The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme develops strategic leadership, professional management and personal capabilities. It provides a deep understanding of concepts, techniques and functions of business as well as up-to-date approaches to management in dynamic international contexts.
The courses, which have a very strong international orientation, cover the key functional areas of business management before dealing with the strategic management capabilities that inform well-rounded managers with the potential for rapid career progression.
The University of Brighton has been offering postgraduate courses in management since 1970 and its MBA course since 1986. It is therefore one of the most experienced providers of higher management education in the UK. The MBA is also regularly revised and updated to reflect the changes in employers´ expectation and needs.
We are particularly proud of our employability record. Over recent years, 90% of new graduates have been employed within six months of completing the MBA course. The Sunday Times recently ranked the University of Brighton sixth of all universities in graduate employability.
Management environment and economics includes an introduction to economic theory and the economic environment of business. Market analysis, cost structure and the nature of demand are considered, and analytical constructs such as PEST and SWOT are employed.
Organisational behaviour lays the foundation for understanding and managing the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations, and the influence of such factors as organisational structure and culture, and includes a consideration of alternative approaches to leadership and deeper understanding of change processes and the skills to manage change effectively.
The Law workshop outlines the sources of law, the court system and contract law. It also examines EU law and the impact on the competitive environment.
Managing business processes provides an understanding of models of business transformation processes and the role of operations management in achieving competitiveness and customer delight. It is concerned with planning and control of resources, and the principles and practices of business improvement allied to quality management.
Accounting provides the skills to understand the balance sheet cash flow and profit and loss accounts of single organisations, valuation of tangible assets, and common methods of depreciation. It is also concerned with analysis of costs for decision-making, stock valuation and profit measurement, and approaches to costing, budgets and cost management.
Information systems management is concerned with fundamental technologies of business information systems: computer hardware, data communications, systems and applications software, and processing methods. This subject covers systems development, enterprise systems and end user computing.
Human resource management covers the design and control of jobs, the selection and recruitment of staff, the manager's responsibility for measuring and appraising performance, reward and compensation systems, and the development of human resources.
Marketing in an international context is focused on the customer and the market planning process, including segmentation and positioning, branding and innovation, marketing objectives such as market share, and with the marketing mix; pricing, market communications and getting the product to market.
International business strategy is concerned with strategic analysis, evaluation and choice, and why some firms are more successful than others. It builds the capabilities for deciding on the future direction a company should take.
Managing change in an international context covers the phenomenon of change, planned and emergent, and the reciprocal influence of change at personal, organisational and environmental levels. In addition, organisational indicators of need for change and readiness for change, soft systems methodology and stakeholder analysis will be covered.
Financial strategy is concerned with the finance function. It covers the techniques for share and company valuation, the cost of capital and capital structure, dividend policy and techniques for failure prediction.
International corporate strategy links all the disciplines of business and explores decision making at the corporate rather than the business level. It addresses the complexities of decision making with larger companies running numerous businesses. Certain key issues in global business will also be explored such as globablisation and business ethics.
Choice of elective studies
By combining your choice of elective you can align your academic studies with work related issues.
The list of current electives includes:
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