The Royal Holloway, AMBA accredited MBA is an intensive course designed to equip you with effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.

This contemporary course continually evolves with the changing needs of a competitive economic environment and our teaching is based on high quality research, undertaken by academics in the School of Management.

The MBA is purposely structured to allow you to work closely with your fellow students, allowing you to explore and develop your teamwork and leadership capabilities. This is an intensive and challenging course and we have high expectations of all our students, who should be highly-motivated and ambitious.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 18500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 18500 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Core course units:

International Business Economics

  • demonstrate an understanding of economic analysis and reasoning relevant within a business context.
  • display an appreciation of the economic underpinnings of business strategy through the theory of the firm and markets
  • evaluate how various models of competitive analysis can be used to assess strategic behaviour
  • formulate and respond to differing competitive scenarios at the firm level
  • apply presentation and analytical skills to develop argument and evidence to support evaluations.

International Information Systems

  • explore strategic issues in international information systems and ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems.
  • Examine examine the concept of an information systems strategy, and the need to align it with business strategies and to evaluate some of the more widely used IS planning frameworks.

International Operations Management

  • learn to explain the importance of operations management to the success of an internationally operating organisation.
  • identify the challenges posed for the management of an organisations operations from operating internationally
  • analyse the strategic impact of key operations management decision areas in international operations
  • explore the likely challenges posed for international operations by potential future changes in the business environment.

International Business Strategy

  • evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firms external environment.
  • learn to evaluate the internal core competencies of a firm; formulate strategy for a firm; understand the nature of corporate strategy
  • understand the nature of international strategy.

Leadership & Behaviour in Organisations

  • gain an understanding of relationships between leadership, management and administration.
  • study transactional and transforming leadership; leadership and the management of culture and meaning; groups, teams and organisations; dysfunctional forms of leadership; organisational politics; and business ethics, morality and sustainability. Furthermore, you will also learn about the management of diversity and difference.

International Human Resource Management

  • gain a detailed understanding of the key analytical concepts and models in international human resource management.
  • acquire an understanding of the implications of changes in the global organisation of firms and the international workforce for human resource management policy choices.
  • evaluate the different approaches to, and strategies for, managing employees in international business activities.

International Marketing

  • acquire an understanding of the historical development of managerial marketing thought from its roots in classical economics in the USA to the normative tradition promoted by academics/consultants including Drucker, Levitt and Kotler in journals such as the HBR.
  • learn to demonstrate an understanding of popular normative marketing concepts such as the Mix and STP through application in practical case scenarios.

International Accounting & Finance

  • discuss the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making.
  • learn to understand the properties of profit and the main techniques for measuring it and will discuss the nature and role of the major financial statements, prepare basic financial statements, and become familiar with different regional and national influences on financial reporting requirements and expectations.

Business Research Methods

  • learn to understand and apply the basic principles underlying good business research methodologies for instance, relevant interviewing and questionnaire survey techniques to gather data.
  • be able to devise and critically assess various research designs and explain, produce, and display descriptive statistics from various data sets.

Philosophy of Management

  • evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firms management philosophy.
  • describe how philosophy is relevant to, and impacts upon, the management, organisation and operation of a business; identify and address central philosophical issues posed by management theory and practice
  • define and practise the methods of philosophy such as conceptual analysis, identification of presuppositions, assessment of knowledge claims and arguments, and ethical reasoning.

Personal Development Portfolio and Business Consultancy Project

This course will focus on combining your theoretical knowledge and previous business experience to deal with high level business issues currently facing the corporate world. Through a series of training sessions, you will:

  • work collaboratively to improve upon your public speaking, networking and presentation skills and also learn how to deal with the media. Our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor will also work with you to help enhance your CV and interview technique.
  • be responsible for collating your own portfolio of work for this course which can be demonstrated to potential employers.

This course will also cover the analytical skills you will require for the Business Consultancy project which is the culmination of the taught elements of our MBA programme.

Elective course units:

You will study four elective course units. In the past the following have been offered:

  • Advertising & Promotional Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Commercial Dispute Settlement
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • International Cooperative Strategy
  • Management of Japanese Multinationals
  • Multinational Enterprise & Global Economy
  • International Investment Management
  • International Corporate Finance
  • International Business Analysis
  • International Perspectives on Corporate Governance
  • Knowledge Management
  • International Economic Law
  • Global Financial Markets
  • International Sustainability Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Research
  • International Public Sector Management

On completion of the course graduates will have:

  • cognitive skills of critical thinking, synthesis, and other forms of qualitative analysis
  • effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • numeric and quantitative skills, including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation
  • developed effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, individual initiative and enterprise
  • self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures and business and management issues
  • interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion, presentation and team-work.

English Language Requirements

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  • UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with a first degree below the typical offer may be required to provide a good GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score. The normal range requested is 550 600 depending on your degree result and experience. Further information about GMAT.
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 overall with 24 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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