduct of primary research and integrating any relevant secondary research undertaken.
This option runs in parallel with the dissertation and equates to the same amount of words required and within the same timescale. This project is one that encompasses the consultant skills and requires the student to work as a consultant to identify a business based problem and work with the organisation to research the problem complete primary research and write a complete business report on the solution and implementation of the solution.
The student is required to identify and negotiate independently with the organisation to gain access to data, resources and to plan the research project within the timescales required for submission. The student will work in the organisation as a consultant on a specific problem and will present the problem, research and findings in a business report as well as sharing the findings with the organisation.
Today's business context is rapidly developing: the workplace is becoming virtual, multicultural, international and pervasive. The ability to identify and manage personal learning and development in order to deal with these changes is of increasing importance in current business contexts. This module will allow students to identify, agree and plan their own learning within their work environment or work placement by way of a significant work-based project relating to organisational change and/or personal/professional development. This will be achieved by way of an agreed guided learning project and personal reflection of the processes and outcomes in order to identify and demonstrate learning. Skills relating to developing and thinking through solutions to problems will be developed. The overall aim is to provide students with skills and frameworks that will enable them to continuously improve their work performance. It enables them to put current work experiences to practical use as part of their academic study of business.
In addition, professionals from all disciplines need to possess some core and key business skills. Therefore, the module will also address core issues that help to underpin generic business skills but within the context of students' own learning issues.
The structure of the module revolves around students identifying their own development issues and negotiating and agreeing a learning contract and project that addresses them. These will be agreed within their work environments and with their tutor. Students will then be required to implement the learning contract and capture indicators and evidence of learning gained. The final assessment will be a reflective report that demonstrates project outcomes, learning achieved and skills developed. The module will address some elements sequentially such as the identification of personal development needs, the learning opportunities and learning contracting. Other topics will then be addressed during the remaining weeks of the module as students are implementing their learning contracts.
Your class sessions will comprise of a range of activities, including interactive lectures, discussions, group work, presentations, and business simulation.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including assignments, examinations, time constrained assessments, case study analysis and presentations.
Applicants to the International MBA will usually have obtained an Honours degree (or equivalent) and have at least two years post-graduation experience in a managerial position.
Students whose first language is not English or whose language of instruction at undergraduate level was not English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency at a score of IELTS level 6.5 or its equivalent.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entryWe are currently reviewing our fees for this course.Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section. Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Full-time Home and EU: £9,500 per year.
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Further informationFind out more about our fees and funding.Find out more about our fees for international students.
Questions about fees?Contact our Student Centre on:01494 603 email@example.com
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.
As a Bucks Business School graduate, you could benefit from a range of post-graduation support, for example help with developing new business ideas. In 2016 we also opened our 'Launch pad' boardroom and office space. The Launch Pad space will provide free meeting facilities, Wi-Fi and IT for students and alumni entrepreneurs. You will also be supported by our Careers and Employability Service, mentoring scheme, and Bucks Business School's network of academics, as well as our international partners. In addition, on completion of the award, students may be able to apply for Doctorate level programmes such as PhD or professional doctorate.