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About the course
This full-time MBA with a specialism in finance is a flagship management qualification structured to support fast-track career progression. It will develop your leadership and strategic management skills and provide you with an up-to-the-minute understanding of the fast-evolving modern business environment.
This postgraduate degree is for you if you have an interest in management roles within the field of finance. It aims to enhance your prospects by developing your ability to apply the latest thinking to organisational development and change in a competitive global context. Successful completion of the MBA (Finance) highlights your potential to have a transformational impact on the organisation you join.
Units cover core MBA areas such as advancing professional practice; leading and managing organisational resources; management practice; and strategy and the global competitive environment. The Finance units explore business economics and strategic finance.
Your course runs over three semesters with six entry points through the year. The point at which you join the course determines the order of the units you study. You benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at an earlier point of entry.
Why choose this course?
- Six entry points through the year adds flexibility allowing you to start when it most suits you
- Follow a practice-led curriculum that develops your ability to creatively apply theoretical knowledge and understanding to complex real-life issues
- Study with experienced academics who all have substantial management experience
- Through practice events work on live consultancy projects with leading employers in organisations across private public and not-for-profit sectors
- Explore the latest research in strategic management and leadership to develop your business competence and confidence
- Develop the attributes and skills expected by professional and industry bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute and the Confederation of British Industry; these include team-working negotiation leadership confidence and the ability to apply critical and creative thinking to complex problems with the aim of finding innovative solutions
What will you study?
The central aim of this Unit is to provide you with a deep and systematic understanding of the competitive global context in which firms operate and make decisions and to use a critically evaluative approach in order to explain the impact of economic policies on the behavior of individuals, firms and institutions
The central aim of this Unit is to help you develop financial skills in: appraising business ideas, evaluating business performance, identifying potential improvement and reaching better business decisions.
Within a global context, using critical evaluation techniques you will learn how to recognise, assess and propose value-creating initiatives in your organisation. Above all, you will learn how to communicate your thoughts, ideas and conclusions more confidently and more effectively at executive committee or board level. You will have the opportunity to be engaged in the development of transferable research skills and environment. You will be involved in sharing and using research knowledge and expertise.
Strategy And The Global Competitive Environment
This unit explores strategy and the implications for marketing. You will consider the broad external environment, current issues and challenges facing directors, senior managers and entrepreneurs in guiding the long-term development of organisations. The objectives of organisations and the means of achieving these objectives through the mobilisation and deployment of assets and resources and the integration of the various functions of the organisation will be the focus of the unit. You will most specifically:
- Understand and develop strategy; think strategically;
- Research, develop and demonstrate expertise in understanding the global business environment in which the modern organisation operates gaining confidence in handling current affairs and relating these to organisations’ strategies;
- Identify and evaluate political, economic, social and technological developments relevant to organisational strategies;
- Apply a range of skills in developing business and marketing strategies for different environments and opportunities that can harmonise the organisations’ objectives, capabilities and resources
Leading And Managing Organisational Resources
The unit takes an integrated approach to critically assess the relationship between leadership, operations management, finance and information systems which is essential for adding value and achieving competitive advantage in contemporary organisations. The theme is ‘leadership’ with an emphasis on high performance work systems and the international management of innovation and change. Successful completion of the unit will give you a comprehensive and detailed overview of contemporary practice informed by quality scientific research evidence. You will acquire a ‘toolkit’ that provides the potential for inspirational leadership and the effective management of organisational resources.
Operations Management addresses issues such as quality, location process layout, capacity management, and scheduling and inventory management. Global sourcing and relocation are now commonplace, and the competitive environment demands new ways of thinking about how to manage operations in a global context. Business and information systems facilitate decision-making and effective management across all functions. You will develop an understanding of how changes in the business strategy, the business operations and the funding of these operations can impact on the reported financial statements, their cash flows and thus impact on both share price and the reported results of a company.
Advancing Professional Practice
This is a short professional and academic development course that is designed to support all MBA students in the University of Bedfordshire Business School to develop a professional profile through their journey in the Masters. The specific aims are to:
- Enhance students’ professional, personal development and communication skills.
- To support students to evidence how their experience at masters level has contributed to the development of their professional profile as required after graduation.
- To support students to develop the necessary academic skill required for successful completion of postgraduate research.
Theory Into Practice Project
The unit aims to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of management and business as well as the skills essential to effective operation in a corporate, business, public sector or not for profit environment. It is a unit specifically designed to help your transition into the professional work environment through the integration of theory and practice supported by contemporary research evidence.
Practice events are integral to the University of Bedfordshire Business School’s vision to take business education, research and practice in exciting new directions. Central to this vision is the aspiration to give you the skills and knowledge to find the career and future success you want. We aim to develop intelligent practitioners who imaginatively integrate theory and practice, supported by contemporary research evidence. You will need to select and apply knowledge and principles you have learnt through the taught MBA units, experiential learning activities and challenges to develop an understanding of current realities in work organisations and be better placed as a future manager.
This unit is specifically designed to help your transition into the professional work environment through combining academic rigour with practice skills: the behaviours, attributes and intent which give you immediate impact in the organisations you join. This produces individuals with the confidence and know-how to fit in and be effective from day one: managers who understand business context, and have the creativity, drive and focus to bring about change. The aim of this unit is to:
- Enhance your transition to the workplace through experiential learning
- Improve your personal, interpersonal and business skills
- Develop your awareness of professional working practice and increase your employability
- Relate the theories learnt in the earlier stages of the MBA to real-word business practice issues
How will you be assessed?
The underpinning philosophy of all assessments is to develop both your knowledge and skills to enter employment as a confident manager with a strong base from which to meet your own aspirations. This requires consideration of your own personal capabilities as well as looking outward at the business world. The aim is for you to become an independent and self-directed lifelong learner. Apart from the formal assessments there will be an emphasis on self peer and group assessment. Tutors will provide feedback on formative assessments to support your development of good academic practice. All assessments are rooted in authentic and practical workplace scenarios to enable the integration of theory and practice in dynamic `real world work contexts. Exams are kept to a minimum. To facilitate learning for all students a range of assessment methods are used throughout the course including: - Business Reports to demonstrate contextual insight and professional practice; - Project Plans to demonstrate project planning skills; - Seminar Papers to develop critical analysis skills; - In-class tests of your knowledge of core concepts in context; - Project Report integrates learning throughout the course independently applied in practice; Business simulation where you demonstrate the impact of your strategic decision making. The focus is on the impact of management education to management practice and later assessments require greater complexity and integration through independent study to support your successful transition into work. This is exemplified by two units at the dissertation stage: Management Practice and the Theory into Practice Project. These help you to consider your personal and professional development and the complexity of applying management education in practice once in employment.
On completing your MBA you will be well placed to fill a wide range of positions. Your team-working skills analytical abilities and understanding of management will be attractive to employers. You would be expected to enter into mid-level management careers in SMEs and larger organisations or start your own business.
If you wish at a later point in your career you may pursue a doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).