Master of Business Administration (Placement) - MBA



About the course

Our ground-breaking MBA represents a transformative experience that will give you the ability to enhance your capabilities to innovate, create and succeed after graduation from this course.  More than a master’s degree the course  develops you as a professional and supports your career aspiration. Many graduates go on to be promotion or launch new business as a result of completing this course.

The course is challenging and empowers you to define your own learning, build and reflect upon your professional experiences. You will be assessed among the most innovative business leaders in the UK and address real business problems during the course and encouraged to be creative and adaptable.

The course combines core MBA disciplines with innovative subject areas supported by the latest research in strategic management and leadership to develop business competence and strengthen confidence and credibility, providing you with the practical and theoretical capabilities to master the complexities of a competitive and changing business environment.





Master of Business Administration (Placement) - MBA - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 22 Months
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

The course combines core MBA disciplines with innovative subject areas supported by the latest research in strategic management and leadership to develop business competence and strengthen confidence and credibility, providing you with the practical and theoretical capabilities to master the complexities of a competitive and changing business environment.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Corporate Innovation And Entrepreneurship (BSS057-6) Compulsory
  • Leading And Managing Organisational Resources (BSS064-6) Compulsory
  • Project Management (BSS060-6) Compulsory
  • Strategy And The Global Competitive Environment (BSS058-6) Compulsory



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How will I 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
  • Research Dissertation.

  • The Business Placement Dissertation Unit is completed once the academic study (written dissertation) has been successfully submitted, assessed and moderated in accordance with the University Regulations. In addition the dissertation supervisor will complete a placement verification that confirms that the placement hours and related attendance requirements have met Unit and Learning Agreement. This will be reported to the Assessment Board to enable the degree award with placement to be conferred.

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 (for Placement) and the MBA Business Dissertation on placement. These help you to consider your personal and professional development and the complexity of applying management education in practice once in employment.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will develop a broad range of knowledge and skills of business and management with potential for you to join an employer in a variety of positions. Understanding how theory applies in real organisations is key to your employability so this is the focus of every unit. Practical experience is embedded throughout the course from Welcome week, in all blocks, in Next Steps and in the final units designed to integrate theory and practice in contemporary organisations.

You will use case studies and other materials from current organisations introduced by staff research activities, and from tutor engagement with consultancy work and from Business School contacts. Tutors will also expect you to keep up with developments in business and key industry sectors through newspapers, magazines and business news websites.

As part of your course you will undertake postgraduate research over approximately 6 Blocks duration (approximately 11 months / 48 weeks) including 4 blocks on placement. After completing 5 taught blocks (four 30 credit Units and one Unit of the final Masters Dissertation phase and management practice unit. Students must have achieved 120 credits to progress to the work placement, which forms part of the final dissertation stage of the MBA comprising two units, Management Practice for Placement (15 credits) and MBA Business Placement Dissertation (45 credits). Management Practice for Placement is designed to prepare you for the placement and you will participate in this unit immediately before starting the work placement.

The work placement might be arranged by the university or yourself but in all cases is subject to academic approval to ensure that a postgraduate dissertation will be achieved from the Placement. The Placement will be academically supervised throughout and is subject to availability and approval by all parties. There is no guarantee of the availability of an appropriate work placement. It is essential that the work placement is fully integrated with your studies on the MBA and support your personal and professional development. The completion of a placement provides an important opportunity to integrate theory and practice and will in all cases be the basis for completing the business dissertation which is the objective of the time spent in the organisation. The time in the organisation will allow you space to build your professional development and provide scope for further reflection on return to study for the final block of study .The work placement must be in place and covered by a Learning agreement by the end of your fourth taught block and will run in conjunction with the project .

Central to our vision to take business education, research and practice in exciting new directions are practice events. These are designed to integrate your learning and allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required to successfully progress your career. You will explore your own potential as a manager and strengthen your skills and capabilities. At the end of the course you will experience two units specifically designed to support your transition to the work place. In the Management Practice for placement unit you will experience either a live consultancy project or a challenging business simulation as well as focusing on key personal skills sets. The Business Dissertation delivered through a placement supports the integration of your learning in the context of a real organisation. The dissertation is specifically designed to help you make a successful transition into work and allow you to integrate areas of the MBA with a focus on an issue of interest to your future career. These help you to consider your own development and consider the complexity of putting what you have learnt into practice to advance your career once you join an organisation.

After Graduation



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

Bedfordshire University

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