Hospitality Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
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.
This MBA course helps provide the knowledge and skills development you would expect from a standard MBA with a particular focus on hospitality management.
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 (our MBA teaching staff are all Fellows of the Higher Education Academy), exposure to the latest management thinking and the potential to benefit from and learn with other talented students for the duration of the programme will help equip you for senior management roles.
Having successfully completed the MBA programme you should be well-placed to achieve your personal goals. The qualification helps make you a valuable asset to your organisation where you have the potential to climb 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.
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18 / 09 / 2017
September start - 1 year 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.
Telephone: 01484 472956
(this number may be subject to change)
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
Core management modules:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 helps you set out your research ideas and explain your chosen research philosophy and methods. A poster visually depicting your research area, methodology and philosophy will also be submitted.
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.
Studying the Hospitality Management route you will also undertake the following two modules:-
Management of International Hospitality Organisations
This module critically explores contemporary forces within the Management of International Hospitality Organisations. On completion of this course students will have the ability to synthesise and apply concepts in an informed and innovative way; with the objective of addressing plausible solutions to ongoing organisational dilemmas in the international hospitality industry, brought about by the management of discontinuous change. Assessment is via a 3,000 word report and 3,000 word individual essay.
Hospitality Operational Analysis and Planning
This module aims to increase your understanding and analytical skills when faced with performance management of the hospitality industry. You will investigate an international hospitality business and present an over view of your findings.
How effectively operations are managed is also a key issue and so emphasis will be placed on extending the process of operational management. Building on from your presentation you will develop your case study in report format.
Following the taught elements of the course you will undertake a dissertation as a major project that enables you to specialise in the hospitality management area. This will be supported by workshops on research methods.
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.
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
Huddersfield Business School is an official HE Partner with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and you have the opportunity to achieve an industry recognised CMI professional qualification through no additional study or assessment..
Teaching and assessment
Group discussion and skill sharing, along with more traditional teaching methods and modern technology contribute towards making the programme lively and interesting.
Lectures are supplemented by guided reading, case study analysis, workshops, tutorials and seminars as well as essays, time constructed assessment activities, learning logs and a 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 full-time tuition fee for this course for UK and EU 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 are 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.
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How to apply
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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