Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2017-18

About the course

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 the Huddersfield MBA 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 help equip you for senior management roles.

An MBA qualification will help you to achieve your personal goals, become a valuable asset to your organisation and help improve your chances of climbing the career ladder. Alternatively, you may choose to use your MBA to redefine your ambitions and change your career direction.

Our long tradition of delivering management education is demonstrated in the fact that in 2015 we celebrated our 30th anniversary of delivering the MBA at Huddersfield.

Discover more about postgraduate study at Huddersfield by watching our latest subject videos featuring current students and staff.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


September start - 1 year full-time
Part-time study also available

Entry requirements

Full-time: You should have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification. In addition you would need at least two years' relevant work or managerial experience. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.

Part-time: An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification. In addition you would need at least two years' relevant work or managerial experience. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually. 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 Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) may be considered for entry on to the programme at the start of Term 4.


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Course content

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.

Business Economics

This module aims to provide a simple framework for beginning to understand some of the behaviour observed in firms, markets, and industries and offer some suggestions as to appropriate forms of optimising behaviour. A range of models and concepts for the analysis of business activity are introduced.  The discussion will demonstrate that while the assumptions and devices used in economics may sometimes seem simple and abstracted from reality, it can nonetheless often provide a powerful framework for interpreting and framing strategic issues.

Managing People in Organisations (F/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.

Service Operations and Marketing

This module develops your exposure to the needs and wants of a variety of service customers, including the buying behaviour of service customers, segmentation strategies and the customer experience. You will develop your knowledge of managing operations through methods, models, tools and techniques relevant to service provision. The assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report based upon an case study.

Strategic Thinking

This 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 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 and a case-study based examination.

Ethical Leadership

This module considers business as a socially responsible activity through which improvement and sustainability are rooted in ethical awareness and action. Students consider what constitutes a responsible business, what the global impact of business is, and whether ethical businesses can be commercially successful whilst critically engaging their own values through reflexivity and a critically evaluative case analysis for assessment.

Managing in the Knowledge Economy

This module enables students to recognise the growing importance of knowledge to organisational success, and highlights the need for organisations to create and manage the distribution of knowledge. We will explore the multifaceted nature of knowledge and learning within organisations. The module is assessed by an individual extended project.

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.

A written group assignment gives you the scope to identify important global concerns and develop new insights into leadership and change issues.

A written group assignment gives you the scope to identify important global concerns and develop new insights into leadership and change issues.

Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal

This module considers how to draft, frame and research a topic on an area of interest. It is a precursor to the dissertation module and equips you to understand both research methods and philosophy. The main research philosophies together with the actual practical means of carrying out business research will be explored.

A written dissertation proposal (worth 70% of the module marks) helps you set out your research ideas and explain your chosen research philosophy and methods. A poster (worth 30% of the module marks) visually depicting your research area, methodology and philosophy will also be submitted.

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 words).

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. This builds upon the ideas generated from previous study on the dissertation proposal agenda which will allow you to demonstrate a high level of research, analytical and presentational skills.

The postgraduate dissertation proposal module is delivered through the entire programme, enabling you to get an understanding of the importance of research for business while you develop a research question which will inform your dissertation. You will undertake your postgraduate dissertation during the summer term, once all of the taught elements of the module have been completed.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Professional links and accreditations

The Business School is an official HE Partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). As an MBA student you will have the opportunity to register for a Diploma from the CMI. Upon graduation you also have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status with the CMI.

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 analyses. 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.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for this course for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will be £13,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Other information

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

Further study

A number of PhD study opportunities exist within the Business School including our Doctor of Business Administration/Doctor of Public Administration, allowing you to blend academic knowledge and professional practice.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: Chartered Management Institute

How to apply

Research community

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

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