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Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2013-14

At a Glance

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
30 / 09 / 2013
13 / 01 / 2014

2-3 years part-time (by modular study)

Places Available:
(this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Part Time

Entry Requirements
• You should have a good first degree (2:2 or above)or equivalent professional qualification.
• In addition you would need at least two years' relevant work or managerial experience.
• If you do not meet the entry criteria for this course, you may want to take a fast track programme taken over two terms leading to the award of a Certificate in Management Studies (CMS).
• We also consider applicants with significant managerial experience without a formal degree.
• Applicants already holding a University of Huddersfield DMS will enter on to the programme at the start of Year 2 Term 2.
• Applicants with a DMS from elsewhere please contact us to discuss your options.

Department of Leadership and Management
Telephone: 01484 472746

The course

If you’re after ‘that top job’, want to expand your horizons and open doors to new and exciting career opportunities, this could be just what you are looking for.

The MBA is the most highly regarded, top-ranking management programme in the UK. The Huddersfield MBA is designed to provide the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs with the highest level of management education and personal development.

Studying for an MBA at Huddersfield will help you realise your ambitions, become a more effective manager, develop a strategic and global management perspective and improve your communication skills.

Inspirational and expert tuition, exposure to the latest management thinking and the benefits of mixing with and learning from other talented students for the duration of the programme will equip you for senior management roles.

Having successfully completed the MBA programme you will soon see results. Enabling you to achieve your personal goals, the qualification makes you a valuable asset to your organisation where you can quickly climb the career ladder. Alternatively, you may choose to use your MBA to redefine your ambitions and change your career direction.

In 2010 we celebrated our 25th anniversary of delivering the MBA at Huddersfield.

Course content

Year 1 Term 1

+ Finance for Managers

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation (100% of module marks).

+ Managing People in Organisations (P/T)

Managing People in Organisations is an extremely practical module which introduces, critically analyses and evaluates key elements of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour to enable effective deployment of people within organisations. A strategic exploration of the global context within which people work and are managed is also carried out through a range of organisational behaviour concepts and theories.

Assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report (100% of module marks) based upon an Organisational Case Study

+ Personal Development Through Reflective Practice

This module sets to develop a student experience which gives you the freedom to reflect on your experiences to date as a developing manager. You are actively encouraged to explore and engage with models of personal and professional development, taking into account the organisational, national, international and cultural contexts in which you work now or in future. The module plays host to both a conference and symposium featuring practitioner and academic speakers’.

Assessment is by 2 written assignments (each worth 50% of module marks).

Year 1 Term 2

+ Service Operations and Marketing

This module provides you with a comprehensive insight into the operational aspects of designing, delivering and marketing services to customers and clients. It will explore the operating environment of service organisations and the key decisions that managers must make when coordinating and controlling resources when delivering services.

Assessment is based on a case-study based assignment (worth 100% of module marks).

Year 2 Term 1

+ Strategic Thinking

This core module explores the nature of strategic thinking and strategic management within a range of organisations and across business networks. Case study is used extensively to inform this debate and to cultivate our analytical competencies. The intention is to develop your abilities to think strategically and increase critical awareness of your roles in, and relationship to, strategy.

Module assessment is via a short essay (worth 30% of module marks) and a case-study based examination (worth 70% of module marks).

+ Global Leadership and Change

This module addresses the need to adapt to different international cultural perspectives and worldviews in the light of changing ideas.

A topical and eclectic guest lecture series stretches your thinking and conversational skills leading to an individual assignment which assimilates the ideas received during the lecture programme (worth 50% of the module marks).

A written group assignment gives you the scope to identify important global concerns and develop new insights into leadership and change issues (worth 50% of the module marks).

Participants who complete these 3 terms gain a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) qualification. If you wish to continue to complete the MBA you are able to do so by joining Year 2 Term 2.

Year 2 Term 2

+ Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal

A module aims to provide a firm foundation for a Master's dissertation research project through exploring issues of design, methodology and achievability in the context of the dissertation and a preliminary literature review.

The development a design of a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study.

Assessment is by means of a 3000 word proposal (worth 100% of module marks) which fully addresses all the learning outcomes.

• Plus two options subject to demand

Year 3 Term 1

+ Postgraduate Dissertation

This is a self-initiated theoretical and investigative piece of research that offers you an opportunity to research a topic related to your subject in the form of a written dissertation (15,000 – 17,000 words) worth 100% of module marks.

In consultation with an allocated supervisor, you agree a suitable research agenda which will allow you to demonstrate a high level of research, analytical and presentational skills.

Participants will commence an individual dissertation which will be submitted normally by the end of Year 3 Term 1.

• A 4-day Block event to introduce the dissertation will take place in Year 2 Term 2.

Career opportunities

As an MBA graduate you will be a valuable asset to an employer and are well prepared to take on additional roles and responsibilities. The MBA frequently opens up career opportunities or provides a springboard for a change in career direction.

Professional links and accreditations

As a partner in the Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming (HEART) partnership we have committed ourselves to a progression agreement for a range of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) awards. When applying please state that you are seeking progression from a CMI or an ILM award, providing exact details of the award achieved or pending achievement.

Teaching and assessment

We use a range of teaching methods with a significant emphasis on group discussion. You are expected to share your experiences. Lectures will provide the formal input to the modules. These will be supplemented by guided reading and case study analysis. We also use workshop, tutorial and seminar activities. There are a variety of assessment methods, including individual and group reports, essays, learning logs, time constrained assessment activities and the dissertation.


2010 marked a new chapter in the history of the Business School at the University of Huddersfield when we unveiled our ambitious new £17m Business School building.

The building provides a modern, vibrant and professional learning environment for our students. The MBA 25th Anniversary celebration was one of the first events to be delivered in the new Business School. Current MBA students and alumni joined with lecturers to help celebrate this significant milestone.

How much will it cost me?

Total fees for part-time study are £9,200, comprising:

• Year 1: £3,700
• Year 2: £3,700
• Year 3: £1,800

Fees correct at time of publication - check for inflationary rises after Year 1.

How to apply


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 February 2012
Last updated Tuesday 28 February 2012
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